Should You Have an Appraisal Before an Estate Sale?

In addition to helping you find new “homes” for items you no longer need or want, estate sales can be a great way to earn some extra cash. And like any sale, you want to be sure you get the most for your items – especially for those that might be valuable. Unfortunately, determining the value of many of the items we own is a skill most of us don’t possess. And every year, there’s at least one story about someone scoring an amazing deal at an estate sale, yard sale or thrift store, turning a few dollars’ investment into thousands of dollars (or more) profit. That’s great news for the lucky buyers – but for the sellers, not so much.
Should You Have an Appraisal Before an Estate Sale
If you’re planning an estate sale, one of the wisest things you can do is to have an appraiser review any items you believe might be of value. But what do you do if you’re not even sure which items might be valuable? How can you decide which of your possessions should be appraised? That’s when working with an experienced estate sale company like Attics to Basements is especially important.

At Attics to Basements, we’ve had loads of experience reviewing and assessing all kinds of items, from furniture and artwork to clothing and jewelry and everything in between. That means we’ve had a lot of success at determining which items should be appraised prior to sale to ensure our clients get the most money for their items. We work with top professional appraisers with extensive experience in assessing the current market values of a broad array of antiques and collectibles, and when a valuable item is identified, we can help you find the best way to sell that item to help ensure you receive the fairest price.

Of course, you could rely on guidebooks to antiques and collectibles, and there are plenty of websites devoted to collectibles and what to look for to help determine if a specific item might be valuable. But those sources are hardly foolproof, and even then, assessing an item based solely on a written guide is hardly infallible.
Determining the Value of many of the Items
For the most accurate and reliable results – and the most peace of mind – having a professional appraisal is the way to ensure you get the value you deserve for your antiques and collectibles.

To learn more about the appraisal process and all the services Attics to Basements provides for its clients, call us today at 469-396-4696 or send us an email at and we’ll be in touch.