FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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DON‘T THROW ANYTHING AWAY.....
Ok, so this isn‘t a question but…. please do not throw anything away unless it is clearly garbage! We will sell any and everything as long as it‘s legal! Every item of clothing, cleaning supplies, every nut and bolt in the garage! So first rule of order, do not throw anything away until after our initial consultation with you.
Predominantly the Treasure Coast and Space Coast areas of Florida however, we are willing to travel to handle a sale for you.
Every home and situation is different so I would recommend you call for aFREE Consultation before doing anything. The consultation will include a free valuation and market analysis of your home, estimate of contents, and opinion on the best way to market both to maximize the amount of profit from both sales. You can also visit the Selling Your Home for more details.
We use a computerized point-of-sale system at our estate sales. This system prints a category, description, barcode, and price on sticker tags which will get affixed to EVERY item for sale in the home. If you are not around to eyeball the items in the home and see what we have priced things at, we can e-mail you a complete inventory list with descriptions and asking prices of every item for sale in the home. Additionally, shoppers at our sales receive a printed, itemized receipt with descriptions and prices of all items purchased. At the conclusion of a sale, when the check is mailed, we also include a complete accounting of every transaction, and can send you a list of every item sold along with the selling prices.
There are many variables to this question. #1 would be experience. Having run estate sales for a lengthy period, and having owned and operated a thrift/retail store has really given me the knowledge to price most items. I can typically look at any item and determine immediately if it has exceptional value. If I‘m unsure of the margin, I can look up items in one of the valuation websites I pay for subscriptions to. Markets and prices do change often, and there have been billions of items bought and sold in the last 100 years. If I‘m unsure about an item, I am never too proud to tell you that I will need to do more research to be sure we don‘t leave any money on the table.
Yes, we are a full-time, Professional Estate Sale Company, Florida State Law requires that we collect sales tax. We follow the law.
Yes, we carry liability insurance. We ask that you keep homeowners insurance for the estates protection on the property during the sale as well.
Great question! People moving down into a smaller home or assisted living situations, Personal Representative handling a probate or trust, executors, conservators, Attorneys, trustees, Real Estate Agents, and family members. People going through foreclosure that need to move. Even Bankruptcy trustees. Everything is handled discreetly and professionally. We can handle everything from mega family estates to small snowbird condos.
Yes, this is part of the % of sale we charge. We run ads in the local newspapers for each sale, pay hundreds of dollars a month to be on all the major estate sale websites, and plenty more.
Typically between 35 and 40% depending on sale location and contents. This includes all advertising costs, preparing the sale, pricing all items, credit card fees, supplies, as well as running the sale and all additional staff members needed during the event too.
We offer a FREE consultation, at that time we will be honest with you and let you know if you have enough stuff. Many times people are amazed how full all the sales tables actually look after we pull everything out of the cupboards and drawers! If you need an out of area sale we will have you photograph the home contents and send us photos.
We recommend at least 3 to 4 weeks for adequate advertising and pricing time, we literally handle, inventory and price every item before a sale! However, we have been known to pull a successful sale together in a few days if needed.
Yes! Absolutely we have found that people will spend more money at our sales because we accept both cash and credit cards. The credit card fees we pay are part of our %.
In most cases we will sell approximately 80% of the items for sale. We can arrange to find a buyer for the remaining items, or we can pack and box them for donation to a local charity.
Otherwise known as pre-sale, No! When we advertise an item it will always be available when the doors open!
It depends on your location however, you can expect a minimum of 150 people per day. I spend A LOT of money on advertising and have a great following so on a typical sale, weather permitting, I will see anywhere from 200 to 400 people per day. I also maintain a huge database of local estate sale buyers that I advertise my sales to.
Yes! We will work together to come up with a reasonable price to produce a sale. We can also place bid boxes on some higher end/higher-priced items allowing a buyer to submit their top-dollar price. At the conclusion of a sale, if a piece has not sold, you can review bids in the bid box and sell to the highest bidder.
Yes, if it will be cost effective for you, we can arrange to have the contents of the home moved to an offsite location and have the sale there. We can also offer a buy-out of your contents for rush situations or if you are in a community which does not allow estate sales.
Absolutely! This is a very common occurrence for us. If you are handling an estate long distance, we can help you find the family treasures you want to keep and ship them to you, email the contracts to you, arrange for key pick up and handle the entire estate sale even though you do not live in the area.