Appraisals vs. Evaluations
Appraisals and Evaluations are two very different things. An appraisal sets out to place a monetary value on your piano. This is useful for sales transactions, insurance coverage, or estate planning.
Evaluations, on the other hand, focus on the condition of the piano. All major systems (strings, action/mechanicals, soundboard, cabinet, etc.) are examined and tested. The evaluation results in a list of good and bad, and what might be done to restore or repair the instrument.