House content sales are better known as estate sales, and one rule of thumb is to shop on the first day of the sale, which is when the most items are on display. Money should be stored in a front pocket or wallet instead of a large purse or tote bag. Price haggling typically isn't done on the first day of an estate sale, and the best deals are often found on the last day of the sale.
It's not a good idea to commit to purchasing a large item at an estate sale before finding out what type of payment is accepted. Some estate sale companies accept credit card payments, but others only want cash. Independent estate sale organizers typically prefer cash payments. When planning to purchase a number of items at an estate sale, the buyer must make arrangements for moving purchased items into a vehicle for transportation. Buyers should not expect to get help with moving items from estate sale workers.
Caution is advised when contemplating the purchase of upholstered furniture, and a sniff test is recommended. Sniffing the furniture is a good way to detect unpleasant odors such as urine that might be embedded into the fabric. Antique items should be checked thoroughly for damage before purchasing, because buyers cannot return items sold in "as is" condition.