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 passing or move to a long-term care facility, downsizing or moving from your current home; 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?

Good estate sale professionals always try to keep preparation time to a minimum without sacrificing quality. It typically takes our small family owned business approximately 1 1/2-2 weeks for an average sized sale. We have a small team at this time, but are growing due to being able to have our dream job as full-time liquidators. Keep in mind that time is required for careful sorting, research and appraisals (if necessary), pricing, displaying, taking and uploading photos of your treasures and advertisement updates. Our goal is for a beautifully set up sale that resembles a boutique feel, which our customers' feedback tells us that's one of the reasons they enjoy coming to our sales.

 


WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO LOOK FOR OUR SERVICES?

The best time to inquire of our services is as soon as possible since estate sale liquidators' schedules can be booked sometimes months in advance. It is ideal to contact us before contracting a realtor in the case that your home will be immediately put on the market. However, if one has been hired, we make every attempt to communicate with the realtors. We always consider this so both of our businesses do not interfere with each other's goals to serve your family. Wanting to have a sale after the home has been put on the market may not allow us to schedule a sale, especially if the home has already been sold.

 


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 or clean-outs are an option.

 


DO I NEED TO BE PRESENT DURING THE SALE?

We do not allow our families or their friends/representatives to occupy the sale. The reason for this is because our customers somehow sense that you or your representatives are present and this discourages sales. We don't mind a short visit or if someone wants to make a purchase. Most liquidators will agree that it is best for the family to not attend the sale or make visits while we are preparing for the sale. This can be an extremely emotional time and from our experiences, it is less difficult to not see the preparation or the actual sale.

 


DO YOU HAVE ANY HIDDEN FEES?

We do not have additional fees. Our commission includes everything for every typical aspect of your sale. When we arrange a walk-through with your family, we will discuss all details concerning our set fees at that time.

 


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

Unfortunately, we are unable to do pre-sales for both family and dealers. When we advertise our sales, the advertisement shows our customers/dealers what to expect. If those things are gone before the sale, we will most likely lose business and that does not benefit our families. Everyone has an equal and fair chance to purchase items as seen in the advertisement.