What is an Estate Sale?
Understanding what estate sales are and how they work is a significant first step. Here’s a brief explanation:
Estate Sales, sometimes referred to as “Tag Sales,” are used as a means of selling personal property, either your own, or on behalf of a family member, friend, etc. Estate sales usually contain far more items than your typical garage sale or yard sale and often take place inside a residence. They are designed to sell as many household contents as possible in a short period of time, frequently 2-3 days. In most cases, completely emptying the home is the desired outcome of an estate sale. You can learn more here.
You may also want to attend some estate sales in your area. This will help provide insights into what you’re looking for in an estate sale company.
Hire an Estate Sale Company
An experienced estate sale company can help to remove the emotion and stress from the process. Organizing an estate sale can be complex and time consuming, especially as it involves your personal property, or personal proerty of a loved one. Finding company you can trust with the right knowledge and experience is crucial. This company will spend hours inside your home with your valuable possessions. Be sure to do your due dilligence on the company you chose to hire. The estate sale industry is not regulated. Ask for references, read the company’s reviews, and always look for integrity and trustworthiness. Learn more in our Hiring Guide.
How to Find and Hire an Estate Sale Company
1/ In-Person Interview
We recommend doing in-person interviews. Interviewing a company is extremely helpful, getting a feel for a company and its staff in person goes a long way. An in-person interview also provides the estate sale company a chance to assess whether or not they can handle the sale and give an accurate quote based on seeing the contents of the estate. In addition, this gives you an opportunity to discuss scheduling and how quickly the estate sale needs to be conducted.
2/ Referrals & References
Gather some first-hand testimonials. Reaching out to family, friends, neighbors, etc, who’ve previously had estate sales should help you in deciding on which direction to go. Personal references are a great means to find trustworthy businesses. Checking online reviews is also helpful; Estate Pros have hundreds of perfect 5-star ratings!
3/ Reviews & Testimonials
The proof is in the pudding! Make sure to reference your prospective estate sale company’s online reviews, as well as, any testimonials, etc. in order to verify their reputation and track record.
How long has the estate sale company been in business? How many sales have they conducted throughout their tenure in the industry? Have they handled homes like yours? How do they manage pricing? Average sales, high-end sales, hoarder sales? Do they have certified appraisers on staff or the credentials & accreditations required to properly execute your sale?
The Estate Pros have you covered! With over 15 years of industry experience, the Estate Pros have successfully completed thousands of Estate Sales. We have certified appraisers on staff, and our comprehensive training programs and industry memberships ensure your dedicated Estate Pros sales team is prepared to handle your sale with the knowledge, authority, and skills necessary.
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How Much Does Hiring An Estate Sale Company Cost?
Is the estate sale company fee-based, or do they work off of a commission? Do they charge an extra fee for donation or trash removal once the sale is over? Estate Pros offers free post-sale donation management and reasonable trash removal service fees.
However, an estate sale company’s commission percentage or fees shouldn’t be the only determining factor when choosing a company. A lower service rate does not necessarily mean you will make more money. An estate sale company like the Estate Pros has 15 years of experience and will know if you may have valuable pieces or collections, possibly making you more money, while a less experienced estate sale company might miss the mark and improperly evaluate your items. Learn more in our pricing guide.
What Percentage Do Estate Sale Companies Take?
Most estate sale company commissions range from 25% to 50% of the total proceeds as their fee. While interviewing estate sale companies, you definitely want to make sure they have a contract available for your review. The estate sale contract should illustrate fee schedules, provided services, estimated timelines for pre-sale appraisal and set-up, operations, and post-sale cleanout. Also, review their point-of-sale system, how they handle the recording of transactions, and what kind of documentation they will provide post-sale. Learn more in our Liquidation Guide.
Go with the Estate Pros!!!
The Estate Pros are consistently ranked amongst the top estate sale companies in America as recognized by EstateSale.com and other industry authorities. We specialize in assisting families and individuals who are in need of residential liquidation, donation, cleanout, and personal property appraisal services.
The Estate Pros are an estate sale industry authority with hundreds of years of combined experience among our ownership and staff. Our owners, sales teams, and support staff are expected to hold the highest standards of professionalism and experiential service, treating each of 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 to avoid common estate sale mistakes. Our experts will work with you from the initial free consultation to the complete execution of your event and everything in between, all the way to the very last sweep of the broom in emptying out your home.
You don’t need to lift a finger; we take care of everything for you!
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Contact the Estate Pros!!!
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 EstateSale.com 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
Southeast Michigan Estate Sale Service Area
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!
- Auburn Hills
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