After a loved one dies or moves, it can be quite difficult deciding what to do with their possessions. There are likely many items that hold emotional value, and you and other relatives may not agree on what to do with them. When there are many belongings to go through, it becomes even tougher.
According to a 2014 article from the Los Angeles Times, there are about 300,000 unique items in the average household. If your family member was a collector or liked to keep items around “just in case,” this figure is even greater. When you do not know the values of things or are just unable to go through everything, an estate sale company can be especially helpful. You just take what you want from the house, and the professionals will handle everything else.
Estate sale professionals can go through and price items in your house faster than you, and they know how to get you the highest prices possible. The Mint Green Tag Sale Company outlines the entire process on their website. First, estate sale staff perform a walk-through of the home and do a detailed appraisal. The things that are worth something are then priced. A certified appraiser works for most estate sale businesses. Additionally, they know what buyers in Savannah want and how much they are willing to pay.
A few of the tasks performed by the estate sale experts are cleaning and arranging items, promoting the estate sale, and hosting previews of the sale. Ask estate sale companies for before and after photos of their work to get a good idea of what to expect.
Estate sale teams auction off some items, handle transactions, provide security, and help consumers on the sale day(s). You can choose to observe the event, or you may want to be elsewhere.
Not everything will sell. Fortunately, estate sale professionals can recommend local charities that will remove the items for you. The estate sale team will then cut you a check for the proceeds (minus their pay) within a few days of the end of the sale.
To determine if there is anything of value, an estate sale expert will first want to look at the contents of your home. This typically will cost you an hourly fee, but there are some companies that do this free of charge. Based on the professional’s rates, how cluttered the house is, and if it needs to be cleaned before the sale, the overall cost of the services will vary, but you should expect to pay around 35 percent of the total sale proceeds to the estate sale team.
There are BBB-accredited Savannah estate sale experts listed on the website for the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia. Choose professionals who are certified by the American Society of Appraisers or the International Society of Appraisers. Additionally, make certain you interview many liquidators, ask for references, and check online reviews before selecting an estate sale company. Lastly, get everything in writing, including the timeline of the sale, the costs, and the process.
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