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Antique furniture appraiser in San Diego and Palm Desert

Antique furniture appraiser in San Diego and Palm Desert

Appraisals of:

Antiques, collectibles, heirlooms, furniture, glass, porcelain, pottery, silver, textiles, Orientalia, decorative art and general personal property contents.  Specialty in art glass.  Formal written appraisals only.  We do not buy items appraised.


Insurance, estate, trust, planning, probate, tax, dissolution (divorce), loan collateral, equitable division, distribution, donation, gift.


Appraisal fees for on-site time including inspections, consultations and meetings are $200 per hour, with a 2-hour minimum.  Research, documentation and other administrative time is charged at $125 per hour.  There is an average of 2 hours of research and documentation time for every hour of inspection time.   Total appraisal  fees start at $650 and go up from there depending on the number of hours involved.

Signed contract and deposit required at the time of inspection.  The balance is due and payable prior to receipt of the appraisal or results.

Expert Witness services are charged at higher rates, and shall not be provided unless agreed upon in writing in advance.


  1. Initial telephone consultation to determine services needed and scheduling of appointment.
  2. On-site inspection of specified items including inventory, measurements, photography and examination.
  3. Research, market analysis and valuation conducted after appraiser returns to the office.
  4. Report writing and documentation.  Each item (or group of items) will have a description, condition, value and digital photograph.  Appraisals are compliant with the report writing standards of the International Society of Appraisers, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and with IRS regulations (when required).
  5. Delivery of the appraisal in approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the number of items appraised and the appraiser’s schedule.  It may take longer in some cases.  Reports are available by printed copy, CD-ROM or electronic transmission.

Service Area:

Appraisals conducted by appointment only in client’s home, business or designated location.  Serving San Diego, Palm Springs / Palm Desert and selected cities in Southern California.  Available to travel for large projects.

San Diego County including Alpine, Bonita, Campo, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Descanso, Downtown, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Fairbanks Ranch, Imperial Beach, Julian, La Costa, La Jolla, Lakeside, La Mesa, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Mission Beach, Mission Valley, National City, Ocean Beach, Oceanside, Pacific Beach, Pauma Valley, Pine Valley, Point Loma, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, Spring Valley, University City, Valley Center, Vista.

Palm Springs / Palm Desert region including Bermuda Dunes, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and nearby cities in the Coachella Valley.


All information pertaining to the appraisal is confidential.  Access to the report by anyone other than intended users will be granted only with written permission from the client, or by court order.