A professioanl appraisal can resolve questions or disputes concerning value.
It is an impartial, objective, third-party evalutaion.


How to Prepare for an Appraisal

Contact us to confirm the assignment details and arrange an appointment. If possible, have the properties easily accessible for examination.

If you have supporting materials such as purchase information or documentation (such as bills of sale, old appraisals, family provenance letters), try to have these avaialable as well.

faqs_cost You may need an appraisal to: Obtain Insurance, Settle an Estate, Dissolve a Marriage, Make a Donation, Buy or Sell an Object, Establish Damage or Loss, Provide an Expert Opinion in a Legal Matter, or just because.

faqs_cost There is no State or Federal licensing for personal property appraising. Therefore, diligent appraisers distinguish themselves through professional organizations. The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) qualifies its members through rigorous education, testing and peer review. ASA has over 5,000 members nationally, accredited in all appraisal disciplines. We are among them

faqs_cost Our fees are by the hour, or on a flat fee basis. We never charge a percentage of appraised value. Please consult of fee schedule, or contact us for a quote.

faqs_cost From date of examination to completion of the report is generally a 4-8 week period. A shorter time frame may be arranged by contacting our office.

faqs_cost Appraisal assignments have 3 parts: Property Examination, Valuation Research and Report Writing. Examination takes place where the property is located. Generally, we come to you. Research takes place in the market and report writing concludes at our Laguna Beach office.

faqs_cost An appraisal is valuation advice. Generally, most clients want that advice in a written, report form. Currently we deliver most of our reports electronically.

faqs_cost An appraisal report is a multi-page document that communicates the value opinion. It should include at minimum, the type of value, intended use, effective date of value, names of the client and appraiser, the appraiser’s signature, fee structure, scope of work, property identification, photographs and value conclusion.

Clients often ask us this question. The simple answer is that an appraisal is a value opinion that is only as good as its method and support. There is no absolute authority. However, a Gillett and Caudana appraisal answers the appropriate value question with credibility and therefore, serves the needs of the client. We do it right.

faqs_cost Sentiment may be a reason for getting an appraisal. However it doesn’t add value. As for unique items, we find properties that are as similar as possible; then build an argument for value using those known objects and reasoning to a credible opinion.

faqs_cost Research, comparables and judgement are the basic method of appraisal. A real estate appraiser researches sales of comparable homes when estimating market value for your home. We apply the same method to personal property. A Gillett and Caudana appraisal is not an unfounded opinion, but one grounded in market facts.

Yes. Sheryl and Stephen have been recognized as expert witnesses in Superior Courst of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.