Prior to calling an Estate Liquidation Company, it's important to decide what items you will be keeping. If your downsizing, moving or relocating, go through all your items and box-up or designate an area to put the items you will be keeping, away. If the Estate Sale, tag sale or liquidation sale is due to a death in the family and you've been named as the Executor, Representative or Administrator, contact all appropriate family members to go through all the items in the estate. After this step, it's critical that you do not throw anything away! Even if you feel particular items in the Estate will not sell, the Estate Sale Company will tell you differently. It's best to let the Estate Liquidator decide what should be kept and what should be thrown away. More times than not, we find that items were thrown out that could have been sold. It is not necessary for you to organize the estate prior to hiring a liquidation company. Most Estate Sale Companies will separate the goods that can be sold from the trash. The trash is separated and taken to a landfill. Depending on the Estate Sale Company that you retain, they may or may not have a clause in their Contract which stipulates whether or not they remove debris from the Estate and if there will be a charge. Once you've went through all the items in the Estate, Contact an estate liquidator within your state and making sure they are Licensed, Bonded and Assured. It's imperative you do your due diligence. Ask for a free consultation. Once a liquidator has been shown the entire estate, they will be able to determine how much the estate sale will bring and how much debris will need to be taken out of the home. All consultations should be free.