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How To Sell Estate Household Items By Auction

Monday, August 24th, 2015

It can be overwhelming to sell many estate household items at once, especially after a family member has passed away. Instead of trying to arrange an estate sale yourself, it is much easier to go through an auction house. You should first assess the estate household items you are wanting to sell and then find an auction house. After you find an auction house, you can advertise and begin to sell your items.

Assess the estate household items

Take an inventory of all the items you have. You may decide you want to keep some items or pass them on to other family members. You may think you can get more for an item by selling it yourself, especially if it is valuable. You may not get what a household item is truly worth at auction. Keep the household items that are precious to you.

You will need to create an inventory list of all the household items you are selling. One of the easiest ways to organize your items is to use a cell phone camera or digital camera to take pictures of them. Taking pictures will help you make a complete list of all your estate household goods.

Find an auction house to sell the estate household items

Look for a quality auction house to sell your estate goods through. Talk to family and friends and ask for recommendations, or research nearby companies online and read reviews. Call the companies and ask questions, or stop by to take a look and speak to the auctioneers in person before choosing one. Find out about the auction house’s experience and what their knowledge base is like. Ask if the auction house takes care of the taxes for you and deals with payment or item inspection. Speak to staff members to find out how long they have been in the business. This research will help you choose the right auction house to sell your estate household items.

Advertise the auction for the estate household items

Once you set up your sale through an auction house, get the word out. Place ads in local newspapers or send out brochures detailing some of the items that will be featured in the auction. Email the items you are selling and use social media to let friends and family members know about your sale, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You may even want to put an ad on the local radio news station to advertise the auction.

For more information

If you would like more information about selling your estate household items, contact High Plains Auctioneers at (806) 244-6776. You can also Contact Us via email with your comments, questions, or concerns. Check our site regularly for updates about our upcoming auctions.