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Question DetailsAsked on 7/31/2013

Should I hire an Estate Sale Company?

Due to selling my house,I have the contents of my house in a storage facility. This Estate Co said they have professionals who will move the contents of the storage facility to my other house, where I will choose what I want to keep to move to Oklahoma, and they will stage and sell the remainder of the contents. Does anyone have any experience with Estate Co Services? Split is 70/30, I pay expenses for "professional movers", staging, advertising, expert appraisal advise, They can't give me an idea of the "expenses". Very overwhelmed.

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I am not sure about your State but here in South Florida there are several resources you might investigate prior to making such a decision.

Organizing companies can do the same for you for a hourly rate. Organizing are usually cheaper than a estate company because there is no commission involved.The owner of our organizing company is also a licensed real estate agent, who will roll all the organizing, cleaning, staging and disposal into one transaction. Usually you can get allot of extras for free when you do it this way. If you plan on moving out of State this can be a priceless benefit to the homeowner to have one person completely responsible from the beginning to the end.

The home owner has just one phone contact number to know everything that is going on.

We find this is a invaluable service that our clients here in South Florida are raving about

You can find a organizer in your area on line "Find my just put in your zip code and soon you will have organizer calling and competing for your project.

I hope this was helpful.


Answered 7 years ago by charlene hovey


The prior comment on organizers makes good sense - FIRST you need to sort through the stuff and determine what is keep or go, and toss the truly trash. THEN, after you have physically separated the good from bad (ideally by moving the keeper stuff to the new house or moved to destination city and put in temporary moving company storage), THEN the remainder can be sold at auction - either on-site if worth more than about $10-15,000 or a lot of furniture, otherwise by a licensed auctioneer at his regular weekly auctions. Commission normally 20-25% for this.

This is going to be difficult with it in storage - really needs to go to the "other house" (which I presume is a second local house or vacation home ?) to be laid out and seen by you, any appraisers, and the auctioneer.

If they say they do this all the time but can't give you any idea of the expenses I would really shy away,, and for 30% commission they would normally pay for advertising, staging, appraisal advice, etc.

Google this phrase to read warnings about "Estate Sale Companies" - I am sure there are some good ones, but this is aan upp and coming scam area, also - google - Estate Sale Company complaints

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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