I can provide a verbal rug appraisal using your photos. A verbal appraisal would be appropriate if you are considering selling the rugs, are inventorying your assets or are simply curious. I can provide the verbal appraisal by way of viewing the photos and contacting you back by phone with information on the origin, category, style or regional area along with how the rug might fit into history as well as age and value. I can also advise as to how you might best sell the rug and what you might expect to net, if that is what you are considering. The cost for a verbal appraisal is $44.00 for up to 2 rugs and $17.00 for each rug thereafter. Payment can be made with Paypal in advance (account name: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Visa, Mastercard, Discover card. If paying by credit card, I can send an invoice from the merchant service and you can pay directly from that. An overall photo of the rug and a close-up of a corner would be all that I would probably need aside from the approximate measurements. Upon viewing the photos and looking up comparables as needed, I will call you.
Please understand that a verbal appraisal is not an "email appraisal." That is, it does not include an e-mail review of our conversation. That would fall under the category of a written appraisal whereby I provide detailed documentation.
A written appraisal would be appropriate or necessary for insurance purposes, claims settlement, donation, equitable distribution of assets, estate settlement or documentation for future uses. In a written appraisal, I document each rug and I note the origin, category, type or regional area as well as the construction and materials and the condition of each rug with specifics. Included is a photo, a description of the design and a list of the number of colors along with other pertinent information including the age of the rug. I also look for comparable sales and include those as well. Depending on your needs and the items themselves, I usually base the valuation on the current replacement value (most typically it is the US retail market) as that is usually the most useful figure. A separate computer generated page for each rug is provided along with a transmittal letter that explains the type of value and how I arrived at it. All are bound in an 8 1/2 x 11 inch booklet and mailed to you. I keep the digital photos, notes and a digital copy of the appraisal so a new original copy can be produced if needed in the future. Nothing is discarded so that no one can rummage through the trash cans to discover who you are and what you have. For your security, all the appraisal work is done in my office and no part of it is done by anyone other than myself. The appraisals that I provide are incontrovertible, follow USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) and ISV (International Valuation Standards) protocols and will hold up under any scrutiny.
A written appraisal can be done using photos that you send, much the same way as with the verbal appraisal.
I am also available to travel to your location for on-site appraisals. Please call to make arrangements.
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