We arrive at the home with our supplies in hand to organize and effectively stage all items for sale. We do extensive research and price the items accordingly to get the maximum value out of each item. We take photos to be used in our online and print ads. We conduct the sale over a 2 to 3 day period. At the end of the sale we clean up, remove unsold or items being donated to charity, and return the keys to you. There are different scenarios on what to do with the unsold items. We will discuss this at the first meeting we have with you after we have had a chance to view the contents of the home. We have many options so you can choose what works best in your particular situation. Some may choose to keep items for family members or some may want us to simply donate it all and give them a tax donation receipt. We always have this conversation before
the sale to make sure we are in agreement. However, sometimes there may be a large heavy item left unsold like an old family grand piano, and maybe there was no interest shown in it by the general public either at the sale or online. You may say, "Never mind, I will keep that since it is a family heirloom, instead of donating it." We totally understand that things like that can happen. We are willing to work with you in any way. At all times we show tremendous respect for your families possessions and we want to carry out your wishes and do the very best we can for you. We understand what an emotional process this is for most of our clients so just know that we are here by your side every step of the way. We can get it done!
Having an estate sale is not always the best course of action. Sometimes people find that they simply have too much stuff and they want to thin out their collections a little bit, or they decide to redecorate their home so they have items they no longer want to use (or put into storage.) In that case, we sometimes offer to take items on consignment. We sale online or sometimes mix in with a smaller estate sale we are holding in order to have more of a variety of items at our on-site estate sales. We do not "mix-in" items at every estate sale we have, but if we have an estate sale where there is only furniture and not really any "smalls", then filtering in some consigned items helps us to have a better sale overall. For instance, in one sale we held, the family had taken absolutely every small table, every lamp, and every piece of wall art out of the house. It made the house look too dark and more like a storage room of nothing but large furniture pieces. We brought in items we had recently taken in on consignment so when customers walked into the sale it was more of a complete setting that told a story of a happy and comfortable home. As a result we ended up selling everything in the house including our consigned pieces. We maintain spreadsheets of our consigned items so that they do not get mixed in with the sales figures of another persons estate. We are happy to discuss your particular needs and see if this is the right option for you.
With a Buyout, we purchase the whole estate and move the contents off-site to our storage and then sell the contents at our leisure. This is not our preferred way of dissolving estates since items always sell for more in their natural location. However, sometimes people have HOA restrictions to deal with so holding on-site estate sales are prohibited, or they must vacate a property quickly. If this sounds like your situation then let's get together to see if the buyout is the right choice for you.