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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.

2017 Welcomes New Estate Sales

2017 has arrived and with it more estate sales.

The weather is the concern for most estate liquidators in winter. The southern states rarely have concerns, but states like Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and winter weather states plan accordingly.

These plans usually include alternate dates, who’s in charge of plowing the driveway and salting the sidewalks and parking restrictions.

Northern estate sale companies have a lot to consider when scheduling winter estate sales.

Our southern states and southwest estate liquidators are more fortunate.

Wherever you live please check with the estate sale listing websites to learn what contingency plans are available.

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This year will see changes and additions to the estate liquidation business.

Many estate sale companies took time off over the holidays to rest their staff and themselves.

EstateSalesNews.com will be reporting on what’s new, important, affects buyers, sellers and estate sale companies.

From EstateSalesNews.com we welcome you all to the new estate sale season. Hello 2017.

 

Wrapping Up The Holiday Season At EstateSalesNews.com

Hanukkah and Christmas are now less than a week away. Estate Sales News will be enjoying the holidays with family too.

We would like to wish our audience a happy holiday season. Thank you for choosing us as your estate sale information resource.

To our advertisers and contributors our gratitude for making another year possible.

Our contributors add so much, we deeply appreciate you.

Some of the many topics we have covered are estate sale contracts, advertising, estate sale etiquette, how to buy at an estate sale and more.

Since we started EstateSalesNews.com we have published approximately 900 articles as a free service to help estate sale buyers, sellers, and estate sale companies.

As we wrap up 2016 we hope you have found many of the answers to your questions and continue to use our archives. Every article we have published is available 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

From our house to yours we wish you happiness, health, friendship and love. Be good to one another.

Happy Hanukkah starting December 24th and a Merry Christmas December 25th.

Avoid The Hassle Of Retail Shopping With Estate Sales

Recently as I have traveled, so many people have chatted about how the holidays stressed them out shopping in a retail store with lines, coupons, and all the craziness that goes with it.

Every opportunity I have had I suggest shopping at an estate sale. Explaining that you not only save dollars. You avoid coupons, check out lines with often grumpy check out clerks exhausted by long hours and low pay.

Estate sale staff choose to work long and hard, enjoy serving customers and they want you to leave happy so you’ll keep shopping at their estate sales.

Estate sale companies are charged with selling the items in their locations. They can’t afford keeping stock. Their business is to sell and over a period of days sell off as much as possible. Some choose by discounting and others by looking at offers. Keep in mind this is not usually the practice on the first day, but on the days that follow.

From holiday decorations for Hannukah or Christmas to unique and special gifts estate sales have so much to offer buyers.

If you have put off your Christmas shopping check out the links below to find estate sales selling everything from A-Z. You’ll come out smiling.

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Estate Sale Shopping Is Now, No Waiting, No Back Orders

20 days to Christmas and Hannukah if you have been shopping for those special people in your life while wait to receive the item by mail, or get a note that says it is back ordered.

Estate sales start every Thursday or Friday and offer and varied array of items, old, new, vintage and slightly used. They also offer a selection that can surpass what you will find in the store or online at a fraction of the cost.

NOW is the time to look at these websites and find the sales nearest you and get your holiday shopping done expeditiously. Just buy, save $$$ and wrap. Done!

Check out these sites and please when you visit estate sales let them know you read EstateSalesNews.com

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3 Weeks ToThanksgiving Estate Sales Black Friday Is Now

Estate sales are Black Friday opportunities every weekend.

Yesterday on the news they were talking about Black Friday shopping. The Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year for most retailers.  Many stores and online retailers are already offering significant discounts. This may reduce the number of people shopping retail on Black Friday.

People wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday to buy for themselves and Christmas.

Another weekend of estate sales starts today. Opportunities for buyers are at estate sales every weekend.

Why pay retail when you can pay estate sale prices which are significantly below retail prices?

Now is the time to shop for your Thanksgiving needs and Christmas gifts. From flat screen TVs to brand new clothes with the price tags still on.

Great sales can be found in most every state.

Check out these estate sale advertising websites.

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Find the estate sales to buy from at the advertising website links above.

EstateSalesNews.com is your resource for accurate estate sale information and news from a former estate liquidator.

Happy Shopping.

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.

What’s Happening With Estate Sale Attendance?

What’s happening with estate sale attendance?

This past weekend several estate sale companies in the west posted photos of the lines at their estate sales.

Many estate sale companies had hundreds of people lined up. In many cases where the sales lasted three to four days with discounting on days two through four they sold to the walls.

Some east coast companies have discussed this hasn’t been the scenario for them.

Sellers, it is important to realize that your location and what you have for sale can make a huge difference.

There are southern estate sale companies as well as midwest estate sale companies that have also had high or low attendance and sales. Location and the economy in the area are very important.

When you sit down to discuss your sale with your estate liquidator talk about location and the economy.

Ask what they expect and will they be discounting and how. Talk about your goal. Is it to empty the property? Are you going to be upset if discounts are given and items don’t sell for what had been hoped for.

One estate sale company conducted a pop up sale without a lengthy detailed description. They have a large email list of regulars. They emailed them about the sale along with the ads that were placed. Having an email list of regular customers can be crucial to a sales success. The featured photo shows the line of hundreds of people for this sale. This is just a sample of what’s happening at many estate sales.

Whereever you are located talk to your estate sale company about realistic expectations. Question what will be necessary to achieve success.

Cyber Attack On Twitter Prevents EstateSalesNews.com Tweet

A cyber attack on Twitter prevented EstateSalesNews.com from tweeting it’s Friday article. We were able to tweet the article late Friday afternoon.

Twitter wasn’t the only website attacked. It also involved Netflix and other major websites.

It is important to call this to our audience attention. Cyber attacks can occur on any website. This is disconcerting about social media sites because thousand of estate liquidators use them.

This is an important concern for any estate sale company using social media.

As perspective sellers or buyers be sure if you receive emails on a regular basis that you check the estate sale company website in case an email does not arrive on schedule in your mail box so you won’t miss any news or upcoming estate sale info.

Start Shopping Now For Christmas At Estate Sales

Start shopping now for Christmas at estate sales.

Online retailers such as Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair are already advertising sales for Christmas.

What is more amazing is online shopping is becoming more popular by the day.

Thanksgiving weekend which use to kick off the Christmas shopping season is less than 5 weeks away.

Now is the time for estate sale companies to get their Christmas shopping advertising into gear. So much can be done by estate sale companies and gained by buyers.

This is the time to mention in each estate sale description what is available that would make great Christmas gifts or decorations.

Utilize social media to showcase your current and upcoming estate sales. Be sure to write in a way that the buying public can see the reason to buy their gifts at estate sales. Facebook is particularly beneficial to present sales to a broad based public audience.