Service Terms and Conditions

Introduction

These terms and conditions outline the rules and regulations for the use of Down From The Attic's Services.

By contacting Down From The Attic in order to undertake our services, we assume you accept these terms and conditions in full. Do not submit any information to Down From The Attic if you do not accept all of the terms and conditions stated on this page.

The following terminology applies to these Terms and Conditions, Privacy Statement and Disclaimer Notice and any or all Agreements: “Client”, “You” and “Your” refers to you, the person accessing this website and accepting the Company’s terms and conditions. “The Company”, “Ourselves”, “We”, “Our” and “Us”, refers to our Company. “Party”, “Parties”, or “Us”, refers to both the Client and ourselves, or either the Client or ourselves. All terms refer to the offer, acceptance and consideration of payment necessary to undertake the process of our assistance to the Client in the most appropriate manner, whether by formal meetings of a fixed duration, or any other means, for the express purpose of meeting the Client’s needs in respect of provision of the Company’s stated services/products, in accordance with and subject to, prevailing law of. Any use of the above terminology or other words in the singular, plural, capitalization and/or he/she or they, are taken as interchangeable and therefore as referring to same.

Disclaimers

The Company conducts our research and analysis based upon the assumption that the photograph(s) and information supplied are truthful and accurate. We provide our services based solely on the photograph(s) and information submitted by the client. Unless otherwise stated, our conclusions are based on the readily apparent identification of the item(s), and assumes that whoever undertakes our services is the sole owner of the property with no partial stake, liens, or encumbrances on the property.

Our reports do not prove ownership or authenticity. The results of the report are based on our best judgment and opinion and are not a representation or warranty that the items will realize values given if offered for sale at auction or otherwise. The Client must acknowledge that such opinions of value may differ among appraisers, and that values may and can change and fluctuate due to market conditions.  In addition, a value appraisal may change upon further examination, research or in-person evaluation by either the Company or any other third-party expert.

Reservation of Rights

The Company reserves the right not to provide an appraisal for which we have not examined the item in person if the authenticity of the piece would significantly affect the value, or if we lack sufficient competency and/or adequate market knowledge or experience.

Intended Users

We will identify one or more “intended users” of the appraisal in our report, either by name or type of user. The purpose of this identification is for the us to determine the appropriate reporting of the report in a manner that is clear and understandable to the identified intended user(s). It is not an acknowledgement that the Company knows or expects a party to use or rely on the appraisal. We are not responsible to parties who are not identified as intended users or for uses not identified as intended uses.

With the exception of yourself, possession of our reports or any copies does not carry with it the right of publication, nor may the report be used for any objective by anyone other than the client or authorized users without our previous written consent. If our reports are reproduced, copied or otherwise used, it must be done so in the report’s entirety including the cover document and all attachments.

Furthermore, no change to any item in this appraisal can be made by anyone other than the report writer. Should, in conjunction with the services initially agreed upon, additional services be requested by the Client, their agent or lawyer, or the courts (such as for added time researching for other value objectives, pretrial conferences, court appearances, court preparations, etc.), compensation shall be at the customary hourly rate charged by the Company at that time and shall be paid by the client immediately upon receipt of an invoice for that work.

Confidentiality and Retention of Records

We regard all information concerning our work as confidential. We retain a copy of any report along with original notes, and will not allow others to have access to these records without written permission of the client unless so ordered by a court of law. We keep these records for a minimum of five years after the conclusion of the assignment or two years after the conclusion of any litigation associated with the assignment, whichever comes last.

USPAP Compliance

As required by law and professional standards, Appraiser’s performance of the appraisal is independent, impartial and objective. Accordingly, Appraiser cannot agree to provide a value opinion that is contingent on a predetermined amount and cannot ensure that the opinion of value will serve to facilitate any specific objective of Client or others or advance any particular cause.

Our reports are prepared in accordance with the principles and the procedures for the evaluation and valuation of personal property as prescribed by the current version of the International Society of Appraisers Appraisal Report Writing Standard and Code of Ethics. Furthermore, in accordance with the 2018-2019 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, the Company must be able to certify to the best of our knowledge and belief:

a. Statements of fact contained in the report are true and correct.

b. The reported analyses, opinions, and conclusions are limited only by the reported extraordinary assumptions and limiting conditions, and are our personal, impartial, and unbiased professional analyses, opinions, and conclusions.

c. The Company and/or the report writer has no undisclosed past, present or contemplated future interest in the property that is the subject of the report, and no personal interest with respect to the parties involved we have not been part of any transaction or appraisal of the item(s) in the past three years.

d. We have no bias with respect to the property that is the subject of the report or to the parties involved with the assignment.

e. Our engagement in the assignment is not contingent upon developing or reporting predetermined results.

f. Our compensation for the appraisal is not contingent upon the development or reporting of a predetermined value or direction in value that favors the cause of the client, the amount of the value opinion, the attainment of a stipulated result, or the occurrence of a subsequent event directly related to the intended use of the appraisal.

g. Our analyses, opinions, and conclusions are developed, and the report is prepared, in conformity with the current version (2018-2019) of The Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

h. We do not personally inspected the listed property that is the subject of this report. Photos and information about the item(s) is/are provided by the client.

i. Unless noted elsewhere, no one has provided significant professional assistance to the person signing the report.

If any of these items cannot be truthfully certified to, the Company must either recuse ourselves from undertaking the assignment or disclose the limiting conditions and/or extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Contract

Upon agreeing to hire the Company for our services, the Client must agree to and sign our contractual service agreement, which will be delivered to the Client for inspection at the time of engagement of the Company’s services. This contract outlines terms and agreements specific to each assignment, and is adjusted for each case.

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