Those looking from the outside in may look at Lyn Huck’s work as simply discovering valuables and selling them to the highest bidder, but the true value in the work that Huck does comes for her ability to successfully navigate the delicate and personal task of selling and determining the value of one’s estate. Emotions and personal attachments are part of the business, and Huck thrives on striking the perfect balance of empathy and professional expertise in dealing with the overwhelming task of deciding what to do with an estate that likely took a lifetime to build.
Huck, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, moved to Houston in 1999 to be closer to her family. She eventually grew tired of the corporate world, and after spending 20 years in the hotel and restaurant software industry, Huck embarked on a new, albeit unplanned, career of estate sales. While helping a friend with estate sales, Huck realized homeowners were overwhelmed with the task of liquidating the contents of a family home. She spent a couple of years learning the business and in 2004 she started Lyn Huck Estate Sales.
Grasping the fair market value of items was fairly easy, but learning the intricacies of collectibles, antiques and art took a deeper dedication. Realizing she needed a better understanding of the business, Huck became certified as an appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers and continues her education through ongoing classes, conferences and webinars. She has also completed the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) course. At this point the company expanded to Lyn Huck Estate and Appraisal Services.
Not all estate sales are created equal, and Huck is quick to point out what families should look for when looking for professional estate sale help. As with all industries, client needs vary, and finding services that best fit is an integral part of the process. While Huck may not be able to conduct the sale, she is available for guidance to ensure an overwhelming task can be executed fairly and professionally.
Huck has been featured on a Houston ABC television affiliate, as well as the Live Well Network for her work with estate sales. She was also invited to Chicago to speak on a panel discussion at the 2013 International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Conference.
Outside of her business, Huck is active in the community and enjoys memberships in ISA, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Menil Society, and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Huck looks at the future of her business with great enthusiasm. She is excited to be involved in a business that she loves and one that gives her an opportunity to continue to learn and flourish.