Preliminary Steps to Take When Interviewing an Estate Sale Company
- Do a thorough search of the house and remove personal items.
- Make a list of your valuables so as to keep track of them and for insurance purposes.
- Decide what to sell and what not to sell. Talk to your family and remove items that will be retained by family members.
- Place items in plain sight that you believe to have high value so we can make an assessment.
- Don’t worry if the house is not in perfect order. We are not in the business of judging and it is our task to see through it all and find the solution.
- Provide pictures of items not presently in the house that you wish to sell.
- Ask questions:
- Is there enough here to do an estate sale?
- Does your company have room on its calendar?
- How long will the entire estate sale set up and sale take?
- Please explain your companies set up and sales process
- How many buyers do you let in the house at one time?
- Is your company insured with liability insurance?
- How does your company determine value?
- Does your company negotiate discounts with customers and when?
- How does your company advertise the sale?
- What if I change my mind and want to retain an item or two after we have signed the contract?
- Can we place price reserves on certain items or high bid prices?
- What do your fees cover? Additional set up and sales fee? Credit card processing fees? Pre or post estate sale debris removal fees? Is there a minimum fee you charge?
- How long does it take for your company to issue a check to the estate?
- Ask how the higher valued items in the house will be sold- at the sale or at a specialty venue?
- Now ask yourself:
* Were their answers helpful and informative?
* Did they address and care about your goals and concerns?
* Were they responsive to your needs?
* Did they leave a brochure or information folder?
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