When you are ill, you look for a doctor with initials like M.D. or M.D.P.A. Tooth ache? You want a doctor with the critical initials D.D.S. Now while you may not know the exact meaning of these letters, you want the best trained person to treat you and not the guy who when asked says: “he’s not a doctor, he stayed at a major hotel chain last night”. The same should be true when you are seeking an appraiser. You want a person who is educated and trained in researching, writing, and product knowledge to perform this service. You want a person who is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property by a major appraisal organization or accrediting school. What sets the Certified Appraiser apart is the amount of time spent in acquiring the knowledge and testing, the experience appraising the subject property and an appraisal that meets the standards of USPAP-the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. These standards are established not only for real estate appraisers, but for personal property appraisers and are looked at by government entities as the guidelines for a professional appraiser. So just as you would not go to a doctor or dentist who is not trained and knowledgable in their field, when you need an appraisal, look for the professional. The North Texas ISA chapter website will help you find an appraiser to meet your needs. This appraiser is proud to be a member of NTISA and a past president of the chapter. If you need a specialist appraiser, call me.