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Where Does Estate Sale Experience Come From?

Time to ask the question where does estate sale experience come from?

More organizations, associations and societies are entering the estate sale field.

The question arises, where do they get their expertise in the estate sale field from? Some of the owners of estate sale companies are members of appraisal organizations such as ISA, CAGA or ASA. They have completed courses of study by these associations. Have met their requirements including experience, years in the business and a code of ethics and professional conduct they adhere to.

Many estate liquidators started out as helpers or apprenticed at estate sales. A great way to acquire knowledge about personal property, antiques, and art.

Others have taken courses such as the Fine Art course offered by NYU.

Each of these estate sale associations, societies and organizations has written their own code of ethics. There isn’t a national code of ethics or a state code of ethics.

Sales Tax State By State – Does Your State Charge Sales Tax At Estate Sales

 EstateSalesNews.com is providing the sales taxes charged by the 50 states.  Not all states charge sales tax on estate sales. It depends on the county, city or town. Check with your state to learn if your state requires sales tax be charged at estate sales. Do not expect cash payment to evade paying sales tax. Retail stores charge it and states are alert to estate sale companies failing to charge it.

Currently there are only 4 states that do not require sales tax at estate sales.

Be kind to the estate sale company. They are doing what is required and this is extra paperwork for them that they are not compensated for.

Alabama 4% – 12%, Alaska 0%, Arizona 2% -6.6%, Arkansas 6.5%

California 7.5% -10.0%, Colorado 2.9% – 8.0%, Connecticut 6.35%

Delaware 0%, District of Columbia 5% – 7.5%

Florida 6% – 7%

Georgia 4% – 6%

Hawaii Gross receipts and use tax 4% +

Idaho 6.0%, Illinois 6.25% -9.0%, Indiana 7.0%, Iowa 6.0% -7.0%

Kansas 6.15% – 11.15%, Kentucky 6.0%

Louisiana 4.0% – 9.0%

Maine 5.5%, Maryland 6.%, Massachusetts 6.25%, Michigan 6.0%, Minnesota 6.0%, Missouri 4.225% – 9.6%, Montana 0%

Nebraska 5.5% – 7.0%, Nevada 6.85% – 7.25%, New Hampshire 0%, New Jersey 7.0% enterprise zone 3.5%, New Mexico 5.0% – 8.8625%, New York 7.0% – 8.75%, North Carolina 4.75% – 7.0%, North Dakota 2.0% – 7.0%

Ohio 5.75% – 8.0%, Oklahoma 4.5% – cities 7.5% – 8.5%, Oregon 0%

Pennsylvania 6.0% Philadelphia 8.0%

South Carolina 6.0% – 10.5%, South Dakota 4.0%

Tennessee 7.0% – 9.25%, Texas 6.25% – 8.25%

 Utah 5.95%

Vermont 6.0%, Virginia 5.3% – 6.5%

Washington 6.5%, West Virginia 6.0%, Wisconsin 5.0% – 5.5%, Wyoming 4.0% – 7.0%

Understanding The Estate Sale Process

Understanding the estate sale process is very important as the liquidation business continues to grow.

Estate sale companies cannot commit until they have seen everything you are selling. The company needs to decide if there is enough in the sale to make it profitable for them.

Estate liquidators have many expenses such as insurance, staff, supplies, security and the time needed to prepare the sale. Liquidators have to include their advertising costs to compete with the growing number of estate sales.

Sellers hiring an estate sale company should recognize that they have a multitude of expenses. Working to create a successful sale for you to the best of their ability requires knowledge and marketing experience.

Estate liquidators also need empathy in many cases for clients.

A strong estate sale contract that protects and explains the estate sale company obligations and the sellers obligations is very important in the process. Many estate sale companies have their contracts prepared by attorneys.

The estate sale company may have a membership in associations such as the NAOEL. These associations and societies charge a fee to join and a yearly fee for membership. They also provide education that they charge the estate liquidator for.

The estate sale company incurs the cost of excepting charge cards. Fees are accessed and each company decides whether to charge them to a seller or absorb them. This may be part of their commission. Each estate sale company is different.

Sellers should understand what is required to prepare and conduct a sale. Reviewing the estate sale process with any estate sale company you are interviewing is important to avoid future misunderstandings.

Why An Estate Sale Company Cancels Estate Sale!

Why an estate sale company cancels estate sale?

Sellers, these are reasons you need to know and understand.

A seller hires an estate sale company after performing their due diligence.  You should have chosen a professional company that you can place your trust and confidence in.

Today, many sellers fail to have this confidence and trust in their estate sale company. Why did you hire them? Did you check their references, how they research and price items and what security they have.

Showing up the day or night before an estate sale to “check” how the estate sale company did is inappropriate and may have the result of an estate sale company cancelling the sale.

An estate sale company is working for your best interest. If you have chosen the company following the guidelines for hiring an estate sale company let them do their job for you.

When a seller displays distrust in an estate sale company before the sale starts this causes a concern to the estate liquidator.

Checking prices established by the estate sale company is in appropriate. If you are concerned about pricing this should be discussed before signing the estate sale contract. Have an item you have a bottom line price on. Speak with the estate sale company before signing their contract.

An estate sale company cannot work for mistrusting sellers.

Shopping At Estate Sales In Person Or Online

Shopping estate sales online or in person. Which works for you?

There are some companies that have offered online estate sales. Two large national companies prefer selling this way. Another estate sale listing website has announced that it too will offer online estate sales starting next year. All this in a growing competition to attract buyers and estate sale companies.

How do you like to shop? Do you like to handle and inspect what you’re buying personally or do you trust online sales to include all the necessary photos and information to enable you to make a decision? It is similar in this way to online auctions. You rely on the company selling to provide accurate and complete descriptions.

Many large retailers sell online only, such as Overstock and Wayfair. Selling new items with warranties or return policies can offer security. Online estate sales will usually be used items and the return policy will depend on the estate sale company. Determining whether to buy at an on site estate sale or online estate sale really depends on your comfort zone.

Preventing Theft At Estate Sales

Preventing theft at estate sales is important as more people attend the sale.

Estate liquidators are hiring off duty policemen for security and safety for their estate sales.

Estate sale companies can use this security to ensure orderly entrance into the estate sale as well as monitor those exiting. The off duty police officer may ask to see your receipt. He or she may also ask to look at the contents of your bags or boxes.

Estate sale staff are monitoring the personal property entrusted into their care. If staff see someone trying to steal or change a price tag, they will report this to the owner of the estate sale company and the security person.

Many estate sale companies that have caught thieves have taken to posting their photos on Facebook to warn others and hopefully prevent further theft attempts. They hope the embarrassment of their photo will succeed when viewed by the general public.

Estate sale companies can prosecute anyone caught stealing. Many use video cameras to monitor their sales.

Estate liquidators are now limiting coats and in many cases preventing pocket books from being brought into the estate sale. In Florida it is not uncommon to see yard signs that clearly say no large bags or purses.

Why Learn About Estates?

Why learn about estate sales? If you are a baby boomer or an heir settling an estate you want to understand the liquidation process and hire the right estate sale company for your needs.

A liquidator with 20 plus years in the estate liquidation business conducting estate and moving sales as the editor of EstateSalesNews.com I learned by hands on experience. Experience working estate sales is the best teacher of knowledge and handling a variety of situations.

Estate sale advertising listing websites are able to put you in contact with estate sale companies in your area.

Experience and knowledge about estate sales is done by actually working at estate sales.

Estate Liquidators And Realtors Should Work Together

Baby boomers are on the move in droves and estate sales are tied closely to real estate sales. Estate liquidators and Realtors should work together.

Your Estate Sales News Editor has been a Realtor and estate liquidator. Both professions work for the seller. Both parties should determine what will be in the best interest of the seller and compromises will need to be made.

Realtors like to have a seller declutter for best results. Eliminating personal property that can be distracting for a buyer.

The estate liquidator doesn’t want the seller to eliminate anything until they have walked through the property to see what can be sold.

Estate sale companies and Realtors best serve the seller when they work together. Sitting down for a conversation about the long term outcome for the seller is beneficial.

Estate Sale Collections Hot Or Not

Estate sale collections hot or not. Most estate sales have some collection included in the sale, however many collections are not hot right now. They can be large or small.

Understanding that collections that were once highly treasured and sought after have gone cold is not easy for most sellers to except.

Estate sale companies do not want to sell your items cheap. Commissioned based estate sales are looking for the best or highest value for items in the sale. The more an estate sale company can sell your  contents for, the more they receive in commission.

It is not easy for sellers to accept that items such as hummels, collector plates, and other collectibles from the last forty plus years do not have the value paid for them.

Need Estate Sale Information ?

2016 has seen a surge of estate sales during the first six months and estate sale information is constantly being searched for on the internet and social media. Sellers and buyers are constantly seeking advice, help, and tips about estate sales taking place.

People downsizing, retiring, or just settling an estate are in need of estate sale information about everything from how to choose an estate sale company, what’s selling and why, to estate sale contracts.

Estate sale advertising listing websites are able to answer the questions about what sales are taking place in your community. They show where, when, and what estate sale company is conducting them. Advertising websites offer photos, providing a list from the estate liquidator of what is included in the sale. EstateSale.com is one of these websites. These websites have all seen rapid growth.  Websites and organizations involved in estate liquidation advertising or the liquidation education business encourage people to become estate liquidators. Keeping the number of estate sale companies continually growing.

Estate Sales News is a national publication offering sellers, buyers, and estate liquidation businesses the latest news and information. Our articles are about all aspects of the estate liquidation industry and estate sales. EstateSalesNews.com focuses on being a resource to answer your questions providing information from a former experienced estate liquidator.

Estate Sales News has a “free” IOS app download. Whether you are on the road heading to an estate sale or waiting to interview an estate sale company you can find information and help by clicking on our app on your smartphone. You can also find estate sale listing websites with just the touch of your finger and be directed to their main page. We eliminate the need for a general search for these websites. Find them on EstateSalesNews.com IOS app.

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