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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.

Etiquette For Estate Sale Buyers And Sellers During And After The Holidays

 

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The holiday season brings family gatherings, food, happy memories, and it also brings stress. Stress for buyers, sellers, and even estate sale companies.

Buyer behavior to avoid while attending estate sales during or after the holidays.

  • Please do not use abusive language with other buyers and especially the estate sale company. They can ask you to leave and bar you from any future sales. There is no excuse for rudeness.
  • If an estate sale owner asks you to move your vehicle – please do it. They are in charge and you are an “invited” guest. It will only cause problems.
  • Please remember to use the words please and thank you. Estate sale companies experience many types of stress and good manners go a long way. This should be a pleasant shopping experience as it would be in a retailer such as Macy’s.
  • Whatever the entrance procedure is set up by the estate sale company please follow their directions and do not shove or push in line or while waiting to enter.
  • The estate sale company represents the sellers and it is their job to get the best possible price (you are still saving over retail). Don’t start haggling and telling them about their prices. You can always shop somewhere else.
  • Be sure to read all posted signs from the estate sale company (if they have them) and follow their instructions. Failure to do so may result in your eviction from the sale and then you have lost a great opportunity.
  • If you have any questions about the sale, email or call the liquidator. Some companies do not accept emails or calls. Most estate sale companies post their terms and conditions on estate sale listing websites.

Sellers,  if you have done your due diligence including speaking with past clients of the estate sale company, reading reviews, conducted an in depth interview and signed a contract, it is now time to step back and let the professionals you hired to conduct your estate sale do their job. Remember the best source for choosing an estate sale company is after you have done your own research. Don’t rely on the BBB, or any one particular group. Seek out their advice, but remember that the responsibility for choosing a professional estate sale liquidator is yours, having done your homework thoroughly.

You don’t tell your doctor or dentist how to do their jobs and professional estate sale companies deserve the same courtesy and respect. If you feel you need to be at the sale to watch over the estate sale company, you shouldn’t have hired them. It indicates to the estate liquidators that you don’t trust them.  Estate sale liquidators take what they do seriously, with professionalism, and they need your trust and confidence to do their job for you. They want your sale to be as successful as it can be, but no one can give you a guarantee. You and the estate sale company benefit from your sales success. However, weather, competition, and what you have for sale will be a big determiner of your sales’ success.

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, don’t let the stress of this holiday season create unnecessary uncomfortable and avoidable situations at estate sales and take away a great source for unique and rare finds, stretching your budget, reaping financial reward, and going green.