When you are grieving, the task of cleaning and selling your loved one’s possessions may be an emotional and difficult task for you and your family. Consider hiring the services of an estate sales professional to handle this burden for you during this exhausting time. The estate sales company will declutter and clean, oversee sales and auction transactions, and arrange for charitable donation drop-offs or pick-ups of the remaining items. You can also use estate sales services if your loved one is simply moving into a care home and will be unable to keep their home and property.
Estate sales professionals follow a process in order to help their customers yield high returns. The estate sales company will want to walk through the home with you to physically analyze and document each piece that is to be sold. They may call certain collectors about pieces they know are of more value to the market. The professional will want to properly clean the items to make sure they are not damaged, especially items like antiquities and artwork.
Some companies allow presales and some believe in only selling during the official days of the sale, such as San Diego Estate Sales, which has a first-come, first-served policy. In most cases, you do not need to attend the sale or auction as the estate sales company will handle all of the details, including social media marketing, hosting, and financial transactions. The sale can last from one day to three days with a discount on items on the last day to move them faster. The company will conclude their service with a clean up from the sale and a list of charitable organizations you can donate the unsold items.
You and your family attorney or the executor of the will should receive frequent updates and accounting reports with itemized receipts.
Estate sales companies vary in their policies. The majority does not charge for the initial consultation and are commission-based only. The company will not receive their percentage until the end of the sale. The average commission rate for estate liquidators is 10 to 25 percent, although 30 or 35 percent is not unheard of in the industry. When comparing companies, don’t only choose based on the commission rate, but whether the company offers you full service, such as an automobile appraiser.
Finding estate sales services in the San Diego area is not as difficult as you may think. Senior care directories and the Better Business Bureau serving San Diego and Orange and Imperial Counties list ratings and reviews for companies in the area. You can find certified appraisers using the search tool on websites like the American Society of Appraisers or the International Society of Appraisers. Ask for references for any company you agree to interview and have the contracts reviewed by a professional before signing.
Ask your friends and family as well as neighbors, coworkers, and attorneys, as sometimes these contacts can be an excellent source for referrals.
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