Dealing with the belongings of a loved one who moves or passes on can be surprisingly difficult. Relatives who are grieving may disagree on what goes to whom as they sort through items that have sentimental value. Several possessions to sift through could make this problem worse.
The average household in the United States has around 300,000 distinct items according to a 2014 Los Angeles Times article. This number will be even higher if your loved one happened to hoard items or was a collector. A reputable estate sales company can assist you when you have simply too many things. This is particularly important when you are unaware of how much the items are worth. Liquidators take care of everything. You just take what you want to keep out of the house.
Estate sales team members can go through a house faster than you can and seek to sell possessions at the highest price possible. The entire process is outlined online by Futures Past. Basically, before they price the items worth selling, they start with a home walk-through, then they do their detailed appraisal. Most companies have certified appraisers on staff. Additionally, they will likely know what local buyers are willing to spend if they have been in the Arlington area for a few years.
Estate sale professionals arrange and clean sale items, market the sale, and host sale previews. Ruth Taylor Estate Sales has before and after pictures of estate sales on their website, so you can see what kind of service you are getting.
The estate liquidators offer security, may auction off some belongings, help shoppers, and handle transactions on the day(s) of the sale. While your family member’s items are being sold, you may want to be elsewhere, though you are welcome to stay and observe if you wish.
The estate sale experts can suggest local charities that will remove your remaining items when there is stuff left over after the event. The sales info will be shared with the executor of your family member’s will. Lastly, you will get a check for the proceeds of the sale (minus the liquidator’s cut) within a few days of its closing.
First, an estate sale team must perform a walk-through to see if you have anything worth selling. This may cost you an hourly rate. However, some companies do this for free. In the end, you can expect to pay at least 35 percent of the total sales to your estate sale staff, though this number can vary. Count on paying even more if the house needs to be cleaned before the sale.
For recommendations near you, talk to your loved one’s attorney. Look at online reviews. There are ten BBB-accredited estate sale companies within 50 miles of Arlington listed on the Better Business Bureau of Dallas and Northeast Texas website. Choose estate sale professionals who are certified by the International Society of Appraisers or the American Society of Appraisers. Interview a variety of providers, and ask for references. Finally, get a written contract that lists the process, costs, and the timeframe of the sale.
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