We are personal property specialists, appraising antiques, fine art and residential contents for individuals, attorneys, businesses and institutions. Based in Houston, Texas, we serve clients around the country, writing appraisals or working as appraisal consultants for insurance matters, estate affairs, donations, divorces, etc. Since we do not buy items we appraise or accept any assignment in which we might have a vested interest, our services are completely unbiased. Our fees are based on an hourly rate, never on a percentage or any other "contingency" fees. Whatever your appraisal needs are, we can help.
Szescila Appraisal Service is owned by Beth Szescila, a certified appraiser of personal property, one of less than 25 members of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) around the world who are certified in 2 different disciplines, those being Antiques and Residential Contents, as well as Fine Arts. She has served as the Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Directors of that organization, which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has served as the President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of ISA. For 5 years she was the lead instructor of ISA's™ specialty course, "The Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents", taught nationwide. Ms. Szescila has been an appraiser on the nationally syndicated television show, "The Antiques Roadshow", since its first season and has made guest appearances on A & E's™ "The Incurable Collector" and on Houston PBS's™ "Bayou City Treasures". "Appraisal Tips for the Savvy Collector", the class she taught at Rice University, has been featured on "Antiques Roadshow FYI". She frequently speaks on antique and appraisal related topics.