How to Get an Appraisal

Man appraising item

Whether you’re an avid collector of memorabilia, antique books, fine & decorative art, or types of other collectibles, it’s important to always keep track of the value of the items in your collection. If you’re wondering how to get an appraisal, or an expert assessment of the value of an object, as a first step to knowing more about your objects, selling them, insuring them, or perhaps executing an estate evaluation, then carry on reading. 

To complement the Invaluable Guide to Auction Appraisals, we’ve put together the below handy flow chart filled with tips for appraisals, including where to begin and what to look out for, followed by why you might be looking for an appraisal in the first place, and what to do next. 

Let’s dive in.

How to Get an Appraisal, part 1.

All about appraisal: what you need to know

How to Get an Appraisal, part 2.

Begin your journey at the black bar at the middle of the graphic

All about appraisal: what you need to know

We hope this tips for appraisals flow chart provides a great starting point to understand key questions you should ask yourself and your appraiser, as well as the specific steps for appraising an item, collection, or entire estate. Go forth and appraise! 


Still have questions? Get more tips for appraisals via our Invaluable Guide to Auction Appraisals, or reach out to our team directly with any specific questions we didn’t answer above.