Estate Sales and When you Need to have an Appraisal for your Personal Property?
Are you downsizing, or going through a divorce and not sure what your China collection is worth? Are you planning your estate and trying to donate items and want to know the right value? Or are you are tasked with preparing your parents home for an estate sale and come across potentially valuable pieces, but how do you know if they are really worth something?
ESTATE SALES & APPRAISALS IN PENSACOLA
CARDON ESTATE SALES offers Liquidation of Estates and household items for the Pensacola and Surrounding areas.
Our extensive marketing & advertising platform has thousands of subscribers. Your sale will be priced according to current market value and the sale will be staffed with seasoned Estate Sale employees.
We offer online bidding for silent auction items
such as cars or rare items.
Elodie Cardon is a State Certified Licensed Appraiser and will give you a professional estimate of the value of the Estate you need to liquidate.
Cardon Estate Sales is the Premier Estate Sale Company in the Pensacola Area.
ESTATE SALES IN PENSACOLA
Call Cardon Estate Sales & Appraisals
Who should you contact for Appraisals?
, located in Pensacola
, Florida, provides a full range of Personal Property Appraisal Services and guides you through the appraisal process.
Appraisals should be performed for Insurance claims due to Hurricane Michael and the need to prove the worth of your personal property given current market conditions.
Hurricane Micheal insurance claim payout can be disputed if you invoke the appraisal clause on your policy.
Appraisals can be done using photos of your personal property that was lost or damaged by Hurricane Michael.
Appraisals also should be performed for:
Damage claims, Divorce division of Assets, Donations, estate division, insurance appraisals, insurance claims, IRS assets
, Probate, Personal Property appraisals, pre-move appraisals, moving damage claims, and tax-deductible gifts. Certified appraisals performed are Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)-compliant for IRS reporting purposes.
ISA members are recognized Authorities on professional personal property appraising and are distinguished for their professionalism, knowledge, and expertise. ISA members at the Certified and Accredited levels are Qualified Appraisers as defined by The Appraisal Foundation, which is authorized by Congress as the source of appraisal standards and qualifications.
Appraisal and Estate Sale Expert
- Decorative Arts & Accessories
- Furniture - 19th Century
- Silver - 19th Century
- Divorce Settlements
- Estate Evaluations
- Estate Sales
- Insurance Claims
- Tax Deductible Gifts
- Expert Witness for court
Performs Appraisals of:
- Art - 19th Century
- Art - Deco & Nouveau
- Art - European
- Furniture - European
- Jewelry - Costume
An inspection and complete inventory of items to be appraised is performed onsite. This includes an inspection of construction, condition, and the taking of detailed photographs and measurements.
Research is conducted for each of the items to be appraised in order to determine age, origin, construction, style elements (and maker's marks, if present.)
A written, bound report compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), as well as the International Society of Appraisers Report Writing Standard is prepared to include all of the information complied about each item, to include supporting photographs (if the purpose of the appraisal calls for this.)
What should you expect to pay for a professional appraisal?
Appraisals-$125 per hour with a minimum assignment of $250.
This rate can vary depending on the size of the appraisal job and the scope of work required. Please note that rush services will increase the hourly rate. An estimate will be provided for these circumstances.
Expert Witness services in Court Hearings- $150 per hour
Distance of is 50 miles from Pensacola, FL, $50 per hour.
Hourly fees are charged per hour for onsite time, research time and report preparation time.
Please note: onsite and travel time fees are due upon completion of the onsite appraisal inspection and minimum charge is $200. The remaining fees are due upon completion and delivery of final appraisal report.
when asked to refer a client to an auction house, or some other form of liquidation service, there is a slight possibility that a referral fee will be charged. Clients are referred for liquidation based on experience as an antique dealer valuation. Ms. Cardon
does not refer clients for liquidation services based on her accreditation as an appraiser.
Tips for hiring the Right Personal Property Appraiser:
1) Ask for their formal experience training
2) Have they updated their training in the last 5 years?
3) What experience do they have in appraising your specific item?
4) How do they charge? Based on per piece, or by the hour?
5) What continuing education courses are they taking to stay current?
Appraisers are not "Authenticates," but are trained to conduct proper research to determine an unbiased justified opinion of value. Going to your local antique dealer and getting an appraisal report is not the same as a through researched USPAP-compliant report that will be accepted by the IRS as well as in court.
About Elodie Cardon:
Elodie Cardon, ISA,
is a member of the International Society of Appraisers (Pensacola) practicing as a personal property appraiser specializing in Antiques, Paintings, Decorative arts, and Sterling Silver.
education includes completion of the International Society of Appraisers' (ISA) Core course in Appraisals Studies, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course, and the ISA antiques and residential contents course.
was raised in Lyon, France,
and was mentored in the antiques and decorative arts business from her family's business. Ms. Cardon
has been active in the industry in the United States since 2001 and became a US Citizen in 2003. Ms. Cardon is currently based in Pensacola, Florida,
but due to her unique specialties, she meets with clients throughout the South Eastern United States. In addition to your USPAP appraisal, you will receive a complete professional profile of Ms. Cardon.
USPAP renewal course December 2017.
Expert Witness course 2006
Re-Qualification Course with International Style of Appraisers in 2006 & Feb 2011 & Feb 2018
Art History for the Generalist Appraiser 2004
Management School – France 1993-1996
Art Studies – France 1992
International Baccalaureate in Economics 1991
Experience: 2000 to present:
President & full time appraiser.
1999 to 2004: Kofski Antiques & Estate Sales – Palm Beach, FL
Store Operations Manager
Acted as Kofski Personal Property Appraiser’s assistant for Appraisers & Acquisition.
How to Prepare for an Estate Sale
How to Prepare for An Estate Sale
1 - Conduct a Search of the Home
search of the home is a great initial step to preparing for an estate sale.
People hide things, and valuable items lost long ago have a way of coming to
the surface once a home has been gone through item by item. Common places to
Look through clothing, books,
drawers, cupboards, boxes and closets.
Look under and behind
furniture. Pull drawers out and look behind them.
Attics, crawlspaces and
basements should be searched as well.
2- Secure or
Remove Personal Items
A good rule of
thumb to follow is, if it’s personal or valuable, remove or properly secure the
item. This can apply to items that other heirs may have no right to view or
know about, so secure diaries and journals. You’ll want to make sure you gather
together all financial records and/or other personal papers, and develop a
method for determining which of these should be retained for record-keeping
purposes. If there are firearms in a home, make sure they have been safely
unloaded, and then properly secured. Look for items such as:
Gold, silver, coins and jewelry
Firearms or ammunition
Materials of a sexual nature
Opened foodstuffs and alcohol
Items you do not want to sell
3- Should You Give Away or Donate Items?
Before deciding to donate or
give items away, it is prudent to have a professional evaluate items for their
values. This is a positive way to avoid costly mistakes. People find treasures
in thrift stores, and everyone has heard a story of a person who received an
item from the estate of a neighbor later determined to be worth a small
Then there are the countless
little things found in a home that get tossed or donated. It may surprise you
to learn that estate sales shoppers are willing buyers of a wide variety of
items. They’ll buy the toys, trinkets and dishes you think have no value; or
think you are better off throwing away.
The dollar value of the many
small, seemingly inconsequential items that every house contains has the
potential of creating thousands of dollars of income, so it’s a very good idea
to let professionals sell items on behalf of your estate. Resist the temptation
to randomly give away items to neighbors or distant relatives before you have
had a chance to consult with an estate liquidator. If you keep too much or give
too much away, you risk the possibility of not having enough to attract the
services of a competent estate sales company.
Here is a list of modestly
valued items which are sold every weekend at estate sales across the country.
These types of items can actually enhance the sale of items which have a much greater
Items of Modest Value Can be Sold.
Outdated Stereo Equipment
Old Paper, Magazines,
Stationery or Office Supplies
Bedding and Linen
Outdoor or Garden Items
Small Decorative Items
Please, don’t throw anything away!
What makes estate sales so compelling to shoppers – and what
gets them up early in the morning to go to a sale – is how items of modest
value are offered for sale alongside items of higher value. A successful sale
will have all price points represented, and as much variety as possible.
4 -Before you Call an Estate
Know What you Want to Sell
When you can explain in clear terms the specific items you and
your family are willing to sell, you can better communicate the precise scope
of your project to the Estate Sales Professional you are interviewing.
This will make the interview process proceed smoothly and
eliminate future confusion. This process is easier if the items you and your
family want to keep have been entirely removed from the home. If, as is often
the case, some of the items are still in the home and waiting to be picked up
later, take a little time and mark those items with a post-it note, a piece of
blue tape or any other way you think best to visibly mark those items. During
the interview process you can point to items which you have marked and let them
know those items are not to be sold.
Have Appraisals Ready
If you have had an appraisal made of your household contents, let
your estate liquidator know, and ask them if they can generate the values
suggested in the appraisal documents.
Ask Family and Friends for References
Great sources of referrals for an estate liquidator are family and
friends, as well as realtors, attorneys and CPAs. Ask around; it is always a
good idea to use a professional that has been vouched for by a person you