For more than 30 years RPAA has been providing America’s affluent with the finest personal property appraisals. RPAA is the longest continually operating nationwide personal property appraisal firm, with clients in 49 states.
When personal property appraisal was a “mom and pop” industry, RPAA was the trail blazer. RPAA is the first to create educational programs for insurance industry underwriters and claims personnel and in providing continuing education seminars across the entire country.
RPAA also gives “in-house” seminars and lectures for insurance personnel (which are utilized by every major insurance carrier). We also provide an up to date newsletter for the personal property insurance industry. Perhaps most notably, RPAA is the creator of the large scale group practice in personal property appraisal, the spreadsheet appraisal format and much more. With decades of experience using the large-scale group practice approach to appraising for insurance matters, RPAA stands miles above the rest.
The Project fees are divided into two parts :
1) An on-site fee per day for RPAA’s visit to your home. We come to you. Everything stays in your home, under your control, including your jewelry. We thoroughly inspect, catalog and photograph your collectibles. We are thorough and only book one visit per day.
2) An off-site (after the visit) hourly fee for all the time we expend in the market research, gathering data, determining the values of your collectibles, writing your customized report, and delivering it to you. There are not additional charges for RPAA’s travel time, photography and follow-ups with you or your insurance representatives. In rare occasions, travel expenses occur; If travel expenses apply we strive to keep these to a minimum, and these are discussed before the project begins. Progressive billing. A deposit may be requested to guarantee your on-site visit date(s). The on-site visit is billed at its conclusion.
Deciding on your appraisers should be given the same weight you use to choose legal, medical and accounting services.
A professional personal property appraisal is a legal document, a financial instrument, an asset protection and claims settlement guarantee, a consumer protection exercise; it can aid in last will and testament clauses, and assists estate planning and charitable gifting. RPAA approaches this work very seriously.
Your appraisal’s primary function is protection of your personal property assets, ensuring challenge-free claims settlement, particularly after a catastrophe. Your appraisal will be no better than the integrity of, and insurance industry trust in, the firm that produces it.
If your appraisal needs involve tax consequences please contact us by e-mail or phone for a full explanation of RPAA’s pertinent qualifications.We have no hidden agenda – we do not auction, buy or sell property. Excellence in appraisal practice is our only occupation.
We will thoroughly scrutinize, measure and photograph your items. We will ask for all paperwork related to the items, such as sales receipts, previous appraisals, provenance, repair and restoration reports, etc.
We respect your privacy and assure you that what we see and hear in your home remain confidential.
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