Typically, when preparing for an online auction, we want everything you are selling to be photographed. Thinking about everything you own, and everything you might sell when you downsize probably leaves you with the feeling that taking all those pictures would be a big inconvenience.
Photographing your stuff for an online auction is much easier (and cheaper) than holding a traditional auction. That requires you to sort through all your stuff and determine what you can sell, and what you can't. You then pack any goods that are saleable, and throw out or give away the rest. Your goods for sale now need to be transported to the site of a live auction or consignment store, unpacked, and organized—all at a cost to you. Photography, especially with digital cameras being so readily available, is a much simpler.
It's even less of a hassle because we do it! When you plan an online auction with us, we photograph everything at your house, catalogue it, and place it up for auction online. Having those photos and online auction records keeps things organized for you.
So you always:
- Know what was sold, and for how much. Many seniors appreciate this when they wonder what happened to some items they didn't bring with them. If you are the child of a senior with Alzheimer's, it can be useful to have such records.
- Know what got sold, and what didn't, with the proof being always available. You don't have to worry about papers getting lost; the records are online and just a few clicks away.
- Have photos around for sentimental value. We have found that most seniors do not miss the possessions they got rid of when downsizing. However, having some photos can be a nice way to reminisce.
- Photographs of the valuables you are keeping can help if they are damaged or stolen. You can provide the photographs to your insurance agency as proof of their condition. This along with physical records such as their appraised value, or serial numbers, should be kept in a secure location like a safety deposit box.
It may seem like a big task, but photographing your possessions to sell them is something we do for you. It may be something you want to have done for the things you wish to keep too.