Do I have to be present?
No, in fact unless there is a specific reason why you want to be there, we request you leave the sale to us. - the professionals, We've got you covered. Attending the sale may be difficult for you with respect to heirlooms and / or sentimental value.
What happens with any unsold items?
This is entirely up to you. We can assist you with whatever you decide to do. We have in the past coordinated all left over items for donation pick up and other times we have left items for the owner/heirs to take care of at their discretion. We are here to coordinate, run and make your Estate Sale as efficient and hands free for you. Tell us what you want - you're in good hands!
Can I sell an automobile?
Absolutely. We will have additional staff on hand just for "test drives" as needed. We will price it at fair market value. However, we will accept offers and consult with you at a designated time frame with respect to negotiations.
What does an estate sale liquidation entail?
In most every case, whole house estate liquidations include coming into your home and assessing the project. After you hire us, we will sort, clean, organize, research, price, market and sell your collection, odds and ends and furnishings from your home. this will take about 4 days.
The time it takes us to begin setting up a sale will depend on the size of the sale, but we typically prefer to have 4 days (48 hours - 8 hours each day) We normally come in approximately 4 times for several hours each time (1-3 staff members) and perform the following:
- Analyze the space we have to work with (will we need to bring tables or containers to display items).
- Sort - Group and categorize items by the type (tools with tools, holiday with holiday, clothes by gender, etc).
- Photograph most every item (for display on our website and network affiliate sites to generate interest and buyers to note the sale on their calendars.
- Send out bulk emails to past clients, notifying them of the sale and the items up for sale.
- Label and tag virtually every item with a description and price (some items sold in bulk with one price)
- Post coming soon signs in the immediate area at busy nearby intersections then replace with SALE TODAY sign on the days of the sale.
- SELL, SELL, SELL! Cleanup, Departure and disbursements of your funds along with a statement of items sold.
At the end of the four days we can haul off or remove any items that did not sell if you so specify. We can even clean the house, garage and yard for you for a fee so that you can market the house and not have to worry about any more work on your end. Each Estate Sale is unique and we offer all the services you need in order to make us the right Company for you!
How do I know if I should have an estate sale?
There are many reasons why a person would want to have an Estate Sale. It is a personal decision and we are happy to meet with you and help you make a determination. We will also explain our process and see if an Estate Sale is best for you. Most liquidators need to have a full or nearly full home to have a sale in order to bring in lots of clients to give you the best price on your more expensive and collectible pieces if any. If you have only a few things, a consignment or a buyout might be more up your alley. Estate Sales are common when a loved one moves into a retirement/nursing home, has passed away, someone downsizing from a home to an apartment or simply just need to de clutter. Estate Sales are not your everyday garage sales. It generally consists of most if not all of the belongings in the home.
How do I choose an estate sale liquidator to help me?
Interview different companies and ask lots and lots of questions. Keep in mind these people will be handling your family heirlooms and personal belongings. If you feel you can trust them alone in your home and you can communicate openly with them about your wishes then you know you found the Company best fit for your sale. We never try to rush anyone into a decision and we prefer to let circumstances help direct the outcome.
What do I need to prepare?
Nothing really! After you have made the commitment to have an Estate Sale, we will come in and do everything for you. We have one major request: DO NOT throw away anything. Let us do all the work for you.
How long will it take to have an estate sale?
It normally takes about 2 weeks to get it scheduled in on our calendar (but if necessary in as little as 4 days). Once in our calendar, we will need access to the property so we can sort, clean, stage, price, take pictures, market and get ready to sell all items.
How long does a typical sale last?
Our sales can be 1 day to several days depending on the scope, size and items for sale.
From the 1st day to the last day is typically 1-3 days (depending on the size of the sale). The more items, the more days the sale will last. For example: a smaller 1 bedroom home may take 2 full day. A farm with 2 barns and an outbuilding may require 3 days and 1 day for previews (to allow buyers to test/run farm equipment)
How will I know what sold and for how much?
We keep a record of large items sold and for what amount. We are happy to provide you with a report with your check finalizing your Estate Sale. This should be offered by any reputable Company.
What am I responsible for?
In most cases, absolutely nothing. We ask for a contact number where you can be reached throughout the process of coordinating your Estate Sale and the days of your sale should any issues do come up like, "Should we sell a coin collection that we found" or "would you care to keep it" - or "Buyer Joe Bob would like to offer $xyz on your car". It is required that you have Homeowner's Insurance on your property during this whole process.
What happens if my mother or family has hidden money, photos or personal items in the house and it is found by the liquidator?
We will simply set these things aside, along with anything else that seems too personal to sell without your acknowledgment and have the family come and retrieve it or will mail it upon request. Again, the reason for having your contact information on hand during the process of coordinating your Estate Sale for unexpected circumstances. Any Company you hire that is reputable and responsible would do the same thing.
Who pays the sales tax from the purchases made by the general public who do not hold re-sale numbers?
Some liquidators charge sales tax for each sale & submit to the State themselves. We do NOT charge tax...
Should I donate the general household items or throw away the junk in the garage before I have a liquidation?
Some of the biggest mistakes clients have made is to dispose of ANYTHING at all prior to hiring and using a liquidator. We can and do sell nearly all that you have, no matter how bad it looks to you. Please, do yourself a favor and leave every single thing in the house, garage and yard until after we hold the sale for you. Please!
How does the liquidator get paid from my sale?
Estate liquidators work on a commission from the net proceeds of the estate sale itself. You will NOT, have to pay any money out of pocket.
What if I decide I want to keep something out of the sale?
It is important that you do your best to make this decision before entering into a contract with us. You can always add to the sale later, but once items are advertised, nothing should be removed, given away or sold. Advertised items lure the "die hard" Estate Sale shoppers and general public to your sale. To avoid people driving from as far away as a state or two (sometimes more) away, waiting in line for something you removed from the sale is not a good way to run our business and we refuse to allow this. It simply wouldn't be fair to advertise something then not have it for sale when the sale starts. It has to be fair to us as well. We work diligently to make sure that we coordinate your sale, price items accordingly, advertise and complete your Estate Sale as promised. Some Estate liquidators have clauses in their contracts saying you must pay for any items you decide to keep after signing the contract (we don't) but reserve the right to include this at anytime - so please be sure of what you decide to sell before the process begins and stick to it.
What if I should decide that I want to cancel the sale after your company has worked on it for a while?
This would be unfortunate but we understand sometimes things change and it can't be avoided. When we go over the contract with you we explain that should this happen we would charge you for our time worked and money spent on advertising (if any). This is not preferred but we understand when people change their minds and hearts.
How do liquidators appraise art?
We appraise certain art by researching it and if needed asking a professional. On occasion we may hire an appraiser. If one is hired, we take the cost from the sale proceeds.
How do you spot fake art?
There are many different ways to try to spot a fake piece of art. The age, feel, shades of color, border and canvas are just a few ways. Some art has even fooled some of the best appraisers.
How do you evaluate appraisals on items that have already been done, i.e furs or jewelry?
We base this on today's standards and pricing. Generally all items at an Estate Sale are priced at a certain percentage of what they were new. Sometimes you will find a piece that has gone up in value, making it important to do our research before pricing and advertising. A lot of times a client will put an emotional price tag on an item instead of a reality one.
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