Realizing you will need an estate sale can seem stressful. Figuring out what to sell, what to charge, and having all those people coming and going while you are trying to prepare for a move–it can be a lot to handle on your own.
This is why you hire an estate sale company like West Bay to handle it for you. Estate sale companies offer a full suite of services, ranging from consultations to clean outs, to help you transition to your next step in life.
In order to maximize your sale’s potential and reduce stress, here are a few things you can do to ensure the success of your sale:
Tell your estate sales professionals about anything and everything regarding your sale right away and expect your estate sale professionals to keep open lines of communication with you. They won’t know how they can help you unless you speak up!
2. Trust your estate sales professionals.
If you hired the right company, they have years of experiences, are experts at their job, and want to host a successful sale for you — remember, the more money they make during the sale, the more money you make for yourself!
3. Clearly define what is for sale.
To avoid misunderstandings or an incorrect sale, show your estate sale professional exactly what is not for sale and make sure those items are documented on an “exceptions list” to be held with the contract. Do this at the beginning of your estate sale planning.
4. Deal with not-for-sale items BEFORE your sale.
Decide what you are keeping, what you are giving to your childrem, and get those items moved out of the house or designated to a “safe area” of the house. This could mean a storage unit or even a closet marked “not for sale.”
5. Stop throwing and giving things away!
Every little bit there is to sell helps the overall success of a sale. Remember: food, pens, tape, tacks, books all sell. You’d be surprised at all of the everyday items West Bay customers purchase! Let your estate sale professional determine if something should be thrown away.
6. Try to give your estate sales professionals room to work.
Don’t hover or obsessively worry; remember, you HIRED them — they expect to do all the work. This will give you time to focus on your own preparations for moving, etc.
7. Discuss openly any expectations you have for specific items or for the sale!
Listen to the advice of your estate sale professional and then work to come to a comfortable place with regard to sale price of items. Ask your estate sale professional to show you how they came to certain values if you are unsure.
8. Set realistic expectations.
Remember, very little is worth more now than at the time you bought it. Especially new/used furniture and even many antiques. The market is flooded and softer now than it was 10 years ago. Be willing to accept offers at the end of the day, if it means you can get rid of the item.
9. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably don’t need to keep it.
At West Bay, we help our clients learn to live a less cluttered life. Even the little things–jewelry, clothing, pocketbooks, men’s items–add to the overall success of your sale. Less clutter = more money for you!
10. Go enjoy a few hours off during your sale.
You do not need to be present if you hired the right estate sale professionals. Chances are, you have been very busy preparing for your move, so take the day of the sale to treat yourself. Trust your estate sales professionals to do their best for you; after all, this is their livelihood.
If you have any questions or would like to hire West Bay to hold your estate sale, don’t hesitate to contact us or call us at 508-428-3377!