3 Estate Sale Mistakes To Avoid When You Hire an Estate Appraiser

Blog,Estate Appraisal / October 8, 2018

When you are liquidating an estate, you want to be sure that you are selling items for a fair price. In order to do so, you need a trained pair of eyes evaluating each piece. Hiring an Estate Appraiser from Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales ensures that you are given as much information as possible on every piece. All our estate appraisers follow our Estate Liquidation Philosophy to give you a fair price for every item.

In addition, you will be able to avoid these common mistakes:

  1. Good Item Appraisal
    Good Item Appraisal is the core of what an Estate Appraiser does, so that buyers and sellers are getting a fair deal for the piece. Often a seller will over-price an item, but buyers are savvy these days and the piece may not sell. At Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales, we have an Antiques Philosophy to make sure that any of our estate liquidators gives fair appraisals.


  1. The Internet Is Not A Substitute For A Trained Eye
    It is tempting to forgo an estate appraiser and try to appraise items yourself by searching through the internet. While the internet may give you a general idea of whether the item may be valuable, it is scant on the details that can truly add value to an item. For example, knowing you have a Patek Philippe watch from the ’60s is one thing. But do you know if the dial is an original, what metal it’s made of, and details about that specific model? Our appraisers have years of experience and will know what qualities to look for to get you the most accurate price.


  1. Look For Credentials
    Estate Appraisers don’t have to be licensed but you can check to see if they are part of one of the three associations that require members to comply with a standard of ethics. This Ethos is known as Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, or USPAP, and are ethically obliged to give fair appraisals on all pieces.


At Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales, our job is our passion. If you would like to enlist one of our appraisers for our services offered, please contact us today.