Estate Sale Companies Care About The Public

The majority of estate sale companies in the United State (99.9%) care about the public’s welfare and any event that casts a shadow for this service industry becomes a concern. Estate liquidators deeply care how this affects clients and abide by unwritten code of ethics based on their personal lives and how they do business. They are honest, hardworking people who have chosen this industry to make their living in and they want legal justice for a client from a dishonest company.

Most estate sale companies pay within days or a week of the end of the sale.  Be sure if you are a seller that your estate sale contract clearly states when payment is due and don’t hesitate to discuss with your estate sale company. They want you to feel trust and confidence in them.

We are not discussing minor complaints that are primarily poor communication or unrealistic expectations about items not selling for what a seller wanted.

There are many private groups with hundreds and some with thousands of estate sale companies on social media and they are in enraged by any kind of misbehavior in their business world. They are ethical people as are their staff.

In the last week some local news television stations in a southern state published multiple times about an estate liquidator whose clients claimed they had not been paid. Subsequently the estate sale company owner was arrested for a Breach of Trust with proof of the offense to the legal authorities.

This is not typical and in fact “rare”. With 15,000 estate sale companies in the United States and still growing 99% plus are trustworthy, reliable individuals, however, as in “any” business there is someone who does not abide by the ethics of any group or majority.

Although a great many estate sale companies have memberships with signed codes of ethics with associations and societies, even this isn’t a guarantee. The only power these groups have over an estate sale company is to put pressure on them to make good, uphold the ethics code they signed, and eventually remove them from their membership rolls if they do not. They do, however, offer sellers the ability to feel more confidence in a member, but they have no legal authority. You can find our series of articles that started on September 10, 2015 in our archives with responses from listing websites and associations. All were honest, and open with their responses.

Many local news media, particularly television consumer affair reporters do good work, but they have developed an eye for estate sales and opportunities to write, produce video footage, and publish about the rare occurrence when an estate sale company fails to pay. Yes, it does happen very rarely, however, since estate sales are now a “hot topic” for the news media they take any opportunity to garner an audience, increase their viewership, and raise their ratings.

In the past several months Estate Sales News has contacted consumer affair reporters about the news they are putting out about claims of unpaid clients. In many cases, after the initial blast of news the story disappears. Once the story becomes lack luster they move on to another story leaving an unresolved piece of questionable news out there about estate sales.

What is to be garnered from this is do your due diligence when choosing an estate sale company. Speak with prior sellers, be sure to ask them when and how they were paid. When you are satisfied trust your estate sale company. American small business working to assist you with your downsizing or moving needs with ethics.