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Tutorial: If Your Word is Your Bond, Why Do You Need an Estate Sale Contract?

Posted by Tonza Borden on December 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM

More often than not, estate sellers whether professional or beginner, do not think they need an estate sale agreement or contract. Maybe they’re thinking about the days when all you needed to seal a deal was a firm handshake or an oral agreement—a man’s word is his bond.


I still believe that most people have the integrity to honor their end of the bargain, but when a transaction involves money, personal property and real property, both parties in agreement need a contract.


Times have changed, so we can no longer do business without having something in writing. You and your client need a written document to protect each other’s interest in an estate sale or estate liquidation transaction.

A detailed estate sale contract or agreement will alleviate any misunderstandings in any estate sale or estate liquidation, and your client should carefully review it, ask questions and make changes, before it is signed.


Again, it doesn’t matter whether you are a professional estate seller or beginner, when you are consulting with your client, be very careful and make sure that everything that is expected of you and all important issues are put into writing, such as: scope of work, pricing method, payment method, and your commission fee.


When money is involved, business can go sour very quickly, as it did here allegedly: Estate Sale Company, Pro Estate Liquidators, Accused Of Preying On Elderly, Grieving Family Members: Woman Says Co. Kept Thousands From Heirloom Sales.


What Is An Informal Estate Sale Contract Or Agreement Template?


An informal estate sale contract/agreement template is a detailed and solid legal document; when completed with your company’s information, represents two parties in which the estate seller agrees to perform specific estate sale services for the client in return for a commission fee. It can be a simple one-page document, or it can be multiple pages long.


There are many basic template examples online, which could be ready for immediate use after inserting your company’s information.


Estate sale clients prefer signing a detailed, long format agreement, which is basically a contract, because it seems less formal. Keep in mind, that an informal contract or agreement template, which was not prepared by a lawyer, is still binding and enforceable by law.


Insiders Secret


After an estate sale assessment or consultation, let your client keep your contract for 24 hours, if they wish, before you sign it. This shows them that you are not anxious and it will give them time to fully understand the details.


For example of a FREE basic estate sale agreement template, we have provided a one-page format that you can customize and print for best results. If you are a beginner estate seller or you are operating without an estate sale agreement, this basic template may be helpful for you to set up a temporary relationship between your client and your estate sale company to do an estate sale.


Disclaimer: Please read our Terms of Use before ordering or downloading contracts. If you need help with a formal estate sale agreement or contract, you can find an estate administrator lawyer to assist you with your needs.


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Written by Tonza Borden from Atlanta, Georgia:  Hi, I'm estate liquidator of, and publisher of Secret Of Estate Sales Marketing Success: REAL Estate Sale Techniques & Templates To Go From Beginner To Getting An Endless Stream Of Estate Sale Clients. I help people find the resources they need to succeed in estate liquidation, worldwide. 

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