Category Archives: Estate Sale Contracts

Importance Of Liability Insurance For Estate Sales

The importance of liability insurance for estate sales has become a necessary cost for estate sale companies.

With thousands of estate sales, thousands of estate sale companies and baby boomers moving or downsizing at an increased pace, estate sale companies need to protect their businesses.

The world has become a litigious place. Estate sale companies take care when staging an estate sale, but with hundreds of people moving through the occasional incident can happen. The estate liquidator works diligently to keep the estate sale a safe environment.

One company that works with a large majority of estate sale companies providing estate sales insurance is the ACNA  (Antiques and Collectibles National Association),

Reputable Estate Sale Companies Choose Wisely

There are thousands of reputable estate sale companies, but sellers must choose wisely and with knowledge.

Recently a reputable estate sale company was contacted by sellers who had contracted with another estate sale company to run their estate sale. With less than a week to the dates of the sale, the estate sale company hired by the sellers notified them that they were not going to conduct their estate sale because a better sale had come along.

Here at estate sales news we have many articles and a printable list to assist and help sellers, heirs and attorneys with their decisions. Click here for a printable list.

Choosing an experienced estate liquidation company, with a good verifiable reputation is paramount to deciding on the right company. Reviews on the internet, speaking with past sellers, recommendations from former clients, and perhaps a visit to a current sale are all good ways to help you find the estate sale company to handle your sale.

Look at their advertising, memberships (not always necessary) and ask how they became estate liquidators. Question how long they have been in business and be sure to ask about their staff and experience. You are looking for knowledgeable, experienced individuals.

Ask about how they setup and price. What kind of research do they do. If needed do they have specialists they can seek out information from.

When you sit down to review their contract ask questions. This is a contract. Ask what repercussions could take place if either party fails to meet the the contract’s conditions and clauses.

There are 16,000 plus estate sale companies and the majority are hardworking honest people who do their jobs well and represent this profession in the highest manner possible.

Do your due diligence and remember that you can make a wise choosing an estate sale company.

Cancelling An Estate Sale Contract Can Be Costly For Sellers

Cancelling an estate sale contract can be costly. It isn’t a simple matter of deciding to use another liquidator or do it yourself.

An estate sale contract is an agreement between owners, heirs or an estate attorney and an estate sale company. The estate sale contract details what is required of both parties in the transaction.

When an estate sale company has begun working on a sale they have many costs involved. This includes labor, possibly using dumpsters for trash, advertising, transportation, permits and more. They have given up their business time to conduct your sale while someone else needing an estate sale may have been turned down.

A cancellation clause in a contract protecting the estate sale company has become a necessity almost everywhere today.

This clause details as a seller you will be expected to pay for and how. Many estate liquidators now charge an upfront fee to begin work on your sale. Similar to an attorney’s retainer fee. This money is usually reflected and deducted on the final accounting of the sale.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that many sellers allow estate sale companies to come in sort, clean and prepare for a sale and then cancel leaving estate sale companies out thousands of dollars.

It would not be unusual for an estate sale company to take a seller to small claims court or further depending on the accountable amount of expenses incurred by the estate sale company.

If you have doubts or concerns about using an estate sale company, the time to ask and decide is before you sign the contract. If you want a less expensive company to handle your sale, hire them, not the more expensive one who does the work and then is cancelled.

Estate sale companies support themselves and their staffs. This is “not a hobby”. This is a profession and sellers should recognize this work as such.

If you are thinking of cancelling your estate sale contract, think twice. It could be a costly proposition and stressful experience for you. Estate liquidators work to lessen your stress and help you profit as the market will allow.

Estate Sales Information And Topics

Estate sales have so many topics to cover and information to be discussed.

This Sunday in Chicago I will be speaking at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Conference about estate sales. So many topics to cover in a short time, but I hope this will be informative and lead to an educational exchange of ideas and information. Appraisers are important to estate sales and estate liquidators, but the same can be said for the importance of estate sale companies and appraisers.

The estate sale business has grown into such a large small business industry, that the number of topics and information needed to be successful requires continuous reading and education.

Since I retired from the estate liquidation business in 2011 much has changed.

Todays’ estate liquidator has to be concerned with the sale of ivory, liability insurance, disposal of hazardous materials, permits, mold, better security, greater use of social media advertising, where best to research items of value or the unknown, and how to do time management and the list continues and grows.

There are many sources for information on estate sales available on the internet. We feel you should not, however, pay for that information. Buyers and sellers should be able to obtain reliable, knowledgeable and useful information for free. If you are obtaining it from any source that also collects fees from estate sale companies question what you are learning if you too pay for this information.

EstateSalesNews.com celebrated our 4th anniversary this month. Although we have a small variety of diverse companies paying for advertising, this is to help defray our cost for our website out to enable a free resource for buyers, sellers, estate sale companies and the estate sale information and the topics we cover.

We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter, utilize our free RSS feed if you are an estate sale company and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We also have a Pinterest page and videos on YouTube.

 

Top Questions Sellers Ask About Estate Sales

The top questions sellers ask about estate sales is based on our Google analytics. We offer this review with links to pages on our website to answer some of these questions.

#1 Estate sale contract – what to know and expect. Estate sale contracts.

#2 Downsizing or moving, estate sale or garage sale and what’s the difference.

#3 Estate sale costs. What you need to know.

#4 Selling cars and vehicles at estate sales

#5 Estate sale clean outs – under estate sale contracts.

On this Thursday as estate sales begin for another weekend we hope these top five EstateSalesNews.com topics answer some major questions.

 

International Society Of Appraisers And Estate Sales News

EstateSalesNews.com has been honored by asking to speak at this years International Association of Appraisers conference.

We will be speaking about selling out the house and how to avoid the pitfalls of estate sales.

The conference this year is in Chicago, IL.

We will be addressing that conducting estates sales are a business, not a hobby.

Understanding the estate sale contract.

Why ISA (International Society of Appraisers).

What to do with left overs from estate sales and wearing three hats for one client.

We are excited to have this opportunity to speak about a subject we embrace and encourage and to such a prestigious group as the ISA.

Today is the start of another weekend of estate sales and their are thousands taking place across the country.

Please look at these websites for estate sales in your area.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net

Updated Checklist For Estate Sale Contracts

Here is an updated checklist for estate sale contracts for estate sale companies and sellers.

We are not an attorney, but these items should be included and understood in the estate sale contract.

The estate sale contract should lay out in clear language.

  • Name of the estate sales company
  • Name of owner/s, heirs, or attorney
  • Date of estate sale contract
  • Address where the sale is to take place
  • Dates the sale is to be held and time
  • Dates the estate sale company will be given access to setup and price
  • Any items excluded from sale on addendum when contract is signed
  • Utilities – electric, plumbing, heating and air conditioning should be working
  • Liability insurance for estate sale company
  • Homeowner must have active homeowner insurance policy
  • Ramifications of removal of items by sellers after contract is signed
  • Fee or commission that will be charged if items removed or sold ahead by seller
  • Cancellation clause of contract
  • Party responsible for advertising and costs
  • Who is responsible for obtaining and paying for any permits required
  • Cost of sale, commission, fee, any additional sale related costs
  • When seller will receive net proceeds and form of payment to be made
  • Will seller receive written account of sold items and what it will or won’t include
  • Who is responsible for the clean out when the estate sale is concluded
  • If estate sale company cleans out any costs associated with clean out
  • Any additional costs for appraisals or specific appraisals
  • **If needed winter expenses and responsibility, i.e. plowing, shoveling, sand etc.

Visit the top of our front page for Choosing An Estate Sale Company.

Estate Sales Help For 2017

EstateSalesNews.com for 2017 has offered estate sales help for almost four years now.

We have covered almost any topic you could think of.

As we enter the winter season for much of the country let’s do a general review.

Sellers – How to choose a estate liquidator, do your own due diligence, what to expect and what not to expect, estate sale contracts. Over 100 topics to think about and consider as a seller.

Buyers- Buyers etiquette, where to find estate sales, how to enter an estate sale.  Having an estate sale kit and what to bring to an estate sale, and how to negotiate to with estate liquidators in an unoffensive and successful way.

Estate sale companies – What to include in an estate sale contract, how to work with sellers that don’t understand the liquidation process. Where to advertise your estate sales. Using social media to be found and get your message out. Working and networking with other liquidators and appraisers. Where to list your estate sales. Working with a website.

We have also covered estate sales of the rich and famous.

All this information is in our archives along with videos and is free to assist you.

Our goal is and has been to educate and inform you without cost and provide answers and solutions. Liquidating personal property is a stressful experience whether you are downsizing or selling off a loved ones belongings.

Estate sale companies wear many hats and the experienced companies that have great reputations understand what is required for success for all parties.

We hope that as the number one internet source for estate sale information we provide you with the estate sale help you need. We no longer liquidate estates, but we use our twenty plus years of experience to hopefully guide you in the liquidation process.

We welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Please email us at carol@estatesalesnews.com. We will respond as soon as possible.

 

A New Challenge For Estate Sale Companies In 2017

2017 is ushering in new challenges for estate sale companies.

New liquidation firms (auction houses) in particular are expanding to meet the constantly changing requirements of liquidating personal property.

Many auction companies have been servicing the public selling their personal property, however, bigger auction houses are now becoming engaged with liquidating personal property that they otherwise would not auction off.

Once again the term vetted is being used, but the question is who sets the vetting requirements and standards? With no national requirements it is important that sellers ask in depth how a company determines what vetting requirements they have and how they arrived at them.

Many associations require specific requirements from their members, however, this is not a national or state regulation. USPAP – used in appraisal (mainly real estate, but also for appraisers of personal property) is one of the few regulated requirements.  Please see the USPAP article in our archives by Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP. Just type in USPAP in the search area on the left side of the front page.

Estate sale companies are challenged by these new firms entering the market place. Established estate liquidators have a working knowledge of personal property and the many needs for a successful sale. Auction companies that also sell personal property on a regular basis also understand what is required for them to succeed.

Sellers as recommended several times here on EstateSalesNews.com be sure you do your own due diligence. Take responsibility before you sign a contract with a company that you are satisfied you have asked all the appropriate questions and feel trust and confidence in the liquidator you are hiring. It’s your financial bottom line.

Estate Sale Experience Counts For Educational Information

Estate sale experience counts for education information.

Whether you are writing a blog or a newspaper article, providing information on estate sales from sources with estate sale experience is essential.

This also applies to estate sale advertising websites that offer tips or help and those that hire bloggers to write for them. Actual life experience as an estate sale liquidator is invaluable.

The more popular estate sales become, the more bloggers, reporters and other websites try to provide informative estate sale information to help them financially and increase their website ranking.

What is required to make the information useful and assist perspective sellers. Have you conducted an estate sale or been part of the estate liquidation business for some time?

Nothing can replace experience in the estate sale industry. Understanding the contents and requirements that should be included in estate sale contracts, what to look for and expect from an estate sale company are important to your financial bottom line.

Sellers need to understand how estate sales work. Knowledge about estate sale company advertising, security, entrance control and pricing. They also need to understand what to expect at the end of the sale including receiving their net proceeds. That will depend on what forms of payments estate sale companies accept.

There are a lot of articles that have been written about estate sales, but before you make any decisions based on these articles, ask yourself if there is any authentic estate sale experience by the author or company providing them.

Become a knowledgeable consumer and choose the information you use wisely. Your results will depend on what you know and understand.