An item's fair market value, also called the auction value, is what you could reasonably expect it to sell for if you were to take it to auction tomorrow. It does not, however, factor in the commission and fees that auction houses typically take. Mearto specialists estimate this value, which is expressed as a range, based on recently achieved auction results for similar items.
If you’ve indicated an interest in selling your item, our specialists have recommended an asking price. This price may be slightly lower than the fair market value to set reasonable expectations. To learn more about opportunities to sell your item, please click HERE.
The insurance value is an estimate of the entire cost to replace your item if it were to be damaged, lost or stolen. This value, also called the retail replacement value, is higher to reflect retail prices and other replacement expenses, like shipping. At Mearto, this value is expressed as a single number and calculated automatically.
Mearto’s cornerstone product is the online fair market valuation, which we provide to every customer. If you indicated an interest in selling your item when you submitted it for an online appraisal, we also include a suggested asking price. If you did not indicate an interest in selling, we offer an insurance valuation as a courtesy, in the event that you want to take out an insurance policy or file a claim on your item.
The fair market value is estimated by our specialists and based on recently achieved auction results for similar items. We review data published by thousands of auction houses around the world. Upon request, we are happy to provide our comparables, and further clarification on the current economic and market fluctuations that determine value.
If your item were to be damaged, lost or stolen and you wanted to replace it in a short period of time, i.e. not wait until a similar item is offered at auction, you would have to pay retail prices, which tend to be much higher than auction prices. You would also incur additional expenses, like shipping. The insurance value is higher to account for these additional costs and to be sure that your insurance policy would cover the full cost of replacement.
Some insurance companies accept Mearto’s online appraisal. Others may require a physical examination of your item and more detailed documentation from a certified appraiser. Check with your insurance company and if the latter is required, feel free to use this directory of certified appraisers to find one in your area.
No. The IRS requires that appraisals for IRS Form 8283 Noncash Charitable contributions be performed by a certified appraiser that follows the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). We maintain a directory of certified appraisers on our website.