Appraisal Services

Nora Curl offers written appraisals, verbal appraisals, consulting and brokering services; however she does not purchase any objects that she appraises.

All written appraisals conform to the 2020-2021 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and to the standards and requirements set forth in the International Society of Appraisers’ Code of Ethics and Appraisal Report Writing Standard.

Feel free to email me at or through the contact page to set-up a no-obligation email discussion of how I can be of service to you.

A written appraisal is required for many appraisal purposes.  If you need to insure items or you are involved in a legal dispute, you will need a written appraisal by a qualified professional.  Written appraisals are made by initially conducting an on-site inspection. During the on-site inspection, I record the item’s condition, dimensions, descriptions, and I take digital photographs.  Back in the office the descriptions are finalized, necessary research is conducted, and appropriate values are assigned to each item. Reports are delivered electronically or by hard copy in the postal mail. A copy of the final report and work file is retained in Nora Curl’s secure files and retained for a period of five years or two years after the final disposition of litigation (if applicable), whichever is later, as required by USPAP. Fees start at $175/hour plus $1.25 per travel mile.

If you are downsizing and curious about the value of your items or considering the sale of items, a verbal appraisal may be the best and least expensive option. Here, the appraiser verbally communicates to the client everything that would normally be written in a report, including the type of values sought, the markets explored, the values obtained, etc.  Nothing written is provided to the client, but the client may take notes.  I am happy to discuss by phone which service might fit your needs best. Fees start at $37.50 per item.

•    Decide which items you want to have appraised.
•    If there are items in the attic, closets, garage, or storage units, make sure they are accessible.
•    Unpack items in drawers, boxes, trunks.
•    Put things of like kind together.
•    Arrange china and glass by patterns.
•    Sort sterling from silverplate if possible.
•    Gather receipts, certificates of authenticity, photographs, or earlier appraisals and place them with the appropriate items.
•    Move large pieces of furniture away from the wall if possible.
•    If this is an estate appraisal and if there is a will, make sure that all items specifically bequeathed are available for inspection.

Taking these steps will streamline the appraisal process and ultimately save you money.

•    A cover document explaining in detail what type of value or cost is being sought (“purpose”) and how the appraisal is to be used (“intended use”).
•    The description of the methodology and resources relied upon.
•    A definition and description of the market(s) selected.
•    A complete and accurate description of the property written in such a manner that it can be identified without photographs.
•    The date(s) and location(s) of inspection and the effective date of the report.
•    A current USPAP certification statement. Competent appraisers must take a USPAP update course every two years.
•    The appraiser’s qualifications and signature.

•    It is handwritten or unsigned.
•    The fee is based on a contingency fee or on the value of the property.
•    The appropriate “purpose” and “intended use” are not stated.
•    The item is beyond the appraiser’s expertise.
•    The appraiser lacks training in appraisal methodology.
•    The appraiser is not willing and able to defend the appraisal in court.
•    The appraiser prepares the appraisal report in anticipation of buying items from you after the report is completed.