FAQ

WHAT IS AN ESTATE SALE

The term "estate sale" generally refers to the sale of personal property, i..e. furniture, appliances, china, books, linens, etc. It differs from a garage sale because it generally involves the entire contents of a household and is normally held inside the home. This process is sometimes called a "Tag Sale."

Such a sale may be needed after a loved one's death or move to a care facility, downsizing or moving from your current home, a result of divorce or any other lifestyle change. 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 overwhelming to decide what to do with everything else after the family has removed items of sentimental value. We are here to help during such times.

 


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PREPARE A SALE?

A good estate sale professional will be able to keep preparation time down to a minimum, usually 2-3 weeks for an average size sale, but because we have a small team at this time, it generally takes us 3-4 weeks to prepare since Steve still works a full time job. Time is required for sorting, pricing, displaying, and advertising deadlines.We want to make sure that everything is organized and displayed appropriately before the sale begins.

 


WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO LOOK FOR OUR SERVICES?

The best time to look for our services is as soon as possible since Estate Sale Liquidator's schedules can fill up months ahead of time. It is also essential to contact us before your home is put on the market. Please contact us as soon as possible, even before contacting a realtor. If you are interested in liquidating your estate, this should be done before a realtor puts your home up for sale. Of course, you are free to hire a realtor during the process of setting a date for your estate sale and the actual sale itself. In the event that you have already hired a realtor, we will communicate with them to make the estate sale and sale of your home as seamless as possible. Keep in mind the length of time it takes to set up for a successful sale, which is an average of 3 weeks once we come in and begin processing your home.

 


WHAT IS DONE WITH THE ITEMS THAT DO NOT SELL?

The entire sale process is fully disclosed up front before the start of the sale. Any items that do not sell may be kept by the owner, family members or donated to a charity at your discretion.

Disposal of unsold items is the sole responsibility of the owner or spouse, or estate executor.

Buy-outs are an option.

 


DO I NEED TO BE PRESENT DURING THE SALE?

An owner is certainly welcome to be present. However, most agents will agree that it seems easier for family to stay away. This is a very emotional time and it is just less painful to not witness the actual sale. The owner's presence at the sale can be intimidating for customers and, in fact, rarely helps to increase the proceeds from the sale.

 


DO YOU HAVE ANY HIDDEN FEES?

Any fees would be as follows: our set-up fee, commission and advertising expenses. Additional fees may include dumpster rental and clean-out only if applicable. No charges will ever be incurred without the client's approval.

 


DO YOU DO PRE-SALES FOR THE FAMILY? WHAT ABOUT DEALERS?

We will do a pre-sale for the family if requested when the contract is signed, We DO NOT do pre-sales to dealers! Everyone has a fair chance at our sales.