ANTIQUE VALUATION SERVICE
Family Law Settlements
Valuables & Household Contents Appraisal
Professional advice and valuations of your Antiques,
Valuables and Household Contents
Advice on Tax Incentives for the Cultural Gifts Program
Discover what your valuables are really worth
Catherine Ricketts & Kevin Parker have over 30 years experience in the antique trade, have a profound knowledge and are nationally recognised antique dealers.
Government Approved Valuer
+61 411 709 669
Australian & European
+61 411 709 660
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Q: I am not sure about whether I have something valuable or not. What should I do? Will you charge me for your advice?
A: You may send me some photos. I will make a sight-unseen valuation to the best of my abilities and will let you know whether it is worth a separate valuation. If the item is not worthy of a valuation, I will not charge you for my services.
Q: How do I approach you regarding a valuation?
A: With a small valuable item, you may email me with detailed photos or bring the item in for me to evaluate on the spot. With household contents or large items, I will give you a price quotation on distance involved for an on-site visit and hours involved before finalising a scheduled appointment, if required.
Q: How do you give a valuation?
A: Valuation will vary according to either market valuation or insurance valuation. Market value is what the item is expected to realise when offered for sale. Insurance value is the estimate of the cost of reinstating the item with a new modern equivalent for insurance purposes. This is also referred to as replacement value.
Q: How much will it cost me for your valuation service?
A: My fee depends on whether: (1) I sight the item; (2) I value it through photographs; or (3) I visit you on-site.
Q: I am an executor of a deceased estate. Do you do on-site valuations?
A: Yes, we do. You will need to make an appointment for a suitable time. I will give you an approximate verbal quote according to distance and time that may be involved. If you want to go ahead, we can schedule an appointment. I will come to you and photograph and make a full inventory of the contents and then compile a valuation. My valuation will reflect fair market value at the time of assessment for the purpose of either resale or family division.
Q: How will I receive my valuation?
A: I can submit my valuation to you electronically, or print it and post to you or both.
Q: What should I do to get a valuation on a damaged item for an insurance claim?
A: Take some photos of the damaged item and email them to me with some information relating to the item, I will quote you our fee and advise whether the item is worth for the claim. I need to inspect the damaged item when you agree to proceed with the report.
Q: Do you value jewellery?
A: Yes - vintage jewellery with gold and silver. If there is a large gemstone involved, I suggest you request a valuation from an expert jewellery valuer. Please keep in mind that with most jewellery, the value is generally in the weight of the precious metal - gold or silver, unless the item is of a significant historical value.