I am a credentialed appraiser. Most of the comments herein present good advice. If you reside on the West Coast, Jim Polk (Ojai, CA) is a world class trailer appraiser. Should you reside in other parts of the country, here is a website whereat you will find both credentialed and qualified appraisers: www.vehiclevaluationservices.com/.
I would add this "everybody wins" suggestion to the discourse. The most expensive aspect of any on-site appraisal - and any appraiser worth his salt will require such for a restored trailer - is travel cost. Best way to lower the individual expense is to arrange for an appraiser to conduct his service at a rendezvous or camp-in event. Doing multiple inspections at a single event lowers the expense for all.
FINALLY ..... Please, P L E A S E ..... Take multiple high-quality in-process photos of the restoration process! We need to see what was done to repair the wood framing and plywood inner coverings. Please include before, in-process and after photographs. There is no practical means by which to optimize your project's completed valuation lacking this evidence.
In my particular case, I cover West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and travel to selected Southern California meets with sufficient multiple engagements. I am credentialed by the American Society of Appraisers as an "Accredited Senior Appraiser", their highest operating designation, and USPAP compliant through August 2019. My website is: www.apraizr.com. Thank you.
Post by swirlygirls on Sept 10, 2015 6:24:57 GMT -8
I just finished Dottie and wanted to get her insured as soon as possible before anything bad or weird happened. I read all the information in this and previous threads and here's what I did. First I called Blue Moon Caravans in Montana. He specializes in restoring Airstreams and also does appraisals. These are very simple appraisals. He reviewed all my photos (and there were a lot which documented everything). He sent me a very brief note giving me the appraised value. Assuming you've done a competent job, he appraises it based on what he would have charged to do the work and restore the trailer. And speaking of money, he only charges $25 for an appraisal. That is not a typo. He told me he makes his money off restorations, not appraisals and he's happy to do them.
I then called FCIS insurance in Iowa as suggested by member Chametzoo and talked to Robin Nelson. She reviewed the brief appraisal form and told me that even though it was brief, it was acceptable. She looked at a few photos and then wrote a policy through Progressive for $257/year (an agreed upon value policy).