How do I prepare to speak with an estate liquidator?
First, let me say that you should never have to do much. This is why you are paying a liquidation company. Below we have prepared a list of the things Black Derby likes to see before we visit for a consult. It helps us give you a more accurate dollar value estimate if you:
-Get rid of obvious trash (not stuff, just trash)
-Go through personal papers as much as possible (Black Derby always watches for important papers and personal items. These are put aside for the client).
-Put aside any receipts or paperwork you find on items being sold.
-Have items that will be given to family and friends removed from the house so they are not accidentally mixed in with the items to be sold. (If a very large item cannot be removed prior to our visit, please mark the item clearly)
-Try to have everything out of boxes and visible. This helps our evaluation to be more thorough.
-Determine if you need a clean-out contract (mild to moderate hoarding would fall into this category) prior to the sale contract. Black Derby offers both type of contract.
-Find titles for any vehicles, RVs, boats, or boat motors that will be included in the sale
-Have a lit of any items that may be added to the sale
-Have a list of any missing items that Black Derby should watch for during the evaluation
-Last, but not least, make a list of questions you want to ask us.
Any estate liquidation company would like as much notice as possible, preferably 6-8 weeks, before a sale. However, we are aware that is not always possible. It takes 2-3 weeks for an average 3 day sale that does not include a clean-out contract prior to the actual sale contract. This allows Black Derby the time needed to do some cleaning, prep work, staging of the home, and to advertise your sale appropriately.
Watch for our next post on what you can and should expect from an estate liquidation company!