How to write an appraisal sample

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How to write an appraisal sample
Appraisals are often used to give the value of artwork. (painting image by Dmitri MIkitenko from

Professionals give appraisals for antiques and valuable artwork to let owners know how much their property is worth. Sometimes, owners are pleasantly surprised. Other times, the piece is not worth nearly as much as the owner thought. As the appraiser, it is your job to give the owner this news whether it is good or not. When you write many appraisals, it might be helpful to have a sample to work from.

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  1. 1

    Prepare the heading of the appraisal sample. The heading should include who the appraisal is being prepared for, who the appraiser is, what company, if any, the appraiser is associated with and the date the appraisal is completed.

  2. 2

    Include information about the artwork or antique that is being appraised. This would include all applicable information, such as the artist or manufacturer, title of the piece and description of the methods used to create the piece. If possible, include a picture in this section.

  3. 3

    Leave space for the appraiser to take notes about the piece being appraised. The amount of notes will depend on the piece, but the sample appraisal should contain at least a page of space to make notes.

  4. 4

    State the conclusion of the appraisal. The conclusion includes any findings that were gathered through research, such as who the manufacturer is for an antique, as well as the estimated value of the piece.

  5. 5

    Add the certification offered through your company, if applicable, to the appraisal sample. The certification states that the information contained within the appraisal has been researched and is accurate according to the appraiser and backed up by the appraisal company.

  6. 6

    Include an appendix if applicable. The appendix might include similar pieces that the appraisal was based on, any research done and information about the appraisal company.

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