Virtual Value The Ins and Outs of Navigating Online Appraisals2

With over two decades in the industry, we’ve had the privilege to witness the transformation of art and property appraisals over the years. The digital age has brought about many conveniences, one of which is the ability to conduct appraisals online. But as convenient as it is, navigating the world of online appraisals requires a good understanding of the landscape. Here’s a guide to what you need to know.

The Convenience Factor

One of the most evident benefits of online appraisals is the convenience it offers. No need to physically transport your art or valuables to an appraiser. This is especially useful for bulky or extremely fragile items, or if you’re located far away from a qualified appraiser.

Authenticity and Expertise

While online appraisals offer the ease of remote assessments, it’s vital to ensure the credibility of the appraiser you choose. Just as you would with an in-person consultation, always check for certifications, reviews, and any affiliations to professional organizations. Credibility should never be compromised, even in a digital setting.

What You’ll Need

Typically, you’ll need high-quality photographs of the item, taken from multiple angles. In some cases, appraisers may request additional documentation, such as provenance, or history of ownership. Ensure you have all these materials ready to make the process seamless.

Virtual vs Physical Appraisals

While online appraisals are incredibly convenient, they may not replace the need for a physical appraisal for certain types of art or valuable items. Intricate details, texture, and other minute features are often better judged in person. Keep this in mind when opting for an online service.

Security Concerns

Online transactions come with their own set of security risks. When sending images and documents, make sure you’re using a secure platform. Check the appraiser’s privacy policy to ensure your data will be kept confidential and secure.

The Importance of Updates

Much like traditional appraisals, online valuations may also need updates, especially for pieces whose value can fluctuate with market dynamics. An appraisal from a year ago may not accurately reflect your item’s current worth. Periodic re-appraisals are advisable even in the digital sphere.

Navigating online appraisals can be a daunting task, but with the right information, it’s entirely manageable and advantageous. Here at Manzi Appraisers & Restoration, our certified professionals are equipped to provide both in-person and online appraisals, backed by years of experience and a commitment to accuracy. We offer personal property appraisals and consulting services that are tailored to your needs. Serving the New England area from our Boston office, we’re your local experts in valuations for fine art, furnishings, and decorative objects.

For further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 617-948-2577 or find us on Facebook: Manzi Appraisers & Restoration.

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