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Searching for help with estate sales and the estate liquidation process is challenging.
Google is the main search engine used along with Bing, AOL.com, Yahoo, and dogpile.com to name some of the better known ones.
Deciding what specifically you want to search for is best when requesting the information. Are you looking for estate sales, estate sale companies, what is an estate sale, learning about the estate sale process, and estate sale contracts are some of the most popular searches. We use Google Analytics to keep us informed on what searches are being conducted.
Google along with the other search engines mentioned, decides your website placement on their front page by the number of clicks or searches requested. The top of a search engine page is reserved for companies paying to advertise their company. You can usually tell by the small “Ad” next to the top of the result, or sometimes you will notice the top company appears on a light, slightly colored background. Google uses both.
There are many companies that handle estate sales from high dollar value to lower values while others may have a specific amount they look for in determining whether to accept an estate sale. Every company is different and what they look for and how they arrive at their decisions to accept or reject is based on a variety of factors. Today we look at some basics. Understanding how an estate sale company determines what sales they can or cannot accept is important for both prospective sellers and estate liquidators.
Staffing estate sales is different from what it use to be. So many liquidators now need to keep full time staff employed. Many must be at the constant ready to continually stage, price, and work their sales. Thousands of estate sale companies run a sale almost every weekend with limited time off. The once cottage industry of estate sales are now full time small businesses.
We continue to watch the estate liquidation business evolve on many levels as 2016 begins with the continuing expansive growth across the United States. With over 15,000 estate liquidation companies and counting, there does not appear to be any slow down in sight.
There are estate sale listing websites and other sites now encouraging people to become estate liquidators and some even providing them with their recommendation for education. They are branching out to become a portal for the estate sale business and any other types of liquidation services; i.e. auctions, online sales, private sales, or business liquidations. The platform for some of these websites has grown exponentially to even include offering estate sale companies that they have vetted based on their criteria. Each organization, association, or society has their own vetting criteria.
This growth has seen several off shoots including educational sites, sites that teach the use of social media, and also companies that offer to provide social media services for estate sale company owners that do not have time to produce their own social media marketing with the increasing number of sales their company is handling.
A few years back the terms “bonded and insured” was what many sellers sought out in an estate sale company, however, today bonding is not important compared to having liability insurance.
More estate sale companies are also choosing to have an on staff appraiser, (ISA, ASA, or CAGA) and many have some or all of their staff professionally trained in working with seniors transitioning. The baby boomer generation is on the move and is responsible for a lot of the growth in the estate liquidation business.
Estate sale owners are more engaged with photography, videography, and staging with the importance they play in a competitive market. Many have attended schools, seminars, or taken online courses to become proficient.
Even books, guides, and magazines such as EstateSalesNews.com have emerged from the growth in the liquidation industry.
Take a look at the number of estate sales on starting tomorrow in many places and you can appreciate how times have changed in just a few years.
With all of this you can save $$$ and have a variety of choices of merchandise and places to shop so look for these estate sales and get shopping and saving.
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Estate sale companies use many sources to find the information they need to price your contents, but it isn’t as simple as looking up a price on line or in a book.
There are a wide variety of sources to assist estate sale companies when help is needed for pricing the rare, unique, antique, or unknown items. A knowledgeable professional estate liquidator can evaluate the information from these websites applying their years of working with and education through hands on experience to determine how this affects the value of your items.
It can take hours of research to find comparables and make the necessary adjustments.