Often times when a loved one passes away, the family is left with the person’s possessions and even the entire home to go through. This is a big job to shoulder, and many families opt for an estate sale to help downsize. Some families may want to do this on their own, but with emotions running high and so much on the family’s plate, a family really should not hold their own estate sale after the loss of a loved one.
Let us explain:
When it comes to spotting high-value items, most family members are not experts. They underestimate what will sell and throw out money, not to mention the frustration of finding out something is valuable after having sold it for five bucks. There are many run-of-the-mill items that could be worth significantly more than you think, and an estate sale agent will know or find out.
On the flip side, families have a tendency of overpricing sentimental items. A family may place a high value on sentimental items, but those items may not be worth much in the monetary sense. Overpricing something will actually lose you money since potential buyers will be turned off by the improperly priced item.
Another issue you will certainly face is that holding an estate sale after the loss of a loved one is emotionally draining. Every item is a memory, every piece of jewellery, and every piece of furniture is a decision you have to make and with every decision a flood of memories and emotions. That is a lot to process for just a few items, but to go through an entire house will be exhausting and time-consuming. Hiring an estate-sale company will put your loved one’s possessions in the hands of someone who can handle them gently while looking at them differently-which mean getting you the proper prices.
After the loss of a loved one, there’s no doubt the family will be running ragged. Trying to hold an estate sale themselves will only add more difficulty to an already difficult time. Estate sales are time consuming. Even for a professional company, the To-Do list is lengthy. If you’ve never done it before, the research into figuring out how to hold an estate sale will add even more stress.
Another thing to consider is finding the right clients to attend the sale. You may have supportive friends and family that will come, but an estate-sale company knows how to match clients to the items for sale, and they also have contacts for collectors and buyers that otherwise would have no idea about your sale.
When planning to hold an estate sale after the loss of a loved one, there is much to consider. To help relieve this pressure and to ease the pain of having to sell a loved one’s possessions, an estate-sale company is there to help. If you would like a helping hand by your side during this difficult time, our staff at Beloved Memories can assist with all aspects of holding an estate sale, including the gentle packing of items to finding the right people and the right prices to leave you less stressed and with money in your pocket.