Estate sales sound pretty easy, right? Why would I need to hire someone to take care of it for me when I have all the skills and knowledge to sell stuff myself? How hard could it be?
THREE REASONS TO HIRE AN ESTATE SALES PROFESSIONAL
1.) Do you know what this item is?
This tiny item, not much bigger than a quarter, is an antique enameled button that sold for $25. The old saying goes "One man's junk, is another man's treasure." This saying probably came from an estate sales professional.
There are so many different kinds of collectable antiques and vintage items that it's impossible to know them all. What you might see as a loose button in an old jewelry box might be just the thing a button collector is looking for. An estate sales professional will evaluate ALL the items in the estate, and if they don't know about one item in particular, they will definitely take the time to do their research.
2.) What most people imagine an estate sale to look like:
What an estate sale actually looks like most of the time:
There are many folks who come to estate sales looking for rare antique furniture, paintings and collections, but there are also many people who come looking for good deals on tools, household items, and the like. The biggest mistake that many folks make when trying to sell their estates is to "clean-up" and "de-clutter," leaving only what they consider to be the most valuable. This simply doesn't work out very well. A professional estate sales person will make the most of those old wood working tools, and mix-matched dishes to try to maximize profits for you, and for themselves.
3.) Chances are, if you're in need of an estate sale, then you're probably already under stress and emotional strain.
This may not always be the case, but many times, people who are liquidating an estate have experienced a death in the family, a divorce, or some other sort of life changing experience. Add to that the stress of sub-contracting cleaning, moving services, and hiring sales people, plus sorting through as many as thousands of items, all the while experiencing sentimental attachment and having to do hundreds of hours of research. This is a recipe for an emotional break down.
An estate sales professional takes care of the many tasks that are involved in liquidation so that you don't have to. Especially if you're already going through a difficult time.
Hiring an estate sales professional may not be the best choice for everyone, but it's likely to be the best option for many. There are too many moving parts and people working together seamlessly for it to be wise for everybody to attempt, especially those who are already undergoing a difficult emotional experience.
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