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
European Antiques
American Antiques
Native American Antiques

Silver
American
English

 

Jewelry
Gold
Diamonds
Colored Stones
Pearls

Oriental Rugs

Collectables

Clocks

Objets D’Art

Fine Art

Impressionist Art
Contemporary Art
American Impressionist Art
European Art
Japanese Art
Native American Art
East Indian Art

 

Sculpture
Marble Sculpture
Bronze Sculpture

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