What is an estate sale?

It used to be the wording used for the liquidation of a deceased persons personal property was sold. Today it has become a generic term in most states for the liquidation of personal property whether the owners are alive or deceased. Read More »

Bonded and Insured: What it does

When an estate sales company advertises it is bonded and insured in means they have purchased Liability Insurance and a Surety Bond. Not all companies do this. It is not a requirement in every state and is often the choice of the individual company. Read More »

What is USPAP?

USPAP is an acronym for Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; the mandatory guidelines that govern the performance of all licensed and certified appraisers. The goal of USPAP is to promote and maintain a high level of public trust in appraisal practice by establishing requirements for appraisers. Read More »

Estate Sales Costs

Every estate sales company operates differently. Here is an overview of what you might encounter depending on the company. Read More »

 

Buying Valentine Gifts At Estate Sales

Buying a Valentine gift at an estate sale is special.

Instead of overpriced flowers or candy and better than a crowded dinner out.

A Valentine gift purchased at an estate sale tells your Valentine you took time to be thoughtful.

Estate sales have so much to offer right now and you still have three weeks to find that special gift.

You may even find vintage Valentine cards to give. Romance, art and love were in the air then.

Here are some of the great Valentine gift ideas at estate sales. From jewelry to vintage, art to games you can find it at an estate sale.

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Choose An Estate Sale Company By Reputation Not %

Today there are more than 15,000 estate sale companies working across America. Choosing an estate sale company should be about experience, reputation, reliability and integrity. The very last consideration should be commission or a fee.

Speaking with an estate sale company, asking to see referrals and conversing with them, reviewing their experience.

Seek out reviews on the internet and don’t hesitate to ask the estate liquidator about the reviews, especially those in question.

So many companies have come on line that it is now more important than ever to ask about their experience in the business, how they got into the business and why estate liquidations.

The very last question should be about commission and in the end this is not that important. If an estate sale company does a poor job a low commission won’t help you.

Like any other specialist, estate liquidators consider all their costs, plus the profit they need to make their living and the commission is usually based on that.

When choosing an estate sale company, choose by previous results with others, not what they want you to pay and make sure you sign an estate sale contract that covers everything. Success doesn’t just happened, it is earned and comes from knowledge. Be a savy consumer and choose wisely.

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Removing Hazardous Waste Items From Estate Sales

Removing hazardous waste items from estate sales is important and necessary with estate sales.

Hazardous waste items include leftover paint cans, chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, old television tubes and other items which require special handling and can not be put in a trash dumpster.

Sellers, if you are not taking these items with you, discard of them properly or ask the estate liquidator what they will charge to eliminate them.

Disposing of what is considered hazardous waste today is not an inexpensive process and most estate sale companies will now include a clause in their contract that deals with who will and the cost of hazardous waste disposal.

Matters that use to be so simple to deal with our now becoming more important and most times more difficult. As the result, many estate sale companies are adding to their contracts to cover these situations and prevent misunderstandings.

We would like to take this time to discuss the weather across the nation right now. In most areas of the United States severe rain, heavy snow falls, high winds, and in some cases tornadoes. Estate sale companies are constantly monitoring these situations.

We urge estate sale buyers to exercise caution attending sales and stay alert to weather conditions and estate sale company postings.

Be sure to check these estate sale listing websites for updates on estate sales in your area.

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Estate Sales Help For 2017

EstateSalesNews.com for 2017 has offered estate sales help for almost four years now.

We have covered almost any topic you could think of.

As we enter the winter season for much of the country let’s do a general review.

Sellers – How to choose a estate liquidator, do your own due diligence, what to expect and what not to expect, estate sale contracts. Over 100 topics to think about and consider as a seller.

Buyers- Buyers etiquette, where to find estate sales, how to enter an estate sale.  Having an estate sale kit and what to bring to an estate sale, and how to negotiate to with estate liquidators in an unoffensive and successful way.

Estate sale companies – What to include in an estate sale contract, how to work with sellers that don’t understand the liquidation process. Where to advertise your estate sales. Using social media to be found and get your message out. Working and networking with other liquidators and appraisers. Where to list your estate sales. Working with a website.

We have also covered estate sales of the rich and famous.

All this information is in our archives along with videos and is free to assist you.

Our goal is and has been to educate and inform you without cost and provide answers and solutions. Liquidating personal property is a stressful experience whether you are downsizing or selling off a loved ones belongings.

Estate sale companies wear many hats and the experienced companies that have great reputations understand what is required for success for all parties.

We hope that as the number one internet source for estate sale information we provide you with the estate sale help you need. We no longer liquidate estates, but we use our twenty plus years of experience to hopefully guide you in the liquidation process.

We welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Please email us at carol@estatesalesnews.com. We will respond as soon as possible.

 

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Mid Century Modern Estate Sale In CA By Crown City Estate Sales

Mid Century Modern is very popular. You may not see it on many of the reality TV shows now on HGTV, but buyers do. They even seek out mid century modern homes.

Crown City Estate Sales that serves Los Angeles and Orange County California has some wonderful Mid Century Modern pieces at an estate sale in Northridge, CA starting on January 14th. Here are a few photos and we have a link below to the sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a link to this Mid Century Modern estate sale.

 

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A New Challenge For Estate Sale Companies In 2017

2017 is ushering in new challenges for estate sale companies.

New liquidation firms (auction houses) in particular are expanding to meet the constantly changing requirements of liquidating personal property.

Many auction companies have been servicing the public selling their personal property, however, bigger auction houses are now becoming engaged with liquidating personal property that they otherwise would not auction off.

Once again the term vetted is being used, but the question is who sets the vetting requirements and standards? With no national requirements it is important that sellers ask in depth how a company determines what vetting requirements they have and how they arrived at them.

Many associations require specific requirements from their members, however, this is not a national or state regulation. USPAP – used in appraisal (mainly real estate, but also for appraisers of personal property) is one of the few regulated requirements.  Please see the USPAP article in our archives by Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP. Just type in USPAP in the search area on the left side of the front page.

Estate sale companies are challenged by these new firms entering the market place. Established estate liquidators have a working knowledge of personal property and the many needs for a successful sale. Auction companies that also sell personal property on a regular basis also understand what is required for them to succeed.

Sellers as recommended several times here on EstateSalesNews.com be sure you do your own due diligence. Take responsibility before you sign a contract with a company that you are satisfied you have asked all the appropriate questions and feel trust and confidence in the liquidator you are hiring. It’s your financial bottom line.

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2017 Welcomes New Estate Sales

2017 has arrived and with it more estate sales.

The weather is the concern for most estate liquidators in winter. The southern states rarely have concerns, but states like Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and winter weather states plan accordingly.

These plans usually include alternate dates, who’s in charge of plowing the driveway and salting the sidewalks and parking restrictions.

Northern estate sale companies have a lot to consider when scheduling winter estate sales.

Our southern states and southwest estate liquidators are more fortunate.

Wherever you live please check with the estate sale listing websites to learn what contingency plans are available.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.net

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This year will see changes and additions to the estate liquidation business.

Many estate sale companies took time off over the holidays to rest their staff and themselves.

EstateSalesNews.com will be reporting on what’s new, important, affects buyers, sellers and estate sale companies.

From EstateSalesNews.com we welcome you all to the new estate sale season. Hello 2017.

 

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, may this day reflect the joy and hope it brings to so many.

 

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Holidays Start Tonight Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas

Tonight two holidays start. Hanukkah and Christmas Eve. From EstateSalesNews.com may we enjoy the peace of these holidays and the blessings they bring.

Tonight may the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all of mankind.

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Wrapping Up The Holiday Season At EstateSalesNews.com

Hanukkah and Christmas are now less than a week away. Estate Sales News will be enjoying the holidays with family too.

We would like to wish our audience a happy holiday season. Thank you for choosing us as your estate sale information resource.

To our advertisers and contributors our gratitude for making another year possible.

Our contributors add so much, we deeply appreciate you.

Some of the many topics we have covered are estate sale contracts, advertising, estate sale etiquette, how to buy at an estate sale and more.

Since we started EstateSalesNews.com we have published approximately 900 articles as a free service to help estate sale buyers, sellers, and estate sale companies.

As we wrap up 2016 we hope you have found many of the answers to your questions and continue to use our archives. Every article we have published is available 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

From our house to yours we wish you happiness, health, friendship and love. Be good to one another.

Happy Hanukkah starting December 24th and a Merry Christmas December 25th.

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