Why Choose Us
Alexander Appraisal understands the difficulties that may arise when there is a death in a family, divorces or even bankruptcy and know that you want a trustworthy company to enter your home. We can assure you that we are the best company for the job; we will make this transitional period as comfortable as possible.
- Has been in the appraisal industry for over 20 years
- Is a certified member of the International Society of Appraisers
- Co-founded the North Carolina Chapter of International Society of Appraisers
- Offers digital inventory service for proof of ownership and insurance
“I am extremely satisfied with the quality of her work. She has researched items from my mother’s estate, assigned values to them and written a report which will be passed on to our estate lawyer to help determine the value of my mother’s personal property. In addition, Louise priced, marked and carried out a very successful estate sale of personal property in my mother’s house in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte. There was a great deal of inventory, many fragile items and a complicated situation where the family items had to be separated from the items for sale. Everything was marked, the family items were protected and items for sale were sold. I was impressed with Louise’s efficiency and hard work; I enjoyed working with her and appreciated her professionalism and attention to detail. I recommend Louise without hesitation, and would definitely work with her again in the future.” – Barbara H.
- Take a general overview of your property. Mentally separate that about which you know (i.e. cost and date of purchase) from that about which you do not know.
- Gather together any earlier appraisals and all bills of sale or receipts. Place these on or near the appropriate item. They may or may not help me, but please make them available if you can.
- Arrange your silver in appropriate groupings. Put all of one silver pattern together and count each specific piece. Either label each grouping or make a list on a piece of paper. Example: “Prelude pattern by International Silver, Co.; 15 dinner forks, 7 soup spoons, etc.” Do not mix patterns by placing all like pieces (forks, spoons, etc.) together.
- Separate sterling silver flatware and hollow ware from silver plated items.
- Match and count all china and crystal patterns. If sets are stored in boxes, closets or cabinets, take out one of each piece and count the other pieces. I need to see the items in your possession to establish their existence and condition, but you can save time by counting them in advance. Remember the china serving pieces that might be stored separately!
- If you are having your linens appraised, organize them in clear sight as you have your china, i.e. a sample of each item set out with the quantity already counted.
- For an appraisal being done for estate tax purposes, please provide to me in writing (1) full name and former address of the deceased, (2) date of death, and (3) any items specifically requested in the will.