Few people realize how hard it is dealing with a family member’s possessions after they pass on or move. As they go through belongings that have deep meaning, relatives may not agree on what to do with the items. Also, when there is a lot of stuff to sort, the problem is even worse.
According to a 2014 Los Angeles Times article, the average United States home has about 300,000 distinct items. If your family member happened to be a hoarder or collector, that number is even higher. When you have too much stuff, a reputable estate sales expert can help. When you do not know how much the belongings are worth, this service is especially crucial. You just take what you want to keep out of the house, and they will do the rest.
Estate liquidators can go through the home quickly and price the items to sell for as much as is reasonable. Caring Transitions outlines the complete process on their site. Essentially, they begin with a home walk-through and then perform a detailed appraisal before they price the things worth selling. There are certified appraisers at most companies. If they have been in Charlotte for a few years, they will know what buyers are willing to pay for what.
Estate sale teams advertise the sale, clean and arrange sale items and host sale previews. Many companies will show you before and after pictures of their work, so you can see what kind of service you can expect.
Estate sale professionals assist buyers, provide security, handle transactions, and may even auction off some possessions on the day(s) of the sale. Though you are welcome to stay, you may want to be elsewhere when your loved one’s things are being sold.
When there are items left over after the event, the estate sale company can recommend local nonprofits that will remove your remaining things. Within a few days of the sale’s closing, you will get a check for the proceeds (minus the estate sale professional’s cut). This info will be shared with the executor of your loved one’s will.
To see if you have anything worth selling, an estate sale company will first perform a walk-through. They may charge you hourly for this, but some liquidators do this for free. Overall, you can expect to pay your estate sale staff about 35 percent of the total sales, but this percentage can vary. If the home needs to be cleaned before the sale, count on paying more.
Talk to your loved one’s family law attorney for recommendations near you. Also, peruse online reviews. Within 50 miles of Charlotte, there are three BBB-accredited estate sale teams listed on the Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont/Charlotte website. Pick estate sale experts who are certified by the American Society of Appraisers or the International Society of Appraisers. Ask for references, and interview an array of professionals. Lastly, get the costs, timeframe of the sale, and process in writing.
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