Novotny Appraisal Services in Los Angeles: Appraisal Report


Novotny's judgment as a personal property appraiser and antiques appraiser is informed by exceptional market experience with most personal property types since 1979 (40+ years). His personal property appraisal report will disclose his scope of work, assumptions and limiting conditions so that the assignment results will be meaningful to the client, not misleading and be properly understood. He consults, as needed, with specialists for rare and unusual properties. A personal property appraisal report, whether written or oral, must be credible, meaningful, appropriate, complete, sufficient and relevant to intended use. It should be consistent with his peer's report in similar assignments and expectations of typical intended users. A comparison with his peers is always assignment specific. Such comparison are used to determine if the scope of work was sufficient.

William Novotny has in-depth knowledge of the theory, methods and report writing. He is a USPAP expert. He has taught from three to five day long Theory, Methods and Report Writing classes to personal property appraisers on several occasions over the years. Since 2002 he has been certified by the AQB to teach other personal property appraisers the minimum standards of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).  Novotny will identify and solve your personal property appraisal problem efficiently, cost effectively and credibly using the best, most relevant and cost effective reporting option. He provides distant appraisals and online appraisals without inspection in Los Angeles and Nationally.


​Antiques and General Personal Property Appraiser: Knowledge and Experience


William Novotny, a general personal property appraiser, and owner of Novotny Appraisal Services in Los Angeles has forty (40) years of experience as a general personal property appraiser, antiques dealer and estate sale agent. He has over 20 years as a full time personal property appraiser and antiques appraiser since 1996.  During the period in which he was an antique dealer (1979-1999) he regularly attended most weekly and monthly Los Angeles and Southern California estate auctions. He priced all manner of general personal property objects for retail sales at his various antique stores (largest 20,000 sq. ft.) and at his exhibits at antique malls and antique shows between 1979 and 1999. Find out more!

He also has over a quarter century of experience conducting residential contents estate sales (1990 - 2018). He has liquidated the contents of homes loaded with antiques and all types of personal property that required exceptional knowledge and experience with all types of property and the various relevant markets in which the property can be sold. It was a challenging task seeking to obtain the highest selling price while being mindful the client no longer desires ownership and that liquidation was the objective.

Throughout his valuation career he has faithfully embraced daily study of personal property and antique objects and markets. To this day he regularly reviews a wide variety of national auction results (prices realized and reported) from hundreds of auction houses over the past 10+ years. 

Nearly each day he selects a book or specialist magazine from his library regarding a property type and studies it. His daily study since 1979 delved deeply into general furniture, antiques, fine art, all types of Asian objects (his primary focus for the last five years), decorative art objects, collectibles, glass, porcelain, textiles, books, ephemera, records and most types of ordinary personal property and residential contents. He is able to identify most  types of rare, unusual and highly desirable objects.


He is familiar with Native American objects which he bought, sold and collected for many years.  Throughout his career he focused his daily study on Asian porcelain, lacquer, furniture and other historical objects made on China, Japan and Korea and surrounding countries. He lived in Japan for two years while serving in the Army from 1966-1968. He became fluent in Japanese and visited many Tokyo Museum exhibits, as well as in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. He has bought, sold, priced and valued Asian objects since 1979.


William Novotny is qualified and competent to value most types of general antiques, household contents and general personal property credibly.

        ‣  Formal or Verbal Appraisals 

​​​ Types of Intended Uses


Novotny's valuation and market knowledge can solve challenging appraisal problems 


Novotny's 15 Hour USPAP courses cover all ethical and competency requirements that apply to the development and reporting of appraisal or appraisal review assignments as well as the USPAP requirements that always apply when acting as an appraiser. 

Novotny's 7 Hour USPAP Update course covers all changes that were implemented by the ASB for 2016-2017; it also explores many advanced issues that are commonly confronted and often confusing to appraisers. 

In all of his USPAP classes Novotny alway uses many personal property real world scenarios that are based on his extensive experience as an appraiser, antique dealer and estate liquidator. 


Find out more about Online or Onsite USPAP and other appraisal courses taught by Bill Novotny

When you need your personal property valued contact Novotny. Have your personal property appraised in Los Angeles.
Novotny has been pricing or appraising personal property in Los Angeles since 1979.

An Expert Personal Property Appraiser and Antiques Appraiser 

Novotny is a general Los Angeles antiques and personal property appraiser competent with most complete residential contents including objects that are rare and unusual. His object knowledge is linked to multiple market levels and relevant demand factors.

 Equitable Distribution


Assignment Types and Intended Uses

​Antiques and Personal Property Appraiser. Competent with Most Property Types and Most Assignment Types (Intended Uses)


When you retain Novotny as a personal property and antiques appraiser he will: 
  • act competently and ethically,
  • properly identify and understand your valuation problem,
  • determine and perform the scope of work necessary to solve your appraisal problem credibly,
  • determine the applicable value definition and research the appropriate market level,
  • ​properly report his value opinions, analyses and conclusions in a manner that is meaningful, relevant, complete, appropriate, easily understandable and not misleading, 
  • provide a signed USPAP Certification 
  • Novotny WILL NOT BUY: Novotny has no interest in purchasing any object you wish to sell. Such interest would be perceived as a conflict.

‣ Insurance & Damage Claims

Your personal property can't be inspected? 

Read Novotny's 2008 published article that explains the requirements and solutions.

Novotny is a Los Angeles residential contents appraiser competent with most types of personal property including rare and unusual objects based on 38 years of market experience. Find out about his Oral Appraisal service which is most cost effective! Call 626-292-2224. Read more about the types of items he appraises.

Barstow CA area  blacksmith shop closed and untouched since 1950s appraised by Novotny

Wm Spratling prototype Alaskan

silver mask donated to LACMA

and appraised by Novotny

Valuation Problems


Beware of Appraiser Negligence and Incompetency


Personal property and antiques appraisers are not licensed or regulated in California, nor in any other state. Any person can represent that they are an appraisal expert and to have the valuation knowledge possessed by appraisers. Many lack training in appraisal theory, methodology and report writing. Many lack the required knowledge and experience that is necessary to develop and report credible valuation assignment results. Many are unfamiliar with USPAP, which is the minimum standards necessary to support appraiser credibility. Beware of appraiser negligence and incompetency.


Check credentials carefully before hiring an appraiser. Accredited membership in a recognized professional personal property appraisal society will establish that an appraiser has met the professional association's minimum experience, training and educational requirements. Professional societies and associations require their members to comply with USPAP and abide by their ethical and report writing standards. Appraisers without such membership are less likely to understand the appraisal problem and solution and are often ill equipped to provide credible opinions, analyses and conclusions. Novotny has been an accredited member of ISA since 1996.

Ask any appraiser you interview whether or not they have successfully completed the 15-Hour USPAP course, passed the required test and always provide a signed USPAP certification when providing a valuation conclusion. Ask about their membership in professional appraisal societies or associations. If the answer is no - proceed cautiously!

Novotny will always comply with USPAP, the ANA and ISA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and the ISA Report Writing Standard when acting as an appraiser. In each and every appraisal assignment Novotny has a signed USPAP certification.


Other Services and Related Websites


Visit Novotny's Antiques, now known as Novotny's Antique Gallery and operated by Shauna Novotny since 2000. It was initially opened by Bill Novotny in 1979. He was a full time antique and general residential contents dealer for 20 years. 

See Novotny's CV 
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Visit his new ESTATE SALE website: Appraised Estate Sale
Visit his new Novotny personal property appraiser website: Personal Property Valued

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​A General Los Angeles Personal Property Appraiser

​​The appraiser's developmental and reporting objectives depend on how it will be used by the client and intended users. The value problem must be properly identified to determine the scope of work needed to conclude the assignment competently.              

Personal Property Appraiser 
Antiques Appraiser 
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A competent, ethical general personal property appraiser in Los Angeles with 40 years of valuation experience in all market levels, assignment types and most property types.  If value is in doubt find out! Call 626-292-2224

‣  Trust Management & Decision Making

The #1 Reason a Client should Trust an Appraiser: USPAP!


In 1987 the Appraisal Foundation (TAF) was authorized by Congress to be the source of minimum appraisal standards (USPAP) and appraiser qualifications. Since then each state is required to implement these minimum standards and qualifications whenever an appraiser is licensed. The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) is recognized and embraced by Congress, regulators, government agencies, the IRS, the courts and the insurance and banking industry.  USPAP establishes the minimum standards for all appraisers. Compliance with USPAP is necessary to establish a basis for trust between the appraiser and the client. Clients have a reason to invest their trust in the appraiser when the appraiser complies with USPAP while following the appraisal process.

Demand Credibility. The primary task of the personal property appraiser is to properly understand the client's valuation problem, especially the client's intended use. The final task of the appraiser is to ensure that the valuation report is worthy of belief relevant to intended use. Avoid appraiser Incompetency.


Novotny is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor


The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) USPAP Instructor Certification Program was implemented in February 2002 to certify USPAP Instructors to properly teach the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Since January 1, 2003, only AQB Certified USPAP Instructors have been permitted to teach the National USPAP Courses (15-hour and 7-hour courses) that are required of appraisers. Novotny is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor. In 2003 Novotny became the first personal property appraiser to be certified as a National AQB USPAP Instructor. 

Insurance Purposes

Moving and Storage/Damage Claims

Trust and Probate
Estate Planning and Management

Dissolution of Marriage
Equitable Distribution
Down-sizing Consultations

Antiques Appraiser

 ​IRS Tax Purposes

Norman Rockwell  (American, 1894-1978)
Depicting a mock jury, signed and dated.

 ​Dissolution of Marriage

Bill Novotny seeks a thorough understanding of the Client's presenting appraisal problem when first contacted.  All later decisions are based on this understanding.

‣  ​Sales Advisory

 ​Appraisal Reviews

All personal property appraisers should comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) which establishes the minimum ethical and performance standards necessary to protect public trust in appraisers. 


The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) was authorized by Congress in 1987 to be the source of standards for appraisers. In 2002 Novotny was the first personal property appraiser in the USA to be certified by the Appraisal Foundation (TAF) to teach USPAP to personal property appraisers .  Novotny is currently certified as an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor until 2022 at which time he will recertify. Register now with Appraisal Course Associates (ACA) for a scheduled personal property live webinar: 7-Hour USPAP Update Course presented online. Read 60 unsolicited reviews from 2012 to 2018 submitted by past students that completed an Online 7 Hour USPAP Update Course by ACA, a TAF approved USPAP  course provider.


Call Novotny at (626) 292-2224 to discuss your valuation problem and determine if Novotny is the right personal property appraiser to solve your appraisal problem. He will decline any assignment for which he lacks sufficient knowledge and experience to conclude the assignment competently.





 ​Litigation Support

A personal property appraiser and antiques appraiser must be independent, objective, impartial and unbiased. Appraisal opinions and conclusions must always be credible and competently and ethically developed.

A formal appraisal report is a professional, carefully written signed document that complies with required standards and is suitable for submission to insurance companies, the courts, the Internal Revenue Service and all private clients. 

Novotny will provide meaningful and well reasoned opinions of value that are worthy of belief by every client and identified intended user for each appraisal assignment he performs including oral appraisals of residential contents.

Types of Items

Unique Challenging Appraisals


Novotny welcomes inquiries regarding unusual, complex and challenging general antiques and personal property appraisal problems. He will work carefully to determine the most cost effective way to solve your valuation problem. He has carefully developed USPAP compliant reporting options to apply to the presenting valuation problem. He can provide the best and most cost effective reporting option relevant to your specific needs and the needs of intended users that you may identify.

Types of Personal Property Commonly Encountered and Appraised


General European, Asian and American Historic and some Contemporary Objects as well as rare items 


  • Antiques and Decorative Art Objects
  • Fine Art, paintings, prints, and sculpture
  • Furniture, Folk Art and Collectible Objects
  • Glass, Ceramics, Metals and Lighting Objects
  • Textiles, Rugs & Carpets, Quilts, Samplers and Couture etc.
  • Ephemera, Books, Posters 
  • Military, Sporting and Scientific Objects
  • Far East Asian Objects, Japan, China, Korea
  • Native American Objects
  • Rare Records (33, 45, & 78 RPM), Compact Discs and Musical Objects
  • Depreciating Residential Contents and Ordinary Household Goods (without research when confident)
  • Learn more about the property types appraised by Novotny.

 Call Novotny in Los Angeles area:  626-292-2224


 personal property appraiser

 A General Los Angeles Personal Property Appraiser  

"Value in Doubt? Find Out!"


Litigation Support
Expert Witness Testimony    
Deposition and Trial (other states)

Appraisal Reviews

IRS Tax Appraisals

Sales Advisory

Inventory Documentation