What exactly is an estate sale?
An estate sale is a sale typically held at a home where most, or all of the contents are for sale. The majority of the items are priced at "fair market value" which commands a higher price than a garage sale would. This is just one of several important features that distinguish an estate sale from a garage sale and why it is advisable to hire a professional to conduct your sale instead of doing it yourself.
Why have an estate sale?
Moving, downsizing, relocating, merging households, divorce, foreclosure, short sales, loss of a loved one, going out of business often warrant having an estate sale and we can help with that. We will sort, research, attractively organize, display, professionally photograph, price, advertise and conduct the sale on your behalf to maximize your profit.
What do I need to do to prepare for a sale?
Generally, nothing except separate what you are keeping from what you are not keeping and never throw anything out until you've signed a contract and have been directed what to do. The biggest mistake people make is throwing away things in preparation for an estate sale. Our customers buy an amazing variety of things, from the bedroom suite, old road maps, posters, oddities, religious items all the way down to half used bottles of cleaners. The items that create the biggest draws to estate sales are usually the items people don't think the most of or assume are junk. But remember people buy from estate sales for a variety of reasons from being an avid collector to stocking their first home or apartment.
What happens if I have hidden money or treasures in the home?
If hidden money or any family treasure is discovered during the setup, it is immediately turned over to the family. This includes cash, coin collections, family jewelry, etc. It is extremely important to us that families are are not deprived of what is rightfully theirs. We never assume anything and pride ourselves on our integrity and honesty.
What am I responsible for during the sale?
Generally nothing, we handle it all from start to finish. If you choose, you may even attend the sale however, it's not often recommended as estate sale patrons don't have the same attachment to the items in your home as you do and as such, it can be an emotional experience to see others going through your belongings that are for sale. We do encourage you to take the time during the sale to find something relaxing and enjoyable to do and let us handle everything.
Of importance to note about how we conduct sales, we feel you should know your home is secured and managed by our responsible staff utilizing a single entrance and exit point, we only have one person that cashes out estate sale transactions, we offer protective shoe covers in case of inclement weather or request that attendees remove their shoes, we do not allow persons to bring in outside bags of any sort, and we also utilize a cash register (and are currently transitioning to a POS system) which gives an end of day (and end of sale) tally. In some instances we have plain clothes "shoppers" as extra security.
Additionally, we are INSURED and BONDED! In an industry that is largely unregulated, this is an important detail to mention.
We are here to help you with the highest level of honesty, diligence and sensitivity during this difficult time for you and your family. It is our goal to uphold the highest standards in your sale with kindness and compassion.