Estate Sale Services Checklist
Here are the questions you should ask when choosing an estate sale service.
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Background and Experience
- Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?
- How long have you been in business?
- What is your track record of successful sales in my area?
- Do you have an antique appraiser on staff?
- What are your areas of expertise?
- Do you also sell antiques or collectibles? (Beware of a potential conflict of interest)
- Can I speak with previous customers as references?
Financial and Legal Considerations
- What is your fee structure or percentage, and what specific services are covered?
- What services are offered at additional fees? Do most customers require these additional services? What should I expect on top of your percentage fee?
- What are the tax implications of holding an estate sale with your company?
- What do you need from me for an estate sale to be successful? Any legal or financial requirements that I should be aware of?
- What is your payment process and schedule?
Sale Logistics and Coordination
- What methods will you use to sell my items, in addition to the in-home sale?
- What is your timeline for preparing and executing the sale?
- How will you market and advertise the sale?
- How many people typically attend your sales? Do you have a strong following of potential buyers?
- Can you offer a private pre-sale for family and friends if requested?
- Can I be present at the estate sale?
- How do you staff your sales? What are your security and customer service standards?
- What do you do to deter theft during the sale?
- What do you do with items that don’t sell?
- Do you consign items that don’t sell at the estate sale? If so, what is the process and fees for doing so?
- Do you offer a cash buyout on items that don’t sell at the estate sale? If so, at what percentage of the selling price?
- What are your clean-up standards after the sale? Are there any additional fees for cleaning?
- Can you arrange for shipment or delivery of non-sale items? If so, what is the process?