FAQ

 

  • Do you advertise?
    • Yes. We advertise in the local papers, on our website, and on other Internet sites; and if the sale warrants we even mail out flyers and leave them in stores around town and other businesses. We will also put up signs leading to the sale so that people that missed any print advertising that happen to be passing by will know we are there.
  • Who pays for the advertising?
    • Normally, we pay for all of the advertising unless special advertising is requested. In such cases, we will discuss this during our pre-sale meeting.
  • Are your prices negotiable?
    • We are not negotiable on prices until the second day of the sale. Typically, items are reduced by 25% on the morning of the second day and 50% after lunch time. We also take bids on any items throughout the sale.
  • Do you offer pre sales for the family? Dealers?
    • We do offer pre sales for the family if requested at the time the contracts are signed. We do not hold special pre-sale to dealers. We will however sell items prior to the sale if one of our regular customers purchases from the Internet photos. They will still have to pay the full price that the items are marked. There are no “special” deals.
  • Should the house be up for sale during the Estate Sale/Estate Auction?
    • We recommend listing the house on the market a few days prior to the sale. We even offer Real Estate services for you and/or Auction services. We also recommend whoever you choose as your Real Estate Agent to contact us prior to the sale so that they can leave flyers and cards with us with information about the sale of the house.
  • What do we (the family) need to do to get ready for the sale?
    • Remove anything from the house what will not be included in the sale and make sure to gather up all of your important papers to take with you.
  • What happens with the more expensive items during the sale?
    • During the setup, the more expensive items are placed near the check-out so they can be monitored during the sale. Small items jewelry will be placed in locking cabinets and displays in the check-out area to help eliminate theft.
  • How much time do you need to set up for the sale?
    • Two weeks is usually the norm. However, we have been known to get a sale together, set-up, priced and completed in less than a week. This is not how we like to do it, but we know how valuable time can be.
  • We don’t have much in the house to sell, is the sale big enough for an Estate Sale?
    • There are always options if there isn’t enough for a sale. We do partial and complete buyouts of other estates and can bring items to make a complete sale or take items to other sales. We can also bring items into our auction house to sell for you.
  • What happens with the leftover items?
    • Again, there are several choices. Items the we feel will do well at auction can be taken to our auction house and the other items can be donated to non-profit organizations. We offer a clean out service where we will have the floors swept and the carpets vacuumed. There is normally not enough left after the sale for a buy-out and we never buy-out our own Estate Sales because we feel it is a conflict of interest.
  • Can family members be present at the sale?
    • Yes. However, we do not recommend it because it can be very hard emotionally on family members to see other people handling and talking about their things. Also, sales are affected by family members being there. The customers know they are family members and that puts a personal link to the items and make them feel uncomfortable.
  • How do we get our money after the sale?
    • We will meet with you the Thursday or Friday following the sale so that we can bring your check and reports. If it’s more convenient, we can also just set it up to be mailed to you.
  • Does everything do well at Estate Sales?
    • Pretty much everything does well. There are those exceptions and many times people have an idea that items are worth more than they are actually going to bring. I chalk this up to shows like Antiques Roadshow. What people have to remember is this is a form of entertainment and are trying to get you to watch. An item is worth only what somebody is willing to pay for it. It is also trendy and Estate Sales like everything else, follow the trends.
  • What about cars and or other larger items?
    • Sure, we will try to sell ANYTHING! For items like cars, trailers, etc., we will sometimes allow people to purchase them prior to the start of the sale. We will also negotiate lower commission rates on cars and other high value vehicles.
  • I’m worried people will try to come to our home prior to the sale.
    • Don’t worry about this as we do not release the address of the sale until a couple of days prior to the sale.

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