Losing a loved one is a hard change to go through, but now you need to deal with all of his or her belongings. Since you are still mourning your loss, it is probably too difficult and stressful to go through unwanted items. What do you do with all this stuff?
In a 2014 article, the LA Times reported the average person possesses more than 300,000 separate items. You may find more if your loved one was a collector or held on to things. An estate sales company can help you sort out and sell the items you and your family do not want. Hiring help will make this process go much quicker.
Before you call a company, do not dispose of anything. You may be surprised at what items are valuable. With the help of a professional, you can get top dollar for your loved one’s possessions because they are familiar with the market. Big Easy Estate Sales outlines the steps in an estate sale and answers questions.
First, the company will come to the house for a consultation, which you should schedule as quickly as possible since these businesses book far in advance. They do an evaluation of items. If needed, they will research items to price and sell.
The company will then come and sort items to donate, recycle, and resale. They will make the home a marketplace for the sale. Estate sales typically last three days. The estate sales companies will handle all the advertising and displays for your sale.
During the sale, the estate sale staff will assist shoppers, collect payment, and provide security for the home. Most estate sales companies can take credit card payments, which can increase sales. They may also do an auction on site for larger items. It’s up to you whether you want to be at the sale. Most companies encourage you not to attend because it can deter shoppers and be emotional for you.
After the sale, the company can arrange for the extra items to go to auction or donate to a local charity of your choice. They can also assist with any additional cleaning needed.
The company will give you a breakdown of items sold. You will get your check about 2-3 days after the sale.
You will find that these fees do vary. Some companies charge for the initial evaluation while some do not. Most commissions average 35-40 percent of the sale proceeds. If your loved one’s home needs more advanced cleaning because of extreme clutter, the costs may be more. Be sure to get an outline of all other fees such as cleanup.
Ask your family attorney or friends for referrals. You can also search online for reviews. Be sure to have your questions ready to ask each company during the interview. You can also visit the Southeast Louisiana Better Business Bureau website to find BBB-accredited businesses.
Be sure to look for a company that has American Society of Appraisers or International Society of Appraisers certifications. Interview multiple companies to compare fees and services. You should receive a written contract that has all charges outlined along with the process and time frame of the sale.
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