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Appraisals

Sarah McMillan is an appraiser specializing in fine prints. She has undergone extensive training through New York University's training in Appraisal Studies, and prepares USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant appraisals, which sets the minimum standards for appraisal practice and to which all appraisals adhere. 

 Appraisals can be written for the following purposes:

  • Insurance

  • Charitable contribution

  • Estate tax and planning

  • Equitable distribution

  • Inventory 

Please contact us for a consultation to see if an appraisal is right for you. 

 

FAQs 

 What is an appraisal?

An appraisal is a legal document that qualifies the value of a client's property. They are also accurate and scholarly documents that provide a detailed inventory of a client's property.  It is not a verbal estimate of what your item may be worth. 

Do I need an appraisal?

There are a variety of reasons why you might need an appraisal. For insurance purposes it is important have an inventory of your property in the case of damage. Certain estates also require an appraisal of all the personal property. Appraisals are also done for the division of propery in estate planning or divorce. If you are thinking of selling your property an appraisal can give you a sense of what your items are worth, and to help you determine the best sales approach. 

What can I expect in an Appraisal Report? 

An appraisal report is a cohesive, readable, accurate report that will include a scope of the work done as well as a listing of the property appraised. All appraisals done by McMillan Fine Prints adhere to the professional and ethical standards set forth by USPAP. 

I have items other than prints, can you appraise them?

We are fine art generalists, and can appraise works of art other than prints. We also have an extensive network of colleagues who have specialities outside of our field with whom we work to complete appraisals. 

 What does an appraisal cost?

The cost of an art appraisal is based on an hourly rate for the hours spent examining and researching the property and preparing the report, and is no way based on the value of the items appraised. An estimate will be provided to you upon consultation with Sarah McMillan. 

 

 

Fees

The cost of an appraisal is based on an hourly rate for the hours spent examining and researching the property and preparing the report, and is no way based on the value of the items appraised. An estimate will be provided to you upon an initial free consultation with Sarah McMillan. 

 

The current rate is $150 an hour with no minimum hourly requirement. Travel outside of New York City is a fee of $75 an hour. 

 

An online appraisal or appraisal done by photographs costs $50 an item, with a discount for more than 3 items.