Hiring An Auction Company
When you make the decision to sell by auction, the most important thing you must do is hire a qualified and experienced auctioneer or auction company to handle your auction.
There are thousands of auctioneers throughout the United States who offer a wide range of auction services to consumers. So what do you look for when hiring an auctioneer or an auction firm?
First, look for someone who specializes in selling the type of property you want to sell. All auctioneers have specialty areas and most have more than one. What do they know about the products or goods you are selling?
Experience is another critical element. How long has the auctioneer or the auction company been in business? What is their reputation? Look at their web site, if they have one.
Most importantly, look for an auctioneer who is a member of the National Auctioneers Association. Most will display this logo on their business cards, signs, web sites and other business materils. The NAA is the national professional association of auctioneers working for the betterment of the auction industry. It offers continuing education programs for auctioneers to help them keep up-to-date on the latest trends and technology for the auction industry. The NAA also offers a wide range of designation classes to make auctioneers "specialists" in areas such as personal property appraisal, real estate, estate auctions and more. All members of the NAA abide by a code of ethics that guarantees high standards to customers and fair business practices. In short, this symbol means you have made the best choice when it comes to auction services! Tumbleweed Auction is a proud member of the National Auctioneer’s Association.
When meeting with the auction company:
☑︎ Ask about their contract or written proposal to provide you services. Get details on what is involved.
☑︎ Find out how the sale will be marketed. The success of the sale depends a great deal on the marketing effort behind it.
☑︎ Ask about setup and cleanup of the auction.
☑︎ Ask for references. And when you get them, check them out!