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Estate Sale Etiquette Is Important Any Time Of The Year

Estate sale etiquette is important any time of the year.

Buyers are what makes an estate sale a financial success or bust, however, buyers  should follow some basic etiquette for estate sales.

EstateSalesNews.com hears often from estate sales liquidators from across the country. All of them agree that during that over the last few years, the buyers showing up at estate sales have become increasingly demanding and on occasion difficult to work with or satisfy.

Buyers become argumentative in lining up for entrance into estate sales.

All most all estate sale companies post their terms and conditions on estate sale listing advertising websites. Please read. See what entrance system, if any they are using. Don’t create chaos.

Estate Sale Etiquette Even In The Summer Heat

Estate sale etiquette should be used even in the summer heat.

In the summer, many homes may not have air conditioning, With hot and humid weather shop estate sales and be prepared. Wear light weight clothing to keep you cool, have plenty of water in your vehicle (preferably in a cooler) and bring your patience. Estate sale etiquette is always needed and even more when the temperatures rise.

Estate sale staff working under these conditions are taxed by the heat and humidity as well. They have been through setting up the sale. Now they are handling the crowds that come through the property. Most estate sale companies will try to provide fans to keep the air moving if there isn’t air conditioning.

Buyers tempers can flare under hot weather conditions so be prepared. Entering the premises with your mind cool and with knowledge about the rules of the estate sale company makes a difference.

If you have items you want to purchase check with estate sale staff or the liquidator before the sale starts. Ask them if they limit the number of buyers in the home. Can they bring in purses or bags. What order do they work with customers. When you want to purchase items how do they handle them. Do they put them aside marked sold? Knowing how things work inside the estate sale will help buyers and prevent confusion or misunderstandings with estate liquidators.

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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.

How To Buy With Success At An Estate Sale – Know Before You Go!

lining upEstate sales across the country begin again tomorrow. Becoming a successful consumer isn’t just about being able to purchase items. A successful buyer needs to understand the way an estate sale works.

When looking at the various websites that feature estate sales (Estatesale.com, EstateSales.Net, and EstateSales.org are the three major websites currently) read the terms and conditions of the sale and any driving or parking instructions carefully. It is important that you follow these.

Every estate sale company works differently, so see if they have anything in their information on the sale that addresses entrance procedures. Some may utilize a sign up list (it can be very specific and require you to stay on site on the property after signing up), some may use a number system where you either take a number that is given out at a specific time or left out in a holder of some kind, and some may just have you line up in order of arrival time. When parking and lining up early be respectful of the neighbors. Having the police called for noise or parking on lawns isn’t good for anyone.

While waiting to go in, be patient and remember that an estate sale company can decide if you will be given entrance to the sale if you cause problems in line (arguing, stomping feet, swearing, etc.).

If you have any questions concerning anything we have discussed so far contact the estate sale company you are going to for further information ahead of the sale and let them know you want to follow the rules.

When you enter it is to your advantage to be polite and courteous. Avoid making offers. Be sure you read any signs posted outside or inside the sale about payment, discounting, or safety information.

If you are interested in an item and it says they do not discount on the first day, ask the liquidator when they would be, let them know what you are interested in, and inquire if they accept written offers for future consideration (some refer to this as a bid, however, this is not an auction) or should you return on the day of the discounting to see if the item is still there and for sale.

Being mindful of estate sale buyer etiquette should create a good business relationship between you the consumer and the estate liquidator.

 

Estate Sale Dos’ And Dont’s For Buyers On Estate Sale Friday

reviewsYears ago when the estate sale business was a small industry and only visible in newsprint most buyers understood that courtesy, calm, patience, and good manners could go a long way to helping them buy items they sought to purchase.

To those buyers that remember their estate sale etiquette this article is an attempt to encourage all estate sale buyers to keep in step with you and estate sale liquidators nationwide appreciate you and your business.

Since the personal property liquidation industry has soared to over 7,000 companies buyers appear to look at the number of estate sales in their area and many assume they can enter a sale, make inappropriate comments, and make low ball offers.

Remember when entering a property to not push or shove, and please keep your patience while waiting in line.

Estate sale companies do not own the items in the sale. They represent sellers or heirs and have a fiduciary with them to sell the goods at the best possible price. It won’t help you to say “I’ll give you…”.  Please ask if they offer a discount.

Estate liquidators do not need verbal abuse. Cussing, shouting, and constant condescending statements or discussion about pricing is uncalled for. Estate liquidators are knowledgeable and experienced business people.  An estate sale company can and probably will ask you to leave and not return to any of their future sales. This results in you losing your purchase. Estate sale companies communicate with each other about difficult buyers so please, be courteous and don’t risk being turned away from estate sales in your area.

Estate sales should be fun, save you money, and present an opportunity to own items you might not otherwise be able to purchase so as you attend sales this week and every week maintaining estate sale etiquette is beneficial and good public relations for you, the buyer.