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If you are planning on having an estate sale, right now is the time to start looking for the estate liquidator to work for you.
Lets review some basics and then you can use our printable list to assist you helping you with all the steps in the process. Look for the link on the top of our Front Page How to Choose an Estate Sale Company for more details and also a host of information including estate sale contracts.
- Ask your family, friends, neighbors, Realtor or attorney if they know a liquidator they would recommend and be sure to ask why.
- Look at the estate sale listing websites, EstateSales.Net EstateSales.org, Estatesale.com and Estatesale.company. These four companies feature the most estate sale companies that are listed on the internet across the country. They also feature their current or upcoming estate sales (you may want to attend some estate sales).
- After reviewing estate liquidators on these websites and looking at their sales listed take time to look for internet reviews.
- Call at least three companies to conduct an initial phone interview. Decide if you would be interested in pursuing these liquidators and inviting them to your property where the estate sale would take place. Once you have at least two or three companies, set up appointments well spaced apart to walk them through the property and discuss their services afterwards.
- When you sit down with the estate sale company to discuss work, fees or commissions, availability dates for a sale, length of sale, set-up etc., be sure they completely review their contract with you. Ask questions, and do not hesitate to seek legal advice if you are unsure of the contract.
- Once you have decided on a liquidator and have done your due diligence remember you have based your choice on the best information possible, that they are professional in what they do and ask them what if anything you can do to assist.
- Now it is time to let them get to work and do their job. Don’t micromanage and only step in with a genuine concern.
These are the very basics for your search for an estate sale company. Never a 100% guarantee, but with so many thousands of reputable, experienced, knowledgeable estate sale companies out there you have done your best. Now let your estate sale company do their best for you.
For those in our audience that are doing more than just a clean out it is time now to start deciding what you want to keep and what you don’t. Then comes the big decision, how to eliminate all the unwanted or unnecessary items.
Now is the time to start looking for estate sale companies if you have more to eliminate than keep. You might even consider finding an estate sale company that would conduct what they call a partial sale, where it is limited to just a few rooms. Not all estate sale companies perform this particular liquidation, but it is wise to ask.
Start asking your friends, relatives, Realtor or attorney if they can recommend an estate sale company. Also start looking at estate sale listing websites like EstateSales.Net, EstateSales.org and Estatesale.com to see who is working in your area. There are other listing sites as well to check out.
When speaking with liquidators ask them if you don’t have enough for a sale if they would consider buying out what you have, take on consignment or recommend a local auctioneer that may do consignment auctions for small lots.
You may also want to inquire with an estate sale company if they assist in a clean out. Many now perform this function for a fee as well. The estate liquidation business has many facets today.
With the last 6 or so weeks of winter left (hopefully less) now is the perfect time if you are going to relocate to get the chore of sorting through and making your key decisions, but remember – if you have a lot “don’t throw anything out” until you have interviewed some estate sale companies. You may be giving away money unknowingly.
This coming weekend is the Super Bowl. Estate sale companies that we have spoken with are proceeding with their sales. With the Super Bowl starting later than normal in Arizona this should not affect most of the country. A few west coast liquidators that have sales will be closing in mid-afternoon on Sunday.
Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday, February 14th, but all the liquidators we heard from indicated that this would not impede their sales and some even planned to make the day festive with treats for buyers.
We are grateful to all the estate sale companies that responded to us and shared how they are working with these various events.
The storm affecting the east and mid-Atlantic coast today will have an influence on traveling for staging sales and keeping appointments, but the more important affect will be how well the communities and municipalities clear their local roads of snow to allow for entrance to sales on Thursday and Friday. This is one of the primary reasons that estate sale companies that conduct liquidations in any area where snow or ice may be a consideration should include a paragraph in their contract with sellers clearly stating who is responsible for the plowing and/or shoveling of snow as well as the treatment of walkways and driveways to dissolve and slippery areas.