*Do they have a store? This is to be considered a major conflict of interest because they will be looking at your items to be put onto their shelves. This can result in them not pricing the items correctly in order for them to obtain the items for their store.
*Is the company bonded and insured?
*Do they bring in their own items to sell? If so this is a major NO NO! All of their attention needs to be focused on selling YOUR items. They may place large price tags on their items & this may discourage buyers from looking at the clients actual items for sale.
*How many workers will assist and are they covered under workers comp?
*What the percentage will be for their commission and whats covered in it?
*What precautions does the estate sale company take to protect the premises and the merchandise?
*How do they handle crowd control?
*Do they limit the number of shoppers allowed inside at any given time?
*Do they prohibit shoppers from entering with large bags and backpacks to limit pilfering?
*Will they put down plastic to protect carpet and make designated traffic areas to reduce the property from devaluing?
A wise man once said you learn from your mistakes but an even wiser man said you learn from others