3 Easy Ways to Guarantee You Hire the Best Estate Sale Company
Hiring a contracted company to perform a professional service can be anything but easy. How do you know they are legitimate? How do you know they are going to provide the services they say they are? This decision can be hard and it makes it even harder when that industry is full of horror stories and illegitimate business owners. By following these 3 easy tips, the process of finding a great estate liquidation service will be the easiest part.
1. Read the Reviews
ALWAYS READ THE REVIEWS. This is the best way to see how each estate sale company really operates. It tells you both what customers and past clients think. It is also a great way to see if the company is owned by someone who truly cares. Does the owner respond to each review with a thank you to the good reviews and a solution and apology to the bad ones? You can find reviews on Facebook, Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google. Try and find the bad reviews and see who wrote them and what caused them to write it. Was it a customer complaining about prices? Was it a client who has yet to receive payment from the company? Jot them down and always check the reviews on more than one site. You will not regret doing this extra work.
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2. Ask If They are Bonded and Insured
The estate sale industry has yet to form any sort of regulatory rules. Out of all 52 states, zero of them regulate estate sale services. There is no moral and ethical board that keeps track of who conducts good business and who does not. One thing you can do to see what companies are working hard and which are not is to ask if they are bonded and insured. This protects the client, the home, the items inside the home, the shoppers, and the company. Anyone who operates a professional estate sale business for a living and does it legitimately will be both bonded and insured. If any company answers no to this question, send them out the door and do not call them back.
DID YOU KNOW? We are boned and insured and we are members of several professional organizations!
3. Visit One of Their Sales
A great way to help you decide what estate sale company best fits your needs is to visit one of their current estate sales. It is an excellent way to see exactly how they operate and can give you an inside look as to how they will conduct your estate sale. It shows how they set up the home and stage the items, if they are clean and organized, if they are friendly and professional, and best of all, if they sell a lot of items or are hardly working to sell them. You will see if they have street signs placed in the neighborhood, if they control parking, and how many staff members they have around the home. If time permits you can even plan to visit on the first day to see the full effect of their traffic and how well they display items and you can also visit on the tail end of the last day to see how much of the items they actually sell. Try and refrain from telling them you are coming to avoid the possibility of them putting on a show for you. Just be a customer and browse around the sale.
If you find yourself still needing help in deciding which estate sale company is right for you, download our free successful sale checklist on the Home Page of our website or contact us directly. We would love to help you have an exceptional estate sale experience.