This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
The best part of buying art is knowing how to buy it.
Here are five steps you can take today to help you make sure you’re getting the right piece at the right price.
Get a good appraisal of your collection.
If you’ve got a collection that you want to preserve, you should always have an appraiser on hand to check up on it.
This way, you know what you’re paying for and how much it should cost to preserve the artwork.
You should also ask the appraiser if it will be available for a limited time.
Shop around for a specific piece.
While it’s easier to search online for specific pieces, it’s not always possible to find them on your own.
Instead, you can always go to a museum, gallery or auction house, which will give you an idea of what’s available for sale.
Use a professional art guide.
An art guide is the perfect guide for knowing exactly what your collection is worth.
It’s often cheaper than buying it yourself.
Here’s how to use a professional guide to get a sense of how much to spend on your art.
Ask your gallery to make an estimate.
Depending on what kind of art you have in your collection, you may be able to negotiate a lower price with the gallery for a professional appraisal.
Make an offer to buy the piece you really want.
With a professional opinion and an estimate, you’ll be able more quickly and easily figure out how much you’re willing to pay.