When faced with the loss of a loved one, thinking about the burdensome task of emptying out a home of all of their possessions is difficult. An estate sales company can lend you a hand and take over the project for you, so you can spend more time with your family during the grieving process. An estate sales professional will handle all of the details, including cleaning, hosting, and advertising your sale or auction.
Estate sales services in San Jose follow a similar process as other estate liquidating companies. The initial consultation is typically free as the estate sales professional does a walk-through your home to assess the items at first glance and determine whether or not their company will benefit the estate. Once hired, the estate sales team will analyze, document, and research each item that is to be sold. This may include bringing in certified appraisers for large ticket items that will ring in a higher return.
Most companies prefer to do all of the cleaning to ensure the items are not damaged and may ask you not to throw anything away as they can typically find a buyer. The estate sales company will make arrangements for all of the advertising and marketing leading up to the sale or auction. This may include advertising the sale on the company’s website, like the marketing SilverLeaf Estate Liquidating does for their upcoming sales in the San Jose area. A typical sale can last one to three days. Sales may last longer, up to a week, if the estate is large.
The sales team handles all of the financial transactions so you do not need to be present. An update will be sent to you, and if needed, to the executioner of the will. This includes transaction receipts and accounting. After the commission and fees have been deducted, the estate should receive a check in a week to 10 days, however some companies take up to 30 days to finalize a check.
The average commission fee for estate sales is 10 to 25 percent, however some companies charge as much as 30 to 35 percent. If the service requires heavy cleaning, the commission fee may be higher.
You can locate certified appraisers using the search tool on either the American Society of Appraisers website or the International Society of Appraisers website. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Silicon Valley has listings with ratings and reviews for accredited estate sales companies. The BBB lists 8 estate sales organizations within 50 miles of San Jose as of 2016.
You can also find reviews online at senior care directories. Look for reviews written by family members that used the estate sales company rather than reviews written by the buyers. Your family attorney, family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors may also have suggestions for local companies. Keep an eye out for estate sales in your area to get a firsthand look at how an estate sales company works in San Jose.
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