Are you preparing to downsize your home in anticipation of moving to a smaller living space? Or perhaps you’re making a concerted effort now to help a loved one get ahead of the downsizing process. Make sure you’re working with a professional provider of estate appraisal services in Maryland who is qualified, knowledgeable and communicative.
Here are some questions to consider asking when choosing an estate appraisal services company that can assist with your downsizing needs.
What services does this professional offer?
This may vary from company to company and is definitely worth asking about, especially if you are searching for an estate appraisal services company that can plan and execute an estate sale in addition to other downsizing duties.
If you’re looking to hold an estate sale, find out whether this professional will sort, price and prepare the items that will be available. Also, be sure you understand how any related permits are handled. After the sale is over, does the company you’re considering working with clean up the space, or will that be your responsibility?
What work needs to be done before an estate sale?
How long does the company expect that any needed preparation ahead of the sale will take? Their answer should take into account how much you’re downsizing and hoping to sell.
Relatedly, you’ll want to find out if the professional you’re considering hiring will need access to the property where the sale will be held ahead of time. If so, will they want you to be there while they are working? This is especially important information to know if the estate sale will be held in the home where you are currently living.
When will your estate sale be held?
If time is of the essence once the downsizing process is complete because the property needs to be emptied, or for any other reason, you may want to work with an estate appraisal services professional who will be able to hold the sale sooner rather than later. Some experts may be unable to arrange your sale for several months, while others will have more flexibility to work with your required timing.
Is the company insured, and what is included with this insurance?
If you’ll be holding an estate sale after downsizing, you’ll need to make sure that the estate appraisal services company you’re looking to hire has insurance for the sale.
Beyond a simple “yes” answer you may receive, take the time to find out what this insurance covers. For example, would the insurance apply if someone becomes injured at the estate sale, or if any items are stolen?
Are you feeling more prepared to hire an expert in estate appraisal services in Maryland as you continue to make plans for downsizing? Turn to the professionals at Jane Campbell-Chambliss & Associates, LLC. We’ve been in business for nearly 10 years and have more than 35 years of experience in providing appraisal services.
We work with a consortium of professionals who specialize in estate auctions and appraisals, including auctions of real estate property, capital assets, farms and equipment, art, antiques, furnishings, silver, rugs, jewelry, automobiles, boats and collectibles. Personal property consulting services are also available. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment!