We know you may be ready to get things moving forward and you might figure that throwing out all of the trash is the best place to start. BUT, as they say, one man's trash is another's treasure. Items like old magazines, catalogs, newspapers, broken toys, electronics that do not work, rusty tools, discolored linens, etc. that might seem like junk may actually bring a reasonable price. We've seen many examples where things of value were thrown away too soon. We're glad to provide guidance in this area during the initial consultation.
The family members should discuss and determine what items will be kept before the initial consultation. It would be best if these items are removed prior to our meeting, but if this isn't possible they should all be moved to one common area in the house that can be closed off during the sale.
Although Mountain Dog will safely handle and return all personal effects found during the organization and staging process, it is best that you do a sweep beforehand. Items like social security cards, marriage licenses, birth certificates, military papers, deeds, medical records and family photos should be removed. In addition, prescription medications should also be properly disposed of.
Dishes should be washed, clothing and linens laundered and trash removed from the premises before the initial consultation. Depending on the condition of the home, additional clean up and grass cutting may be required before the sale. This can be assessed during the initial consultation and if needed Mountain Dog can provide recommendations for companies to help get these things done.
To keep the Mountain Dog team as well as all estate sale participants safe, it's important to make us aware of potential problem areas or hazards around the home. This could include loose stairs or floorboards, doors that are not secure, sharp objects, holes in the floor, neighbor dogs, bees, etc. We can either fix, secure or mark these hazards before the sale.
That's it! Now you can relax and let us Mountain Dog do the heavy lifting.