10 Questions to ask potential estate sale companies
before you hire them…
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Safeguards to have a successful and trouble free sale.
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Estate Sales or Liquidation 101
Moving, downsizing or needing a liquidation estate sale?
It is like entering a dark room with no light switch for some people. It was for me over 33 years ago as I had to come back to California from Texas to help out an aunt and uncle. I had no clue where to start. Mistakes were made. I was taken advantage of. For carrying my uncles loaded guns in his car (a car that had been reported stolen –long involved story–remind me to tell you that when we meet) to various gun stores in order to sell them, as it were, I could have been arrested on a felony . My uncle had the beginning stages of Alzheimers and would “leave the house to go home”. My aunt and I didn’t know what he would do if he found one of his guns.
I just didn’t have all of the tools in my little tool box
to know how to do everything that was required of me. Nine months later, and enough material to write a good book, I learned to do everything I needed to do. I should have written a book. That is how I met my husband, Bob. Read a little bit about it on About Us page.
But here, in a nutshell, is what we have learned.
When a liquidation is needed, estate sales in your home offer the best display of your homes items
At the same time, displaying merchandise in a creative way, encourages buyers to show up and shop. Shoppers tend to look forward to the next sale, in other words, they like things nicely arranged. Chaos can force a shopper to dig for items. Not everyone likes to “dig”. Too much stuff, randomly and closely placed on tables makes it hard to focus. We’ve listened to shoppers and what they are telling us, they like it organized. In hoarding situations, it is a little more difficult because of limited space, but we always try to present the most pleasing look.
Understanding the value of advertising
With multiple advertising venues available these days for estate sales, certainly you have the best opportunity to realize the maximum dollar value. Some estates need it, some don’t, but why not use the proceeds from estate sales to offset bills that will be naturally incurred in the liquidation process. Our job is to create income, consequently, you move more merchandise out the door in sales than in donation or landfill.
Don’t throw anything away
Our advice: let us decide what is salable and what is trash. We know what people are willing to pay us to haul your items from your home to theirs. Usually some of the nicer items in your home are still there, while things you thought worthless are sold. For example; a nice set of china still might be sitting there on the table at the end of the sale, but your stack of old used towels were sold to use for dog washing. We let the buyer establish the need.
We just don’t do estate sales…we offer so much more.
With well over 30 years experience providing estate sales and other related services, as a result, we are like a well oiled machine. Our goal is to lift the stress off families who don’t know where to start.
Non-certified fair market value appraisals. You ask for it, therefore we provided it. When the family or courts need a value, not for replacement or insurance, on any or all items in an estate sale venue.
We are seeing a trend now more than ever before, thus separating trash from treasure has become an adventure. We have a strategy in place, great workers and a a great love for organization.
We can install new batteries, change oil, detail or smog to insure a sale. To illustrate, we have liquidated cars, trucks, cycles, boats, motorhomes, skip loaders, dump trucks, sea crates, tractors.
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”