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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Interviewing an Estate and Moving Sale Company.

Busy Bee Moving Sales - An Estate Sales Company in Nashville, TN.
 Most companies will want to see the merchandise you wish to sell and ask you to sign a contract as well.  If they are so desperate or busy they are willing to take your contract without a personal interview, go to the next one on your list.  Contracts are good for you as well as the estate sales company so don't be offended by it.  However, feel free to make certain changes if needed and ask them to change it, modify it, to accomodate your particular needs.  Basically, you want it to have the sale dates, and how they intend to pay you at the end with a timeline of setup through payment. You may also want it to specify who incurs certain costs such as trash hauling and advertising.
During the interview, you will want to ask some of the following:  Are you insured and bonded?  What company?  How many employees will be working the actual sale?  Who will actually be working the sale and handling the money?  What forms of payment do you accept?  Who pays the credit card charges and what happens if a check is returned?  Do you record each item sold or do you break it down in another form of record keeping? How many sales have you conducted in the area?  What do you do with merchandise after the sale and what are some options?  Do you allow anyone including employees to purchase before the sale and if so who decides that price?  What is your employee purchase policy?  Can family members be on the premises during the sale and if not when can they be there?  How do you research pricing?  Who do I contact during the sale for questions?  What happens if I decide to remove something from the sale?  Will I be charged for items I take out of the sale after the contract is signed?  What forms of security do you have such as jewelry cases and shopping bags?  What is the charge for doing the sale and any possible charges?  What background or credentials do you and your staff have that qualify you to price merchandise?

Also discuss: parking, advertising, HOA rules, items found during the set up that may be keep sakes such as personal photos, medals, awards, marriage and birth records, social security cards, license, credit cards, etc. (a designated area should be made to store until the sale is over), items not working, what items not to be included in the sale, don't forget to include appliances, fixtures and drapery as these items are often sold as well, reserves you want on any items, location of keys and entry information for the property.

Before you sign the contract make sure you have asked everything you need to know.  Like any contract, it is binding and legal and you want to ask for changes if needed.  Don't feel like you have to rush into it and even allow your attorney and other family members to look over it as well.

The following is brought to you by Busy Bee Moving Sales in Nashville, Tennessee.  Visit our website to find out how we can assist you in selling your estate. email: or call 512-788-2544.

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