First and foremost...Are they licensed, bonded and insured? To find out if a company is licensed, you can Google "Arizona Corporation Commission" and simply search their company name. Ask them who they carry their bond/insurance through. Go a step further thereafter and ask what type of insurance they purchased. Liability insurance of course, but is there a Surety Bond? If you are interviewing a company that espouses it is insured, ask what their insurance covers and when you set-up your appointment with them, as them to bring a copy of their insurance binder. We, at Southwest Estate Sales, LLC find it imperative that our clients know beforehand who their dealing with. Not all companies do this as estate sale companies in Arizona are not regulated. Therefore, it is not a requirement and is the choice of the individual company. We took on an estate sale last month where an estate auction company began preparations and when the owners stopped in they noted 3 very expensive pieces of furniture missing. We hear horrible things estate sale companies in AZ have done to people and it's unacceptable!
Most estate sale companies will tell you they have no upfront fees, their 100% transparent, etc...Make sure and read their "Contract" carefully!! We cannot stress this enough. We go through our Contract line-by-line together, so that we have a clear understanding and a meeting of the mind of what is expected of us.
We are the ONLY estate sale company that not only reconciles our books on the very last day of the sale, but you are pay immediately! Listen, there is absolutely no reason that you shouldn't be paid right away. Some state they pay you within 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, etc... If they aren't reconciling with you immediately following the sale, their up to something! In most instances, estate sale companies get paid in cash. They also may accept Visa/Mastercards. They will come up with some excuse telling you they have to get their books together or wait for the transactions to show-up. NO! Technology today is superior and it's immediate. Furthermore, we give you cash against any credit card transactions.
For other tips and questions to ask estate sale companies, go to our F.A.Q (frequently asked questions) Page.