Estate Sale Companies
Estate Sale News | October 11, 2016
Decided to move, downsize or having to manage the passing of a family member?
What do you do with the house, valuables, and all the other belongings that are left behind?
What do you keep and what do you do with the rest? How do you start?
You can slowly go through everything and sell or auction items one at a time. But this can be a very difficult task, especially since this is something that most people are not prepared for. I mean, what’s “valuable”? And if it is “valuable”, what is it worth? If you’re not a professional with experience, it will take time to try figure everything out.
You can find a real estate agent to sell the home but what about all the furniture, jewelry, cars, and so many other things? You would be surprised at how much “stuff” a person can accumulate in a lifetime. Trust me. As you sort through everything and slowly start making sense of it all, you find all those “lost socks” you often wondered about and so many other things that were “lost”. Some of these items can have a lot of value not in terms of money but in memories, like your favorite childhood blanket.
So the big question is how do you get rid of all the things you have decided not to keep. Luckily, you have more options than ever before with websites like craigslist and eBay that allow you to sell directly to the world. But there’s still a lot of work involved. And again, is this something that you want to do and have time for?
Even with these do it yourself options, it may take longer than you anticipated. And where do you store it all while it’s being sold piece by piece? Trying to figure it all out can really be overwhelming. Fortunately, there is help out there. One of these options is to hire an estate sale company.
Estate sale companies can significantly reduce the stress of it all, because they typically manage everything for you from start to finish. But the average estate sale company charges 35-40% commission for all of the proceeds. That may seem high but there is a lot of people and work involved including the preparation before and after the sale, advertising, and the sale itself. Not having the responsibility of doing it all yourself may be worth it.
Once you’ve made the decision to hire an estate sale company, you have to find a quality company with a great reputation to handle all of this for you. Because of the popularity of the estate sales in recent years, it’s much more competitive than before with people and companies out there just to make a quick buck. At the same time, there are experienced professionals that have been in the business successfully for a long time.
It is a lot of work and it can often involve a lot of money. So make sure to do all of your research before deciding on a company to work with. Our suggestions would be to get information on recent jobs they’ve done and contact the homeowners, look online for any feedback about the company, go to their estate sales to see their work, thoroughly go over any agreement, and take your time. Estate sale companies can help make things easier but taking these steps will ensure that you protect yourself and everything you value.