Appraisal Services



Waddington’s has been providing professional appraisal services for over 160 years. Our specialists are internationally recognized as experts in their fields. We create comprehensive written appraisals with objective, justified values that can be prepared to ISA and USPAP standards.

There are many reasons for which you may require an appraisal including:
- Estate Planning and Tax Reporting
- Insurance Coverage or Loss/Damage Claims
- Equitable Distribution
- Charitable Donation
- Donation of Certified Cultural Property
- Bankruptcy, Divorce or Partnership Dissolution

Whether a simple valuation for sale or a complex inventory, we can provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions. We can also provide verbal appraisals when circumstances warrant a more informal, lower cost approach.

Please contact Ellie Muir, member of ISA and USPAP certified, to discuss your appraisal needs. Appraisals@waddingtons.ca

Click Here to Meet Our Appraisers

Our Appraisal Services

Estate Planning and Tax Reporting
In the case of an estate, a fair market value appraisal is used for the function of determining estate administration taxes and to assist in the division of property. According to the Canada Revenue Agency the generally accepted meaning for Fair Market Value is “the highest price, expressed in terms of money, that the property would bring in an open and unrestricted market between a willing buyer and a willing seller who are both knowledgeable, informed and prudent, and who are acting independently of each other”.

Insurance Coverage or Loss/Damage Claims
Whether you require an appraisal for insurance coverage, to file a loss claim, or because you are shipping or moving items and it is required by your mover, our insurance appraisals will minimize any risk of you not receiving the full value for your property, yet ensure you aren’t overpaying for coverage.

Charitable Donation
When you donate property to a registered charity, you qualify for a tax credit based on 75% of the fair market value of the property. If the deduction is $1000 or greater, you are required by Revenue Canada to have a fair market value appraisal. Capital gains taxes must be paid on the difference between the fair market value and the price at the time of purchase.

Donation of Certified Cultural Property
Certified cultural property donations bring the greatest tax benefits, as they are not subject to capital gains tax. You can claim the full 100% of the appraised fair market value. If the donation is $50,000 or less you will require one fair market value appraisal. If the value is greater than $50,000 you are required to submit two appraisals, prepared independently of each other. The appraisals must meet the format guidelines established by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.

Certified Cultural Property is described by Revenue Canada as a property of outstanding significance and national importance to Canada, for which the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board has issued a certificate. if the cultural property is not certified, the donation is considered a regular gift in kind and you will receive an official donation receipt based on the fair market value however you will not receive the same tax advantages as a certified cultural property. Regardless of whether the cultural property is certified or not, you will require a fair market value appraisal for gifts $1000 or greater in value.
sign up for our email newsletter


UPCOMING AUCTIONS & EVENTS



Asian Art Online Auction
August 22 - 25, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 23 August 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Inuit Art Online Auction
August 22 - 25, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 23 August 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


"Off the Wall" Online Auction
August 22 - 25, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 23 August 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

View the Auction Gallery


Rugs and Carpets Online Auction
August 22 - 25, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 23 August 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Inuit Art Online Auction
September 12 - 15, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 13 September 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Decorative Arts Online Auction
September 12 - 15, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 13 September 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Fine Wine Online Auction
September 12 - 20, 2016


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday 20 September 2016

Under the authority of the LCBO


Jewellery & Watch Auction
including Numismatics
Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 1:00 pm


On View:
Tuesday 13 September 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 14 September 2016
from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Canadian Art Online Auction
September 19-22, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 20 September 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 21 September 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Thursday 22 September 2016
from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

View the Preview Gallery


Asian Art Online Auction
September 26 - 29, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 27 September 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Unusual Gemstone Jewellery Online Auction
September 26 - 29, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 27 September 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Fine Prints & Photography Online Auction
October 1-6, 2016


On View:
October 1-6, 2016

Weekday gallery hours
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend gallery hours
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

View the Preview Gallery


Art with Heart ( Auction Preview )

October 12-17, 2016

Weekday gallery hours
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend gallery hours
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm


Shades of Grey: Prints & Photography Online Auction
October 27–November 3, 2016


On View:
October 27–November 3, 2016

Weekday gallery hours
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend gallery hours
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

View the Preview Gallery


Contemporary Art Online Auction
October 27–November 3, 2016


On View:
October 27–November 3, 2016

Weekday gallery hours
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend gallery hours
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm


Inuit Art Online Auction
November 7 - 10, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 8 November 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Jewellery & Watch Auction
including Numismatics
Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 1:00 pm


On View:
Tuesday 8 November 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9 November 2016
from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Fine Spirits Online Auction
November 14 - 22, 2016


This auction will start closing at 4:00 pm on Tuesday 22 November 2016

Under the authority of the LCBO


Fine Wine Online Auction
November 14 - 22, 2016


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday 22 November 2016

Under the authority of the LCBO


The Arts of Canada Auction
Monday 21 November 2016 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Friday 18 November 2016
from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday 19 November 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 20 November 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 21 November 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Asian Art Auction
Monday 28 November 2016 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 26 November 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 27 November 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 28 November 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Fine Jewellery Auction
Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 26 November 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 27 November 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 28 November 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Decorative Arts Auction
Monday 5 December 2016 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 3 December 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 4 December 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 5 December 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


International Art Online Auction
December 2-8, 2016


On View:
Saturday 3 December 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 4 December 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 5 December 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon