We have all heard that Estate sales agents aren’t always as honest as we trust they are. Therefore it is vital to take steps to choose the right ones. Many are decent and honest, but you must still be diligent and do your homework to find the good ones. Check your Estate sales agent is qualified to handle the type of sale and auction. In addition, unscrupulous estate sales agents may even pocket proceeds or items themselves. Most worrying is that they might not have a vested interest. Estate sales agents may not have proper security in place, and attendees may pocket items given the chance. It is difficult to think of these worrying scenarios, but they can happen, and therefore must be considered. You must vet estate sales agents just as you would vet any other possible business partner.
When grieving over the passing of a loved one, we can become vulnerable. It is very difficult to think about all of the loose ends that need to be handled during a time of grieving, but they do need to be handled. We are look to as to be strong role-models, but at the very same time, we need someone to lean on and we are open to trusting almost anyone who offers help.
DON’T IMMEDIATELY HIRE ANY ESTATE SALES AGENT CHECK REFERENCES FIRST
Do your homework. When considering hiring an estate sales agent, ask for references and check them. In addition, ask around the community and listen to what other people are saying. If possible, allow your close friends and family to recommend an estate sales agent, and then follow up with a diligent reference check.
LOOK FOR A TIMELY RESPONSE AND OTHER TRAITS BEFORE HIRING AN ESTATE SALES AGENT
Take note of the response times when working with someone new. How quickly do they call or email you back? Are they on time with appointments? Do they exceed deadline times? These are important traits to take note of immediately because these traits will also set the cadence of each microprocess in your estate sales, including when you are getting paid on the proceeds. In addition, you don’t want to work with an estate sales agent who may miss filing deadlines.
ATTEND YOUR OWN ESTATE SALE
It is very important that you attend and oversee your own estate sale. You are the eyes and ears of what is happening around you, take notes, and also watch your attendees. In addition, your hired estate sales agent should have a better sense of responsibility and moral code if you are there watching. Sometimes it is just the hard truth. When the boss is around watching, the work is done honestly and correctly.
PREDICTED RISE IN ESTATE SALES AGENTS
As the generation population ages, we know there will be a rise in old age deaths. This also means that the rise in estate sales agents will increase as well. There isn’t a shortage of estate sales agents now, you can always find one. It is estimated there are over 2000 registered estate sales agents in the United States, and this number will increase. These estate sales agents may not be qualified or may not always be honest and morally sound. It is important to protect yourself and your family. Estate sales agents aren’t always as honest as we trust they are, so do your homework.
Dale Monaco is SRES certified and can recommend the perfect estate sales agent for your needs. Contact Monaco Moves for more information.