Before you hire a company, do they have a store? However, this is to be considered a major conflict of interest because they will be looking at your items to be put onto their shelves. In the end, 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 red flag! Above all, their attention needs to be focused on selling YOUR items. For instance, 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?
How do they determine the prices on your items?
Before you hire, what is the commission?
Does the company buy from the sale? If so, this is a conflict of interest.
Will they charge sales tax?
Will they bring in tables and display cases?
What happens to the unsold items?
What precautions does the estate sale company take to protect the premises and the merchandise?
How do they handle crowd control? For instance, you don’t want large crowds running through the premises.
Do they limit the number of shoppers allowed inside at any given time? If so, how do they handle this?
Do they prohibit shoppers from entering with large bags and backpacks to limit pilfering? Therefore, reducing theft.
Will they put down plastic to protect carpet and make designated traffic areas? In other words, to reduce the property from devaluing.
Does the company have references? If so, ask for them.