What is an estate sale?
An estate sale follows the death of someone who has physical assets such as a home, vehicles, furniture, jewelry and other items of worth. It is when an estate company is usually contracted to come into the home and organize, price and stage items to sell at a sale.
What is sold at an estate sale?
Anything and everything! Really. We have sold cars at some of our sales. We have also sold furniture, kitchenware, china and dishware, crystal and glasses, silver, lamps, stamp collections, books, coin collections, linens, tools, art, outdoor and patio furniture and so much more. Do not throw anything away or donate anything until we’ve had a chance to assess your items.
Who should consider having an estate sale?
If you are relocating, downsizing, selling, moving, or liquidating an estate, then you may want to consider having an estate sale (or moving sale). You will be surprised at what is saleable and how much you can make from a sale.
How long should an estate sale be?
Estate sales are usually two or three full days worth of selling your valuables depending on the size of the home and the number of items for sale. We would say that the majority of sales are two full days and usually run on either a Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.
Is there a better time of year to have the sale?
Although this is a 12-month business, there are seasons that are busier than others (such as spring). We also avoid holidays and long holiday weekends for sales. During the winter months, we do take into account the possibility of inclement weather causing a postponement of a sale, but this is very rare and not something to make you hesitate on your decision of what time is best for you and other members of your family.
What should I do to get ready for a sale?
1. Have all legal documents available -- if there has been a death in the family, and you are liquidating assets as a part of the estate, you will be required to show proof that you are legally able to sell the items. The same goes for a divorce, bankruptcy or other situation. Be sure to talk to your attorney prior to contacting an estate selling specialist.
2. Do not throw away or donate anything until after we’ve met with you. Many people throw away or donate valuable items that they could have sold.
3. Go through all the items you will be selling. Remove items that you or other family members want to keep.
4. If you reside in the home where the estate sale is being conducted, please remove all personal items from view. This includes family pictures.