If you are moving and need to get rid of a lot of your stuff quickly, donation is an option, of course. But wouldn't it be nicer to get some money for your old belongings, especially if you're going to need to buy new items once you reach your new home? If that's the case, hold an estate sale instead of a garage sale. Here are four reasons why an estate sale will be of more benefit.
An estate sale is usually associated with deaths, but it's really any sale of used items. An estate sale company can price items, advertise the sale, and deal with customers during the sale. At a plain garage sale, not only do you have to handle all the setup and advertising, but you might also have to get a city permit. Plus, you'll have to deal with haggling customers and professional bargain hunters out to spend as little as possible.
At an estate sale, professional managers will hold off the hagglers until later, when you're left with items that haven't moved. The managers will be able to move things around to give them better visibility, too.
Estate sale companies can also handle the pricing. You might decide to be too generous if pricing things for a garage sale -- maybe you're thinking of how prices were at sales you attended as a kid. But estate sale managers know current pricing trends well and will try to get you the most money possible.
Estate sale companies are aware of how popular estate sales can be, and the managers will be able to judge how many people can safely be on your property at once. The managers will handle admission to the sale as well as control of where each person goes once they get into your home. At a garage sale, you have to keep an eye on people who might be wandering into areas where you don't want them to go.
An estate sale company will arrange for everything to be sold at once. The sale itself could cover a few days, but the managers will be able to gather everything into one area. A garage sale, though, might be too small. You may have to hold several over a few weekends to get everything sold.
If you're interested in having an estate sale company take care of your moving sale, contact the companies in your area to find out about fees and setup time. For more information, contact Cates Auction or a similar company.