Kurt Shaw & Company, Inc.

Pittsburgh Area Appraiser of Art, Antiques, Furniture and Personal Property 

Insurance Appraisals

If you have art, antiques, furniture or other items of appreciable value, they should be covered by insurance. The first step in ensuring appropriate insurance coverage is having a written USPAP-compliant insurance appraisal of your valuable items. 

An appraisal report for insurance purposes typically is for retail replacement value of your valuable items. This report from Kurt Shaw & Company, Inc. will include a written inventory with descriptions and photographs of these items. This report will be signed by Kurt Shaw, President of Kurt Shaw & Company, Inc. and a certified International Fine Art Appraisers (IFAA) appraiser. 

Here's what to expect:

• On-site discovery phase: A visit to your home, business, or storage site with a physical inspection of your valuable items by a certified appraiser

• Off-site research and drafting: After the completion of the on-site discovery phase, the appraiser will research the items and draft the report.

• Report production: The written, USPAP-compliant retail replacement value report will be produced. This report will include an inventory, description, and photographs of the valuable items.

​How often should I have my personal property appraised for insurance purposes?

This depends upon the nature of the items to be insured.  However, valuable items may significantly fluctuate in value.  So, if it has been a few years since your last appraisal, you may wish to consider having your items appraised again.

Whether it's your first time insuring your items, it's been awhile since your last insurance appraisal, or your insurance carrier asks you to provide a current appraisal, contact Kurt Shaw & Company, Inc. for your appraisal needs.

International Fine Art Appraisers IFAA
American Alliance of Musuems AAM
American Bar Association ABA

Kurt Shaw & Company, Inc. works with institutional clients (e.g., museums, banks, law firms, healthcare organizations, and non-profits), estates, and individual private clients providing comprehensive personal property appraisal services.