Estate Sales Berkley, Michigan

Estate Pros is Berkley, Michigan’s leading provider of estate sale auctions.

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We have helped hundreds of people with estate sales in the Berkley area by helping them successfully and painlessly liquidate their personal property in order to move forward through the transition in their lives with ease. There are many things that factor into whether or not an estate sale will be successful, from accurate appraisals to careful organization, proper advertising, obtaining permits and more.

Estate Sales Berkley, Michigan

Estate sales are happening all over Michigan every single day with the help of local estate sale companies like the Estate Pros. While you may never have been to one before, they are a very popular way for people looking to liquidate their personal effects in one grand sweeping motion. There are a variety of reasons that someone may decide to hold an estate sale. Here are some of the most common:

Death of a loved one: This is one of the most common reasons people hold estate sales. Dealing with the death of a beloved family member carries a tremendous emotional and physical burden. Oftentimes, an entire house’s worth of belongings must be sorted through, and this task falls on the shoulders of the immediate family. Sorting through the things that someone spent their lifetime collecting and all the trips down memory lane can be a lot for the bereaved family. Hiring an estate sale company like Estate Pros makes the task easier, so the family can focus on healing and other important matters.

Major life changes: Sometimes people are just ready for a big change, like downsizing to an assisted living facility or a smaller house. Sometimes people just want to be free of all of their things to live a more lightweight existence by sailing around the world or hitting the road in an RV.

Hoarding situations: Cleaning out the home of a hoarder can often result in many things that present a biohazard and need to be disposed of, but equally as often is the case of simply too many belongings crammed into a single-occupant living space. Estate sales are a great way to sell all of the extra stuff and provide someone with a good chunk of cash and a fresh start.

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Bankruptcy/foreclosure: In a bankruptcy or foreclosure sale, the bank or financial institution may want to liquidate all assets.

Moving overseas from Berkley, Michigan: A big move overseas is one reason people choose to have estate sales. If they aren’t that attached to their things, rather than pay expensive shipping costs, many people prefer to liquidate their belongings and start fresh in their new country of residence.

Divorce and asset allocation: Asset allocation is a big component in many divorces, and when people cannot agree on who should keep what, liquidation of belongings for their market value is a popular solution.

Estate Auction Companies

Estate sale companies like Estate Pros in Berkley know how to handle all of the ins and outs of running a successful estate sale and getting you the best return possible on your personal property. It’s vital that you hire a company that is trustworthy and has a AAA reputation. These people will be in your home handling your personal property, so professionalism is a must. There are a great number of tasks that go into preparing for an estate sale: moving heavy furniture, cleaning, cataloging, sorting the items, labeling items, payment processing, marketing the sale effectively, obtaining all necessary permits, and more.

There are certainly benefits and disadvantages to having an estate sale versus selling the items individually through online auctions like eBay or networks like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.

The Pros of Having an Estate Sale

Eases transition and hassle: The situations that prompt the need to have an estate sale can cause a large emotional burden. Sorting and going through a full house’s worth of items can be a physically demanding task that few can do easily on their own, and enlisting the help of family and friends is a necessity. Hiring a professional estate sales company with experience does wonders for easing your anxiety and freeing up your time. There are a lot of things that go into having an estate sale, including moving heavy furniture, cleaning, cataloging and sorting the items, labeling items, payment processing, marketing the sale effectively, obtaining all necessary permits, and more.

Professional appraisal: Having a professional appraiser estimate the value of your belongings is a wise move. It’s hard to know exactly what something is worth, especially if the items were not originally purchased by you. It takes a keen eye and a good sense of the current market to correctly price a broad variety of items such as those found in an estate sale in Berkley.

Estate sale advertising: Shoppers looking to purchase from estate sales can find your sale easily. Estate Pros makes sure to advertise through multiple channels, including online on websites like EstateSales.net, EstateSales.com, and EstateSales.org.

Thoughtful and careful staging: An estate sale professional like those at Estate Pros knows how to display items in their best light, and will bring all necessary tables and shelves with which to do so.

Permitting needs are handled: There is no need for you to worry about obtaining the necessary permits, which differ from city to city. For estate sales in Berkley, you may have two sales per year, three consecutive days each, but you must apply for a permit from the city to do so.

Maximum return in the smallest window of time: If you just want to be done with it in one swift motion, estate sales are the way to go.

The Cons of Having an Estate Sale

Don’t expect to get top dollar for your items: Though they are more lucrative than garage sales, estate sales don’t bring in record-smashing prices for items. Generally, shoppers at estate sales are looking for a good deal and are willing to spend the time hunting for whatever they are looking for. Since estate sales are typically held over the course of two days, items will be marked down about 50% on the second day of the sale. Some people will be there before the sale begins to get ahead of the other potential buyers, and many will come back the second day for a better price.

Fees involved: Typically, an estate sale company in Berkley will take around 30% of the revenue from the sale. Commissions on high-ticket items like motor vehicles can generally be lower, but you need to negotiate with your estate sale professional to come to an agreement about these prior to the sale.

Strangers will be in your home:  Since estate sales are typically held inside a private residence, you must be comfortable having strangers walking in and out of your property.

What Happens to Estate Sale Leftovers

The leftovers from an Estate Sale can be donated, sold privately or kept by the owner. Typically, there are always things that don’t sell at an estate sale, but that doesn’t mean they are worthless! Making a tax-deductible donation can save you money on your tax returns and help support a person in need.

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Estate Pros has been thoughtfully and carefully handling estate liquidation processes for customers in Michigan for over 15 years. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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What Our Clients are Saying

Excellent4.8Anna DwyerAnna Dwyer ★★★★★ John and his team were extremely knowledgable and kind in handling my father in law's needs. Will work with them again once he is ready to move.Response from the ownerThanks Anna! Janis KotulaJanis Kotula ★★★★★ They are very accommodating, clean, and kind!Response from the ownerThanks Janis!!! Luann BarrettaLuann Barretta ★★★★★ Estate pros made it very easy and efficient for us. Great job. Highly recommendedResponse from the ownerThanks Luann! Kristy KasapisKristy Kasapis ★★★★★ Absolutely incredible company! On time, efficient and professional. Did a great job at our home and would definitely use again. Jonathan is very friendly and so were his men. They left the house clean as well.Response from the ownerThanks Kristy! ELIZABETH PATTENELIZABETH PATTEN ★★★★★ Jonathon was very easy to work with. We contracted for clean out services. The did a great job. We would definitely use them again.Response from the ownerThanks Elizabeth!!! Kendra MalloryKendra Mallory ★★★★★ Excellent service and communication! They cleaned out our grandmother's house of 77 years in 1 day!Response from the ownerThanks Kendra! Jim 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! 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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