Don't Trash Grandma's Stuff; Call In An Estate Professional

I was asked to do a consultation last week at an estate property downtown. I wanted to be prepared so I asked my usual questions to the realtor - any antiques or estate stuff to sell? She told me it was "old lady" taste. I met with the client, the nephew handling the estate and was not shocked to find a condo full of antiques. The "junk" was worth money. He was one happy dude.

Many times people don't know what they have. Years ago, I was asked to do another consultation and shocked to learn that the client had given away 50 vintage ballgowns to Salvation Army. There went your inheritance. Many times items that people think are trash, may have some value!

Before you call 1 800 got junk or get out the trash bags, call a professional. Most of these people do free consultations and in a matter of minutes can tell you if items are worth money. Its worth your time.

While antiques aren't selling for what they used to, they still sell and will help you re-coop some of your costs!

Before you call in the estate professional, start digging. Many people hide their treasures. I spent my day digging through the closet and dressers. I came across vintage purses, jewelry, a pearl and silver wine stopper and many other small treasures. The artwork that I was told was painted by a distant relative, was pretty darn pricey in its day. I found the receipts.

So instead of having to pay to have everything hauled away, the client with walk away with a check! Here are some other tips in handling an estate!

1. Items don't sell for what they used to. Your estate professional will guide you in the process.
2. Depending on the item, it will be sold at an auction, ebay, or craigslist.
3. Before the estate person arrives, stage items that you feel are of value.
4. Make a list of things you want to ask them about.
5. Provide any paperwork about the purchases of these things.

Let the professionals take over. They will guide you through the process!!

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