Karin A. Costa is a generalist appraiser in the categories of: fine art, antiques, furniture, jewelry, silver, decorative arts, machinery, equipment, books and general residential contents.  She owns a large reference library and subscribes to numerous expert market and identification resources.

The Process

Examination - Karin examines all property, evaluating characteristics, noting condition, obtaining measurements and taking photographs. 

Digital photographs are taken to document the property, comply with IRS regulations, and to aid with research. Photographs are included in the appraisal report.

Research -  Karin researches marks, labels and dates, locates comparable items and their selling history, investigates appropriate markets, and consults experts, when necessary.    

Report Writing - The appraisal report is written in compliance with the 

the 2020 - 2021 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

 

The report includes a Cover Document detailing the scope of work, process taken, and definition of value. The Body of the Report contains the list of items with descriptions, photographs, and object value. An Addendum includes the appraiser's qualifications, bibliography, glossary and resources and comparable data, when necessary.

 

The report is printed and bound.  

FAQ's

How many items?

From 1 item to a complete household, farm or business.

What types of items?

See Karin's credentials and list of items she has sold: Fine collections to general household.

When will the report be ready?

Reports are prepared in a timely manner using a computerized system. 

What is your fee?

2020 fee schedule is as follows:

Inspections and Report Writing:

$750.00/half day

$1500.00/full day

$250.00/hour additional if extensive research is needed on an asset

$150.00/item done from emailed photos and descriptions

$250.00/item done from office visit

$50.00 each additional report

Travel based on location and mode

Testimony, depositions, additional valuations, etc. after report is completed are based on rates current at the time.

Examples of what we have appraised:

Antiques                                   Equipment
European Antiques                    Construction
American Antiques                    Landscaping
Native American Antiques         Office

                                                 Retail

Silver                                        Agricultural
American                                  Sports / Golf
English                                     Horse/Stable

                                                Scientific

Jewelry                                     Laboratory
Gold                                         Winery
Diamonds                                 Brewery
Colored Stones                         Distillery
Pearls                                       Jewelry

                                                Audio

Oriental Rugs                          Fitness

                                               Restaurant

Collectables                            Grocery

Clocks                                     Transportation

                                                Automobiles

Objets D’Art                            Trucks

                                                Trailers

Fine Art                                    Recreational Vehicles

Impressionist Art                      Single Engine Aircraft
Contemporary Art                     Watercraft
American Impressionist Art       Small Gauge Rail
European Art                             Carriages / Carts
Japanese Art
Native American Art
East Indian Art

 

Sculpture
Marble Sculpture
Bronze Sculpture

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