Estate Sale – Supervised
Most people have too much stuff, and gradually, they get rid of old possessions to make room for the new, perhaps by donating them to a charity or holding a garage sale. But what about getting rid of a whole house full of items all at once? Most of us have to do it at some point, usually when a family member dies. The process can be overwhelming, but there are professionals who can help you organize an estate sale and sell all these items efficiently.
Estate sales are similar to auctions. Though they’re usually held after someone dies, they can also be necessary because of long-distance moves, divorce and bankruptcy. Whatever the reason, estate sales can be a good way to pay off debt or make money off unwanted possessions. For the shopper, they’re often a great place to find bargains, antiques, and unusual items.
Every estate sale is unique. Usually a wide range of items is presented for sale — furniture, clothing, appliances, linens, silver, china and other household items. Some estate sales feature expensive, one-of-a-kind items such as works of art, jewelry and antiques. Some may even have cars and boats.
Estate sales are usually run by an auctioneer or a professional estate sale agent. These people take a percentage of the total earnings of the estate sale as payment, typically between 25 and 35 percent. The agents put a lot of work into the sale, assessing the value of items, organizing them for display and making sure everything runs smoothly when potential buyers arrive. They’re generally also responsible for clearing out the house at the end of the sale and leaving everything clean and tidy.
The first step in planning an estate sale is deciding whether or not to hire a company to manage the sale for you. Most people choose to do this, because organizing one on your own is an incredible amount of work. Major tasks include
making an inventory of all the items in the house
figuring out whether they should all go in the sale
finding out what fair prices would be for all the items
setting everything up so it looks professional
publicizing the sale
making sure everything runs smoothly and fairly
making sure no one steals anything
If you decide to hire a company, how do you find a good one? The Internet and the phone book are both good ways to find professional estate sale managers in your area, and most companies have a website where you can read all about them. Estate sale companies might also call themselves appraisal companies, which mean they’re experts in knowing the value of items.
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