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Where To Find Estate Sale Companies & What They Require – Estate Fusion

Today we present the response from EstateFusion.com owned by Lisa Kroese who offers, coaching, education, and membership.

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What do you require for a company to do to become a liquidator?
Estate Fusion is a private membership website for estate sale companies. We offer contract and branding materials, worksheets, and webinars for all of our members. Some packages include private one on one coaching. We work with companies just starting out and with those who are established but seeking better results or more competitive and solid contracts, business plans and lead generation. Since we work with start ups as well as established companies, we have no requirements for membership. Anyone seeking improvement can become a member and secure consulting and coaching on best practices and profitability.

Do you allow a company to join your association or society without taking courses?
We don’t have an association or society, yes, anyone can join EstateFusion.com. Estate Fusion’s owner, Lisa Kroese, also has a LinkedIn group for estate sellers: Estate Sale Professionals. Anyone with an estate sale business may ask to join that group as well.

What type of background checks do you perform on a current estate sale company that joins your group? Do you or a staff member personally speak to past sellers?
We do not preform background checks. Estate Fusion members are not listed on a public website, it is a private group with several different levels of membership available to members. Estate Fusion focuses on providing professional materials and articles at the basic level. At the upper levels it is focused on meeting each company’s individual growth, lead development and targeted business goals through coaching packages.

Estate Sale Professionals is a news and discussion group, it does not aim to offer credentials or society status to its members. Its members may opt to use the Estate Sale Professionals logo on their LinkedIn profile or website. The public should know that the Estate Sale Professionals logo is just a designation indicating that members are part of a LinkedIn professional group, not that the members are screened privately or have taken coursework to earn use of the logo.
If a seller contacts you about an estate sale company that is associated with you what steps do you take?
No seller has ever been in communication with us regarding any company on Estate Sale Professionals or Estate Fusion. In the event that one did, we would review their concerns with the company and seek legal review for steps that we might follow to address the concerns through mediation between the parties.
What are you able to do with a company that is found unethical or allegedly committing illegally acts at an estate salle i.e. failure to pay or account etc. ?
We would do anything possible to help get a response and attempt to facilitate resolution. On Estate Sale Professionals, members would be removed instantly if it were deemed appropriate. We have no legal authority to take any other action besides alter the member’s status and communicate with them about the seller’s complaint. We could help direct anyone that contacted us to the appropriate agencies, such as their state’s attorney general and consumer protection bureau. We would not be able to provide legal advice to the complainant but would recommend that they seek legal assistance.
Do you charge for membership? We do “not” want to know the amount.
Estate Sale Professionals is a free LinkedIn group that anyone owning a professional liquidation business can request to join. Estate Fusion requires payment to join. Some content is free on the Estate Fusion blog and to email subscribers at EstateFusion.com

Where To Find Estate Sale Companies & What They Require – NAOEL , National Association Of Estate Liquidators

Here from Donna Davis, Director National Association Of Estate Liquidators, School and Association – NAOEL. The NAOEL is a new association launched in May 2015.

What do you require for a company to do to become a liquidator? –

If you are a certified Graduate of NAOEL’s Estate Sale Course, you will be asked to provide the following to qualify as a Member:
• Date of your certification from NAOEL’s Estate Sale Course.
• Documentation verifying you have completed at least five estate sales in the past year.
• Letters of recommendation from four Clients you have completed sales for.
• The link to your website.
• Proof of licensures required by your city, county, and/or state.
• Completed Membership Application.
• Acceptance of NAOEL’s Code of Ethics.
• Agree to complete at least three hours of NAOEL-approved supplemental coursework every three years.
• As a Graduate, your membership is free for the first year.

Upon receipt of your Application Package and membership fee, and your acceptance as a Member of NAOEL, you will be issued a Certificate of Membership, and receive and be licensed to use NAOEL’s Member logo.

Membership must be renewed annually ($100 per year), and Members are required to complete three hours of NAOEL-approved supplemental coursework every three years to maintain their Membership.

Do you allow a company to join your association or society without taking courses?

Yes with the following provided – You will be asked to provide the following to qualify as an Associate Member:
• Documentation verifying you have completed at least fifty estate sales in the past five years.
• Letters of recommendation from six Clients you have completed sales for.
• Letters of recommendation from four professionals in the estate sale industry explaining why you qualify to become an Associate Member of NAOEL.
• The link to your website.
• Proof of licensures required by your city, county, and/or state.
• Completed Associate Membership Application.
• Acceptance of NAOEL’s Code of Ethics.
• Agree to complete at least three hours of NAOEL-approved supplemental coursework every three years.
• Payment of membership fee.

What type of background checks do you perform on a current estate sale company that joins your group? Do you or a staff member personally speak to past sellers?

Other than provide written proof of experience as provided in previous question, we do not perform a background check nor speak to past sellers. Applicants are required to provide seller recommendations.

If a seller contacts you about an estate sale company that is associated with you what steps do you take?

If a seller has contacted us to complain about an estate sale company that is a member of our association, we will investigate and if found accusations are true, we will revoke membership and follow up that our logo is no longer being used in association with this company

What are you able to do with a company that is found unethical or allegedly committing illegally acts at an estate sale i.e. failure to pay or account etc. ?

Immediately revoke membership and follow up that our logo is no longer being used in association with this company.

  • Do you charge for membership? We do “not” want to know the amount.

Yes we do charge for membership

Where To Find Estate Sale Companies & What They Require – American Society of Estate Liquidators -ASEL

Today we feature the response from ASEL – The American Society of Estate Liquidators with owner and director Julie Hall. Ms. Hall started her program which includes online education and membership in 2000.

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What do you require for a company to do to become a liquidator?

They may take our comprehensive courses or if they already have estate sales experience they can apply for one of three levels of membership we offer.

Do you allow a company to join your association or society without taking courses?

Yes, provided they meet certain criteria. We have comprehensive applications for each one of three levels of membership.

What type of background checks do you perform on a current estate sale company that joins your group?

Applications are reviewed and references are checked.

Do you or a staff member personally speak to past sellers?

Yes

If a seller contacts you about an estate sale company that is associated with you what steps do you take?

Listen to the client and document, then contact the liquidator. Listen to the liquidator and document, then recommend a mutually beneficial resolution.

What are you able to do with a company that is found unethical or allegedly committing illegally acts at an estate sale i.e. failure to pay or account etc. ?

It is our policy to terminate the membership of any member that is found to have committed an unethical or illegal act in conjunction with a sale.

Do you charge for membership? We do “not” want to know the amount.

Yes.

Where To Find Estate Sales?

Estate Sales News is “the” online source for estate sales information (contracts, staging, choosing an estate sale company, how to interview, what to expect, pay out, clean out, and more) news, help, tips and where to find estate sale companies and estate sale listings.

Click on the links below to find 1000’s of estate sales.

Estatesale.com

EstateSales.Net

EstateSales.org

Estate Sales, Spring Is Coming and Now Is The Time To Find Your Estate Sale Company

how-to-chooseAlthough parts of the northeast are buried under feet of snow, spring is coming and estate sale companies are booking estate liquidations quickly.

If you are planning on having an estate sale, right now is the time to start looking for the estate liquidator to work for you.

Lets review some basics and then you can use our printable list to assist you helping you with all the steps in the process. Look for the link on the top of our Front Page How to Choose an Estate Sale Company for more details and also a host of information including estate sale contracts.

  • Ask your family, friends, neighbors, Realtor or attorney if they know a liquidator they would recommend and be sure to ask why.
  • Look at the estate sale listing websites, EstateSales.Net EstateSales.org, Estatesale.com and Estatesale.company. These four companies feature the most estate sale companies that are listed on the internet across the country. They also feature their current or upcoming estate sales (you may want to attend some estate sales).
  • After reviewing estate liquidators on these websites and looking at their sales listed take time to look for internet reviews.
  • Call at least three companies to conduct an initial phone interview. Decide if you would be interested in pursuing these liquidators and inviting them to your property where the estate sale would take place. Once you have at least two or three companies, set up appointments well spaced apart to walk them through the property and discuss their services afterwards.
  • When you sit down with the estate sale company to discuss work, fees or commissions, availability dates for a sale, length of sale, set-up etc., be sure they completely review their contract with you. Ask questions, and do not hesitate to seek legal advice if you are unsure of the contract.
  • Once you have decided on a liquidator and have done your due diligence remember you have based your choice on the best information possible, that they are professional in what they do and ask them what if anything you can do to assist.
  • Now it is time to let them get to work and do their job. Don’t micromanage and only step in with a genuine concern.

These are the very basics for your search for an estate sale company. Never a 100% guarantee, but with so many thousands of reputable, experienced, knowledgeable estate sale companies out there you have done your best. Now let your estate sale company do their best for you.