It can be surprisingly tough dealing with a family member’s belongings after they die or move. That is because these items carry sentimental value with individuals who are mourning and who may not see eye-to-eye about who gets what. The difficulties are exacerbated when there are a lot of possessions to sort through.
The average home in the United States has 300,000 separate items according to a 2014 Los Angeles Times article. There are likely, even more, things that must be sorted and given away or sold when your loved one liked to keep odd items “just in case” or if they were a collector. A reputable estate sale company can assist you when there is too much stuff, particularly when you do not know how much items are worth. You just take the belongings out of the house that you and family want to keep, and the representative handles the rest.
Estate sale experts are experienced in selling clients’ belongings for the best possible price, and they can handle large homes faster than a novice. The whole process is spelled out online by All Treasures Great & Small Estate Sales and Services. Basically, it starts with a home walk-through, then a detailed appraisal, and pricing of goods worth selling. Several estate liquidators are also certified appraisers, and they know local shoppers’ budgets and preferences when they have been in Irving for many years.
Estate sale professionals also advertise the sale, host sale previews, and arrange and clean sale items. ClutterBlasters shows photos of what’s available online to promote sales and to show you how much work goes into estate sales.
The estate sale staff handles transactions, assists shoppers, may auction off some items and provides security on sale day(s). You may want to stay away while your loved one’s things are sold, or you can be on site to observe during the sale.
The company can suggest local charities pick up remaining items after the sale. Also, sale info is shared with you and the executor of your family member’s will. Lastly, within a few days, the estate sale business will give the estate a check for the proceeds of the sale.
To find out if stuff is valuable enough to merit hiring an estate liquidator, you may have to pay by the hour for an evaluation and walk-through. This first step is free with some local estate liquidators. You should expect to pay at least 35 percent of the total sale proceeds to your estate sale team, though the fees vary by company. Expect to pay more in homes that need major cleaning before the sale.
For local recommendations, talk to your loved one’s family attorney or your own lawyer. There are many places online to check reviews. There are three BBB-accredited estate sale companies in Irving listed on the Better Business Bureau of Dallas and Northeast Texas website. Search for organizations with International Society of Appraisers or American Society of Appraisers certification. Interview more than one provider, and feel free to ask for references. Finally, get a written contract that details the fees, timeframe for the sale, and the process.
Find assisted living in Irving near you.