Friday, December 14, 2007

What is the difference between an Estate sales and regular garage sales?

In an estate sale, you pay a company a fee to manage the event and sell every single item in the home. This is often the best course to choose after a divorce or a death in the family. You don't do any of the
actual selling, but there's plenty of work to do to prepare for one.

We have many years experience assisting individuals and businesses sell their unwanted items. Below are some steps to help make this process a little easier and be sure to contact us when you are ready we will be glad to help. 1-800-810-9174 or online at

Steps to take before contacting an estate sale company:

STEP 1: Create an inventory of the contents of the home, garage, yard and other properties. Make a separate list of important documents, including real-estate deeds, stocks, bonds, insurance papers, bank accounts and personal papers. Locate valuable assets, including jewelry, cash and artwork. Sort through the personal effects and determine how you will dispose of them. We offer other services to our customer other then having a Tag sale such as online auction sales and clean out services.

STEP 2: Interview at least two estate sale companies. Ask to see a business license and insurance policy. Call recent customers and ask lots of questions. Get a reliability report from the Better Business Bureau ( Give each company a copy of your inventory and expect them to inspect the house's contents.

STEP 3: Ask what the company estimates you'll earn from the sale, what its fees are (usually a percentage of the gross), what those fees cover and what its timeline is for a sale of property like yours. Get details on what advertising the company will do in advance of the sale.

STEP 4: Make sure the company you choose has expertise (on staff or on call) if the estate includes valuable items such as antiques, jewelry or artwork. Reserve the right to get independent appraisals if you're not satisfied with the company's. You'll pay for your own appraisals.

STEP 5: Find out if the company policy allows dealers to come in before the sale to buy items. This is not necessarily a problem.

STEP 6: Inquire about the company's after-sale procedures. Will it contact a charity to remove items that don't sell? (Make sure you get the tax-deduction receipt.) Will it haul away trash and leave the house empty and broom-clean?

STEP 7: Choose a company based on the information you've collected. Get a written contract and make sure it covers all aspects of the sale--when it will take place, what the costs will be, how much advertising will be done, appraisal of special items, and so on.

Be sure to let us know when you are ready and we will assist you with our many services. Hope to see you soon!

Have a nice day!

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