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Estate Sale No No’s

Estate sale no no’s have become a continuing theme.

Seller etiquette is as important as buyer etiquette at estate sales.

As a seller when you hire an estate sale company you should have already gone through everything in the property. Anything you want to keep should have been removed or locked away.

The job of an estate sale company is not to sort through and organize personal property so that a seller can then cherry pick items they want from the sale. It is not the task of the estate liquidation company to do the “dirty work” and then have items removed from the estate sale.

Sellers need to be responsible for looking through, sorting and choosing those items that they want. If they are dealing with a hoarder sale then discuss this with the estate sale company before signing the estate sale contract to avoid misunderstandings and future problems. This is the time to discuss items that may surface they might want and how that will be handled.

When an estate sale company agrees to conduct an estate sale, they base their fee, advertising, staff requirements and time on what they see at the time they visit the property.

Many estate sale companies have added clauses to their estate sale contracts to collect a commission on items removed after a certain time frame in the contract.

Buyers allso need to remember it is a privilege not a given to be entitled to enter and attend an estate sale. The estate sale company has a fiduciary with the seller. It is their responsibility to control entrance to, sales and buyer behavior within the property. 

The estate sale company can ask a buyer to leave the sale if they feel any inappropriateness by the conduct of a buyer. This can include language, harassment, or possible theft or changing or deletion of price tags.

The estate sale should have signs posted throughout and about the property concerning the rules, terms, and conditions of the estate sale.

Estate sale no no’s apply on both sides of the estate liquidation business. Success can depend on it.

Top Questions Sellers Ask About Estate Sales

The top questions sellers ask about estate sales is based on our Google analytics. We offer this review with links to pages on our website to answer some of these questions.

#1 Estate sale contract – what to know and expect. Estate sale contracts.

#2 Downsizing or moving, estate sale or garage sale and what’s the difference.

#3 Estate sale costs. What you need to know.

#4 Selling cars and vehicles at estate sales

#5 Estate sale clean outs – under estate sale contracts.

On this Thursday as estate sales begin for another weekend we hope these top five EstateSalesNews.com topics answer some major questions.


Why An Estate Sale Company Cancels Estate Sale!

Why an estate sale company cancels estate sale?

Sellers, these are reasons you need to know and understand.

A seller hires an estate sale company after performing their due diligence.  You should have chosen a professional company that you can place your trust and confidence in.

Today, many sellers fail to have this confidence and trust in their estate sale company. Why did you hire them? Did you check their references, how they research and price items and what security they have.

Showing up the day or night before an estate sale to “check” how the estate sale company did is inappropriate and may have the result of an estate sale company cancelling the sale.

An estate sale company is working for your best interest. If you have chosen the company following the guidelines for hiring an estate sale company let them do their job for you.

When a seller displays distrust in an estate sale company before the sale starts this causes a concern to the estate liquidator.

Checking prices established by the estate sale company is in appropriate. If you are concerned about pricing this should be discussed before signing the estate sale contract. Have an item you have a bottom line price on. Speak with the estate sale company before signing their contract.

An estate sale company cannot work for mistrusting sellers.

Etiquette For Estate Sale Buyers And Sellers During And After The Holidays



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.

Estate Sales – Sellers What You Need To Provide To Estate Liquidators

homeLast week at the Estate Sale Conference estate liquidators were educated on a variety of topics and requirements to help them be successful companies.

Perspective sellers whether you are a homeowner, heir, attorney, or executor there are some requirements that estate liquidators need from you.

Any property should have a liability policy on it. If not the estate sale company has a good reason to turn down your sale. A good recommendation would be to have a copy of your policy or binder to show them if they ask to see one.

Estate sale companies need to have electric and water at all times during the set-up (staging) and sale and this includes a usable commode (for their use only). They will spend many hours and days and they have to have basics. That also includes heat in the cooler or cold weather depending on your location. Being able to look over items, clean them if they require, and be in a healthy atmosphere is very important.

They will also require access to do what you have hired them as professionals to do.

If you live in a winter climate most will require you to provide snow removal if necessary. It is a liability issue for both seller and company as well as necessary for buyers to gain access to the property.

Most if not all of the above mentioned requirements will probably be included in their contract/agreement or on an addendum.

Success comes from both parties facilitating the process and working together to strive for satisfying financial results.

Estate Sale Issues – Smoker, Untrusting Client, Owner Living In Home

estate sale informationThe estate sale business is continually evolving with the huge growth the industry has experienced. Here are a few issues facing estate liquidators and their clients currently.

When you are asked to conduct a sale in a home where the person or couple smoked this is very challenging. First because of the smokey smell when a buyer walks through the door. Any clothes, linens, upholstered furniture or draperies will also have the smell. In most cases the estate liquidator will sell these items with the smoke smell factored into the price. Clothing, linens, and draperies can be cleaned usually and aired out, however, upholstered furniture is questionable. It can be professionally cleaned, but whether the smell will disappear is unsure.

Glass, china, wood furniture, laminate tops etc. will often be somewhat or in extreme cases very yellow. Depending on the value and time required many estate liquidators will clean or wash these to remove the yellow color and sticky feel. Even chandeliers can be affected. It should be noted that if the client is a smoker they probably will not see or smell it and it requires diplomacy and finesse on the initial consultation by the estate liquidator.

Working with an untrusting client depends on when the distrust began. If the client seems distrusting after the phone interview and face to face interview an estate sale company may choose not to work with a client that exhibits this trait. A distrusting client can make staging, conducting, and settling up after the sale a very uncomfortable situation for all parties involved.

If a client is still living in the home depending on the relationship with the estate liquidator it can be a smooth or difficult process. What will take place during staging, pricing, and conducting the sale should be thoroughly discussed during the initial consultation. It may be necessary to make some changes in the contract or additions on the addendum for both parties. Explaining to the client about setting up the sale, the prices they will be see is important to keeping the relationship on a good working level with cooperation from both sides.