Should you have an estate sale?
Estate sales are a new thing that have popped up on my business radar. Over a year ago, a man called and said, “I Googled – estate sale -and your name came up”. It surprised me because it wasn’t one of my keywords, but as a home organizer I thought, “let me see how I can help”.
What I quickly learned is that it is very a competitive enterprise in the Houston market. Many of the companies that I interviewed said, “there is no money in this house”. One continued to say, “areas such as: River oaks and Memorial have higher valued items to sell; this home doesn’t”. I was thankful to have found a great company that works with smaller sales.
There are a couple of people who didn’t want to pay the estate sale company their commission. They felt that 40% was too much commission, but here are my thoughts for you: serious buyers are not going to garage sales, it is a lot of work, estate companies clean up, stage the homes, research and price items, take photos, advertise the sale, on the day of the sale the home is staffed with employees to assist the customers and assure that no one steals (yep, that is sad, but it happens).
I work with many types families, assisting them in the process. Here are the different circumstances: death of a loved one, downsizing, moving across the state, those who are moving and wanting a new look, and I have even assisted in sales in other states.
So, where do I come into the picture? I can be the first person you call to assess what you have, give you different options to think about, and assist in hiring a reputable estate sale company.
Lisa Giesler, Certified Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author of Uncluttered : discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life and the award winning My Life is a Mess : organizing 101. Both on Amazon