If you are planning on attending an estate sale in the near future, you should be ready to make a purchase on the spot. This is because there is no guarantee that the item that you want to buy today will still be available in the coming hours or days. What should you bring to an estate sale to ensure that you able to strike a deal in a timely manner?
Bring Your Smartphone or Tablet
Having a smartphone or tablet handy can make it easier to look up the market value of any items that you want to purchase. It may also come in handy if you want to verify that an item that you are interested in buying is what you think it is. If an item is broken or looks like it is in bad shape, you can use your phone to look up how much work it may take to restore it.
Understand Acceptable Payment Methods
Companies that run estate sales will have different payment policies. At Prestige estate sales, all credit cards must have a chip, and for purchases of cars or high priced collectibles in the thousands, a wire transfer will be required, or funds will need to be confirmed in the bank before the item can be released. But typically, credit cards with a chip are accepted at Prestige sales for most purchases.
Have Extra Help With You
It is always a good idea to bring one or two people with you to help haul any large items into your car or truck. Usually, you are the one who is responsible for moving anything that you buy at the sale. While someone may be available to help depending on the circumstances, you should arrange to have a family member or friend serve as your muscle for the day.
Bring a Large Truck or Trailer
If you are planning on buying furniture or other items that won’t fit in your car, make sure that you have a truck or trailer with you. Pickup trucks can be rented for $20 a day from Home Depot or similar locations. Alternatively, you may be able to ask a friend or family member to lend you their vehicle for the day.
Estate sales can be an excellent way to find useful or valuable items at an affordable price. If you come prepared, it can make the experience of shopping for and moving items an easy and enjoyable one.
Prestige Estate Services
3126 W. Cary Street, #112
Richmond, VA 23221-3504