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Tips For Hiring An Estate Sale Company From Estate Sale Companies

There are several sources that offer to provide you with verified or successful estate sale companies. Unfortunately, most of these sources have never conducted an estate sale so recommending an estate sale company is merely utilizing information that they can readily acquire through the internet including BBB ratings (not a true indication of performance), feed back from sellers (written, not an actual conversation with them), the time you have been in business, verification of insurance (this is important), and the number of sales conducted within a period of time (numbers don’t add up to knowledge or success).

These are not what determines a successful liquidation company.

We put the question to hundreds of estate sale companies what they feel is important. Here are the answers we received.

They Are Lining Up For Estate Sales

People are lining up for estate sales and last Tuesday, Estate Sales News reported on a Collector Hoarder estate sale in Chatsworth, CA.

Well here is the opening day line of people for entrance to the sale on Thursday morning, April 7th.

There are over 40 million people in the United States age 65 or over. The baby boomer generation is retiring and on the move.

They are turning to estate sale companies to help them downsize and be able to enjoy their retirement years.

The company that handled the Chatsworth estate sale has been in business over 20 years with a lot of experience by the owners and their staff.

Estate Sales Costs Evolve Over Time

One of the largest generations in our history, the baby boomer generation, has helped to create a boom in the estate sale industry, changed the way estate sales work, and the costs associated with estate sales.

Ten years ago holding an estate sale you payed a commission to an estate liquidation company or a flat fee and possibly paying an outside source to provide a clean out after the sale. The commission or fee was set by the estate sale company and was the same for almost every sale they conducted.

Not so today. The majority of estate sale companies now carry liability insurance, important for them and sellers. Workman’s compensation is also an expense for hundreds of estate sale companies. Estate sale companies that hold more than one estate sale per week or handle large content sales have had to add staff to handle the volume of sales they are working, advertising has gone from placing an ad in the local paper and hand made signs to marketing with estate sale advertising websites such as EstateSale.com (including featuring large or unusual sales an extra cost. Each estate sale adverting website is different and has varying costs), Facebook (and boosting the post for the sale) professional signage, brochures, memberships in associations, email targeting lists, and clean out costs either by the liquidation company or a company that specializes in clean outs of property.

Estate Sale Contracts Are Commitments

Many people moving, downsizing, or selling off a family home, fail to realize that once you have signed an estate sale contract it is binding just like any other contract. You have committed to an estate sale company and they have committed with you. For this reason it is important to you as a seller that you understand the contract and ask any questions. Do not feel hesitant or intimidated to say I don’t understand this clause. The estate liquidator wants a clear understanding between you both and a good working relationship.

Estate sale companies are discovering (especially in packed homes) that sellers are coming in after they begin their setup, and remove items they hadn’t seen in years. This is not the way it works and most estate liquidators have a clause in their estate sale contract that says they may charge you a full commission on any items removed.

EstateSalesNews.com Celebrates 3 Years Providing Estate Sales Information

It’s been three years since we launched this estate sale website magazine. We want to take a look back at the variety of topics we have covered.

We are also flattered that other websites have been developed to try to provide estate sale information. The difference for you our audience, we were in the estate sale business for 20 plus years. We do not charge you for all the information you find on our website. Others have been websites have been launched that either charge for information or are used to assist another existing website that estate sale companies (that estate sale companies already pay advertising fees for).

We started by discussing what is an estate sale. The definition has changed greatly over the years. We use to call them tag sales, house sales, moving sales, etc. Now for the most part we group them under one banner “estate sales”

When we launched there were about 9,000 estate sale companies. Today the growth continues and we have passed the 16,000 mark.

Two Weeks To Easter, Time Change This Weekend, Estate Sale Companies Are Ready

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With an early Easter this year and also an early time change estate sale companies are prepared.

Turn your clocks ahead before going to bed on Saturday night. For most of the United States daylight savings time begins.

Many estate liquidators are displaying items for Easter both religious and for Easter baskets for children.

This is also an opportunity to purchase additional dinnerware, flatware, glassware, and kitchen items to prepare your Easter dinner.

Find estate sales at

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Estate Sale Tips – Homeowners Insurance Needed

Homeowner insurance has always been necessary, but in today’s litigious world it is even more important.

Estate sales are being held by the thousands every weekend across the United States and protecting the homeowner and the estate sale company is necessary.

The large majority of estate sale companies have liability insurance, but that isn’t enough today. If an accident happens on the property whether in probate, foreclosure, just being sold or downsized it needs to have protection of its’ own.

Estate Sale Listings On Social Media Becoming Popular

Finding estate sales on social media is becoming very popular.

Many estate sale companies are using Facebook, reddit, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to attract the attention of buyers.

Estate sale companies like to reach the broadest audience possible and social media is growing by leaps and bounds.

A posting of an estate sale that is boosted can reach a national audience without competing with the sale listed right below it. Many estate liquidators are finding they get more bang for their buck using social media. Most still list on estate sale advertising websites, however, getting their message out and showcasing what will be for sale is vital to the financial bottom line for sellers and estate sale companies.

When you attend an estate sale, ask them if they post their sales on social media? It may require you to join to be able to view, but with privacy controls you can still see your local estate liquidators and their sales without becoming fully engaged on the media.

The estate sale shown below was condcuted and completed, but appeared on Facebook, along with it’s original listing on EstateSale.com. You may even find that you will see some photos, or additional closeup photos on social media.

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Whatever you choose to do don’t miss out what is being featured on social media. You’ll find EstateSalesNews.com on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

Estate Sale Companies Care About The Public

The majority of estate sale companies in the United State (99.9%) care about the public’s welfare and any event that casts a shadow for this service industry becomes a concern. Estate liquidators deeply care how this affects clients and abide by unwritten code of ethics based on their personal lives and how they do business. They are honest, hardworking people who have chosen this industry to make their living in and they want legal justice for a client from a dishonest company.

Most estate sale companies pay within days or a week of the end of the sale.  Be sure if you are a seller that your estate sale contract clearly states when payment is due and don’t hesitate to discuss with your estate sale company. They want you to feel trust and confidence in them.

We are not discussing minor complaints that are primarily poor communication or unrealistic expectations about items not selling for what a seller wanted.

Estate Sale Companies Advice For Sellers Before The Sale

Recently, Estate Sales News had the opportunity to discuss with many estate sale companies from across the United States what they would advise sellers before the estate liquidation process begins. The advice we were given from estate sale companies is important for sellers and/or heirs to help make the estate sale successful.

Here are the items they feel strongly about and that are of great importance for both parties.

Don’t throw anything away until an estate liquidator has viewed the contents. You never know what might have value. The only exceptions should be perishable foods, used plastic food containers, medications, income tax or personal papers.

Be sure you leave the property air conditioned whether it is occupied or not. Heat and/or humidity can ruin many items. In the winter, be sure that the heat remains on too. Be sure that electricity to the property is on until the sale is over and the estate sale company has vacated the property.