Insurance appraisals need professional standards

Sterling Silver flatware

Our appraisals are certified to the highest professional and federal standard (Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice), and follow the best professional practices of the ISA (International Society of Appraisers). These are among the highest standards in the industry. We provide evidence based valuation of replacement cost, inventories, and photography for you and your insurer.

Even the most comprehensive policy does no good if the replacement cost of the property has not been determined. Basic home-owner’s policies may not properly address the value of the items you treasure. If a claim must be made, your insurance company may require proof of value be established prior to the damage or loss. While it may be possible to appraise items after they have sustained damage or even been destroyed, there is never a clearer picture of your items value than while it is still whole. When you itemize your collection with a professional appraisal, there is peace of mind that nothing will be overlooked or undervalued.

We are qualified and experienced in providing appraisals to properly insure your art collection or treasured collectables. If you have modern designer furnishings or a curated mid-century home filled with period Eames chairs we will research the appropriate markets to value your items. We are adept at valuation of business equipment that may be in your home or large scale office complex. We generally can do most residential content.

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Art Appraisal in Chicago

Western oil painting

We offer qualified professional appraisal of antique or contemporary art. Our experience includes identification, cataloging and valuation of large collections or individual works. We serve the entire Chicago region and come to your home or office for inspection. Our appraisals are “professional independent conclusions of value” qualified for use with the IRS, legal documentation for trust, estates, or litigation, and certified for insurance. We bill by the hour and can provide realistic estimates for most tasks. Call now 312 715 7397 to schedule an appointment or no hassle estimate.

We have experience with painting, prints, etchings, craft objects, decorative arts, cultural property, design, or sculpture. When you have an eclectic collection of works and objects we are generally able to include anything in the home (or garage).

Divorce Appraisal

Appraisal of Home contents. Appraisal of firearms, guitars, or even kitchen equipment.

Appraisal of firearms, guitars, or even kitchen equipment.

A dissolution of marriage requires a well-supported, professional appraisal report that will hold up during litigation. If you find yourself in a battle of assets while settling a divorce Adams Appraisal can assist your attorneys with an accurate description and value of personal property.  More than just an antiques appraisal, we can establish value for household contents as well as specialty collections such as guitars, firearms, tools, vintage vehicles, silver, art pottery, furniture, fine art, and much more.

You are assured the best in service with professional courtesy, confidentiality, and top notch analysis. Working through the sensitive needs of your situation is not a problem. Client confidentiality is among the core ethics of professional appraisal practice.

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Donation Appraisal

We are qualified to evaluate fair market value for donation to a not-for-profit organization. In order to claim substantial IRS tax benefits the donation of material should be accompanied by a certified appraisal from a qualified appraiser. – *All our appraisals are certified according to the Federal standard, USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). “Qualified Appraiser” as defined by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 to make appraisals for Federal Tax purposes.

We are qualified to appraise;
Art, collectibles, antiques.
Home furniture, electronics, and decor.
Donation of product, business inventory, or equipment.
Salvage or surplus building materials.

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312 715-7397

Estate Appraisal for home contents and art


We provide certified professional documentation for Illinois probate court, IRS, and estate tax, trusts, or equitable distribution. We have experience working with fiduciaries, accountants, attorneys, and trust officers to fulfill your specific requirements. All our appraisals are Certified according to the Federal standard, USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). And our lead appraiser is a “Qualified Appraiser” as defined by the Pension Protection Act of 2006. to make appraisals for Federal Tax purposes.

We can help with the evaluation of an entire estate, or a few specific items. Our staff is capable of appraising the entire contents of the estate whatever it contains. Art, furnishings, vehicles, firearms, special collections, and general household content are just a few of the items we research and document regularly.

We can provide guidance on donation or liquidation of assets. Many people just want to know they are not mistaking a valuable item for trash. We offer peace of mind to those looking to hold their own estate sale and we are qualified to write donation appraisals for the IRS.

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