Find a certified antiques appraiser by searching professional organization websites, such as the American Society of Appraisers, Appraisers Association of America and International Society of Appraisers, for a list of members and their contact information. Appraisers are not licensed, so maintaining a membership or certification with an appraisal society is one way appraisers demonstrate their commitment to professional standards and ethics.
The American Society of Appraisers has the most in-depth search engine for finding appraisers and is the largest professional organization in the United States. The search features allows you to look for appraisers in your area by ZIP code, state, province or territory. It also allows you to search for appraisers who have a specific discipline, who belongs to a certain industry or who has a listed American Society of Appraisers specialty. The search engine also allows you to search for specific appraisers, so you can find out if they are certified.
You can also narrow the search to appraisers who are experienced as expert witness in court proceedings, who can serve as Internal Revenue Service appraisers or who have experience appraising items for a relationship dissolution, like divorce. The American Society of Appraisers also lets you find appraisers who offer online appraisals or appraisers who reject fee assignments.
Once the search is complete, the website returns a table of appraisers that includes their name, discipline, specialty, location and a link to their profile. The full profile offers the email address, street address, phone number and website of the appraiser, so you can easily contact the appraisers you find.