This is part four of a multi-part series of questions you should ask before hiring an estate sale company. Go here for part 3.
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. Here’s another question you will want an answer for.
How do You Handle Security?
When you hire a professional estate sale company, you want to be assured that they will not only protect your belongings and profits during the sale, but the property itself as well. These kinds of sales tell criminals that there is possibly a vacant property with unprotected goods inside. You will want to find out what precautions the estate sale company takes to protect the property and the merchandise.
Do they have staff to monitor back rooms, outbuildings, and other floors? Do they allow only one entrance and exit to the property? How do they handle crowd control the morning of the sale? Do they limit the number of shoppers allowed inside at any given time? Do they allow people with backpacks and shopping bags into the sale? How do they monitor the premises overnight?
At A2Z Estate Solutions, we take security very seriously. We make sure we have enough staff on hand to keep an eye on all the merchandise locations. We carefully set up the “flow” of the sale and allow only one point of entrance and exit to ensure that we only allow a certain number of people into the sale at once and so that everyone leaving must pass an employee on the way out. On the busiest of mornings, we have a sign in sheet, so not only do we allow a few in at a time, but we have a list of names as well, should we ever need them. And finally, people with large bags or backpacks are politely asked to leave them in their cars or outside. Perhaps most importantly, we ensure that the house is locked up, any alarm system is enabled, and we request that the police do patrols of the neighborhood during the evenings between sale days. This secures the property as well as the belongings inside. It doesn’t hurt that many neighbors typically come by sales as well. We’ve been told that many of them keep an eye out for anything suspicious overnight as well.