Tangible Good

Author’s note: Two phone calls this week prompted me to re-post this vintage essay about what happens on an initial work-through evaluation. Cheers–Kirsten

The job of cataloguing and appraising hundreds, even thousands of items of personal property can be exhausting just to think about.  But as the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  And in this case, that step should be a walk-through with a qualified appraiser. 

Collectibles expert Harry Rinker describes the walk-through in his book, Sell, Keep or Toss: How to Downsize a Home, Settle an Estate, and Appraise Personal Property.  “Consider engaging the services of a professional appraiser on an hourly basis to do a simple walk-through of the house and offer opinions on what he sees.  The appraiser walks a house from attic to basement, commenting on those objects he thinks have strong resale value.  When he is done he sits…

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