No one will argue that losing a loved one is hard. After this loss, you now need to go through his or her belongings. Deciding what to do with these things is also very stressful. It can be overwhelming. The LA Times reported the average person possesses about 300,000 different things. If your loved one was a collector or did not get rid of things, there may be even more items.
Hiring an estate sales company will make this process move quickly and smoothly. You can reduce your stress by hiring a company to do the estate sale and organization. All you need to do is remove the items you and your family want, and the company takes over from there.
Do not get rid of anything before you contact the business. You may unintentionally remove something that is valuable.
I Heart Estate Sales outlines the before, during, and after sale procedures. First, you will meet with the estate sales company for a consultation to review items. The company will then sort, set-up, display, and tag items for sale. It typically takes around one to two weeks to prepare for a sale, which should last around three days.
The company will promote your sale through various advertising including signs, newspapers, emails, and social media. Many of these businesses have a list of regular customers.
During your sale, the estate sale staff will manage the sale including customer service, payments, and security. They may auction off larger items during the sale. Most estate sales companies take credit cards for payment, and that can increase sales. You can attend the sale, but several estate sales suggest you should not go because of the emotional attachment which can discourage shoppers.
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.
After the sale, the company will give you a breakdown of items sold. You will get your check minus the commission about 2-3 days after the sale.
Like with any other service company, prices do vary. Some companies charge for the initial evaluation while others do not. Commissions average 35-40 percent of the sale proceeds. For estates with extreme clutter, prices will probably be higher. Make sure you know all fees before signing any contract because some companies may charge for cleanup.
Your family attorney or friends are good sources for recommendations. Online reviews can also provide great insight. Make sure these reviews are from someone who has hired the company and not just shopped the company’s sales.
The Eastern Oklahoma Better Business Bureau’s website is a good place to find BBB-accredited businesses. When deciding which company to choose, look for either the American Society of Appraisers or International Society of Appraisers Certification. You should also compare multiple companies to make sure you are using the company that best fits your needs.
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