Most people do not realize how much of a hassle it is dealing with their family member’s possessions until they pass on or move. You and others close to the deceased may not see eye-to-eye on what to do with items with sentimental value. Also, when there is a lot of stuff, this problem is exacerbated.
According to a 2014 Los Angeles Times article, the average American household has approximately 300,000 unique items. If your family member liked to save things “just in case” or was a collector, the number can get even higher. When there is too much to go through, a reputable estate sale professional can help. When you do not know how much the belongings are worth, estate liquidators are especially important. You just take what you want out of the home, and they handle the sale of what is left.
Estate liquidators are skilled at quickly pricing everything in your house to sell for as much as possible. The website for Lythcoop Estate Liquidators outlines the whole process. They essentially begin with a walk-through of the home, do a detailed appraisal, and put prices on the items worth selling. Certified appraisers are on staff at most companies. Plus, when they have been in Scottsdale for a while, they will know what consumers are looking for and what they will pay.
Hosting sale previews, marketing the sale, and cleaning and arranging sale items are a few of the tasks estate sale experts perform. Many estate sale companies will show you before and after photos of their work, so you can know what type of service to expect.
On the day(s) of the sale, estate sale teams assist shoppers, handle transactions, supply security, and auction off some items. You are welcome to watch, but you may not want to be around when your loved one’s belongings are being sold.
When you have things left after the sale, the estate liquidators can recommend local nonprofits that will take them off your hands. A few days after the sale ends, the estate sale professional will give you a check for the proceeds (minus their cut). Also, the sales information will be shared with your loved one’s will executor.
To see if your things are worth anything, an estate sale expert will first perform a walk-through. Many will charge you an hourly rate for this service, while others will do it for free. The overall costs vary, but usually, estate sale companies keep about a third of your total sale proceeds. If they need to declutter or clean your home before the sale, count on paying more.
Ask the family attorney for your loved one for recommendations of local estate sale pros. There are more than a dozen BBB-accredited estate sale experts listed in the Phoenix metro area on the Better Business Bureau of Central, Northern and Western Arizona website. Look for professionals certified by the American Society of Appraisers or the International Society of Appraisers. Do not be afraid to ask for references and to interview several companies. Lastly, get the process, the timeframe of the sale, and the fees in writing.
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