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Estates Sales, Tag Sales, Downsizing, Garage Sales

How To Succeed & Profit ..The Estate Sale Survival Guides

Facing Downsizing? Need to clear out the excess? Need an Estate Sale or Tag Sale?
A Value Quest is dedicated to your needs in this difficult decision making process. We will provide you with information, and if you need, the tool kits for garage sale, estate sale, downsizing success. We will teach you to do it yourself and/or how to find and interview reliable estate sale agents to aid you.

I hope you notice, I did not say estate sale “liquidator”. If you retain a “liquidator”, that is what you are very likely going to get. By definition it means to get rid of, to move quickly. If you retain an “agent” or estate sale “representative”, you are most likely hiring an advocate as opposed to a liquidation minded individual with a get in, get out, get whatever, but get it moved out mentality. Have that estate sale, that auction and get “er done!

Words have meaning and intent. Hire a professional if you can not do it yourself, someone who will work as an agent, and advocate for your best interests. If you want to do your own garage sale, estate sale, or tag sale, we will provide you the tools for success. Whether you want to do a one time sale or become a professional, we are here with over 30 years of experience to guide you. to share all the do’s and don’ts we have learned by the school of experience. Our mission is to be your estate sale, tag sale, garage sale advocate, cheerleader, and guru. Each of our tool kits are targeted to your specific sale needs.

Our estate sale, garage sale, tag sale, downsizing tool kits for successful selling are offered with our years of successful sales, our marketing experience, our knowledge of the liability issues that come along with private sales. We will on our blog, in our articles and with our kits assist you in making decisions that benefit you, not the pockets of sometimes unethical liquidators and estate sale providers. With the correct insider comprehensive information and supplies, from proven successful, longtime estate sale agents, you CAN do it yourself:

We offer you in kit form:

  • *Estate Sale Success kit for the one time use or occasional garage sale downsizing
    • To Do Lists, Advertising, Supply List, Liability Signs, Tags, Signs, More
  • * Estate Sale Success kit for the Professional Estate Agent
    • All of the above plus contracts, procedures, more in-depth signs, cautions, supplies, all of our proven steps to a complete estate sale from beginning to accounting and closing.
  • * Garage Sale Downsizing Sale for the occasional weekend sale
    • Supply List, Proper arranging, appropriate information from above, plus tags, caution and liability signs, advertising and more

* Replacement supplies for the above kits when you need them

The Baby Boom Downsizing Dilemma
Downsizing Estate Sale…Selling Your Life’s Treasures

Downsizing amoungst the huge baby boomer generations is becoming a reality. Couple that with the poor economy, and the coming up generation’s disinterest in anything traditional and we have a challenge to overcome.

More than ever before, the huge Baby Boomers entering and approaching retirement has created a glut of personal property items available on the market. Couple that with the current economic malaise and you have a challenge if you are facing the Downsizing Dilemma.

Maybe you have time, maybe not to properly investigate and plan for the need to downsize, but it is a very personal, usually painful releasing of a lifetime of memories, of treasures you will no longer have room to care for and display. Often your kids and grandkids do not have any interest in caring for and having your beloved belongings. So what to do? How to do? Who do we contact for help and who can we trust to properly handle the sale of our belongings?

If you choose to do it yourself, we will provide you with the tools you need. If you have family/friends to help you, doing your own downsizing garage sale or estate sale is a viable alternative that will put control in your hands. It will very probably, put more money net in your pocket. It depends on what you have and the expertise needed to properly evaluate it, advertise it and sell it.

I am an appraiser, have been an antique dealer for many years, a mall manager, and have been an estate sale agent and representative for so many years. I am now in the same boat. I am a baby boomer faced with the loss of my husband, too early. I know I need to downsize and get into a more affordable home and office with less need for upkeep of the home and yard. I can tell you, with all my estate sale experience, it is still painful, still personal so besides experience in estate sales, I can totally identify with you.

If you would rather hire an estate sale agent, please read the prior articles on how to choose a qualified agent that will work FOR you, not a liquidator whose primary interest may be personal benefit. Interview multiple prospective estate sale people. Ask for their qualifications and ask for recommendation from people who have hired them. Follow up on every recommendation.

Once you hire, do so under a contract which very carefully outlines responsibilities, costs, how the sale will be conducted, and how the accounting is done. Make notes of changes and have them initialed by your estate sale agent, make notes. Be present, respectfully, at the sale or have a representative there. Same is true for an auction.

Beware of vague, unspecific contracts. Expect and demand proper researching of your best items. Beware of/ forbid presales to the estate agent’s favored people. Beware of agents who do not specifically forbid agent or staff pre purchasing (they can leave bids for you to consider just like the public).

If you have concerns, questions before, during, after the sale communicate them. Make sure the accounting is specified as down to the penny and each sale individualized and clearly identified. These are some of the essentials you need to be aware of.

Most of all, be involved, be courteous but be present. Until those items sell they are yours. Also be courteous of the estate sale agent, items under contract can not be removed by you or yours until they are valued and, if removed, the estate sale agent is paid the commission due to them. A good agent works their heart out, be aware and considerate of the services they are providing.

The Baby Boom Downsizing Dilemma

Downsizing Estate Sale…Selling Your Life’s Treasures

Downsizing amongst the huge baby boomer generations is becoming a reality. Couple that with the poor economy, and the coming up generation’s disinterest in anything traditional and we have a challenge to overcome.

More than ever before, the huge Baby Boomers entering and approaching retirement has created a glut of personal property items available on the market. Couple that with the current economic malaise and you have a challenge if you are facing the Downsizing Dilemma.

Maybe you have time, maybe not to properly investigate and plan for the need to downsize, but it is a very personal, usually painful releasing of a lifetime of memories, of treasures you will no longer have room to care for and display. Often your kids and grandkids do not have any interest in caring for and having your beloved belongings. So what to do? How to do? Who do we contact for help and who can we trust to properly handle the sale of our belongings?

If you choose to do it yourself, we will provide you with the tools you need. If you have family/friends to help you, doing your own downsizing garage sale or estate sale is a viable alternative that will put control in your hands. It will very probably, put more money net in your pocket. It depends on what you have and the expertise needed to properly evaluate it, advertise it and sell it.

I am an appraiser, have been an antique dealer for many years, a mall manager, and have been an estate sale agent and representative for so many years. I am now in the same boat. I am a baby boomer faced with the loss of my husband, too early. I know I need to downsize and get into a more affordable home and office with less need for upkeep of the home and yard. I can tell you, with all my estate sale experience, it is still painful, still personal so besides experience in estate sales, I can totally identify with you.

If you would rather hire an estate sale agent, please read the prior articles on how to choose a qualified agent that will work FOR you, not a liquidator whose primary interest may be personal benefit. Interview multiple prospective estate sale people. Ask for their qualifications and ask for recommendation from people who have hired them. Follow up on every recommendation.

Once you hire, do so under a contract which very carefully outlines responsibilities, costs, how the sale will be conducted, and how the accounting is done. Make notes of changes and have them initialed by your estate sale agent, make notes. Be present, respectfully, at the sale or have a representative there. Same is true for an auction.

Beware of vague, unspecific contracts. Expect and demand proper researching of your best items. Beware of/ forbid presales to the estate agent’s favored people. Beware of agents who do not specifically forbid agent or staff pre purchasing (they can leave bids for you to consider just like the public).

If you have concerns, questions before, during, after the sale communicate them. Make sure the accounting is specified as down to the penny and each sale individualized and clearly identified. These are some of the essentials you need to be aware of.

Most of all, be involved, be courteous but be present. Until those items sell they are yours. Also be courteous of the estate sale agent, items under contract can not be removed by you or yours until they are valued and, if removed, the estate sale agent is paid the commission due to them. A good agent works their heart out, be aware and considerate of the services they are providing.

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