Should homeowners stay home during an estate sale?
Most homeowners ask this same question when they contact an estate sale professional. If you attend estate sales on a regular basis, you’ll see the majority of them do not have the homeowners stay home during an estate sale, but is there a reason why?
There is no law or requirement preventing a homeowner from staying during the estate sale. Estate Sale companies will address this based on preference in their policies and estate sale contracts. Some allow it, and some don’t. If you’re the homeowner, you’ll really want to ask yourself, whether you personally want to be present during the estate sale in your home.
Estate Sale companies which act as contracted agents on your behalf, should instill confidence in you as their client to know they can answer any questions about the items in the home, protect and secure your property during an estate sale. These estate sale professionals are there to hold the estate sale and deal with all the issues that arise, so you don’t have to.
Quite often, there’s an emotional attachment to the items being sold, even if they are a family member’s items. It can get real uncomfortable when the hundreds of buyers begin walking through the home and make comments about certain things. It gets awkward very quickly, not only for you as the homeowner, but for the potential buyers that are there to buy your items.
Estate sale companies are there to insure your items are sold at the highest value possible, as long as the market is willing to bear that cost. Uncomfortable situations may impact your bottom line, thus turning your estate sale into a less successful one.
Even if the estate sale companies you hire allow the homeowners to stay home during an estate sale. You may want to think twice about agreeing to be present.
The estate sale professionals specialize in dealing with a large volume of people, they control the crowd, monitor your home and valuables, while negotiating the highest prices possible for your items. Distractions will hinder their ability to perform their job, which directly affects your bottom line and theirs.
Having to deal with this emotional and financial burden is something for you to consider, and the reason you hired a professional to do it in the first place.