How to Hire an Estate Liquidator
Questions to Ask Before You Really Need One
How to Find a Liquidator:
Check your phone book under Estate Liquidators, Appraisers, Auctions, or Antiques.
Check online using your favorite search tool. Search for "Your City" and the words: Estate Liquidator. Any professional liquidator is going to have a website these days.
Go online to www.ASELonline.com for nationwide assistance.
Call an estate planning lawyer in your city and ask the secretary or assistant for a referral.
Questions to ask a prospective liquidator:
- How long have you been in business?
- Can you provide professional references for sales you have conducted?
- How do you charge, by flat fee or commission?
- What must I do to prepare for you to begin?
- Can I remain on-site while I prepare?
- Are there any additional fees?
- Do you charge extra to clean up prior to the sale, as well as post-sale?
- How many days will it take you to set up for the sale?
- Do you price every item?
- How do you keep track of what items sell for?
- How many days do you hold the sale?
- Can the family be present? (generally, not a good idea)
- How do you handle discounts or negotiations?
- May I see a copy of your contract?
- How much do you charge to clean out the estate, leaving it empty?
- Do you ever buy from your sales or pre-sell to dealers?
Published May 3, 2011
First Published: The Estate Lady on April 25, 2011 At 12:09 am