Selecting an Estate Sale Company: 7 Steps to Making the Best Choice
There are lots of factors that contribute to a successful estate sale, but one of the most important is the company you hire to promote and handle your sale. If you’re considering an estate sale, here are a few tips to help you select the best estate sale company:
Do your homework. Before you even start looking for an estate sales company, take some time to learn more about what an estate sale is and how it works. You can read all about estate sales on our blog, and if you have more questions, we’re just a click away.
Go online. The internet is a great place to find out about estate sale companies in your area, and visiting companies’ websites can help give you an idea of the types of services they offer and the fees they charge.
Set up a meeting. Estate sale companies can answer many questions over the phone or via email, but to get a complete picture of the company, what they do and the services they offer, you’ll need to meet in person. During the meeting, the company representative will need to view the items you’re interested in selling in order to give you a clearer picture of what you can expect, including any fees that may be associated with your sale. You can also get a good idea of how professional the company is during your meeting.
Ask lots of questions. Before meeting with any estate sale company, think about all the questions you want to ask and write them down. Having all your questions in writing ensures you won’t forget any concerns or issues you want to discuss, and if you’re comparing more than one company, having a list of questions lets you compare both companies fairly and effectively.
Ask for references. Established, successful companies should be able to provide you with at least a few references so you can learn what other customers’ experiences have been like. Follow up by going online to look for additional reviews.
Visit a sale. If you’re really interested in seeing how an estate sale company stacks up, visit one of their events and watch them in action. You can find a complete listing sales hosted by Attics to Basements on our events page.
Make sure you have a contract – and read it carefully before signing. A contract spells out everyone’s obligations clearly so there are no misunderstandings, including the sale dates and times, the costs associated with the sale and other critical issues. Make sure you both have a copy of the contract once it’s signed, and do not hire a company that wants to hold your sale without a signed contract.
Follow these tips and you can enjoy a hassle-free estate sale from start to finish.