Tips For Hiring An Estate Liquidation Company

Posted on: 27 March 2019

If a close friend or relative has recently passed away and you are tasked with clearing out their home, then hiring an estate liquidation company like Remember When Estate Sales, LLC will make your life a whole lot easier. However, since most people have never previously worked with estate liquidators, they often have no idea where to start. To assist you with hiring your first estate sale service, follow each of these simple tips: 

Tip: Remove Only the Items You Want to Keep Before Interviewing Estate Liquidation Companies

Before calling estate liquidation companies, you and your family members should remove anything from the house that you want to keep. This is important because it helps the liquidator get a clear idea of the items being sold. Additionally, if you remove items after signing a contract to have the estate liquidated, then the liquidator may be entitled to a percentage of the item's value.

Once you have removed the items you want, then resist the urge to start trashing or donating other items you don't see a value in. Many items from the past have become expensive collectibles, and you don't want to unknowingly throw out or donate things of value.

Tip: Interview Multiple Companies Onsite of the Future Sale Location

Once you have located at least two local estate liquidators, then you need to interview each of them in person. It's best to do so onsite of where the sale will be conducted so the liquidator can assess the location and the collection of items to be sold. 

During your interview, make sure you ask all of the following questions: 

  • What are all of your fees?
  • Do you accept credit cards from estate sale customers?
  • What do you do with items that don't sell?
  • Do you bring outside items to the sale?
  • What is your marketing plan for the sale?

In addition, it is important to inquire if the estate liquidation company carries liability insurance. This is important in case one of their employees or contractors are injured while onsite. 

Get Everything in Writing via a Legally Binding Contract

Lastly and most importantly, when you decide on the estate liquidation company you want to work with to clear out your loved one's estate, make sure you get everything in writing via a legally binding contract. While there is little chance anything will go wrong, having things in writing make your life easier in case anything unforeseen happens.