There are several companies that offer estate sale management. Essentially, you would be hiring someone to come in and take over the sale for a fee. What you might quickly notice is that you’re still doing a lot of the work. For instance, only you can make the final decision as to what everything should be priced at. Plus, on the day of the event, you will probably want to monitor what is going on. When you get right down to it, hosting a successful estate sale is not that complicated. Here’s how you can make it happen on your own and save on those management fees:
The words “estate sale” means a lot to savvy weekend shoppers. They know there will be a lot more to look through with a greater potential of finding bargains. In other words, yard sales are mostly for unwanted junk whereas estate sales are for practical items like furniture, household goods and bedding. That means all you need to do to advertise is use those two words. Putting up posters around the neighborhood is a good start but you can also reach a lot more people by posting on Craigslist.
Price the Night Before
It’s a good idea to tag everything that you’re selling with a price sticker. This is something to do the night before so that you won’t be caught up with guessing about prices when you’ve got a lot of customers to deal with. Just know that whatever price you put down for an item will most likely be just a starter. Everyone will try and haggle with you. That’s why you may want to pad your price. If you think something is worth $50, then price it at 70 and then sell it for 50. Your customer will think they have a bargain and you get just what you wanted!
On the day of the sale, you should enlist as much help as you can. Most estate sales mean people will roam through the house to look through the items. You should have someone representing your interests stationed in every room not only to answer questions but also to make sure nothing “walks away.”
The goal is that when the estate sale is over you won’t be left with anything. However if you still have some remaining items that didn’t get sold, then you should bring in Junk King Contra Costa for a final estate cleanout. They’ll send over a two-man crew and truck big enough to hold whatever is left over. The best way to finalize your estate sale is to get everything cleaned out with help from Junk King Contra Costa.