Hosting an estate sale comes with many responsibilities from sorting and pricing items to everything else that goes into a successful estate sale, but one of the most difficult things to do is keep everyone happy throughout the process. You can measure the success of an estate sale in many different ways besides profits made, such as how much or little drama took place. Keep the following tips in mind to keep your estate sale as drama-free as possible.
Let family members pick out mementos.
When an estate is liquidated, there are hundreds or even thousands of pieces of jewelry, little knick knacks, and other trinkets to go through. Either before or after you decide what will and will not be sold at the estate sale, be sure to give all family members a chance to go through sentimental belongings. Purging a home is never an easy thing to do, but your family is sure to feel much better about the whole process if they’re allowed to keep one or two treasures for themselves. You might decide to have a sort of lotto for this, or it might simply be a family discussion. Either way, this is a simple step to take that may prevent you or your family members from regretting the sale.
Staff your estate sale with family and friends.
Of course, it’s important to have someone in charge of all purchases at your sale, but your estate sale staff should include much more than this. There should be a knowledgeable person in each room who can get shoppers excited about the items for sale, help shoppers find something if they’re looking for an item in particular, and help deter the theft of any items. Family members will likely be better equipped to handle questions, but friends are also a great option.
Plan and clearly mark parking.
Potential estate sale shoppers can be turned off to a sale for the smallest of reasons, so be sure to make a great first impression with ample and convenient parking. Trust us, the last thing you want to do is realize thirty minutes in that no one knows where to park their vehicles. Be sure to plan parking ahead of time, and mark it clearly so your shoppers enter your sale ready to spend, not frustrated because they had to drive around in circles for 15 minutes.
Leave little ones and pets out of the sale.
Unless your shoppers bring their kids, there shouldn’t be any small children at your estate sale. It’s not that we don’t like kids, but these sales can be very chaotic. The last thing you want to do is spend the whole time chasing your children instead of chasing sales. Small children also tend to touch and play with things, which typically don’t get put back where they were found. Shoppers won’t appreciate being unable to take a look at a particular item because a toddler already has his hands on it. Pets, too, should be locked away where they won’t bother shoppers.
Use a professional estate sale company.
For a truly drama-free estate sale, trust a professional company to prepare, show, and run your sale. If your estate sale will be in the Denver area, contact the experienced professionals at Colorado Country Estate Sales.