Trash or treasure?
What are earmarks of a good professional estate sale service? Experience, reputation, honesty, customer satisfaction, successful sales, imagination. These are all important factors. Another important factor is evaluation. You have to look at an estate and evaluate what its content consists of. After you identify what the family will be keeping you know what you are dealing with.
On site estate liquidation requires lightening speed
to be able to sift thru, separate, arrange, tag, research and price and establish boundries for customers. Documenting on film and all aspects of advertising also takes time. Clean up on both sides; prior to set up and just prior to opening your doors, must be done. It is a lot of work. After a sale you also have to factor in time to pack what is left to go to a donation center.
We are hired to create income
Knowing how to identify the good, bad and the ugly is imperative. For example, common cleaning chemicals are in demand, as well as, personal care items and make up. Let’s not forget, yard art, as rusty as it can get, is a keeper. People love it. And all that metal in the garage. Men will always find a use for even the smallest items. For those reasons, don’t throw anything away. We can’t emphasize that enough. Don’t throw money away. Encountering a Hoarder situation, without a doubt, we know what to do.
Estate sale timeline
First day set up; we bring in tables and tablecloths and rearrange rooms to allow for table display of your items. If we need to do a bit of cleaning, we do that too. We like to empty furniture so that if it sells, we aren’t forced to empty it at the sale. As much as we can we like to group similar things together. That part of set up can take anywhere from one to three days.
In the process we might find a few things the family didn’t.
Things like money, jewelry, family pictures, childrens’ artwork, memorabilia–things families want to keep. And we have found it all. Lots of money, diamonds, safe deposit keys, wills, trusts, insurance papers, car pink slips, house keys, garage door openers…we know what to look for and not throw away. We set those aside for you. After complete set up, we tag and start pricing. Sales days vary due to volume and circumstances. That is it. Kind of simple.
And most important, we secure all side gates
so there is only one way in and out past the cashier. After the sale, for an hourly fee, we can box items for donation. It is up to the estate what they want to do with what is left. If the estate has a vehicle to sell check out our Vehicle Liquidation page. Did you know that…
Estate sales bring you the most amount of money for your items