Professional Appraisals, Backed With Experience

Steve Minor Appraisals has nearly three decades' experience serving appraisal clients nationwide—including attorneys, insurance companies, museums, universities, collectors, estates, and private individuals. We offer the resources and expertise to appraise most antiques, art, collectibles, decorative accessories, and general personal property found in a typical home, collection, or estate.

We customize our appraisal work to fit the requirements of the insurance company, the legal situation, or your unique needs. In every case, we maintain close contact with clients and total confidentiality.

Unsure whether or not you need a professional appraisal? Or what to expect for your fees? This FAQ can help—or feel free to contact us at (919) 622-4184 to find out more.

What is an appraisal?
An appraisal is an unbiased, researched, and supportable estimation of a defined type of value. It must be done by a professional who fully understands the property being appraised, as well as the intricacies of the marketplace and the complex variety of marketplace definitions that are used to determine the appropriate level of value for the various types of appraisals.
When do I need a professional appraisal?
An appraisal is a necessary process in many situations, whether you are…
  • adequately insuring property
  • settling an estate
  • estate planning
  • making donations
  • determining insurance loss
  • determining equitable distribution.

Well-founded knowledge, experience, and research support our appraisal valuations. All appraisals we perform are accompanied by a clearly written and illustrated report that will fulfill any insurance, legal, or IRS need.

How do I know when I need to hire an appraisal professional?
Not every situation requires a formal appraisal document or extensive research. So we offer different services tailored to the client’s unique need. In some circumstances we will do verbal consultations or offer an opinion of value based on photographs—but only if we feel we can offer a valid opinion in that manner.
What is the appraisal process?
The appraisal process typically includes a personal examination of the properties to be valued, recording all relevant factors that influence value, and taking measurements and photographs. The appraisal process continues in our office with market research to determine and support the assigned value of each object. The final step is the preparation of the appraisal document, which usually includes a detailed description of each object, and producing the final document.
How much does a professional appraisal cost?
Appraisal fees are charged strictly on an hourly basis and include the time we are on-site examining and photographing the properties. Our fee is $100.00 per hour for the time spent on the premises. There is rarely an additional charge for research or documentation. You will find our fees to be the most reasonable in the profession, while we maintain the highest level of accuracy and professional services.
What happens after a professional appraisal?
Often, securing a professional appraisal is one step in a legal or insurance process. Other times, clients wish to sell appraised items as part of the orderly liquidation of an estate or collection. Steve Minor Appraisals has an excellent record of planning and conducting estate tag sales.

Professional Experience

Extensive experience in the liquidation of large and small estates, specialized private collections, museum deaccessions and commercial properties.

  • Appraisals performed for:
  • Private individuals
  • Insurance companies
  • Law firms
  • Local and state governments
  • Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum
  • The Smithsonian
  • The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
  • Old Salem
  • The Museum of the Lower Cape Fear
  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • The Mordecai House, Raleigh, NC
  • The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
  • The Cupola House, Edenton, NC
  • The Alamance Battlefield Museum
  • The Maud Gatewood Estate and Collection
  • The Joel Lane House, Raleigh, NC
  • The North Carolina State Capitol
  • The Pope House, Raleigh, NC
  • Historic Hope Plantation, Plymouth, NC
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • The Gregg Museum, North Carolina State University
  • The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
  • The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC