An estate sale might be the best solution for you or your family, but how do you prepare the house for your estate sale walk through? Before we meet with you for our walk through, we ask that you follow these 5 steps to make the most of our appointment
1. Decide on a deadline.
Would you like to put the home on the market by a certain date, or do you otherwise have a deadline for the completion of your estate sale?
2. Decide what will NOT be included in the estate sale.
If the home is full of items the family is planning to keep (but unable to remove before our appointment), then we prefer they are placed in a designated area or tagged with a sticky note.
3. Don’t get rid of anything!
You may be tempted to start donating or tossing things before we come out. Let us handle the sorting! The more inventory, the more likely it is that your sale will be viable for us. Don’t even toss linen, cleaning supplies, clothing, or anything unless you know it is absolute trash. Remember, we can always donate leftover items after the sale. Plus, why take on extra work that comes with our service?
4. Leave the work for the estate sale company.
We are trained to "see past" the clutter to great estate sale potential! Don't box, sort, or organize anything. As we prepare your sale, we empty cupboards, drawers and closets. All of our organization and staging is part of what you get when you hire a pro, and any work you do will probably be undone. Pull the things you don't want sold, and leave the rest to us!
5. Determine the services you will need after the sale.
After the sale is complete, there may be 10%-25% of items remaining. If you have goals beyond liquidating the estate, we will need to know the post-sale services you require.Most of our clients want the home completely emptied.