This is part one of a multi-part series of questions you should ask before hiring an estate sale company.
When the time comes for you to liquidate an estate, whether because of downsizing, divorce, or a death in the family, holding an estate sale is usually the easiest and most expedient option.
Hiring an estate sale company (sometimes called an estate liquidator) may be your best option if you want to save time and earn more money. Estate sale companies will do all of the hard work for you; and, because they know the local market, will price your items in a way to get them sold. A correctly priced, sold item puts more cash in your pocket than a premium priced, unsold item.
But, just like any other professional, you’ll want to talk with them (in person tends to work best) and ask several questions before deciding which company to hire.
What Services Do You Provide?
This is the first question you should ask any company, and one of the most important to understand what you are getting. But it’s also a more complicated question than you may think because you may not know what you may be missing when you hear the answer! A straightforward answer that “We do the estate sale and give you the money at the end” may sound like what you want, but there are so many more options! Try asking some or all of the following questions as well if you get a stock answer:
Do they require you to throw away garbage and broken/damaged or dirty items first?
Do they sort, categorize, research, price, and stage the merchandise?
Do they provide display tables and display cases?
Do they take care of advertising? How do they advertise?
Do they charge and pay the sales tax? What about credit card fees?
How will the sale be staffed and made secure?
What options do they offer for after the sale? Will they hire professional cleaners, do it themselves? Donate, leave in place, or dispose of leftover items?
Can they sell the house as well?
All of these "extra" services become critical if you don't live nearby. At A2Z Estate Solutions, we pride ourselves on doing everything for our clients. If a relative were to pass away here in Colorado Springs, if you hired us, you wouldn't need to ever set foot in Colorado Springs, or even Colorado, if you didn't want to. We will take care of everything from throwing away the garbage left in the garbage can, to the estate sale, to a professional cleaning, to selling the home. All you need to do is give us the address of where to send the check!