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What’s Happening With Estate Sale Attendance?

What’s happening with estate sale attendance?

This past weekend several estate sale companies in the west posted photos of the lines at their estate sales.

Many estate sale companies had hundreds of people lined up. In many cases where the sales lasted three to four days with discounting on days two through four they sold to the walls.

Some east coast companies have discussed this hasn’t been the scenario for them.

Sellers, it is important to realize that your location and what you have for sale can make a huge difference.

There are southern estate sale companies as well as midwest estate sale companies that have also had high or low attendance and sales. Location and the economy in the area are very important.

When you sit down to discuss your sale with your estate liquidator talk about location and the economy.

Ask what they expect and will they be discounting and how. Talk about your goal. Is it to empty the property? Are you going to be upset if discounts are given and items don’t sell for what had been hoped for.

One estate sale company conducted a pop up sale without a lengthy detailed description. They have a large email list of regulars. They emailed them about the sale along with the ads that were placed. Having an email list of regular customers can be crucial to a sales success. The featured photo shows the line of hundreds of people for this sale. This is just a sample of what’s happening at many estate sales.

Whereever you are located talk to your estate sale company about realistic expectations. Question what will be necessary to achieve success.

Start Shopping Now For Christmas At Estate Sales

Start shopping now for Christmas at estate sales.

Online retailers such as Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair are already advertising sales for Christmas.

What is more amazing is online shopping is becoming more popular by the day.

Thanksgiving weekend which use to kick off the Christmas shopping season is less than 5 weeks away.

Now is the time for estate sale companies to get their Christmas shopping advertising into gear. So much can be done by estate sale companies and gained by buyers.

This is the time to mention in each estate sale description what is available that would make great Christmas gifts or decorations.

Utilize social media to showcase your current and upcoming estate sales. Be sure to write in a way that the buying public can see the reason to buy their gifts at estate sales. Facebook is particularly beneficial to present sales to a broad based public audience.

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 Companies Advertising More On Social Media

Estate sale companies are using social media advertising more and more.

Reaching broader targeted audiences while controlling costs and not be in direct competition with other estate sales makes social media perfect for estate sale companies. Social media advertising is playing a key roll in advertising and expanding the reach of estate sale companies.

Facebook and Instagram are seeing the largest increases in use.

Estate sale companies can use Instagram for free, and boosting a post on Facebook can cost whatever an estate sale company wants to pay. An estate liquidator can also target their audience.

Estate sale companies still use estate sale advertising websites, however, as competition continues to grow they are looking to new outlets to reach audiences.

You will need to be a member of Facebook and Instagram, however, it is free. If you choose you can receive only notifications from estate sale companies in your area. You can put a “like” on the page for the estate sale company or companies you follow.

Facebook has the largest audience and targeting audiences can include people who like vintage, antiques, collectors, etc.

Instagram showcases photos without them competing with the photos of other estate sale companies.

Twitter also is a social media tool, but isn’t used as much as Facebook and Instagram.

Check out these social media websites today. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are rapidly approaching. If you love estate sales and shop weekly don’t miss out. A great time to shop at estate sales.

Weather Effects On Estate Sales – Open, Closed Go Or No

Weather effects on estate sales can take their toll, however, safety for all is the primary concern.

Hurricane Matthew is heading to the east coast of Florida. Hurricane warnings are up as far inland as Orlando.

This is not stopping some estate sale companies from starting their estate sales today in the central Florida area.

Looking on estate sale advertising websites in the metro Orlando area, several estate sale companies are opening their sales this morning for most of the day. These companies have included in their ads that they will be closed tomorrow for the hurricane.

EstateSalesNews.com has also found some companies that have postponed their estate sales until next weekend.

This is a judgement call for each estate sale company. We wonder though with the warnings in effect, the number of closed businesses, schools etc. if conducting an estate sale even today is a wise idea.

Conducting estate sales when the weather is bad (hurricanes, blizzards, flooding rains) is risky for several reasons. Having estate sale company owners and their staff driving to and from the sale is a concern. Looking for buyers to come out to shop also is questionable.

Roads may be clogged with last minute people buying hurricane supplies or driving to shelters. Having a full tank of gas in your automobile is a must in case of power loss. Keeping cash on hand is another consideration.

EstateSalesNews.com wishes all of the residents that will be affected by hurricane Matthew to be safe.

How To Choose An Estate Sale Company

How to choose or hire an estate sale company. Tips from a former estate liquidator. Experience counts.

Choosing an estate sale company (liquidator) is a decision made with careful consideration and knowledge. Here is a guide from Carol Madden of EstateSalesNews.com to common questions about choosing an estate sale company. These helpful tips are based upon her 25 years’ experience as an estate liquidator. Print them out for your easy reference!

Where do I find estate sale companies?
There are several ways to find estate sale companies. Online, there are four leading websites that list estate sale companies and their sales. They are EstateSale.com EstateSales.org, EstateSales.net and Estatesale.company. You can also ask your attorney, local realtor and/or friends about their experiences with companies with which they might have had estate sale dealings in the past.

What do I look for in an estate sale company?
Choosing an estate sale company is a process – here is a list of tips to follow.

  1. CHOOSE at least several estate sale companies (if possible) to contact that work in your area.
  2. CHECK the internet for any reviews on the companies you will be calling.
  3. how-to-chooseCALL the estate companies: Ask them about their business experience, staff, and services they provide. Be sure to ask if they are insured and, in some states, licensed. You may also want to ask them about visiting their next sale and tell them you would like to speak with past clients. Print out and use our handy interview page at the end of this linked document (at right) to record your findings for each company.
  4. SCHEDULE appointments for face-to-face interviews only with companies you felt provided you with satisfactory answers during the phone interviews. Be sure to schedule the in-person interviews several hours apart or even on different days so they don’t overlap.
  5. SHOW the estate liquidator through the property. Point out any items that will not be included in the sale, and if you have any items where price is a concern, discuss it with them at that time.
  6. ASK them about their crowd control policy, pricing (how they research prices), credit card acceptance and any associated credit card fees, security, staffing, staging the property (when they would want to start and how long it would take), and what their current schedule of sales is. Additionally, ask how many days they would conduct your estate sale, whether they allow anyone (staff or otherwise) to buy before the sale starts (presale), whether they will be required to collect sales tax, obtain any necessary permits, and place advertising (where and when).
  7. INQUIRE as to commission or fee. What they charge is not as important as hiring a reputable, experienced estate sale company that will work to achieve the best results possible in current market conditions in your area and make the process as stress-free as possible.
  8. FIND OUT from the estate sale company how and when you will be paid and whether or not they provide clean out services (what do they charge) or do they have a company that will (again ask about the fee).

TAKE NOTES AND DON’T MAKE A DECISION UNTIL YOU HAVE MET AND TALKED TO ALL THE LIQUIDATORS WITH WHOM YOU HAVE APPOINTMENTS. Take time to review their answers to your questions and any notes you made about the estate liquidator (attitude, appearance, demeanor, apparent knowledge and any recommendations).

More helpful reading at EstateSalesNews.com:

Understanding The Estate Sale Process

Understanding the estate sale process is very important as the liquidation business continues to grow.

Estate sale companies cannot commit until they have seen everything you are selling. The company needs to decide if there is enough in the sale to make it profitable for them.

Estate liquidators have many expenses such as insurance, staff, supplies, security and the time needed to prepare the sale. Liquidators have to include their advertising costs to compete with the growing number of estate sales.

Sellers hiring an estate sale company should recognize that they have a multitude of expenses. Working to create a successful sale for you to the best of their ability requires knowledge and marketing experience.

Estate liquidators also need empathy in many cases for clients.

A strong estate sale contract that protects and explains the estate sale company obligations and the sellers obligations is very important in the process. Many estate sale companies have their contracts prepared by attorneys.

The estate sale company may have a membership in associations such as the NAOEL. These associations and societies charge a fee to join and a yearly fee for membership. They also provide education that they charge the estate liquidator for.

The estate sale company incurs the cost of excepting charge cards. Fees are accessed and each company decides whether to charge them to a seller or absorb them. This may be part of their commission. Each estate sale company is different.

Sellers should understand what is required to prepare and conduct a sale. Reviewing the estate sale process with any estate sale company you are interviewing is important to avoid future misunderstandings.

Why Learn About Estates?

Why learn about estate sales? If you are a baby boomer or an heir settling an estate you want to understand the liquidation process and hire the right estate sale company for your needs.

A liquidator with 20 plus years in the estate liquidation business conducting estate and moving sales as the editor of EstateSalesNews.com I learned by hands on experience. Experience working estate sales is the best teacher of knowledge and handling a variety of situations.

Estate sale advertising listing websites are able to put you in contact with estate sale companies in your area.

Experience and knowledge about estate sales is done by actually working at estate sales.

Estate Liquidators And Realtors Should Work Together

Baby boomers are on the move in droves and estate sales are tied closely to real estate sales. Estate liquidators and Realtors should work together.

Your Estate Sales News Editor has been a Realtor and estate liquidator. Both professions work for the seller. Both parties should determine what will be in the best interest of the seller and compromises will need to be made.

Realtors like to have a seller declutter for best results. Eliminating personal property that can be distracting for a buyer.

The estate liquidator doesn’t want the seller to eliminate anything until they have walked through the property to see what can be sold.

Estate sale companies and Realtors best serve the seller when they work together. Sitting down for a conversation about the long term outcome for the seller is beneficial.

Social Media Reaching Expanded Estate Sales Audiences

Social media reaching expanded estate sales audiences is growing. Estate liquidators using various social media are able to broaden their audience for their estate sales.

Estate sale listing websites include the ability for estate sale companies to Facebook, Tweet or Google+ about their estate sales from these websites.

Facebook has millions of readers. A business page to showcase an estate sale is unlimited. People interested in estate sales, repurposing, reselling, or looking for specific items can be an reached by specifying their audience on Facebook.