Losing a loved one is hard enough, but now you need to deal with all of his or her belongings. Since you are still mourning, it is probably too difficult to go through items that your family does not want to keep. You may not need any more possessions, so what do you do with the rest?
In a 2014 article, the LA Times reported the average person has nearly 300,000 separate things in the household. You may find more if your loved one was a collector or held on to things. An estate sales company can help you sort out and sell the items you and your family do not want. You simply take what you want. The company then takes care of everything else.
With the help of a professional, you can get top dollar for your loved one’s possessions because they are familiar with the market. They also move much more quickly than you.
Life Changes Estate Solutions outlines the process, including their advertising contact list for sales. First, the company will come to your house for a consultation, which you should schedule as quickly as possible. They will then come into your home and do an evaluation of what they think can be sold. If needed, they will research items to price appropriately.
After the initial evaluation, the company will come and sort items to donate, recycle, and resale. Estate sales typically last three days. The estate sales companies will handle all the advertising and displays for your sale.
During your sale, the estate sale staff will help shoppers, collect payment, and may use an auction for larger items. Most estate sales companies can take credit card payments, which can increase sales. It’s up to you whether you want to be at the sale.
The company will then recommend charities for the remaining items. They will give you receipts for taxes. The company will then give you a check for the proceeds of the sale, typically within a few days of the sale.
Some companies charge for the initial evaluation while some complete this for free. Sale fees vary by company, but most average 35-40 percent of the sale proceeds. If your loved one’s home needs more advanced cleaning because of extreme clutter, the costs may be more.
Ask your family attorney or friends for referrals. You can also search online for reviews. Leftovers Austin provides a list of what to look for in an estate sales company.You can also visit the Better Business Bureau of Central Texas to find BBB-accredited businesses. Be sure to look for a company that has American Society of Appraisers or International Society of Appraisers certifications. Interview a couple of companies. Ask for a written contract that has all fees outlined along with the process and time frame of the sale.
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