Tips on Choosing a Company
EstateSales.NET is the software provider for companies all over the U.S. and
will not recommend a particular company in any area. There are several things
you can do yourself to help in the decision making process.
- Learn about estate sales and how they work. This will enable you to ask specific questions about the process to the companies.
- Look over the complete list of companies in your area. Call as many as possible for information about the services they offer.
- Don't let the percentage charged be the only criteria when choosing a company. A lower percentage does not necessarily mean you will make more money.
- Make a list of questions to ask each company. That way you are comparing apples to apples. They may have a brochure or something they can send you in the mail.
- Once you have narrowed it down to a few companies ask them to come and meet with you. They will want to see what you want liquidated.
- Do not throw anything away before meeting with the companies.
- Realize that most companies work on a percentage so the more they make for you the more they make. Also, realize they may make a bid to you based on what you represent will be for sale. Many will charge a commission once they have started working on the sale and something is removed. If you intend to take items let the companies know on the front end and have it in the contract.
- Speaking on contracts, get one. That way both you and the company know exactly what to expect.
- Taxes. Everybody loves to hate them. Different states / counties have different requirements for estate sales. Find out whether sales tax is supposed to be charged or not and then ask each company whether they do.
- Make sure you feel comfortable with the company before siging a contract. You may want to check with your local better business bureau to be sure there aren't outstanding issues with the company you have chosen.
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