So the property is packed with possessions and you need to hire an estate appraiser. Whether you are managing the estate of a loved one or you need to downsize your home, you need to make sure you are hiring the right sales specialists for the job. Here is how to get this done in three easy steps:
Step 1: Do Research
The estate appraisal industry continues to grow for a number of reasons and there will undoubtedly be quite a few service providers in your area. Conduct some online research so that you can get a sense of the areas of expertise that the appraiser offers. Make sure the company has been in business for quite a few years and check to see if they have any client testimonials. You can also visit www.estatesales.org or www.estatesales.net to find service providers in your area.
Step 2: Interview the Estate Appraisers
Once you have shortlisted a few estate appraisers from your online research, schedule an in-person meeting with a handful of appraisers. Make sure the appraiser has good communication skills, is knowledgeable about everything from furniture and china to jewelry and antiques, and that they are able to take care of the entire process.
Step 3: Money
Ask whether your estate appraiser accepts credit cards at the estate sale (it’s a good sign if they do, as many people no longer carry cash on them). Find out what happens with anything that wasn’t sold. Also ask about any extra costs related to insurance, staffing, advertising, and the estate sale set up.