When Do you Need to have an Appraisal for your Personal Property?
Are you downsizing, or going through a divorce and not sure what your China collection is worth? Are you planning your estate and trying to donate items and want to know the right value? Or are you are tasked with preparing your parents home for an estate sale and come across potentially valuable pieces, but how do you know if they are really worth something?
Who should you contact for Appraisals?
, located in Pensacola
, Florida, provides a full range of Personal Property Appraisal Services and guides you through the appraisal process.
Appraisals should be performed for Insurance claims due to Hurricane Michael and the need to prove the worth of your personal property given current market conditions.
Hurricane Micheal insurance claim payout can be disputed if you invoke the appraisal clause on your policy.
Appraisals can be done using photos of your personal property that was lost or damaged by Hurricane Michael.
Appraisals also should be performed for:
Damage claims, Divorce division of Assets, Donations, estate division, insurance appraisals, insurance claims, IRS assets
, Probate, Personal Property appraisals, pre-move appraisals, moving damage claims, and tax-deductible gifts. Certified appraisals performed are Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)-compliant for IRS reporting purposes.
ISA members are recognized Authorities on professional personal property appraising and are distinguished for their professionalism, knowledge, and expertise. ISA members at the Certified and Accredited levels are Qualified Appraisers as defined by The Appraisal Foundation, which is authorized by Congress as the source of appraisal standards and qualifications.
Choose Cardon Appraisals for the following: Specialties
- Decorative Arts & Accessories
- Furniture - 19th Century
- Silver - 19th Century
- Divorce Settlements
- Estate Evaluations
- Estate Sales
- Insurance Claims
- Tax Deductible Gifts
- Expert Witness for court
Performs Appraisals of:
- Art - 19th Century
- Art - Deco & Nouveau
- Art - European
- Furniture - European
- Jewelry - Costume
An inspection and complete inventory of items to be appraised is performed onsite. This includes an inspection of construction, condition, and the taking of detailed photographs and measurements.
Research is conducted for each of the items to be appraised in order to determine age, origin, construction, style elements (and maker's marks, if present.)
A written, bound report compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), as well as the International Society of Appraisers Report Writing Standard is prepared to include all of the information complied about each item, to include supporting photographs (if the purpose of the appraisal calls for this.)
What should you expect to pay for a professional appraisal?
Appraisals-$125 per hour with a minimum assignment of $250.
This rate can vary depending on the size of the appraisal job and the scope of work required. Please note that rush services will increase the hourly rate. An estimate will be provided for these circumstances.
Expert Witness services in Court Hearings- $150 per hour
Distance of is 50 miles from Pensacola, FL, $50 per hour.
Hourly fees are charged per hour for onsite time, research time and report preparation time.
Please note: onsite and travel time fees are due upon completion of the onsite appraisal inspection and minimum charge is $200. The remaining fees are due upon completion and delivery of final appraisal report.
when asked to refer a client to an auction house, or some other form of liquidation service, there is a slight possibility that a referral fee will be charged. Clients are referred for liquidation based on experience as an antique dealer valuation. Ms. Cardon
does not refer clients for liquidation services based on her accreditation as an appraiser.
Tips for hiring the Right Personal Property Appraiser:
1) Ask for their formal experience training
2) Have they updated their training in the last 5 years?
3) What experience do they have in appraising your specific item?
4) How do they charge? Based on per piece, or by the hour?
5) What continuing education courses are they taking to stay current?
Appraisers are not "Authenticates," but are trained to conduct proper research to determine an unbiased justified opinion of value. Going to your local antique dealer and getting an appraisal report is not the same as a through researched USPAP-compliant report that will be accepted by the IRS as well as in court.
Elodie Cardon, ISA,
is a member of the International Society of Appraisers (Pensacola) practicing as a personal property appraiser specializing in Antiques, Paintings, Decorative arts, and Sterling Silver.
education includes completion of the International Society of Appraisers' (ISA) Core course in Appraisals Studies, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course, and the ISA antiques and residential contents course.
was raised in Lyon, France,
and was mentored in the antiques and decorative arts business from her family's business. Ms. Cardon
has been active in the industry in the United States since 2001 and became a US Citizen in 2003. Ms. Cardon is currently based in Pensacola, Florida,
but due to her unique specialties, she meets with clients throughout the South Eastern United States. In addition to your USPAP appraisal, you will receive a complete professional profile of Ms. Cardon.
USPAP renewal course December 2017.
Expert Witness course 2006
Re-Qualification Course with International Style of Appraisers in 2006 & Feb 2011 & Feb 2018
Art History for the Generalist Appraiser 2004
Management School – France 1993-1996
Art Studies – France 1992
International Baccalaureate in Economics 1991
Experience: 2000 to present:
President & full time appraiser.
1999 to 2004: Kofski Antiques & Estate Sales – Palm Beach, FL
Store Operations Manager
Acted as Kofski Personal Property Appraiser’s assistant for Appraisers & Acquisition.
Appraisals of Personal Property in Pensacola, FL. provided by Elodie Cardon