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Estate Sales News has been traveling the country visiting estate sales. Theft prevention at estate sales has become paramount and many of the estate sales we have visited are now using surveillance cameras.
This in article is an in depth look at video surveillance systems for estate sales was written by an expert in the field, P.D. Kaltenbach, Senior Television Broadcast Engineer.
These are several things that need to be considered when reviewing the purchase of a camera monitoring system, especially as they relate to estate sales:
- Camera count vs. system cost.
- Pre-configured systems vs. the DIY approach.
- Wired or wireless cameras, it’s all about ease of set-up.
- Camera and Display resolution – If you can’t see the details what is the point?
Let’s take a look at he issues in order of importance.
Item A.) The first thing to consider is how many cameras you will need. If you haven’t worked with these systems before take a little time to look around the next time you are at home or at an estate sale. Ask yourself how many places would you have to stand while looking straight ahead in order to see the things you consider important. That’s a good first cut at establishing camera counts, and while it sounds simplistic you will be surprised at how quickly the numbers rise. As a rough estimate of system cost you can expect to pay $160 to $250 times the number of cameras in a system depending upon technical features that are provided.
There is an alternate approach that allows you to ease into the project in a less costly yet well informed manner; start with a few cameras but make sure the overall system allows room for expansion simply by adding more cameras. Not all systems will have this capability, so look closely before purchase.
Item B.) Looking around the web you will find a number of cameras and software applications that fall into the Do-It-Yourself category. While they make for a great way to watch the front door or the dog sleeping they really are not a good choice when you need more that a few cameras. Prominent among the downsides is that they are not cost competitive as the number of cameras rise while at the same time the system you end up with lacks the features of a real surveillance system. Even more important is that you yourself have to work out system configuration and integration. Do you really want to sit down working out IP addresses in order to get the cameras working or do you want to concentrate on your real business?
20 years ago most estate sale companies asked the seller or whoever was representing the sale of the home contents if they had a homeowners policy. If they did that was enough in most places and the estate liquidation process began.
Today, that is not the case. In today’s litigious world estate sale companies as well as the representative of the home contents need liability insurance. The property needs a policy (usually homeowners) and the estate liquidator also need liability insurance. Slips, trips, falls, no matter what signs are posted put estate sale companies and homeowners at risk.
At the Estate Sale Conference in Memphis there was discussion on this very important topic along with a vendor that offered liability insurance. There are several companies that sell this liability coverage for estate liquidators. It is highly recommended that you ask an estate sale company before you make your interview appointment if they have their own liability insurance. If they don’t you may want to consider other companies. If someone decides to sue they usually sue all parties; homeowner and estate sale company.
It costs an estate liquidator extra expense, however, liability insurance can provide peace of mind for all parties and save homeowners and estate sale companies thousands of dollars.
Tip- If you are representing an estate you should have a homeowners policy and an estate sale company is well within their prerogative to turn down a liquidation sale that does not have liability coverage on the property.
A day ago I met a woman who deals in vintage and costume jewelry and we started to discuss these sought after pieces. For almost 25 years as a professional liquidator with my own estate sale company I dealt with vintage and costume jewelry. I hope you find this video about vintage costume jewelry designers informative. Many estate sales have vintage costume jewelry for sale and this video should assist you whether you are buying or going to be selling vintage jewelry. The author of this video is unknown, but Estate Sales News thanks you.
Anyone who has been into Macy’s, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor or any large department store has probably noticed that costume jewelry seems to be taking a step back in time in many instances. Of course, you still have costume jewelry designers such as Weis, Givenchy, Trifari, Hobe, Chanel, Dior, Ciner, Miriam Haskell and many others.
We’ll be discussing more as time goes by on vintage and fine jewelry. We are adding a new category for this reason
Estate Sales News is heading to Los Angeles today to cover the Dr. Arnold Klein sale. As we packed we recalled that Will Munyon informed us that including he and his wife his the Hancock Park sale would be staffed by 30 people. It will also have security on the premises.
Knowledgeable, honest, competent staff are important for every estate sale.
Estate Sales News would like to hear from Estate Sale Companies that are looking for staff to work for them. We will be happy to put together a page of estate liquidators and phone numbers and post it here on the Front Page in approximately 3 weeks. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are looking for staff, your phone number and your city and state.
We will be in Los Angeles tomorrow and Wednesday at the Hancock Park sale. The Hollywood Reporter will also be at the sale sometime on Wednesday. Updates on Facebook and tweets to come from LA.