Over the many years that you’ve lived in your home, you’ve likely accumulated a multitude of furniture, jewelry, household items, artwork and decor, and miscellanea that make a home a home. But the time may come one day when you choose to downsize, and you simply don’t know what to do with everything you have but will no longer need.
The most practical solution is of course to sell what you can and hope to earn a sizable amount of money in the process. But putting up an entire estate’s worth of items for sale can be daunting and time consuming. Estimating prices of items, taking pictures of everything, opening your house to display items, and reaching interested buyers can be extremely difficult. That’s why many people who choose to close a home and sell the estate use the professional services of an estate liquidator.
What Is an Estate Liquidator?
An estate liquidator is someone who has received training and gained ample experience organizing, pricing and selling a multitude of items. Professional estate liquidators typically have knowledge of antiques, furniture, firearms, automobiles, jewelry and artwork, and work with consignment shops, appraisers and other vendors to accurately appraise and price each item in order to sell it for a proper price.
Put simply, when you are ready to close a home and sell the estate, an estate liquidator will take care of everything for you, leaving you free to handle other important tasks related to the closing of the house.
How Does an Estate Liquidation Work?
When you contact an estate liquidator, he or she will come to meet with you, discuss the items to be sold, and begin the process. To ensure you are choosing the right liquidator for the job, ask the following questions:
- How long will it take to prepare for the sale? Some estate liquidators can take weeks to prepare the estate for sale, and if you are in a hurry to close the house, you may not want to wait that long.
- Are there any fees or setup expenses involved? You don’t want to be surprised by fees, so make sure you know all the costs associated with the estate sale upfront.
- How long does it take to receive payment for the items sold? You don’t want to wait a long time to receive your cash, so choose an estate liquidator who delivers your payment in a timely fashion.
- Do you have knowledge of any rare antiques or jewelry so as to have them priced accurately? If you have precious items to sell, hire an experienced estate liquidator with knowledge of antiques and jewelry.
The Benefits of Hiring an Estate Liquidator
Knowing that a professional will take care of all the organization, appraisal and sales aspects of the items will give you peace of mind and improve your chances of receiving a fair price for your possessions. Additionally, the professional may recommend selling the more valuable objects at an auction, to give you the chance to earn even more money than you would earn through a straight sale.
Antique dealers, collectors and homeowners alike love an estate sale because they know there will often be a lifetime’s worth of valuable items for sale, with good chances of finding a special and unique item. Hiring a professional estate liquidator makes it easy to sell your estate’s possessions when closing a home.
Justin Elliott is an Estate Liquidator serving the Oklahoma City Metro, Tulsa Metro, and their suburbs. Elliott’s Estate Sales conducts Estate Sales, Online Auctions, Clean-Out Serviecs & Junk Removals. We offer first-class marketing, setup and display of your estate merchandise. Specializing in leveraging the power of social media, traditional marketing, relationship building, and networking to find a new home for your loved ones personal property.
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