Below you’ll find a list of common questions from our clients. Have a question not addressed? Please contact us and we’ll answer you promptly!
What is an estate sale?
Unlike a garage or yard sale, an estate sale, or tag sale, is a large scale liquidation of the entire contents of a home. Everything is advertised and priced then sold to customers who freely walk throughout designated sale areas.
What types of items can you sell?
We can sell everything from household cleaners to luxury items such as fine jewelry, coin collections and much more. We have an educated staff and a wide network of appraisers to properly price and sell any item within a home. Learn more about unique items we can and cannot sell here: 10 Things You Can and Can’t Sell at an Estate Sale.
Should I donate or throw anything away before I call?
No. Please do not focus on throwing anything away or donating. Your main focus should be on what you are interested in keeping and leave the rest to us! For example, browse through the kitchen. You may want to take 5 mugs, a dish set and some silverware. GREAT! Box those items up, leave the rest and move on to the next room, it’s that simple! Donating and throwing items away can always be done AFTER the sale. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Do I need to do anything to prepare for a sale?
The only things you should do to prepare is decide what you or friends and family are taking with you. This includes personal photographs, paperwork and sentimental items. Otherwise, don’t lift a finger! You can trust us to take care of every other little thing. That’s why we’re here and that’s what you’re paying for!
How do I schedule a free consultation?
Are you bonded and insured?
Yes we are and we can provide documentation upon request.
Do you contract out any part of the estate sale process?
We do not. We use our hired and experienced staff for all phases of our sale for a reason. We wouldn’t trust our valuable items with inexperienced outsourced individuals, why should you?
How long does the estate sale process take?
The estate sale process is fairly quick! It typically takes between 1 – 2 weeks for the entire process to begin and come to a close. However, each home is different and therefore the amount of time it takes to properly stage, price, advertise, and host a sale can vary and will be determined during your initial consultation.
What do you do with leftover items?
After the sale there are many options available to you. We offer a list of available donation companies, local non-profit charities, and assorted clean out services to fit your needs.
Are there any upfront costs to me?
No! Absolutely no upfront cost to you and consultations are completely free!
Do I need to be moved out before I have the sale?
We understand that life doesn’t always go exactly as planned. Due to that, we don’t require you to be moved out but we do ask that everything you would like to keep be stowed away or removed from the home. During the hours our company is in operation, we ask for you find something fun to do! That way we can concentrate solely on our research, setup, and selling as many of your items as possible.
What is your percentage? How much do you charge for a sale?
Our percentage ranges from 30%-40%. This percentage is determined on the free consultation and varies depending on the quality / quantity of the items for sale, how much work is behind making the sale look great and other factors. We offer flex percentages for high value items such as vehicles. If you have a situation that this may be necessary, please call to find out more!
There are never any additional fees outside of the percentage for hosting an estate sale. Additional services such as cleanouts, keep/sell separation, and packing will be the only additional fees you would encounter with our company. You can learn more about these add-on services on our How Our Estate Sales Work page.
How quickly can I have my sale?
As quickly as you need it! We will do our best to work around your timeframe! If for some reason we can’t, we will refer you to someone who can.
How much will my sale make?
The most it possibly can. We are good at what we do and we are on your side. The more the sale makes the better we all do. We are experts at advertising our sales and always have a good turnout. Each home is different but with our knowledge of the current market, we get you the most bang for your buck.
How many people can I expect to come?
You can expect anywhere from 400 to over 1,000 people to attend your sale. We are that good.
Do you advertise?
Absolutely! We advertise on several social media sites and through our private email list as well as the number one estate sale website in the country. We also pride ourselves on excellent customer service and because of that, many people return to our sales time and time again!
What if someone gets hurt?
Don’t worry, we are insured for your protection.
What if something gets stolen?
Don’t worry, we are bonded and we can guarantee we won’t take anything and have extremely vigilant and strategically placed eyes watching your items. We also do things like move all of the specialty and expensive items like jewelry, fine art, and rare collectibles to our front cash-out area.
Do you have references?
We do! First, check out our testimonials page and if you would like to see more we have a list available upon request.