Barbara J. Pickett, MCA, DD - Call or Text (562) 208-8909

Offering A Choice of Personal Property Services

Barbara Provides a Full Range of Services Which Include:

  • Certified Personal Property Appraisal Services
  • Written Appraisal Reports 
  • Verbal Valuations
  • Estate & Liquidation Sales
  • Downsizing & Moving Sales  
  • Consulting for Estates & Collections
  • Verbal Valuation Clinics
  • Home Watch & House Sitting Services    

To help you navigate your way through all the decisions you need to make, Barbara has published a book: The Insider's Guide to Estate Sales: Observations from the Trenches. 

The basic process of an Estate Sale is discussed along with important issues regarding contracts and expectations. 

The book is available in Print and Kindle Versions.  The Print Version has a $10 discount coupon for Valuation, Appraisal or Estate Sale Services! 

Customer Book Reviews: 

"This is a great book if you are planning an estate sale. It clearly explains the responsibility of the company and what you can expect in a contract. It's also good even if you just go to estate sales. Lots of tips of things to look for. Don't plan on an estate sale without this book."   B. Velten
"I just finished reading your new book “Insider’s Guide to Estate Sales”. What timing, I’m about to facilitate one of my biggest estates and gleaned lots of wonderful information from your book. Thank you…" J Coffey

"Excellent guide for anyone who has to clear out a home, doesn't know what to do with grandma's possessions, or wants to know what services a professional Appraiser offers. Helpful resource index and a $10 coupon! After reading this book you will be able to make better choices about the type and amount of help you will need to liquidate your belongings."     A. Wakinekona 

What is Personal Property?   
Personal Property consists of antiques, collectibles or other items of value found in every household. These items include: Furniture, Artwork, Clocks, Appliances, Glass, Crystal, Ceramic Figurines, Pottery, Photos, Books, Fine & Costume Jewelry, Silver, Clothing, Textiles or Quilts.  
Why Appraise your Personal Property?
                  · Obtain adequate insurance coverage or to claim a loss
                  · Settle an estate for probate or divorce
                  · Equitable Division of Property
                  · Curiosity about the value
What does a Formal Appraisal consist of?
                 · On-site visit to your home or business
                 · Examination and evaluation of each item
                 · Research and valuation of appraised items
                 · Written report with documented inventory
                 · Photographs of items
When requesting an appraisal the purpose must be clearly specified as the same item may have different values depending on appraisal use. Insurance values may vary from Estate Tax, Consumer Resale, Liquidation, Estate Sale, Equitable Distribution or Casualty Loss Values.
Verbal Valuations
Although they are not a replacement for researched appraisals, Verbal Valuations of your items are available for a reduced fee in the cases where a written report is not required, such as for Division of Property.
Consulting Services
Consulting services for your Estate Sales,  Personal Property or unique collection needs are also available.
At your request, a Client Education package may be offered as part of a Consulting session in which you would be provided with information for:
    · Sale or Disposition of Personal Property
    · Whether an Estate Sale is feasible and the steps required   

What is the cost involved for Personal Property Services?
Fees for appraisal, valuation and consulting are charged by the onsite hour or a specified amount based on the length of time involved. In some cases additional fees may be necessary for extensive research, unique or rare items, large collections, use of outside consultants, court testimony or travel time.

Fees for Estate Sales are Competitive and Commission Based. Specific Commissions and Fees may vary according to the unique conditions of each sale. 
Payment is due at the time of on-site visit unless other arrangements are made or in the case of an Estate Sale. 
What Licensing is Required?
There are currently no Federal or State licensing requirements for Personal Property Appraisers. It is recommended that an Appraiser be Certified by completing a Formal Program of Appraisal Studies, be USPAP Compliant.

Estate Sales

There is No Charge for the Initial Sale Consultation and Barbara will develop creative solutions for the unique situations your sale may present.

What is included:

  • Clean and organize contents of house, garage and outbuildings
  • Stage the home and arrange items to stimulate buyers' interest
  • Research items
  • Price all items according to fair market value
  • Invite active buyers from lists
  • Advertise in local newspapers and web according to sale location
  • Staff the sale as required
  • Clean up – after the sale debris and trash are removed and unsold items are liquidated, donated or left onsite as per your decision during the contract process.

Separate Service: Home Watch & House Sitting

Who better to watch your home than someone who understands the value of your personal belongings? 

The creation of this separate service was a natural evolution! While setting up Estate Sales, Barbara helped find new homes for pets, shipped cable, internet & phone boxes, checked windows & doors for security,  took in and forwarded the mail, watered plants and made sure the house looked "lived-in" while she was working. 

There are times when an Estate Sale is not feasible, but the home needs to be looked after until it is sold. Family may live a long distance away and it is inconvenient to visit or stay in the home to take care of the details. Real Estate Agents do not always have the time to attend to the mail or water plants to keep the home looking "fresh" while it is on the market. So, offering a separate Home Watch Service seemed to be a great way to free Families, Friends and Real Estate Agents from the daily details, allowing them to concentrate on the more important issues surrounding the settling of an Estate, Relocation or Real Estate Sale. 

You can visit the Homewatch & House Sitting Website by clicking Here

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