St. Louis (KSDK) -- Many of you have been to estate sales, or have hired a company to handle an estate sale.

Chris Thetford of the Better Business Bureau joined NewsChannel 5's Kelly Jackson to talk about a local company he said has a bad record.

Tips for hiring an estate firm to sell your personal items:

-Make sure you have a signed contract outlining exactly how the sale will be run (percentage you'll get, hours of sale, how will it be advertised, what kind of security will be in place..etc)

-Ask for references and contact those references

-Make sure seller carries insurance

-If you can, attend the sale yourself

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