Foss Appraisal Service
Seattle's Choice for Appraisal and Estate Sale Services



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Every appraisal situation calls for careful consideration for the best approach to accurately express the value of an item or collection.  Our team of trained appraisers can assist you in determining what type of appraisal best fits your needs. Our appraisers can come to your home, office or storage location, whether you are in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett or Issaquah or anywhere in between. We can also travel outside the Seattle area, please call to discuss your needs.

On this website you can find information on the types of appraisals and estate sale services commonly requested for each need from death in the family to divorce or insurance.




Many clients of Foss Appraisal Service need help to liquidate the contents of a loved ones home, or are at a time in their lives when a significant downsizing is on the horizon.  

Foss Appraisal Service created Foss Estate Sales to work with our clients to provide valued services, experience and ease while making these transitions. Our goal is to create an enjoyable experience for both our client, their family as well as the buyers attending our estate sales.


Estate Tax

As the executor or personal representative for a loved one’s estate, you can be overwhelmed by the prospect of handling all of the different aspects of the job.

Foss Appraisal Service has worked on thousands of estates and can be of assistance when dealing with the personal property. From helping determine if an appraisal is necessary, to assisting with the valuation and distribution of the personal property, Foss Appraisal Service will make your job easier.


Jewelry appraisals

Can you be positive that the jewelry you own is properly insured? The experts at Foss Appraisal Service are graduates of the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) and are specifically trained to accurately assess the value of antique as well as contemporary jewelry and loose stones.



Chris Foss, ISA, GD owner and principal appraiser for Foss Appraisal Service is trained and experienced to assist you and your attorney as your expert witness.  Successfully testifying at trial takes more than simply answering questions. A successful expert witness will convey confidence, knowledge, trust and experience.  Call Foss Appraisal Service to discuss your case.


divorce appraisals

If you find yourself in a battle of assets while settling a divorce, a personal property appraisal report can assist the attorneys with an equitable dispersal of the parties’ property. 

Negotiating a divorce personal property settlement depends on a fair, impartial and accurate assessment of the value of the personal property. For an accurate evaluation, trust the expertise of our professional personal property appraisers.



Many basic home-owner’s insurance policies do not properly address the value of treasured items. If a claim must be made, an insurance company will require proof of value to be established prior to the claim. Even the most comprehensive policy does the individual no good if the replacement cost of the property has not been accurately determined.


Building Materials

If you are considering renovating your home, you should consider salvaging any of the re-usable materials during the remodel or deconstruction. Foss Appraisal Service is one of the few appraisers in the Puget Sound qualified under IRS code to evaluate the fair market value of used building materials for donation to a not-for-profit firm such as Habitat for Humanity or Earthcorps. After you choose which organization to support, contact Foss Appraisal Service to get your appraisal for tax benefits.