Who needs an appraisal?

Appraisals are a necessity both personally and legally in today's complex and complicated world. The following is just a sample of situations that Peele Appraisal handles in which an appraisal is necessary:

  • settling estates for taxes, equitable distribution, or liquidation
  • documenting donations for charities and IRS verification
  • verifying values for scheduling replacement or loss for insurance
  • valuing for property settlement due to divorce
  • documenting support for trusts with a comprehensive inventory appraisal added to the trust
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What types of appraisals should be considered?

  1. Insurance appraisals: This appraisal will provide the necessary documentation to substantiate the existence, condition and replacement value of your belongings. It is wise to have an update done every five years or ahead of any pending household move.
  2. Estate appraisals: This appraisal is necessary for a taxable estate. It is necessary to efficiently catalogue the property providing an appraisal that meets IRS requirements, but without the level of detail normally provided for an insurance appraisal.
  3. Donation appraisals: This appraisal is suggested by the IRS to substantiate a tax deduction above a $1000.00; however, it is REQUIRED for anything above $5000 that has been given to a charitable institution. Peele Appraisal's advice: when in doubt, appraise.
  4. Pre-move appraisals: Due to the limited level of protection for damage or loss provided by a moving company, this type of appraisal will provide an inventory of your high value items as it can substantiate both the higher value and their existence. It will help you to purchase the additional necessary insurance.
  5. Equitable distribution appraisal: This appraisal is used to help settle divorces or estates for fair distribution of property based on fair market value.
  6. Trust or will inventory appraisal: This appraisal should be attached to the document and a copy also be given to your trust attorney who will now have knowledge of your property and with your comments on the report, will know who is to inherit which item(s).
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What should be expected from a full appraisal service?

You should receive the services of an educated and nationally certified appraisal expert who will provide you with a formal written and descriptive report complete with photos which the appraiser should be willing to defend in court. If should include any limiting or qualifying conditions, the appraiser's qualifications, a complete and accurate description of the items, market analysis, markets selected and well-defined value conclusions.

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How is an appraisal performed?

An appraisal is a FOUR step process:

Peele Appraisal property inspections

A Peele appraiser will examine all the property to be included in the final report while noting and evaluating characteristics, condition, and measurements of most items.

Documenting valuables

Digital images are taken to document the item's existence and aid in research. Photographs are included in the final report.

expert valuations

Values are based upon comparable sales and history for each item. Research time is the time taken to identify marks, labels, dates, locating and analyzing comparable items, investigating necessary markets and if necessary, consulting experts.

professional reports


A Peele Appraisal's final report consists of a bound copy of the completed appraisal along with the appraiser\s qualifications, purpose, and basis of appraisal. Also included in the document is the inventory, market research, valuation, and necessary comments pertinent to the property. Each item or group of items will have a description, age if appropriate, measurements, condition, value and digital photograph. The report is compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice

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How do appraisers charge for their work?

Peele Appraisal fees are competitive with today's market. They are based on the time necessary to complete the appraisal and to our prevailing hourly rate of $150.00 an hour for each appraiser assigned to the project. There is a one time charge of $285.00 for the report which includes two copies. There is a $325.00 minimum fee for a one hour appraisal and report depending on distance and complexity of the item(s). We have no "hidden fees" nor do we charge a commission on our other services We also do estate evaluation documentation analysis reports for smaller estates that is less and might fit in with your needs and budget. We will be happy to discuss our fee structure with you.

We work in pairs; for example if a large estate requires more appraisers on site, it will take a quarter of time that a single appraiser would take, but the bill/time is still the same.

Any additional consulting, deposition or testimony work is charged above and beyond the initial appraisal fee. Expenses for travel and out of pocket items are billed in addition to the appraisal fee.

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What can be done to help facilitate the appraiser and the costs?

It is always best to share the following information to help facilitate expenses and time:

  1. What is the purpose of the report?
  2. What is the intended use of the appraisal?
  3. What is the location and items involved?
  4. What is the level of documentation require?
  5. Gather documentation, sales receipts, certificates, past appraisals, letters, and any other information you might have.
  6. Prepare for the appraisal: have items ready, unlocked and available especially jewelry, separate silver, stems and china; and if possible, pull furniture away from the wall.
  7. An appraisal that is done thoroughly and without interruption helps both the client and appraiser to perform successfully in their duties.
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