How to pick the right estate sale company can be a daunting task but achievable if you follow this checklist: Before you make your final decision who will go through your personal items you want to make sure and do your due diligence. Or, do you feel completely confident handing over keys to your home or estate to a perfect stranger in hopes that what they told is true and accurate about themselves. These days, it's imperative you research and check their references until you feel 100% confident about the company your retaining.
to perform certain trades. You should do this on ALL COMPANIES you hire to do work for you without fail. Let's take our company for example: To check on Southwest Estate Sales, LLC.
This is through the "Arizona Corporation Commission". Each state has a Corporation Commission. Just type in Google, Yahoo or Bing your States name (for example: Colorado Corporation Commission). The Corporation Commission has everyone's License on file, any complaints, etc. If you do not find the Company your considering, they aren't licensed and you do not want to use them. Next, you want to find out if the company your retaining is bonded and insured. This means that the company your retaining is licensed and they have the proper insurance making payments to a surety company for protection by way of a bond. This way if someone falls, get's hurt, breaks a particular expense item, or there's an incident, the insurance company or surety company is responsible for covering any financial loses. There are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS here. If someone falls on your property do you want to get sued and suffer the financial liability? Our Company, Southwest Estate Sales, LLC is bonded and insured up to 1,500,000.00 with an umbrella. This is peace-of-mind for you and assurance that no-one will be able to come after you or us. Do this prior to setting up an appointment with any Company. Otherwise, your wasting your time. If you set-up an appointment you can ask them to provide you with proof of bonding and also ask that they bring a "current" copy of their "Insurance Certificate" to your first meeting. Their Certificate of Insurance will state how much they are insured for. If you ask them for any of these things and they have some excuse, DO NOT use that Company! Here's another good tip...when you first speak with the Company, play dumb. Ask them, "Are you licensed, bonded & insured? With whom are you bonded and insured? And, for how much is the liability coverage and what will that cover?" If they stumble, tell you they aren't sure or that they aren't, consider another company.
Don't be surprised if an Estate Sale Company asks for a copy of your Homeowners Insurance Policy. We like to make sure we're covered and you are too. If this all sounds like too much or a hassle, it really isn't. We want to make sure we provide you with a smooth safe and successful Estate Sale. For more information on Estate Sale Companies in Phoenix Arizona call (602) 518-7721.