INTEGRITY NOTICE: State of Maryland has no licensing requirements for auctioneers or estate sale companies! This leaves the window open to anyone to walk into your home and proclaim they are an “estate sale company”!
The industry is becoming a playground for the inexperienced, unincorporated, uninsured newbie (sometimes criminal), individuals and unestablished small businesses looking for a “fun” income, “digging through” houses, and running weekend “yard sales”. (The results reflect the same.) These are the people handling your assets!
What criteria will you use when assessing an estate sale provider’s worthiness? How can you be the judge of who is trusted and experienced to deserve your business?
In turn, the State ( and Montgomery County, MD has instituted rigorous legislation that enforces sales of second hand goods of many types: Electronics, Jewelry, Furs, Fine Art, etc.
Your estate sale company is required to be registered with the State Police and report any item in a Maryland home that is up for sale that falls under these categories or risk prosecution.
(Just what small business doesn’t need, more regulation but…) Because of a few criminals and too many operators with low standards, we all pay the price.)
On the contrary, EstateMAX is registered, fingerprinted, taxpaying and reporting. With 21 years in this business, in the Washington DC Metro, we are a known entity. Check our Angi’s Reviews: https://www.angi.com/write-review/6178018?cid=PRL.E014.P026.20180302
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