An estate sales professional is your answer when tasked with the overwhelming responsibility of emptying a loved one’s home of their possessions. Whether your loved one passed away or moved into a residential care facility, let an estate sales company manage the cleaning and selling of the estate for you.
When you contact estate sales professional in Corpus Christi, you can expect the company to send a representative to your home for an initial consultation, like the company Another Great Estate Sale does for each of their prospective clients. The professional may be an appraiser certified through the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) or the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Since the majority of estate sales companies make their commission on the profit from the estate sale, an appraiser can request the highest value for each piece.
Once hired, the company will come to the premises and photograph each item. These items are documented on an inventory list with the value and you will receive an updated list throughout the sale or auction. The company will coordinate the cleaning, advertising, and financial transactions before, during, and after the sale. It is not mandatory that you attend.
If the estate owns specific collectibles or antiques, the estate sales company may contact collectors from their own database to view the items before the sale. The company will advertise the sale or auction on their website, like Corpus Estate Sales does for upcoming events, as well as estate sales websites, and social media channels.
A typical sale can last one to three days with larger estates commanding up to two weeks. At the conclusion of the sale, you will receive an updated inventory list and a list of remaining items. Some companies will offer to remove the remaining items for you or provide you with a list of charitable organizations.
After all the sales are finalized and commissions and fees are deducted from the total, the estate should receive a check in less than 30 days. Although the time period varies between companies, each contract should specify the amount of time between the closing of the sale or auction and the final payout.
Most of the estate sales companies in the area charge a commission from the total net proceeds of the sale and offer a free or small fee initial consultation. This commission fee will vary between companies but is typically between 10 and 25 percent. It may be higher if the company provides more services like heavy cleaning.
The ASA operates a database of certified appraisers in the State of Texas. You can find more than 100 appraisers in Texas listed in various disciplines.
The ISA also lists appraisers within 100 miles of San Antonio. Many of these companies may serve the Corpus Christi area including Beeville. By using the ISA website, you can currently find more than one dozen appraisers in the area.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and senior care directories also list estate sales companies in the Corpus Christi area.
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