THE ESTATE SALE
Whew! That’s a whole new experience. If you have never done an estate sale for your loved one then hold on to your hats because this was a doozy. Talk about things not going as planned.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to have anyone that I knew attend the estate sale because the person I had at the home decided to go home when we left. First rule, make sure you have someone else who can attend in your absence. It may be too emotional for you so definitely have someone else attend to watch your interest. The first thing to ask the Estate Sale professional is if they will give you a list of inventory sold and will they charge for it. The person I hired charged $75 an hour if I had requested that. I didn’t know it wasn’t included. One might think that such a service would be part of the sale. But No. I was told I had a small sale and it wouldn’t have been cost effective. However, I will be supplied the cash register tape to show the prices of each item sold.
I was initially going to have her mail me back the key however some neighbors did me the favor of getting the key from her when the sale was over. TRUST is a huge issue with an Estate Sale because the person who holds the sale usually doesn’t want you there. I’m sorry but I have a problem with that. I can understand the emotional reason why someone might not be there this is why I suggest you have someone else be there to look out for your interest because you may be too emotional. This is an easy business for someone who is shady and dishonest to take advantage of their customers. I’m not suggesting that she did but I will be even more leary if I were to have to do this again so I pass that wisdom with this blog post.
Make sure they will clean up any mess they make and make sure they will get rid of any larger items that do not sell. I was promised that would not be a problem. However, after the sale I was informed that the larger pieces didn’t sell and her people didn’t want to move them. I wouldn’t recommend this Estate Sale pro (so-called) because she didn’t deliver on her promise. Someone who has been in business for as long as she has should be able to solve that problem with no problem. Hmmmm.
I was disappointed to say the least. This is why it is more difficult to do an Estate Sale when you are from out of town and don’t really know the local professionals. This whole ordeal gave me a Headache!