Preparing for an estate sale can seem like an overwhelming task. Most people have no experience in such matters and don’t know where to start. If you have an estate to liquidate, look for a company that is specializing in on-site sales. They will come to the home, price the items you wish to sell and advertise for you. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for an estate sale.
Decide What to Sell
This will probably be the hardest thing to do. The family will need to remove anything that is not to be sold. Don’t worry about what is valuable and what isn’t. Something that is not valuable to you may be just what someone is looking for to finish out a collection.
Don’t Throw Anything Away
When in doubt, leave the item there. The company running the estate sale will price everything and will have the expertise to decide what trash is and what treasure is. They are also aware of the market in your area and what items may be perfect for selling. Even old postcards and toys may be saleable.
Don’t Clean Any Items
Sometimes cleaning can damage an item that may be valuable. It is best to let the company managing your estate sale to clean and prepare all the items for sale.