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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.

July 4th Weekend And The Impact On Estate Sales

The July 4th weekend and the impact on estate sales is usually only noticed by estate sale companies. Most estate liquidators take this time off to celebrate our Independence Day with family and friends as most Americans do.

Auction companies often hold holiday weekend auctions. Their audiences often differ from estate sale companies.

Estate sale followers and attendees usually shy away from major holiday weekends. Christmas, Easter, and July 4th especially. Time for family and friends.

Our 4th of July celebration gives the estate sale companies and their staffs an opportunity to enjoy to enjoy some needed rest time and join in the celebration.

As summer vacations begin, estate sale companies will be working harder to get the message out about their sales and what each weekend the public will find.

Marketing strategies change to accommodate the summer season. Social media for targeting their audience will be a key player in their advertising campaigns. Vacationers following Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ will find ads, photos, and snippets about estate sales. Click for advertising on social media.

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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Estate Sales In Summer Are Not Garage Sales

Estate sales in summer are not garage sales. During the summer it is easy for shoppers to think that because an estate sale is being held in the summer months this should result in lower prices.

An estate liquidation is not the same type of sale as a garage or yard sale. Estate sale companies are professional liquidators.

A garage or yard sale is not run by a professional liquidator. Garage and yard sales are run by homeowners or tenants looking to eliminate accumulations of items no longer wanted.

A seller(s) hires a professional estate sale company to liquidate their contents. Estate liquidators understand the value of the contents of a home. Items will not be priced in nickles, dimes or quarters. Seller(s) expect them to obtain the current market value in their community for their belongings.

Estate sale companies may use Craigslist to advertise their sale, but that does not classify it as a garage sale.

Reaching the broadest audience possible is the goal of estate liquidators. This could be listing estate sales on advertising listing websites such as EstateSale.com and/or other advertising listing websites. It may also include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest. Most estate sale companies also have their own websites.

Selling A Collection At An Estate Sale

Selling a collection at an estate sale? Many of the baby boomer generation are collectors.

The baby boomer generation is a large portion of the population downsizing and moving. Many boomers have a variety of accumulations they want to reduce or eliminate. Many collectors hire an estate sale company and have them conduct an estate sale. Selling off collections requires estate sale companies to have the knowledge how to approach and conduct the sale.

Starting with determining the amount of time to research the collection. They base their charges on the time involved researching, setting up and pricing. The larger or more rare or unique the assemblage, the more time an estate liquidator may need to adequately research the collection. In some cases they may seek out an appraiser with specific knowledge in the items to be sold for assistance.

An estate sale company needs to understand the value of the items in the collection. Why they have value. Understanding the monetary value and how and where it is derived from whether it is rare, condition, color, or age, all of these aspects must be considered.

Summer Season For Estate Liquidations

The summer estate liquidations season has arrived. With so many estate sales being conducted If you need to hire an estate sale company, this is a good time to visit sales in your community.

Summer in most areas of the country also adds additional concerns for estate liquidators.

An estate liquidator in a hot and/or humid climate will need to consider ventilation in the property for keeping staff and customers comfortable and safe. It is a major reason that a provision in the estate sale contract provides that the seller keeps the electricity on. Buyers that are comfortable are less likely to dash out the door or only do a quick look in a hot and stuffy home. Even without air conditioning, fans can provide moving air making shopping a more enjoyable and fun experience.

Summer time can also bring sudden rain or thunderstorms. An estate sale company has to always plan ahead about what if any contents might be out in the open or under a pop up tent.

Many estate liquidators like to provide their check out areas just outside on a driveway under a pop up and if that is the case an alternative has to be carefully thought out ahead in case of threatening weather.

Estate sale companies also consider timing. June tends to have weddings and graduations, July has our Independence day celebration and the start of vacation for millions of Americans that continues through August, which is also usually the hottest month.

Summer is also moving time for those downsizing or relocating for employment. That makes the competition for buyers increase. The experienced estate sale company plans their marketing strategy well to draw shoppers in before their competition. Knowing all the various methods of advertising and using social media is a key factor.

June, July, and August is something most of us look forward to. For estate sale companies it is also a time to think more and work aggressively to achieve the best outcome an estate sale may have.

Advertising Estate Sales Is A Business Too!

Looking at and reading articles on the internet about estate sales including online newspaper articles, Google alerts, guides, etc., one can easily see that advertising estate sales through internet media publications (not just Facebook or Twitter) has become another branch off the liquidation business.

Everything has been showing up in these news and infomercial reports from what to try to score at a sale to how estate liquidators are now having to be watchful for counterfeit money.

Written paid infomercials by estate sale companies and estate sale listing websites are becoming more and more the norm. We have seen content writers and independent journalists writing about estate sales or groups of estate sales.

Choosing what aspect of an estate sale to write about, or what city to draw attention to with a group of estate sales for a weekend is challenging. Particularly if you do not usually attend estate sales or have ever participated in an estate sale.

With competition continuing to grow, so will the means of advertising the estate liquidations. Reading through look for any kind of mention that the author is an estate saler may help you find insightful articles that contain useful and helpful information for all those that attend these weekly events.

As we approach tomorrow, Thursday, May 19th get prepared for a huge weekend of estate sales across the country and be ready to shop.