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.
Are you bonded and insured?
Yes we are! We can provide documentation upon request.
What is your percentage? How much do you charge for a sale?
Our percentage ranges from 30%-50% of gross sale profit. It varies depending on the items that are included and how much work is behind making the sale look great. We also offer flex percentages for high value items such as vehicles. For instance, if a vehicle is included in the estate we will flex our percentage of the vehicle’s gross profit (separate from the estate) to accommodate our client. This range can fall anywhere from 10%-25% and is determined by the value of the item.
There are never any additional fees outside of the profit percentage, unless you are interested in our extra services. These include clean out, keep/sell separation, and packing services. You can learn more about these add-on services on our How Our Estate Sales Work page.
Do you contract out any part of the estate sale process?
We do not. We use our own 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.
Should I throw anything away or donate anything before I call?
NO! Never throw anything away. Not even food. Before the sale you don’t even need to donate anything. Our job is to assess the home as is and do the work for you. Donating and throwing items away can always be done AFTER the sale. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
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.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for a sale?
No! Don’t lift a finger! You can trust us to take care of every little thing. That’s why we’re here and that’s what you’re paying for!
How do I schedule an initial consultation?
Fill out the form on our contact page and we’ll schedule a time and day that works best for you. Or you can call us right now at 248-955-3082. Our typical turnaround time is 24hrs.
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.