WHY HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?
A FEW REASONS:
1. Estate Sales are the best way to maximize the sales price for most personal property found in a home.
2. Estate Sales are the most direct and profitable way to sell personal property to the general public.
3. Estate Sales are an incredibly efficient way to clear a home of its possessions and make it ready for sale.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
Once an agreement is signed, we will begin preparing for the sale. You will not need to lift a finger! We will take care of everything. We pride ourselves on this.
Hand us a key, and we will hand you a check!
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I EXPECT TO ATTEND THE SALE?
We are experts at marketing & advertising, plus we have a steady growing fan base and because of this we regularly see hundreds of people at our sales. An overwhelming amount of our shoppers are not here to browse, they are here to buy, and we make it easy for them to do so.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
WHAT do you DO TO PROTECT MY PROPERTY?
For all our sales, we take every precaution to protect your home and contents. We do the following for all sales:
- Provide signage, safety warnings and policies throughout your home.
- Staff your sale to match the size and needs of your home.
- Control traffic flow into the house and designate one exit only.
- Promptly address any customer behaving in a manner that could cause damage to your property.
- Keep small items such as jewelry, coins, precious stones in jewelry cases that will be staffed by our employees.
- Security cameras optional to deter shoplifting.
- Hiring private security or off-duty police officers optional.
- We require you to have home owners insurance in place. If there is ever a slip or fall on premises, we would refer them to you where you would refer them to your insurance policy in place.
HOW DO YOU PRICE THE ITEMS?
Our pricing procedure is based on years of combined experience in buying and selling art, antiques, collectibles and fine furnishings and so much more. We utilize a wide range of resources to conduct research and will consult with experts for specialty items. We apply a price tag or sticker to every single item. People usually wont buy an item that isn't clearly marked. We will price every item with a price that is from a competitively compared recent sold price, not an items "book value" which might never sell close to that figure. We will adjust pricing as needed to account for the items current market trends, geographical location and sometimes even seasonal popularity. Every item is priced with two goals in mind:
1.) To sell each item for as much as possible 2.) To liquidate as close to 100% of inventory as possible.
DO YOU HOLD SALES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS?
Winter month sales can be our most profitable sales of the year! Why is this? Antique stores, Thrift stores, Pickers and other Re-Sellers need inventory. In the summer they can visit multiple yard sales, garage sales and flea markets, but in the winter months, we are the #1 source for them, which means more customers, more sales, more profit for you! We do ask that you keep the drive-way plowed and walk ways shoveled and sanded. If severe weather is forecasted and we feel it could negatively impact your sale, we will work with you to reschedule the sale.
DO YOU DO APPRAISALS?
Yes we do!
Please see the page "Appraisals" for more info.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ITEMS THAT ARE NOT SOLD?
IT'S REALLY UP TO YOU
We average a very high sell-through rate. It's up to you what you want to do with leftover items. You have a variety of options that we can assist with. You can choose to keep those items, or give them to a charity to have the items donated to. We can include a donation receipt that you can use for tax deduction purposes in your final settlement. We can also give you contact info for clean-out companies that will take anything that remains. It's up to you! Regardless of which option you choose, we can leave you with a completely empty home.
DO I NEED TO BE MOVED OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR THE SALE?
NOT EXACTLY, BUT that is ideal in our line of work
We prefer that when our team arrives we are able to transform the house into a shopping environment and to do that with the best results, we maintain a no resident policy, but this is not absolutely necessary. We understand that you may need to pop in when ever and you are absolutely fine to do so. We ask that the owner or estate executor not be on the premises for the set-up or during the sale, as things can get emotional and it absolutely will slow us down considerably. Time is so important in our profession, and we need it to focus on our end results. Keep in mind we work often very early to very late in order to get done what is needed in a timely fashion, and we will often be rearranging your home. Because of these three things, it is encouraged and strongly recommended that you consider another location to reside for the time in which we will be staging the home.
During sale day(s), we recommend that you take a spa day, visit family or something that allows you to sit back and distress, after all, that is why you hired us! We encourage you to do a final walk-through the day before the sale with us to see how the sale will be displayed. We know you will be very excited with how the home is staged, and with all the work we have done. If you would like us to call or text you after each day of the sale to recap, we would be happy to, just let us know!
HOW LONG ARE YOUR SALES?
USUALLY 2 DAYS
Our sales are usually 2 days - Friday and Saturday. If a sale warrants more time, we can extend the sale through Sunday.
DO YOU DISCOUNT ITEMS ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SALE?
Last day, it is important to do so
Most items that have not been sold yet may be discounted on the last day of the sale. One of our goals is to sell everything, so there is nothing left behind for you to worry about. We find that having a time with discounted prices keeps the estate sale busy and entices customers to return, maximizing your total profit.
HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE THE SALE?
WE ARE MARKETING AND advertising EXPERTS
We pride ourselves on the effectiveness of our advertising process. Everything we do, from choosing appropriate wording for ads to deciding which streets to place signs on, is done with the intent of making a sale successful. We advertise on our own website and all of the main estate sale websites - estatesales.net, .org and .com. We are also listed on all major search engines, and we have a following of regular customers that is steadily growing, and we notify them by utilizing our extensive email list well into the thousands! We also have a growing data base of collectors for specific items. We will contact them to let them know that you have something for sale that may be of interest to them. We also have by far the largest social media following of any liquidator in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. In fact, we are have one of the largest social media followings in the entire Country!
HOW WILL I BE PAID?
WITH A CHECK WITHIN 10 DAYS OF THE SALE
We will issue you a check for total net proceeds of the sale, along with accounting and sales numbers, all within 10 business days of the sale. That's 2-3 times faster then the industry standard of a 20 to 30 day payout. Generally if the sale is a less complicated one, you will receive your proceeds even faster.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes! We are professionals
We have adequate insurance policies in place. We require that when you hire our company, that you must also have adequate insurance in the form of a Homeowners Policy. If you wish to take that policy one step further, you may add us directly onto your policy for the time you are hiring us. If there ever is an occurrence, we would refer them to you, where you would refer them to your Homeowners Insurance.
DO YOU CHARGE A SET UP FEE OR RETAINER FEE?
We strongly recommend that if any liquidator tries to charge you any sort of "Set Up Fee", or asks for any money up front (Retainer Fee), that you immediately look elsewhere. That is not a standard practice and a professional liquidator would never do such a thing. How we are paid for our services is very cut and dry and outlined in a very professional Estate Sales Agreement once we actually see your estate.
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Our success is from the trust we have gained throughout our community and our clients, by way of hard work, dedication and a deep commitment to the highest standards of our industry. We are a family owned and operated business, be rest assured that our hearts are immersed in this business and because of that, we are dedicated to remain the #1 Estate Sale company in all of New Hampshire.