5 Steps to Prep Your House for an Estate Liquidator

December 20, 2017

Before the Estate Sale Consultation


An estate sale might be the best solution for you or your family, but how do you prepare the house for your estate sale walk through? We offer free estate sale consultations from Sacramento to Auburn, Placerville, Davis, Fairfield, and Amador County.

Before we meet for your free estate sale consultation, we ask that you follow these 5 steps to make the most of our appointment:


1. Decide on a deadline.


Would you like to put the home on the market by a certain date, or do you otherwise have a deadline for the completion of your estate sale? Be ready to give any estate sale company you interview these important dates when they ask.


Once we begin setting up your estate sale, a typical time frame for having the sale is within 1 ½ - 2 ½ weeks. 


2. Decide what will NOT be included in the estate sale.


If the home is full of items the family is planning to keep (but unable to remove before our appointment), then we prefer they are placed in a designated area or tagged with a sticky note. If you can’t do this, no worries. Just be prepared to give us a general idea of what the estate sale will look like.


If there are too many “unknowns”, then we may not be able to offer you a proposal until there is more clarity on what items we’ll be in charge of selling.


3. Don’t get rid of anything!


You may be tempted to start donating or tossing things before we come out. Let us handle the sorting! The more inventory, the more likely it is that your sale will be viable for us. Don’t even toss linen, cleaning supplies, clothing, or anything unless you know it is absolute trash.  

Remember, we can always donate leftover items after the sale. Plus, why take on extra work that comes with our service? 


4. Leave the work for the estate sale company. 

We are trained to "see past" the clutter to great estate sale potential! Don't box, sort, or organize anything. As we prepare your sale, we empty cupboards, drawers and closets. All of our organization and staging is part of what you get when you hire a pro, and any work you do will probably be undone.


Pull the things you don't want sold, and leave the rest to us!


5. Determine the services you will need after the sale.


After the sale is complete, there may be 10%-25% of items remaining. If you have goals beyond liquidating the estate, we will need to know the post-sale services you require.

Most of our clients want the home completely emptied. 

If so, consider:

  • Are there certain items the family will want to save if they are unsold?

  • Would you like debris hauled to a trash facility? (We offer low-cost hauling)

  • Leftovers delivered to a donation center? (We offer low-cost delivery)

  • Will you require professional boxing or shipping of any remaining items?


You've got a deadline, pulled the items you want keep, and now you're ready for the estate sale appointment! Schedule your consultation today. If your estate is outside of Northern California, this article is still a great checklist most companies will appreciate. 


We hope we've helped you on your mission to hire a professional estate liquidator!




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