An estate sale company is one who intervenes in the process of disposing personal valuables in order to make people’s assets more manageable. They take care of the appraisal and marketing of every item and ensure that all are properly maintained until sold for what their perceived worth is. They are often the ones who take care of the closing transactions too, handling paperwork and legal transfers so that clients do not have to burden themselves of anything. With this, it is clear to see that they hold a lot of control and responsibility when it comes to your possessions. As such, it would be reckless of you to just entrust any random firm or agent with the job.
Yes, it’s hard to find yourself a good estate sale company nowadays; given how easy it could be for a person to come up with a business franchise and a background without actually living it. But there are still a few existing methods for finding quality estate sale assistance you can rely on. For example, referrals would be a good way to start exploring your options. Unlike researching online which could yield you hundreds, if not thousands of results; asking a friend or a family member for recommendations would help you narrow down your prospects to a handful. This would then make it easier for you to follow them up and make a decision. You could also ask insurers and the Better Business Bureau for a listing of reliable estate sale firms you could contact regarding your interest. They are reliable sources because (for the former) coordination with them means that the estate sale company is responsible when it comes to handling other people’s property and (for the latter) that they have not been involved in any illegal activity.
Now, when assessing which of your candidates would be the best fit for your needs, you will have to assess them for the following qualities:
a. Expertise. You need an estate sale company who is not only well-connected and driven but is also strategic when it comes to their pursuits, especially if you have a time constraint to observe. They should be able to deliver you exactly what you want, when you want it and offer several contingency plans when things don’t go as expected.
b. Ethical practices. You’d want to be associated with a firm who does not manipulate, steal, lie or cheat to get their way, even if it is in your own best interest. After all, what they do during the period of your partnership can be traced back to you. And the last thing you want are authorities prying into your liquidating business.
c. Great customer service. Finally, you’d want to be aligned with a company that knows how to treat their customers. They should be the type that could provide immediate resolutions to concerns and offer transparency when it comes to their work. They should not just tell you what they’re doing; they ought to explain and even demonstrate.