What is your educational background
Ms. Bell has completed the three core courses
given by International Society of Appraisers (ISA). She
has also completed advanced courses in report writing, methodology
and expert witness testimony. She is a Certified
Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP) with the ISA in
conjunction with Indiana University, and is USPAP compliant.
What are your areas of expertise?
Ms. Bell's area of expertise is antiques and appreciable residential contents, with a specialty in quilts. She was in the antiques
business from 1974 to 1990.
Do you belong to any professional
Ms. Bell is a member of the International
Society of Appraisers, and the Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles.
Do you work on a flat rate or an hourly
We will accept assignments based on either
method. An appraiser should never work on a percentage basis
when doing a written appraisal. Donation Appraisals must meet the IRS standards and require much more time in preparation. Discuss this with your appraiser.
What other costs are involved?
In addition to the agreed method of payment
mentioned above, there are charges for all expenses incurred
in the preparation of the appraisal. This includes travel time,
hotel or motel expenses, if necessary, and meals if staying
How can I determine if what I have
is worth the expense of an appraiser?
We will gladly discuss with you the items
you may need to have appraised, in order to determine if
the expense is warranted. This requires a visual inspection
at our regular hourly fee.
Do you have a written contract for
both parties to sign?
Yes. It is important for everyone involved
to understand the boundaries and limitations of the job
to be undertaken. The contract spells this out, and there
is less chance of a misunderstanding.
What can I expect to receive for the
You can expect to receive a document that
describes your personal property clearly and accurately
and places a value on the item. The market is determined
by the objective of an appraisal. The appraisal will include
a cover letter, a transmittal letter, the appraiser's qualifications,
and will be signed and dated by the appraiser.
Do you use consulting specialist in
areas outside your field of expertise?
Yes, the appraiser should go to other sources
when necessary. An antique dealer may not be qualified in
residential contents or vice versa...just as a jeweler may
not be qualified in gemstones.
Other Professional Resources
- Internet-based databases for substantial
- Private library - one of the largest
libraries in decorative arts in the Northwestern US Region.