It’s never easy when we lose someone dear to us, especially when the departed has an estate to be dealt with. I’ve been through this process with my own father, trying to keep things moving without upsetting other family members that are also hurting through the loss of someone dear to them.
Unfortunately, it can be very difficult for the next of kin or the person who has been put in charge of the matter at hand. This also usually involves dealing with relatives’ feelings and demands that only amplify the situation that you find yourself in.
A common problem that stems from undertaking the process is whether you made the right choices, especially when something personal to the dearly departed is concerned.
Craftsman’s tools are very personal, most identify how these assisted their loved one to provide in their own upbringing or simply the pleasure it brought the person if they were avid hobbyists. There will be evidence of the things made around the home and probably evidence in your own home that relate directly back to the tools in the shed, garage, or dedicated out-building.
These tools have value but also a connection to the type of person they were, often this was usually kind, loving, patient, and creative. This often explains why tools can be one of the last things to be sold from an estate and why it’s often more important where they go rather than just in their value.
That being said, a genuinely fair price for them is also important and why specialists in a certain field like ours will always provide a better solution to dealing with this part of the estate than a general auctioneer.
Gaining a true market valuation for tools for probate is essential, rather than to find out later it was an optimistic valuation by an auctioneer who did little to present the tools in their best light with poor online imagery, etc, these are all factors to be considered.
The best items are always those in high demand, they generally require a concentrated audience to fully benefit from taking them to auction, whereas run-of-the-mill tools may need a different approach but equally need to correct exposure to ensure buyers know what is included in a multi-lot.
We know what tools sell, their market values to tool users and tool collectors alike but most importantly we do things right from start to finish to ensure those tools you hold dear find the right type of home.
What do we need to make a valuation? All we need is images for us to make an initial assessment to whether they will be salable and to identify anything rare.
Get in touch for an informal chat and I can explain more about the people who buy these tools and how our approach is designed to help both the buyer and seller of the tools bought and sold here.
Kind Regards Steve