WHAT IS AN ESTATE SALE?
The term “estate sale” generally refers to the sale of personal property such as furniture, appliances, crystal, china, books, linens, tools, decor, etc. It differs from a garage sale in that it usually involves the entire contents of a household and is normally held inside the home.
Such a sale may be needed after a loved one's death or move to an assisted living facility or nursing home, if you are downsizing or moving from your current home, in the case of divorce or any other lifestyle change. In such emotional and stressful circumstances, we know how difficult it can be to sort out the entire contents of a home often accumulated over the course of a lifetime. It can be even more daunting to decide what to do with everything else after the family has removed items of sentimental value. Often times the least stressful alternative is to call in an estate sale team. We are here to help during such times.
HOW QUICKLY CAN MY SALE OCCUR?
A well planned, set up, researched, advertised and executed estate sale takes time. We generally require 4 to 6 weeks (from start of work to the sale dates) for most of the sales we agree to do. Some will take more and some can take less time- depending on other clients we already have scheduled and the size, state and number of items to be sold. It is in your best interest to get started early as you will find that most professional estate sale companies are not willing or able to provide a quality sale in less than a few weeks time.
HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
We know that each estate is unique. First, we sit down with you and we listen. You tell us what you want to accomplish and that becomes our goal. We carefully consider your goals, what you've decided to sell and the market for your merchandise. We also study the physical arrangement of your home & property to determine how best to showcase the estate. After meeting with you, we formulate a sale plan that will most effectively accomplish your goals.
WILL YOU MEET WITH MY LAWYER, ACCOUNTANT AND/OR FAMILY MEMBERS & ME?
We would be pleased to meet with you and any ofyour key decision-makers. Our first meeting is on a "no cost/no obligation" basis. If you contract with us for the sale of your property,additional meetings related to the sale of your property are also on a "no cost" basis. If you do not contract with us for the sale of your property, additional consultations or appraisals can be scheduled on a fee basis.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Our commission is 40% of the gross sales and a nominal advertising fee. Services included are advertising, all pre-sale organization, research, pricing & staffing of the sale. There are no upfront costs.
WHEN DO YOU PAY ME?
We provide you with the proceeds of the sale, and the house keys, less our commission, no later than 5 business days after the conclusion of the sale.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT PRICES TO CHARGE?
Encompassing over 60 years of combined experience, our team has expertise in a number of fields including:
Antique & Contemporary Furnishings
Pottery, Porcelain & Glassware
Books & Manuscripts
Paintings & Prints
General Household Goods
Electronics and Appliances
Using our comprehensive research library, the latest online resources, our industry experience and our network of specialists we assure you accurate, fair market values of all antique, collectible and higher priced items you may have.
HOW DO YOU GET BUYERS TO ATTEND MY SALE?
In addition to photos & descriptions on our website & estatesales.net, a nation-wide estate sale listing website, and weekly e-mails to over 2400 subscribers, we personally contact our extensive list of dealers & collectors to gather the highest number of potential buyers to your sale. On the days of the sale professional signage is posted at nearby intersections as local statutes allow. In most areas, newspaper advertising is also utilized.
WHAT SHOULD I THROW AWAY & WHAT SHOULD I KEEP?
We always advise clients NOT TO THROW ANYTHING AWAY until they've met with us. Heed the old adage that “one man's trash is another man's treasure”. All common household goods: pots & pans, even cleaning products, cosmetics, linens, old papers, garage items – virtually EVERYTHING in a home can bring in revenue at your estate sale.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?
We are uniquely qualified to help solve your problems and accomplish your goals. We do so professionally, honestly, promptly, and successfully. Our client's goals are our highest priority. We handle all of the details so you don't have to! Organization, display, accurate pricing, advertising and security during the sale are all part of our service. Dealing with professionals relieves much of the stress associated with liquidating an estate.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SALE?
After the sale, you may keep any of the unsold items, consign them for sale through us or donate them to charity - we arrange donation pickup so you don't have to.
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