Frequently Asked Questions

What is the benefit of having an appraisal?

A) To make informed decisions and to know what options you have before you sell or distribute items. 

B) File an estate tax return.

C) To obtain insurance coverage to protect your art collection, etc.

How is an appraisal different from an auction estimate or “free” appraisal?

Free appraisals are actually offers to buy in disguise. This is not in your best interest. Auction sale estimates are simply an unresearched "guess" at what would be the minimum something might sell for.

Why should an appraiser not purchase items they appraised?

This is a major conflict of interest which only the appraiser would profit from.

What should I look for in an appraiser?

Someone who is not also offering to buy or charging based on a percentage of the appraised value. Experience, reputation, and number of years in business.

Why should I choose C.T. Peters Inc. Appraisers?

Our company has different experts versus a single “Mr. Know-It-All” approach. We cover the tri-state area and Florida. All work is always  confidential.

Why is there a fee?

Fees charged are for an expert professional report and over 40 years of experience. Cost is based on time and fees vary by expert. A phone consultation is always free and we can also meet in person for a small consultation fee.