Until your loved one moves or passes on, you may not realize how difficult it is to deal with their belongings. When it comes to things with sentimental value, you and other relatives may not see eye-to-eye on what to do with them. This issue is exacerbated when there are a lot of items.
The average American house has about 300,000 different items according to a Los Angeles Times article from 2014. This number is even higher if your loved one was a collector or liked to save items “just in case.” A reputable estate sale expert can help when there is too much to go through. Estate sale companies are particularly crucial when you do not know how much stuff is worth. They handle everything that is left over after you take what you want out of the home.
Estate sale professionals are able to price all of your possessions quickly and to sell them for as high of a price as possible. The whole process is covered on the website for Lythcoop Estate Liquidators. They basically start with a walk-through of your house, complete a detailed appraisal, and then they put prices on the things worth selling. Most estate sale companies have certified appraisers on staff. Additionally, they will know what Mesa buyers are looking for and how much they will pay.
Promoting the sale, arranging and cleaning sale items, and hosting sale previews are a few of the tasks estate sale teams perform. You can find out what to expect from the before and after pictures that estate sale professionals have of their work.
On sale day(s), estate sale staff supply security, assist buyers, auction off some items, and handle transactions. You may not want to be there when your family member’s possessions are being sold, but you are welcome to stay.
The estate sale professional will suggest Mesa charities that will take leftover items after the sale. They will also give you a check for the proceeds (minus their commission) within a few days after the end of the sale. Your family member’s will executor will also get the sales info.
An estate sale professional will first perform a walk-through of the home to see if there is anything worth selling. Many companies will do this for free, but others will charge you an hourly fee. For the entire sale, costs will vary based on the company, how cluttered the house is, and if they need to clean before the sale. For the most part, you can expect to pay about 35 percent of the sale’s total proceeds to the estate sale expert.
For recommendations on local estate sale experts, ask the family lawyer for your loved one. On the Better Business Bureau of Central, Northern and Western Arizona website, there are more than a dozen BBB-accredited estate sale companies in Greater Phoenix. Choose liquidators who are certified by the International Society of Appraisers or the American Society of Appraisers. Feel free to interview a number of companies and to ask for references. Finally, get everything in writing, including the timeframe of the sale, the costs, and the process.
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