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 Personal Property Appraisal Specialties




Art and Artifacts



General Household Items




Firearms and Recreational Items

Lawn and Garden Equipment

Hobby Interest Items


Office Furnishings and Fixtures

Fleet Vehicles

Warehouse Equipment

Construction and Heavy Equipment

Trade Fixtures and Tools

Farm Tractors and Implements

Out Buildings and Sheds

Inventory Items

Construction and Trade Materials

Shelving, Racks and Storage Containers

Scrap and Salvage Items

Please call today for a free consultation and to find out more about our certified personal property appraisals and how they benefit your business or estate.

(828) 654-8940 or

(800) 993-9980

Serving NC, SC, TN, GA, KY and OH

Types of Appraisals We Are  Certified to Perform.

Certified personal property appraisals are an important part of any liquidation or downsizing situation.  Appraisals are used by bank financing officers, estate, probate and divorce attorneys, bankruptcy courts, IRS auditors, insurance companies, and families and businesses needing a valuation determination of their possessions.

We provide professionally written, easy to understand reports that can be used in audits, property division decisions, judgments and insurance claims.  Whether it be one item or a warehouse full, we can assess, research and valuate your personal and business property. As members of the Certified Appraisal Guild of America, our appraisals follow strict guidelines for assessing property valuations and are nationally recognized by Probate, Divorce and Bankruptcy courts as well as the IRS and major insurance carriers.

Replacement cost is one of the most popular valuation methods for personal property.  Valuations are based on commonly or easily found items for sale in stores or retail outlets.  Replacement cost appraisals are mostly used for valuations of general household items, collectibles, replacement items for insurance claims or policy protection.

Actual cost value is used for property that is considered one of a kind or rare. Insurance companies use this form of valuation for fine art, rare collections, coins, unique historical documents or memorabilia.  This type of valuation is difficult due to the uniqueness of the item and the scarcity of comparable past sales from which to draw.  One only needs to watch the Antiques Road Show to understand this valuation. 

Fair market valuations are based on the everyday exchange of property between a buyer and seller.  The transaction is identified by a willing seller and a willing buyer coming together and agreeing on a price at which the property should trade hands.  Valuations are based on past sales of similar or like-kind items.  This type of valuation is most used in assessing property for the downsizing or settlemet of an estate, possession divisions in cases of divorce, or direct purchases of personal property, inventories and fixtures.*

Liquidation values are used for estates and businesses that need a quick resolution to property liquidations.  This is used most often for situations in court ordered sales, bankruptcy, clearance or seized property auctions.

* Direct purchase offers usually fall somewhere between liquidation and fair market values.  However, expect most to be closer to liquidation values as most purchasers are re-sellers or brokers for wholesale sellers.  It is their job to get the lowest price possible for personal property in order to make their profit.  The advantage to the seller is that it is usually a quick transaction, you get your money upfront and the purchaser usually is responsible for removing the items from the premises.  Just remember to require they also clean up afterwards.

Certified Personal Property Appraisals

Southern Trust Estate and Auction Company