An estate sales company takes care of all of the tasks required after a loved one passes away or moves into a residential care center and needs their home emptied. The company will clean, setup, and hold a sale or auction in the home for you. You and your family do not need to stay during the sale, but you can leave the task up to the professionals.
The process for estate sales is similar throughout the industry. An estate sales professional will visit the home for an initial consultation and let you know if you need their services. Once hired, you will be asked not to throw away any items you do not want. The team will research and carefully document each piece while properly cleaning the items. If items need appraised, certified appraisers either with the company, like the professionals at Sale by Gayle Estate Sale Liquidators, or from outside sources will be called into examine the items.
Companies, like K.C. Estate Sales, can work with either a complete house full of collections or individual items. Depending on the size of the estate, the team may begin working three to five days in advance. Most sales can last from one to three days, however large estates may need a longer sale period, such as one week or more.
The estate sales company will take care of the advertising, marketing, hosting, and financial transactions at each sale and provide you with receipts and accounting spreadsheets at the conclusion of the sale. The estate will also receive a check after commissions and fees are deducted. This check can arrive between 7 to 30 days depending on the company. You can also ask the company to send a copy of the paperwork o the executioner of the will if your loved one passed away.
Commissions vary between companies, but the average is 10 to 25 percent. You may see rates as high as 30 to 35 percent due to location or extra services like heavy cleaning. Some companies charge an additional set up fee, so be sure to ask about hidden costs.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas Plains, and Southwest Iowa lists ratings and reviews as well as the accreditation status for each company. You can easily find 10 estate sales services within 50 miles of Wichita using the site. The American Society of Appraisers and the International Society of Appraisers, both keep databases of certified appraisers across the United States and Canada.
You can find estate sales companies to hire online at senior care directories. Be sure to read the reviews written by the family members for each company. Feel free to ask your friends and relatives for recommendations for local estate sales professionals. A great way to check out an estate sales company before hiring them is to attend one of their estate sales in Wichita. This will give you an idea of how the company handles advertising, hosting, and transactions.
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