Do You Need A Permit For An Estate Sale?

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So you’ve inherited a house full of belongings, and you know you will need to sell many of them. For many, an estate sale is the best way to liquidate a large quantity of personal possessions that may vary in type and value. Since a sale of this type is uncharted territory for most people, you may also be wondering what /if any rules and regulations there are for holding an estate sale. How can you know what your property is worth? Do you need a permit for an estate sale?


Estate Sale Permits in Michigan

Permitting requirements for estate sale in Michigan vary from city to city, and estate sale permits are often limited to only a few per year at a given location. The costs and requirements for obtaining a permit can range from $5 – $15 depending on the location, and you must find out what they are for your particular township, county, or city. The last thing you want is to do all the legwork involved in preparing, organizing, cleaning, cataloging, pricing, advertising, setting up, and receiving a good turnout of buyers, only to have a neighbor complain and have your sale shut down.

You will need to not only keep in mind the permitting needed for the sale itself, but also whatever parking arrangements need to be made for the area where the sale will happen. If your estate sale is a success, then there will be a number of people coming to the sale, and the logistics of this must be taken into consideration. Estate sale companies, like Estate Pros, will know and obtain all permits needed for you, saving you the legwork and hassle of gathering all of the proper documentation.

How Much Is A Estate Sale Permit

Depending on which city you are located in, the price of a garage sale permit can range from $5-$15, and in some areas, it increases with each subsequent sale. Additionally, many cities limit households from holding more than 4 sales per year. Many people may object to these requirements, but they are in place to protect occupants of a quiet neighborhood from the habits of a small group of people who may become a nuisance in the neighborhood by setting up a second hand store of sorts at their residential property. Obtaining the proper permitting for your sale is a piece of cake with Estate Pros at the helm.


Is Having an Estate Sale Worth It

Garage sale shoppers typically want a steal of a deal and generally don’t expect to pay more than $5-$10 for items. The benefits of having an estate sale versus a garage sale are numerous. Estate sales allow you to have your property evaluated by a professional eye, and priced according to it’s fair market value. It would be unrealistic to expect yourself to know the value of the various properties you may have inherited, and by using someone who has spent a lifetime evaluating the worth of such items you can be sure that there is no hidden value you may have missed. A professional estate sale company will know how to stage your items so they are displayed in their best light and will bring any and all shelves, tables or materials to aid this. Oftentimes, people are looking to clean out a whole house, which may include vehicles, clothing, furniture, art, jewelry, collectables, sporting equipment and more.

Benefits of an Estate Sale:

  • All permitting and licenses needed for the specific city, county or township  is taken care of
  • Have your property evaluated by a professional eye and accurately appraised to give you an idea of fair market value
  • Benefit from advertising efforts made by personal property appraiser
  • Items will be cataloged and meticulously inventoried
  • Staging of your items to display them in their best light
  • Organization and ease of sale and transactions
  • 1-3 day sales to allow all those interested to come shop

Personal Property Appraisal License

We follow the high standards and guidelines of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and all of our appraisers are members of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). We handle each and every appraisal with absolute professionalism, attention to detail and flexibility. The International Society of Appraisers provides a complete training program and best practices appraisal methodology and is open to those who have already established themselves in a compatible profession or study. Many appraisers come from backgrounds in museum curation, art galleries, jewelry, fashion, antique collecting or sales, banking, or are recent graduates of Art History or Art & Design. It is always a smart idea to have the high value contents of your home professionally appraised so you can know their true worth. People often seek out personal property appraisals for reasons such as:

  • Insurance Coverage/Claims
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Donations
  • Estate Planning
  • Distribution
  • Loan Collateral
  • Moving Company Insurance/Claims
  • Equitable Division
  • Probate Tax
  • Trust Planning
  • Personal Records
  • Expert witness/Litigation services
  • Selling Personal Items
  • Reviews/Second Opinions
  • Identification/Authentication of Property

A personal property appraisal license is needed to work as an appraiser, however, accurate appraisals take a trained eye and you definitely get what you pay for. The market value of your family heirlooms may surprise you, though oftentimes their sentimental value may be worth more. Have you ever watched Antiques Roadshow and found yourself feeling a rush as the show’s guests find out the value of their belongings? Many people have items that may have been handed down for generations and you don’t have to make it television to solve the mystery of your family heirloom’s value. A single stamp collection gathering dust in your attic could bring you a life changing windfall.

Having your belongings appraised by a professional personal property appraiser will help you access the true market value of your items and sometimes it will surprise you for good or bad! While it’s certainly exciting to find out that something you inherited may hold secret value, some things are more valuable for the sentimental significance that they bring to you. A personal property appraiser will help you sort out the difference between what is valuable on the public market, and what you should keep. In the case of items with primarily sentimental value, we recommend that you keep these items.

Estate Pros – The Best In The Business

The Estate Pros team has conducted thousands of estate sales over the course of the past 15+ years in Southeastern Michigan. With the pro’s at Estate Pros handling all of the permitting requirements, you won’t have to worry about a thing! Our professional reputation in Oakland, Macomb, and parts of Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer & Wayne counties is second to none and we pride ourselves on getting our customers top dollar for their personal property. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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What Our Clients are Saying

Excellent4.7Jim BarbaressoJim Barbaresso ★★★★★ After interviewing 3 estate sale companies, we chose Estate Pros, and it was a great decision. Communication, documentation, sensitivity, respect, responsiveness, friendliness, and candidness were extremely important to my family as we dealt with the contents of my mother’s house (during a time of heightened emotions) to prepare the house for sale … and Jonathan and his team excelled in all areas. They’re experts in handling estate assets in the best possible way.Response from the ownerThanks Jim & Suzy!!! J ZhJ Zh ★★★★★ They provided an excellent service. Brad helped me pack the dining table in my SUV very perfectly. I really appreciate their service!JZResponse from the ownerThanks JZ!!! Helene ParryHelene Parry ★★★★★ Jonathon of Estate Pros and his crew handled our estate sale as professionals. Could not have asked for a better sale, set up and clean up. Thank you Jonathon-Jim ParryResponse from the ownerThanks Jim & Helene! Greg ToddGreg Todd ★★★★★ A very positive experience overall! Jonathan was both courteous and professional throughout planning and moving our furniture. Much appreciated and we will recommend Estate Pros to our friends and family. Thanks for a great job!Response from the ownerThanks Greg! Jim OleksinskiJim Oleksinski ★★★★★ All my junk (rooms and rooms) was cleared out in a timely manner.Response from the ownerThanks Jim! Andy SchulistAndy Schulist ★★★★★ Well organized sales, fun and friendly. Owner is knowledgeable and helpful. Always a pleasure buying furniture and decor here.Response from the ownerThanks Andy! Elena MettlerElena Mettler ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThanks Elena! Terese BaltesTerese Baltes ★★★★★ ESTATE PROS is THE TEAM you will brag to your friends about. The entire experience from 1st phone call to last exchange exceeded expectations. Top notch communication, responsiveness, professionalism and courtesy. Trust them to provide the most comprehensive service. We wanted quick action and they delivered. Thank you Estate Pros - you earned our sincere thanks and appreciation.Response from the ownerThanks Terese!!! Yvonne VerschuerenYvonne Verschueren ★★★★★ Estate Pros (Jonathan) as well as the guys that came out were hard working, friendly, and kept me in the loop. I love that they work with Habitat for Humanity which also came out. He assured me that as much as possible would be donated before using the landfill.I contacted Jonathan shortly after my father died, but did not use his services until I was ready several months later. There was never any pressure and he was very easy to work with.Response from the ownerThanks Yvonne! We are glad you were pleased with our donation and clean out services! Misty WilkinsonMisty Wilkinson ★★★★★ Super helpful team. Great experience buying from their sales.Response from the ownerThanks Misty! Jill Turner ZdyrskiJill Turner Zdyrski ★★★★★ Jonathan and his team were amazing! They were quick and tidy. Would recommend to anyone needing their services!Response from the ownerThanks Jill! We are so glad you were pleased with our donation & clean out services! Peggy PrimmPeggy Primm ★★★★★ Fast and friendly service, great prices! Would use them again for sure! Highly recommended!Response from the ownerThanks Peggy! Pamela BarnardPamela Barnard ★★★★★ They were quick, courteous, and nice to be around. No complaining, no grumbling just really good workers.Response from the ownerThanks Pamela! We’re glad you are pleased with our donation and clean out service! Pam JumpPam Jump ★★★★★ The absolute best there is in the estate sale business! It’s the content of a business owner’s character that speaks directly to what level of service you will receive from the business. Jonathon T is an exceptional human and remarkable business owner! He and his employees go above and beyond to make each person feel valued and appreciated. All the stars and more for Estate Pros!Response from the ownerThanks Pam! Andrew MadvinAndrew Madvin ★★★★★ The service was professional start to finish. The consultation, communication and conduct of the sale was a success! Highly recommended service.Response from the ownerThanks Andy!!! Sara RizaSara Riza ★★★★★ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Working with Jonathan at Estate Pros for the estate sale of my grandparents' condo was an absolute pleasure, and the results were beyond impressive. As my co-trustee and I navigated the intricate process of liquidating an extensive collection of art, fine furniture, and antiques, Jonathan's knowledge and expertise proved to be absolutely priceless.Jonathan's professionalism and attention to detail were evident from our initial consultation. He took the time to assess the unique aspects of our estate, providing valuable insights and a comprehensive plan tailored to our specific needs. His understanding of the art market, fine furniture, and antiques was not only impressive but also reassuring, setting the stage for a successful estate sale.Throughout the process, Jonathan's organizational skills and strategic approach were remarkable. He expertly curated and showcased each item, creating an inviting environment for potential buyers. His marketing efforts were equally effective, drawing in a discerning audience that appreciated the quality of our collection.What truly sets Jonathan apart is his commitment to client satisfaction. He communicated with transparency, keeping us informed at every step and addressing any concerns promptly. His dedication to maximizing the value of our estate while maintaining a respectful and considerate approach added immense value to the overall experience.The outcome of the estate sale exceeded our expectations, and we owe a significant part of that success to Jonathan at Estate Pros. If you are in search of a professional estate sale service with unparalleled knowledge, expertise, and a client-centric approach, I wholeheartedly recommend Jonathan. Thank you for making a challenging process seamless and rewarding! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Response from the ownerThanks Sara! Katie WilliamsonKatie Williamson ★★★★★ Not only did Jonathan and his fabulous crew perform above and beyond, but he is also instrumental in calming all sorts of squabbles, queries, and conflicts with Zen-like resolutions. All the while, getting the best price possible for your household items ~ big and small. His care for your worldly goods and personal effects is akin to having a member of your family take care of you. Maybe even better.Response from the ownerThanks Katie! Dawn BaldwinDawn Baldwin ★★★★★ Jonathan, the owner, has been a lifesaver!!! We never could have accomplished this move without his many service's. Jonathan and his staff are caring, honest, and hard working.Response from the ownerThanks Dawn! Kellie DevitoKellie Devito ★★★★★ Johnathan and his team were very helpful and made a difficult time much easier. Highly recommend the team!Response from the ownerThanks Kellie!!! Annette SpencerAnnette Spencer ★★★★★ Jonathan and his team are the best! You will be in such wonderful, professional and experienced hands. Jonathan made the whole process seamless and stress free. Give him a call, you will be glad you did!!Response from the ownerThanks Annette!!! js_loader

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