• What Does Liquidation Sale Mean?
  • What Do Estate Liquidators Do?
  • How Much Do Estate Liquidators Charge?
  • How Much Does It Cost To Have An Estate Sale?
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An estate liquidation sale refers to the selling of the personal property belonging to an estate. Estate liquidations are typically conducted after the death of a loved one in order to liquidate their personal assets. However, people also use estate liquidations in order to declutter or downsize before a move, make extra money, or help elderly parents relocate to assisted living, etc.

No matter the reason to liquidate an estate, a team of professional liquidators can play a key role in a successful liquidation process. An estate liquidation sale refers to the selling of personal property belonging to an estate. Estate liquidations are typically conducted after the death of a loved one to liquidate their assets. However, people also use estate liquidations to declutter or downsize before a move, make extra money, help elderly parents relocate to assisted living, etc. No matter the reason to liquidate an estate, a team of professional liquidators can play a vital role in a successful liquidation process.


What Does Liquidation Sale Mean?

The individuals tasked as the estate manager will work with an estate liquidator, like the Estate Pros, to price and catalog any sellable items. In most cases, this personal property sells in an estate sale or auction-type setting, and the items go to the highest bidders. Occasionally, an estate liquidator may offer a cash buyout to purchase all estate contents. Learn more about what an estate sale is here.


What Do Estate Liquidators Do?

Estate liquidators, like the Estate Pros, bring together and manage all the different parts of an estate sale and oversee all of the operations of the estate liquidation. We are qualified professionals whose expertise in the industry enables us the efficiency necessary to manage all estate sale liquidation services. An estate liquidator (or estate liquidation company) or professional estate sale company such as the Estate Pros will manage your estate sale and provide the estate liquidation services necessary. The process typically includes the presale, sale-day, and post-sale tasks.

Pre-Sale Tasks

During the presale, the estate liquidator carefully sorts the furnishings and other household items for sale to appraise their value. In some cases, items may be valuable antiques or family heirlooms that require a trained eye to appraise and price them correctly. When pricing estate sale items, the estate liquidator often performs Google photo and lens searches and researches eBay or other online auction “sold” listings. The estate liquidator may contact local specialists or auction houses about fine art and rare items. Like the Estate Pros, professional estate liquidators price each sale item. People often call estate sales “tag sales” or “moving sales” because almost everything across the estate sale has a price tag.

Presale duties of the estate liquidator also include organizing, setting up, and staging the estate sale items for sale. The estate liquidator attractively displays the home’s contents before opening the doors to potential shoppers.

The estate liquidator also advertises the sale as a part of the liquidation services, and they hope to promote a good turnout. The estate sale company will list the deal on their social channels and major estate sale industry websites. They will also send email notifications to their subscribers and, in some circumstances, place newspaper classified ads. They will also set up prominent street signs to attract adventurous shoppers.


Sale-Day Tasks

On sale days, the estate sale liquidator monitors all aspects of the event, including handling sales transactions and customer service duties, managing traffic throughout the premises, and overseeing an onsite staff of sales associates and perhaps security personnel.

The estate sale liquidation staff answers shoppers’ questions about sale items and assists in making the actual sales. When customers are ready to pay for their items, staff members will direct them to the cashier to handle payment. The cashier records each transaction, whether cash, credit cards, or digital payments, and answers any last-minute purchase questions.

Post-Sale Tasks

It’s rare to sell every item during an estate sale. As part of an estate liquidator’s duties, they dispose of any remaining items. After closing the estate sale, the homeowner usually decides what to keep, dispose of, or donate to charity. Then the estate sale company coordinates this donation process. The estate liquidator may allow for next-day pickup when handling large, paid-for “sold” items. Staff members may also ship paid-for items to other locations.

From here, the estate sale liquidators or a hired cleaning service will clean the home and ensure it for transition to the new owner. The agreed upon estate sale service fee or commission percentage in the estate sale contract will be deducted from the proceeds to pay the estate sale company, then the homeowner gets the remaining funds. The company also draws a transaction report detailing sold inventory. That’s it, you’re done!


How Much Do Estate Liquidators Charge?

Typically, sellers do not pay the estate liquidator directly, and instead, estate liquidators take a portion of the estate sale’s gross proceeds. Estate sale service fees, or commissions, usually range from 25 to 50 percent. As a result, the estate liquidator and the seller benefit when the estate items sell at the highest possible prices. Learn more about estate sales. See a detailed breakdown on how much Estate Liquidators Charge.

Common Estate Sale Commission Structures

Estate liquidators use several methods to determine an estate sale commission percentage.

Most commonly, estate liquidators use a set commission percentage for all of their estate sales. Some estate liquidators will use a sliding scale commission structure (i.e., higher-grossing sale incurs a lower commission percentage, and vice versa).

While structured and consistent, these methods of commission percentage need to account for the size or complexity of the estate sale. Sometimes, the estate liquidators evaluate the estate to determine how much work is involved in preparing for and conducting the deal before deciding their commission percentage. For example, a well-organized home will require less presale prep work than a house full of clutter, resulting in a lower commission rate. At the same time, the liquidator evaluates the return they’ll likely get for their time investment. Consider these factors before arriving at a percentage commission.

Many estate liquidators will provide add-on services for an additional fee, including donation services, post-sale house clean-up, junk removal, etc. When considering estate liquidators, make sure you have clarity on any extra estate sale-related fees.

How Much Does It Cost To Have An Estate Sale?

As previously mentioned, most Estate Sale Companies usually charge a commission of 25% to 50% of the Estate Sale. However, if you decide to run an Estate Sale on your own, you must pick up all the costs yourself. Here are some of the typical expenses you may incur::


You will likely need a way to organize and price your estate sale items and their buyers. Folding tables, shelving units, boxes, sorting containers, etc., are typically purchased. You will also need to identify what each item will cost. Sellers typically buy price tags, stickers, and a pricing gun. Consider buying floor protection or shoe covers as well. Advertising signs are also helpful when placed at the end of the street and in your driveway. Be mindful that these supply costs will start to stack up.



How will people know about your Estate Sale? You’ve got to advertise! You can advertise for free on social media, Craigslist, NextDoor App, etc. If you’d like to spend a few bucks, you can even spring for some ads on estate sale industry websites such as and These sites cater to individuals looking to shop at Estate Sales. It may cost you $100 or so to list on each site, but it’s well worth it. The ads serve as highly targeted marketing to individuals looking for Estate Sales


Hopefully, you’ll have friends and family available to assist you in running your Estate Sale. Otherwise, you may have to pay a few people to help out. Consider the need for the following roles:

  • Cashier.
  • Door person for greeting and security.
  • A few people walk around and assist shoppers.


Check with your city, township, county, and other governing groups to see if permits are required and how much they will cost.

Feeling overwhelmed yet?!? It’s ok! Hiring an estate sales professional like the Estate Pros can maximize your profits while minimizing your involvement. These services may be absolutely priceless when dealing with a death, divorce, or downsizing.

Go with the Estate Pros!!!

The Estate Pros are consistently ranked amongst the top estate sale companies in America, as recognized by,, and others. We specialize in assisting families and individuals who require residential liquidation, donation, clean out, and personal property appraisal services.

The Estate Pros is an estate sale industry authority with hundreds of years of combined experience amongst our ownership and staff. Our owners, sales teams, and support staff hold the highest professionalism and experiential service standards, treating our clients and shoppers with the utmost care, compassion, and respect.

The Estate Pros pay meticulous attention to detail as we handle every aspect of the estate sale process from start to finish. Our experts will work with you from the initial free consultation to the complete execution of your event and everything in between. You don’t need to lift a finger; we take care of everything for you!s Contact the Estate Pro!!! Learn more about hiring an estate sale company.

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The Estate Pros are the most professional estate sale company in the area serving homes like yours all across southeast Michigan. We are consistently ranked amongst the top estate sale companies in America, recognized by and other industry authorities.

We pay meticulous attention to every detail as we handle each aspect of the estate sale process from start to finish. Our experts will work with you from the initial free consultation to the complete execution of your event and everything in between. You don’t need to lift a finger; the Estate Pros will take care of everything for you!

What Our Clients are Saying

Cathie HaynesCathie Haynes ★★★★★ As the only living relative, the responsibility of clearing out my loved ones home fell entirely on me. I live 2300 miles away in another state so I needed the job done quickly…. Estate Pros to the rescue! Jonathon and his team were professional, knowledgeable and got the job done expeditiously and without incident. He was able to get many items donated to various charities and dispose of the rest. They took anxiety out of what would normally be a very stressful situation. Jonathon and his crew are fantastic!Response from the ownerThanks Cathie! Kellie DevitoKellie Devito ★★★★★ Jonathan and his crew were amazing and made a difficult situation much easier. I highly recommend Estste Pros!Response from the ownerThanks Kellie! Ashanti BlandAshanti Bland ★★★★★ Estate Pros. are thee absolute way to go if you’re looking to have an estate sale. Jonathan and Jay are the consummate professionals. They made what could’ve been a totally stressful situation so easy and calm. I literally had to do nothing but schedule the sale. Kudos to the whole Estate Pros. team!!Response from the ownerThanks Ashanti, it’s been such a pleasure to assist you! michael krzystowczykmichael krzystowczyk ★★★★★ Fast, friendly, and professional!Response from the ownerThanks Mike, we appreciate your business! Jeffrey MeralJeffrey Meral ★★★★★ So helpful. Perfect experience. I could not ask for better service. Thank you and your team for everything you did to help.Response from the ownerThanks Jeffrey, it was a pleasure to be able to honor your mother and your family. Dave ChehDave Cheh ★★★★★ Jonathan did an outstanding job with achieving his commitments to schedule, estate sales, documentation, after sales donations and clean out. I would use Estate Pros services again.Response from the ownerThanks Dave, it was a pleasure to assist your family! Kevin GoldmanKevin Goldman ★★★★★ Jonathon at Estate Pros is an absolute gem! His dedication to organizing my in-laws estate sale was truly remarkable. Jonathon's professionalism, attention to detail, and friendly demeanor made the entire process enjoyable. Highly recommend his services! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Response from the ownerThanks Kevin, it was such a pleasure to assist Barry, Judy and your family! Holly Snow-McMainHolly Snow-McMain ★★★★★ Super professional. Exceeded expectations!Trustworthy and dependable. Worth every penny! I would definitely use them again.Response from the ownerThanks Holly, it was such a pleasure to assist you! Kevin RiceKevin Rice ★★★★★ Jonathan and his team were great they did everything they said they would do. Anything that did not sell was set up to be donated and that also went smooth. I would HIGHLY recommend Estate Pro's for any estate sale.Response from the ownerThanks Kevin! It was such a pleasure to assist your family! Chuck HooverChuck Hoover ★★★★★ Jonathan came out to my in-laws home after we needed to move them into a retirement community. He patiently spent a great deal of time going through the home and providing us solid advice based on our specific needs.He showed up on time for each appointment and supervised a donation visit from Habitat for Humanity and also a clean out of the remaining items that needed to be hauled away and assembled a great team of people to get that done swiftly and efficiently.I would highly recommend his services.Response from the ownerThanks Chuck! It was such a pleasure to assist your family! Geoffrey KasselmanGeoffrey Kasselman ★★★★★ Outstanding communications from beginning to end. Great hustle and great results. Honest, timely, solid follow-thru. They did things for us that other estate sale vendors wouldn't. Recommending Estate Pros with two thumbs up!Response from the ownerThanks Geoff, it was such a pleasure to honor your mother! Sheryl GordonSheryl Gordon ★★★★★ Our experience with Estate Pros was actually a 10 star. Jonathan was a gentleman always informative, always connected and a hard worker. Always considerate and reassuring during the emotional time of moving. The sale went well, and he made all arrangements for things to be taken out of the house at the end.Highly recommend estate pros. That was the easiest part of the move and I didn’t have to do anything!Thank you again estate pros, and Jonathan .Response from the ownerThanks Sheryl! It was a pleasure to assist you! Lisa StorcLisa Storc ★★★★★ Estate Pros is an exceptionally organized enterprise. They clearly mark non-selling zones with painters' tape while still artfully displaying saleable items. The team is well-run and respectful of their clients' wishes and buyers' investments. The owner even met with me on a separate day to help load furniture. I strongly recommend working with Estate Pros whether you are buying or selling.Response from the ownerThanks Lisa! We appreciate you shopping with us! B JB J ★★★★★ Amazing company to deal with professional honest love jonathan he’s the best to work with. I will definitely use their business again.Response from the ownerThank you! Such a pleasure to assist you! Deanna ThomasDeanna Thomas ★★★★★ Jonathan from Estate Pros is absolutely amazing! He was incredible from start to finish! Everything he said he would do he followed through to its completion! This is a rare commodity now a days! If he tells you he’s gonna do it, he will do it! I would hire him over and over again! You will not be disappointed! Estate Pros has integrity! There was an issue with parking and he went above and beyond his call of duty to make it all work! Can’t say enough good things about this company!!Response from the ownerThanks Deanna! It was such a pleasure to assist your family. Wishing you the best of success in North Carolina! Marcia ZaitchikMarcia Zaitchik ★★★★★ Jonathan and his team did a stellar job on our estate sale. He was ableto work the sale in on our tight time frame and was available for every question. Everything was set up, appraised, priced, photographed, and put online which gave us the most money possible. I highly recommend Jonathan and Estate Pros for handling any sale.Response from the ownerThanks Marcia! So glad we were able to help! Dawn MoniqueDawn Monique ★★★★★ Jonathan and team are AWESOME!!! I had to have a last minute estate sale. Jonathan and team took on the challenge when others would not. They priced items, marketed the sale and conducted the sale in less than 2 weeks. In addition, I heard from a few people who attended the sale and and said they were very professional and welcoming. And that’s not all, they also arranged and were present for the charitable donation pickup for the few items that were left from the sale. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Estate Pros for your estate sale.Response from the ownerThanks Dawn!!! It was such a pleasure to assist your family! Brian S.Brian S. ★★★★★ If you’re looking for a estate sale company this is the one you want. Jonathon and crew run this professionally just like how you would want something to be run.We interviewed 2 other companies prior to Jonathon’s.Both of them left a weird feeling after we met them with my wife and I. It was like they did it as a hobby and weren’t that organized is best way to describe the other 2. One of them I had my concerns about even getting paid after the sale because he seemed a little shady.But as soon as we met Jonathan I knew this was the place. This is what he does for a living vs a hobby like other companies. He is well organized and you get your check fast after the sale.As a person who owns multiple businesses myself, I am 100% well pleased with this operation!Great job guys and thank you!SincerelyBrian and CherylResponse from the ownerThanks Brian! It’s been such a pleasure to assist you and Cheryl! Darin R.Darin R. ★★★★★ Lots of items on offer pricing negotiable, staff at the sale seemed very knowledgeable.Response from the ownerThanks Darin! Jennifer BowlerJennifer Bowler ★★★★★ Estate Pros is amazing! We recently enlisted them to assist us with an estate sale in Bloomfield Hills and they did a phenomenal job. Jonathan was responsive to our questions every step of the way and he made the entire process so smooth and seamless. He managed every detail related to the estate sale with such care and professionalism, even providing detailed itemization of the sales and subsequent donation items. We are so impressed with the Estate Pros team and we highly recommend them!!Response from the ownerThanks Jennifer! It was such a pleasure to assist your family! js_loader

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The Estate Pros have been proudly serving Oakland, Macomb and parts of Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer & Wayne counties for the past 15 years. No matter what your situation calls for, the Estate Pros are here to help!


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