Holding an estate sale can be difficult for many reasons. First and foremost, dispersing the estate of a loved one can be painful on an emotional level and if you’re the executor of the estate it can sometimes be hard to separate your feelings from what needs to be done. On top of all this, organizing an estate sale can be difficult. There are many things that need to be sorted out and that can be an overwhelming experience. At A.B. Richards, we help people get organized. We have portable storage units for all types of storage needs. Whether you have a large estate or a small one involved in your sale, we can help make sure things are distributed smoothly. So we’d like to give you some tips about handling an estate sale and how our portable containers can help you.
What You Need to Know About Estate Sales
According to the real estate website Redfin, an estate sale is a sale that occurs when a homeowner dies or moves to an assisted-living facility. Those in line to inherit from the homeowner or the person who died receive a share of the proceeds from the sale.
A whole host of items are sold at estate sales. From basic items like towels and linens to toys, games and furniture. You’ll very often come across valuable items too. That means things like antique furniture, clothing, jewelry, art, books and recordings can be very attractive to the buyer. As a result, you might see all types of customers ranging from bargain hunters to collectors attending an estate sale. That means that there’s a lot to organize and a lot to figure out so that you can maximize profits for those who stand to inherit the estate.
Portable storage containers from A.B. Richards can help. If you’re dealing with a small estate or holding the estate sale at a residence, our 20-foot storage containers are perfect for your needs. These containers can fit easily into tight spaces in front of a home.
Why Storage is Important Prior to an Estate Sale
There’s a lot that goes into preparing for your sale and this is why storage is so critical. The website EstatesNY recommends you hold onto the items in the estate until you’re certain of how they’ll be disposed. Among their recommendations are isolating important documents and family photographs and making sure you don’t include things in the sale that should be kept. They also recommend not throwing away items until you see if they have value.
You also want to organize the sale. Wikihow lists steps for organization such as cleaning and repairing items. Then you should catalog them, writing details such as size, age and functionality. Once that’s done, you should set a price for all of your items and include a price range so you can bargain with customers. If you’re not having the sale at the property site, you need to find a way to store the items prior to the sale. All of this requires time, patience and more often than not, extra space. If you have a large amount of items to go through or difficult to store items, you should consider our 40-foot storage containers or our 40-foot Jumbo containers with an extra foot of headroom.
A.B. Richards Will Help You keep Organized
Having an estate sale can be a very complicated process and requires a lot of organization. A.B. Richards portable storage units can help make that happen. We also make it easy for you. A.B. Richards will deliver your unit and we won’t charge extra to pick it up. Contact us today.