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Estate Sale Contracts – Important Topics

EstateSalesNews.com has written about estate sale contracts in the past, but there are topics that deserve review.

One of them is the final payout to sellers of the net proceeds. Every estate sale contract should have a paragraph that addresses the specifics of how and when you, as a seller, will receive your net proceeds. It should lay out either the number of days (and this should be business days – excluding weekends and holidays preferably) or weeks, but certainly within 30 days of the conclusion of the sale.

Each estate sale company has a process they go through, however, 30 days should be the maximum and if you have a contract that is not specific, do not sign it. You will not have any guarantee of when or even if you will be paid. Estate sale companies that have good business ethics (99.9%) want you to know when you will be paid. They also want you to know how your will receive your proceeds, either by check, cashiers check, or in cash. When you review the contract with your prospective estate sale company look for the payout clause and ask questions if you have any. Estate sale companies want to have a good working relationship with you as a client. It benefits both of you.

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Today #estatesales are in full swing in most states. Some estate sales started as early as Wednesday and there will be some sale that start tomorrow.

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2015 EstateSalesNews.com Year In Review – Help, Tips, Information

What a year it has been here at EstateSalesNews.com Here is a partial look at the nearly 200 articles that have been published on our front page this year.

In January we reported about advertising including the use of Facebook and SEO (search engine optimization). We also covered winter sports and finding skis, skates, snowboards, and snow shoes at estate sales. We also talked about holding estate sales in the cold, snow, and ice. This December many areas of the country are still waiting for snow while others are almost snow bound.

February we covered several memorable estate sales including one selling a Ford Model A with video, and our article about How To Find Your Estate Sale Company. We featured a liquidation sale with antique and vintage pinball machines and we wrote about several websites where you can advertise your estate sale company with out cost for basic information plus some great throwbacks.

In march we announced through a video a new advertiser, EstateSale.com. We discussed estate sales over Passover and Easter, what was selling at estate sales, having wardrobes before the age of closets, along with the difference between antique, vintage, and retro. We also wrote about what’s driving shoppers to estate sales.

Our 2015 Most Popular Topics And Articles About Estate Sales

Estate Sales News will be taking time off starting tomorrow to share the Christmas holiday with our family until next Monday.

We wanted to take a look back at our most requested articles and information. This information is provided through our analytics. Please click on the link to go to the articles that relate to these topics.

Estate Sale Contracts

How To Choose An Estate Sale Company

Learn About Estate Sales

Estate Sale Costs

Estate Sale Searching – Who, Where, And How

Almost two years ago actor Lance Bass while on Cupcake Wars announced his new website, famousyardsale.com. Estate Sales News wrote an article about this new concept and up until three weeks ago we had it in our archives. Unfortunately the NSYNC stars’ site was removed months ago and so we decided to remove this article due to the large number of people searching and not finding any viable information.

We value our search engine visibility, but our mission isn’t to collect clicks on Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL, or any other search engine. Our goal is to provide you with useful information.

Searching on the internet is always a great way to find information, but you have to consider the sources you come across that offer information including estate sale information.

Pay Out After The Estate Sale – When Something Goes Wrong What To Do

Estate Sales News hopes you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Almost two weeks ago we received an alert that had an investigative reporter looking into an estate sale company that had several sellers that had not been paid. As this matter is still being investigated we will not divulge the name of the reporter, TV station or the name of the estate sale company, however, we want to pass along what we know has happened up to now.

The newsman had been contacted by several families and individuals that claimed this estate sale company had not paid them for the estate sale. The reporter after reviewing documents provided by these families went to an estate sale being run by this company and confronted the company owner on camera about the people who said they had not been paid. The owner said that “most” had been paid, however, some had consigned personal property which sold for very little and the gentleman claimed after taking the commission owed, nothing was left.

Estate Sales News spoke in depth with the television reporter and asked to have the families contact us and also asked the reporter to send us copies of any paperwork in his possession with the families permission. So far this has not happened.

When we received the alert we immediately called EstateSales.NET and EstateSales.org where this company was listed to alert them to the problem.

At this time we understand that this company has paid some individuals, but we are still waiting on further news in this case.

What we have learned up to now is that if you have an estate sale company that fails to pay you after the sale (and 99% of the estate sale companies across this country are reputable, honest companies who serve their clients expertly, and have integrity) you should contact your local attorney general, a TV news investigative reporter, the Better Business Bureau, and any estate sale listing site that the company or your estate sale may have been featured on. You will need to provide them with information that they can follow up on, but this gives them the opportunity to remove the estate sale company from advertising on their website.

Performing your due diligence in speaking with prior clients of an estate sale company cannot be stressed enough.

Choosing an estate sale company – important considerations

HomeChoosing an estate sale company involves many things that we have covered, but some areas we want to talk about further are testimonials, referrals, and whatever you do don’t base your choice for an estate sale company on commission or fee. It’s like choosing a doctor, you base it on the best not the cheapest. Remember the old adage “you get what you pay for”.


As we write this article Elizabeth O’Brien with Market Watch wrote an article which tie with our report here entitled 10 things estate sales won’t tell you click here for the link to the article.

Be aware that no company, estate sale listing service or otherwise can offer you reputable estate sale companies unless they have personally bought or sold with that company. They present companies that most of the time pay to advertise on them (though some services allow free listings especially if no photos are uploaded on their sites). Even the Better Business Bureau isn’t always a guarantee because companies pay to be members. Angies List will feature a company, but the perspective user pays a fee for access.