of the Trade
First find out how
much your items are worth. It is recommended to have each item evaluated
….this is the most important step!
The price of each
item may vary depending on how and where the item is sold.
The following is
a list of market places to consider. Brian Lehman Evaluations Inc. cannot
be held responsible for your choice. We do not have a retail outlet
therefore do not purchase any items.
Sale: We can assist you with an Estate Sale Pros plan from
start to finish (usually an entire household). When an entire or partial
household needs to be sold, we will organize, sort and price all items
according to the current market. We attract hundreds of people
to the sale. This is accomplished over a 3-4 day time period. Prices
at the sale are higher than Garage Sales and in some cases, even higher
than Auctions. Previous sales have grossed $15000.00 to $175,000.00.
Expect to pay for expert advice. Call for information (403) 249-7333.
2. Internet: Very tricky today, most people want to buy it cheap and sell it high--and you must ship what you sell.
3. Retail/Consignment: Not many stores actually exist anymore that will consign your items. Many "collectors" stores have closed because of the internet.
to a collector: This person will ultimately appreciate your
item for their collection. Therefore, they may be more willing to pay
a higher market price.
Ad’s: Local classified ad’s only attract modest
interest. This usually comes
from dealers who can only afford to pay 25% of what they feel they can
get for an item. The local market is not recommended. Be careful who you invite into your home.
6. Sell to a dealer: This person will be buying your
item(s) to re-sell. Keep in mind that they will pay very little for
your item(s). See under classified ad’s.
7. Auction: This market may seem like an easy way to get rid of your items in a
hurry. Remember, there are no guarantees as to what dollars you will
make. You will pay a commision to the auctioneer which may be negotiable.
Predetermining the price you wish to receive is known as having a "reserve"
. With this method, you still owe the auctioneer a commision even if
the item does not sell. Be sure to clarify which method you wish prior
to the company picking up your items.
to ask your Insurance Agent/Broker
An hour spent going
through your policy, clause by clause, with your agent/broker is an
hour well spent. Here are a few questions to help you get the information
you need to better understand yours.
does my insurance cover?
You should know what is and is not covered, so you can make contingency
2. Is this
coverage right for my needs?
We all have individual needs and concerns and a generic policy might
not fit your specific requirements.
3. How can
I decide how much insurance I need to fully protect my home?
Many homeowners are surprised at the cost of rebuilding a home, especially
if theirs is only a few years old. If you are uncertain about whether
or not your home is insured for its replacement value, ask your insurance
kind of service does my insurance company provide?
You need to know if your company has claims offices across the country
and how you file a claim if you are out of town. You should also ask
what other services your insurance company provides.
5. Ask about
any terminology you don’t fully understand.
Remember, you are paying the agent/broker to serve your needs. If you
don’t understand your coverage, or what a term means, ask for
Q. Why do you need the contents of your home appraised?
A. Benefits of having a written appraisal report.
1. Insurance Protection - Claims
2. Asset Value - Matrimonial Property
- Collateral for the bank
- Personal portfolio
If you have insurance,
that’s great. What does your policy cover? We recommend you have
your items properly appraised with a written appraisal report including
photographs. We will go through each room in your home placing an inventory
number on each item, item description, photo and value of the object
over $50.00. Once the report is received, contact your insurance company
and ask them if the policy you currently have covers your assets in
the event of a loss. Simply make sure you have enough coverage.
What happens if items are stolen from your home?
A. This report can be conveniently handed over to police
& insurance company for proper identification.
What would happen if you had a fire in your home?
A. You must have a copy of your appraisal stored outside
of your home. If you are properly insured you won’t go through
the stress of recalling what you had to list for the insurance company.
When a loss occurs, it’s devastating to say the least. You probably
know someone who has gone through a claim; they will quickly tell you
that they still remember items that were never replaced, simply because
they couldn’t recall everything. From our experience working with
clients, the process is not to be imagined, it is too stressful for
words. Having to file a claim does not make you the bad guy.
Q. Will our insurance premiums go up if a claim is filed?
A. Definitely not during the year of the loss. However
the insurance company will likely increase your premiums slightly. Check
with your insurance company.
Q. Will our insurance costs increase if the value of my contents increases?
A. Not necessarily, the benefits of having your items
appraised will give you the piece of mind that you are properly insured.
For example: raising your content insurance from $100,000. coverage
to $150,000. coverage would likely only cost an additional $75. per
Q. Has your insurance broker ever been to your home?
A. You can’t expect the insurance company to
know the value of your items; insurance companies are not appraisers.
It’s your responsibility to provide proof of value in the event
We have helped hundreds
of clients over the years with totally different circumstances. We recommend
you have your items appraised by an accredited professional. At no time
should this party be allowed to purchase anything they appraise. There
is a definite conflict of interest.
"Treat your Treasures" properly
Care of Bronzes
Whether your bronze
is an art appreciation or an investment, it is important to know how
to properly care for your sculpture. Bronzes are relatively care free.
Regular dusting is the minimum of care it requires. If you do find a
need to clean your bronze more thoroughly, we have listed some cleaning
Remove dust with a damp sponge. To dislodge imbedded material from deep
crevices, try using a Cutip, though proceed carefully.
- Do not use metal
objects or wire brushes.
- Do not apply
abrasives, such as cleaners; these materials will scratch the finish.
To bring out the natural-looking highlights, rub the bronze figure vigorously
with a silicone treated cloth. This can be purchased at any gun dealer.
Apply the preservative to a soft damp cloth and wipe it over the surface
of the bronze. Next, rub the surface with a dry soft rag, the more you
rub the surface, the higher the luster.
lock or watch oil
Apply the oil with a long bristled paint brush. Cover the entire figure
with oil and allow the oil to set. After a few minutes, wipe the surface
with a soft cloth, thus leaving the figure with a pleasing moist look.
For general everyday upkeep, clean your bronze figure with pledge and
a soft clean cloth. This will give it a protective wax finish and alleviate
the dust, which can destroy the patina.
care of paintings
Original oil paintings
will prove a lasting joy and sound investment for you and your family.
Here are some pointers to aid you in the presentation and maintenance
of your paintings.
changes can sometimes cause the canvas to become loose. Any folds
in the painting may be straightened by lightly sprinkling water on
the back of the canvas and then by placing it either over a hot air
register or by placing it directly in the sunlight where it will shrink.
Extremely loose canvas may have to be re-stretched.
- Any dust that
accumulates on the oil painting should be removed by lightly brushing
a damp cloth over the canvas. Velvet paintings can be cleaning regularly
with a vacuum cleaner attachment – but not with a damp cloth.
Miracle brush can be used on a velvet surface, but never on the paint.
- Paintings should
be hung in such a manner that they are not at an angle. Hang the paintings
using wire or hooks pulled as tightly as possible, or by hanging the
paintings on two headless or finishing nails placed on an even level
(about ¼” – ½” apart), and protruding
about half an inch from the wall.
more tip…..be careful of the sunlight. Get advice on how and where
to hang good quality art.
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of these companies.
Lehman Evaluations Inc Canadian
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Phone: (403) 854-2572
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