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Estate Sale No No’s

Estate sale no no’s have become a continuing theme.

Seller etiquette is as important as buyer etiquette at estate sales.

As a seller when you hire an estate sale company you should have already gone through everything in the property. Anything you want to keep should have been removed or locked away.

The job of an estate sale company is not to sort through and organize personal property so that a seller can then cherry pick items they want from the sale. It is not the task of the estate liquidation company to do the “dirty work” and then have items removed from the estate sale.

Sellers need to be responsible for looking through, sorting and choosing those items that they want. If they are dealing with a hoarder sale then discuss this with the estate sale company before signing the estate sale contract to avoid misunderstandings and future problems. This is the time to discuss items that may surface they might want and how that will be handled.

When an estate sale company agrees to conduct an estate sale, they base their fee, advertising, staff requirements and time on what they see at the time they visit the property.

Many estate sale companies have added clauses to their estate sale contracts to collect a commission on items removed after a certain time frame in the contract.

Buyers allso need to remember it is a privilege not a given to be entitled to enter and attend an estate sale. The estate sale company has a fiduciary with the seller. It is their responsibility to control entrance to, sales and buyer behavior within the property. 

The estate sale company can ask a buyer to leave the sale if they feel any inappropriateness by the conduct of a buyer. This can include language, harassment, or possible theft or changing or deletion of price tags.

The estate sale should have signs posted throughout and about the property concerning the rules, terms, and conditions of the estate sale.

Estate sale no no’s apply on both sides of the estate liquidation business. Success can depend on it.

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),

What’s Selling Today At Estate Sales

What’s selling today at estate sales?

Here are a few of the millions of items for sale at estate sales across the country.

This is just a sampling of the millions of items available today at estate sales. Please visit these websites to see what is selling at an estate sale in your area.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net

Estate Sales Summertime Review What’s Hot And Behavior

It is time for an estate sales summertime review of what’s hot and behavior.

Let us start with what’s hot in estate sales.

Recurring themes are fishing and hunting items, Pyrex (seems to be selling everywhere), military items and linens. Tools, mid-century decorative items, wood working items. Pyrex appears to be one of the hottest sellers.

Other hot sellers include good gold jewelry, great costume jewelry, purses, perfumes and inexpensive holiday decor.

The area of the country also helps determine what are hot sellers.

Behavior at summer estate sales is also hot.

Storage Unit Filled Estate Sale Or Auction

Storage unit filled, estate sale or auction. Questions to be answered.

EstateSalesNews.com has received many calls and emails from prospective sellers concerning the liquidation of personal property they have stored in storage units.

Sellers want to know what venue to use.

First question is how much is stored? What is stored? Have they asked the storage unit company if they could sell from the unit?

Many estate sale companies will not sell from a storage unit. The estate sale company has to look at what is going to be for sale, how can they display, will the storage company allow it and is it financially equitable for them?

Simply unpacking boxes to examine what is in the storage unit(s) can present a challenge.

Many estate sale companies are not set up to remove property from a storage facility to another location. On site estate sales are easier to look at and stage. They usually provide space for parking and traffic.

There are some estate sale companies that will provide the service, but usually at a much higher commission because of the work and restrictions involved. Some liquidators may offer to sell via online auction. Other estate sale companies offer both on site estate sales and auctions.

Auction companies may choose to pick up the contents of a storage unit and move it to a facility to be included with other partial contents in an auction.

If you are moving, downsizing or liquidating a loved one’s stored belongings, all of the above needs to be considered and investigated to determine what liquidation process will work best for you and if anyone in your area can assist.

Do not hesitate to consult with your local estate sale companies. If they cannot assist you, they may provide leads as to who can.

Knowing your local estate sale companies can provide you with knowledge to make wise, informed decisions.

Summer Time Estate Sales Are Everywhere

Summer time estate sales are everywhere.

Estate sale companies have extra concerns with summer estate sales.

If the property is not air conditioned with the high heat in some parts of the United States keeping customers and staff comfortable is important. Shoppers at estate sales will linger and shop more if they are not suffering from intense heat. The estate sale company staff will have more stamina when they are not working in a stuffy, hot environment.

Most estate sale companies will try to bring in fans to circulate the air if the property is not air conditioned. Some estate liquidators will even provide small bottles of water for their customers.

This is also a great time to buy window air conditioners. They are quick sellers at this time of the year. If purchasing one ask to have it plugged in to see if it works, but remember that the majority of estate sale companies sell items “as is”, but if you are looking to stick to a budget this is a good way to shop.

Patio furniture, garden tools, portable pools, swing sets, grills, and potted plants are also in summer estate sales. This is the season for downsizing, moving, and buying new.

If you are attending estate sales in the heat take water with you in your vehicle.

Some areas of the country are seeing severe downpours and heavy rain. A towel and an extra pair of shoes should be in your transport along with listening to the weather in case you need to detour around a flooded road.

The summer season of estate sales, like winter has weather considerations. Being prepared will make you a better and prepared shopper.

Check out these websites for estate sales in your area and let the estate sale company know you read EstateSalesNews.com. Happy shopping.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net

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.

Moving And Downsizing And Estate Sale Companies Can Help

Recently my husband and I moved and although we have downsized and I was an estate liquidator in New Jersey I wish I had listened to my own advice and had an experienced estate liquidator help.

Moving, downsizing and estate sale companies all fit together.

Having an outside, detached individual or company can be so helpful.

Although we all want to keep those most important keepsakes, an estate liquidator can be of great service.

We wish now that had time and thought permitted we would have discussed our new digs and what we have.

Instead we have over 125 boxes and some furniture in our garage that don’t have a home, we aren’t sure what is in each box and we are both still working.

If you are getting ready to move, downsize call a reputable, knowledgeable and experienced estate sale company and explain your situation. Seek advice and then if you feel comfortable arrange for an interview.

We all have items we cannot part with, however, estate sale companies can be of great assistance to relieve stress and help.

Don’t be caught short and left in a state of “what do I do with it now”. Estate sales can be the answer to so many problems.

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.

May 1st Graduations, Weddings, Moving & Estate Sales

May 1st has arrived and with it the season of graduations, weddings, and moving. Estate sales can be a major help with these events.

Looking for a graduation gift? Check out jewelry, designer handbags, shoes, wallets and other sought after high end items that are well below retail at estate sales.

Weddings and estate sales can be their own marriage. Estate sales are great sources for sterling flatware, holloware, china, crystal, high quality cookware, flat screen televisions, lighting and art. You can buy more or buy better items with what you save at estate sales.

The moving season is in full gear with baby boomers downsizing, generation X moving up and millenials creating their first residences. Moving can be challenging for any reason. Estate liquidators can help relieve some of the stress that accompanies these moves.

If you are looking for estate sales to shop at look at the websites listed below. Many estate sale companies do not list on all the websites. Check your area out on each site.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net