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Personal Property appraisers perform unbiased and objective appraisals of tangible, movable property that is utilitarian, collectible, or decorative for individuals, businesses, institutions, trusts, and estates. The ASA’s roster of established and well-educated professionals has an extraordinary range of experience and expertise in their respective fields. They must adhere to a strict ethical standard and fulfill a continuing education requirement consisting of almost 100 hours of connoisseurship and appraisal science every 5 years.

Personal Property appraisers must adhere to a strict ethical standard and will identify and value the objects they are qualified to appraise, and refer to or consult other specialists as required.

Fees are charged by the hour, day or project.

Most Personal Property appraisers are accredited in one (or more) specialties, such as:

  • Residential Contents
  • Paintings
  • Prints
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Jewelry and Gems
  • Antiques
  • Decorative Art Objects
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Silver
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Luxury Handbags
  • Couture
  • Militaria
  • Automobiles
  • Coins and Stamps
  • Clocks and Watches
  • Rugs
  • Textiles
  • Memorabilia
  • Musical Instruments
  • Books and Archives


Personal Property appraisers render USPAP-compliant (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) appraisals for:

  • Asset management
  • Insurance scheduling
  • Damage and loss claims
  • Estate and charitable donation tax reporting
  • Sale or Liquidation
  • Equitable distribution within a divorce or estate


Many of the chapter’s appraisers conduct “what’s it worth” events and lecture to professional and community organizations.