If a loved one has recently passed away, they may have left behind a house full of items. In some cases, these items may be valuable. But if no one in your family wants the items or you all have made a decision to sell off the items in the home, you may be looking to hire an estate sale organizer to help sell these items for top dollar. When you are looking to hire a company, it is recommended that you visit one of the estate sales that they are hosting. You may find yourself wondering why and what you can learn by attending. Here are a few key pieces of information you can glean by attending an estate sale organizers estate sale before hiring them.
How Organized the Sale is
When you attend an estate sale that the organizer is putting on, you will be able to tell how organized the sale is. Do they have similar items grouped together to make it easy for buyers? Are items clearly marked? Are there employees walking around helping individuals? If the estate sale looks like a chaotic mess or like there is no order, people may get frustrated and leave. An organized sale makes it easier for buyers, which can boost sales.
How Slow or Busy it Is
Another key bit of information you can glean by attending an estate sale hosted by an organizer you are considering is how much foot traffic they have. If the estate sale is completely dead, they may not be advertising the sale in the right places or spending enough on advertising. This can affect how quickly items move and how much you make from the sale. Always look for an organizer who knows how to advertise the sale and draw people in.
How Are Valuable Items Watched Over
Lastly, when you are visiting an estate sale, pay close attention to how valuable items, such as jewelry, antiques, or electronics are watched over. If the items are left unmonitored, they may be easily stolen. After losing your loved one, you don't want to lose their possessions as well. High value items should either be locked in a tabletop case or carefully watched by employees.
When you are looking to hire an estate sale organizer, there are many factors to consider. You need to consider what they charge in commission, how much expertise they have and how much time they need to arrange an estate sale. In addition to this, you will want to attend one of their sales to see how things are run. This will provide you with key information about how organized the sale is, how many people they have present and how well employees watch over valuable items.