Have you ever stopped to think how much your possessions mean to you? They may mean even more if you must go through the things a loved one who died owned. It can be an emotional and challenging task to sift through everything and decide to keep it or sell it. That job has added challenges if there are multiple opinions involved.
It’s also tough if there is a lot of stuff, which is highly likely. The LA Times reported that the average US house accrued 300,000 things over time. Collectors and those who don’t like to throw things away have even more stuff. If you seek the help of an estate sale professional, all you have to do is decide what to keep and let them handle the rest.
An Estate Sale Company wants to make you as much money as possible and sell as many of your things as possible. An estate sale starts with a consultation and walk-through of the house in question. Many companies employ professional appraisers who will take this time to price your items. They know what your things are worth and they will price them to sell in the area. You can read more about this process on Amazing Antiques and Estate Liquidators’ website.
Once everything has a price, it’s time to get ready for the day of the sale. You will remove the items you want to keep, and the company will take charge of cleaning and organizing. They will also set up the house, so everything for sale is neatly displayed. You can see before and after pictures of professional sale staging on Access to the Past. The company will also advertise the sale, so there is a decent crowd on sale day.
When the sale approaches, employees will be on hand to take care of everything. They will accept payments, talk with customers and answer their questions as well as provide security for the area. The company will also run any auctions planned. You can stay on-site during the sale, but you don’t have to if you would prefer to stay away.
After the sale, the company will help you place the items that didn’t sell. This might mean donating to a local charity or finding a new location to sell them. They will also meet with the executor of the estate to go over the details of the sale. Once this is complete, usually only a few days, you will get a check for your portion of the sales.
The cost depends on a few things. First, initial consultations could have an hourly charge, but some businesses decide to waive that fee. Most companies work on commission, and you will pay a portion of the sales to them, which is an estimated 35%. Additional charges might include a cleaning fee for messy houses or a fee for selling a lot of items. Those charges can be discussed and arranged before everything begins.
Start by talking to your friends and neighbors or your attorney and get their suggestions. Online reviews are helpful if you read those written by clients and not the shoppers of estate sales. The BBB of the South Plains has one entry for Lubbock, but there are more businesses in the area. Choose a company with certification from the American Society of Appraisers or the International Society of Appraisers. Sign a contract before all work begins, and be sure of all services and charges.
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