What is and Estate Sale? - Estate Pros

  • Pros and Cons
  • Rules
  • Average Proceeds
  • Common Mistakes
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Estate Sales, sometimes referred to as “Tag Sales,” are used to sell personal property, either your own or on behalf of a family member, friend, etc. What is an estate sale exactly? 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.

During an estate sale, the general public is invited into the home and provided the opportunity to purchase items made available for sale by the homeowner/seller. A professional estate sale company such as the Estate Pros organizes and conducts the event on behalf of the homeowner.

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What is an Estate Sale? Here are a few key characteristics:

  1. Usually occur inside a home, condo, or apartment.
  2. They are open to the public.
  3. Typically occur over the course of 2-3 days.
  4. Offer a large variety of personal items, etc.
  5. Merchandised like a boutique retail environment to boost sales.
  6. Generally selling everything: furniture, artwork, decor, housewares, clothing, etc.
  7. Most individual items are priced.
  8. Items are usually discounted as the sale progresses.
  9. If smaller, it may be conducted by the individual and not by a professional.
  10. If the items are valuable or the situation is complex, estate sales are best conducted by professionals such as the Estate Pros.

To learn more about estate sales and all of their moving parts head over to our main estate sale knowledge page here.

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Pros and Cons of Estate Sales

Pros

Whether you’ve lost a loved one or have decided to downsize and move, choosing what to do with personal belongings can be difficult and emotional. In addition, knowing how to organize, market, set up and price such belongings in order to conduct an estate sale can be extremely overwhelming.

Hiring an estate sale company is usually the most effective solution. A professional estate sale company can help remove the burden and stress of this process by handling every aspect of your transition. Most estate sale companies provide quick and efficient services, leaving the home empty, cleaned, and ready to go.

Cons

In having an estate sale, there are a few negatives to consider.

  • Entrusting your home and valuables to a third-party service
  • Paying a commission for the sale of your property
  • Allowing strangers into your home to shop through your items
  • Selling some of your items at discounted prices

Finding the right estate sale company is critical, and although finding the right estate sale company does take some work, it’s certainly a worthwhile effort. Learn more about common estate sale mistakes.

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Estate Sale Rules

Rules and proper etiquette at estate sales are common and necessary. On any given weekend, if you attend an estate sale, you’ll find that most estate sale companies will display their shopping rules via signs throughout the home, clearly defining such guidelines as:

  • Whether or not to remove your shoes in order to enter the residence
  • Where to place items on hold
  • If bids are allowed on certain items
  • What forms of payment are accepted – cash, credit, checks, digital pay, etc
  • & more
  • No Hoarding Items

Average Estate Sale Proceeds

Why do most people have an estate sale? In short, estate sales are a terrific way to sell stuff for a great value in a short time frame. They are the best way to reach a large buying audience looking for specific household items and goods. Not to mention, the average estate sale grosses nearly $20,000! You can learn more about Estate Liquidations here. Want to learn more about how estate sale companies charge their clients? The mechanics behind that is pretty straight forward.

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Estate Sale Pricing Guidelines

Every estate sale is different, with each estate representing an individual’s or a family’s lifetime collection of personal items. This presents a wide variety of possible inventory from estate to estate, requiring varying approaches as to how these items are evaluated.

The majority of time spent preparing an estate sale is focused on pricing. This is why it’s essential to rely on professionals like the Estate Pros, who can provide you with the services of a certified appraiser. The Estate Pros have pricing down to a science. Our certified appraisers will quickly review and evaluate your items and estimate how much they will sell for.

Estate Sale vs. Garage Sale

Estate Sales, Tag Sales, and Moving Sales, are all commonly interchangeable terms used to describe the liquidation of personal property. However, there are definitely distinct differences between these terms and what is known as a garage sale.

Estate sales typically occur when people need to empty an entire home due to the death of a loved one. They are also common when downsizing, moving, dealing with a divorce, or resolving debt. Estate Sales can contain furniture, artwork, jewelry, decor, rugs, vehicles, firearms, etc, and are usually held inside a residence. When hiring a professional estate sale company like the Estate Pros, you will receive a full suite of tailored services, from the initial consultation all the way to the complete cleanout of the residence. That’s the Estate Pros difference!

Whereas garage sales and/or yard sales occur outside the interior of a home and are generally a means for individuals or families to sell a few unwanted household items, garage sales typically do not contain expensive or high-end items.

In addition, there are differences in the way estate sales are advertised and marketed versus a garage sale. Estate sales tend to be promoted to larger audiences via online industry websites, social media, email marketing, etc. This professionally targeted approach can attract interested buyers, dealers, and collectors from all over the world. Unlike garage sales and yard sales, which are typically marketed locally via hand-made flyers taped and street signs.

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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! Learn more about Hiring and Estate Sale company.

What Our Clients are Saying

Excellent4.8Anita CassettaAnita Cassetta ★★★★★ We used cleanout service. Very professional, helpful and thorough. Great service.Response from the ownerThanks Anita! Kimberly SikandKimberly Sikand ★★★★★ Jonathan and the Estate Pros team did an amazing job! Everyone was super friendly and they left the house super clean! Thank you, Estate ProsResponse from the ownerThanks Kim!!! RichardRichard ★★★★★ Estate pros are very professional. I used them to clean out a house and they did an excellent job. Johnathon was very helpful and his crew did an an excellent job. I would definitely use them again.Response from the ownerThanks Richard! Kristy StevensonKristy Stevenson ★★★★★ Jonathan and his team are fabulous. We really appreciated that he coordinated with Habitat for Humanity to donate items from my mom’s house to help families in the community. The team then cleaned out the house, including sweeping and vacuuming the floors. They worked tirelessly on a hot and humid June day. From the start Jonathan promised my mom’s house would be cleaned out in 1 day and that is exactly what happened. We highly recommend Estate Pros.Response from the ownerThanks Kristy!!! karen meldrumkaren meldrum ★★★★★ Top notch company, from first phone call to the day of pick up. They were wonderful to work with, Will definitely be using them again!Response from the ownerThanks Karen! Martha TaylorMartha Taylor ★★★★★ Amazing and speedy service! Left the house immaculate. Couldn’t recommend more strongly!Response from the ownerThanks Martha! We appreciate you using our Express Estate Liquidation services! Meghan LaRoccaMeghan LaRocca ★★★★★ Jonathan made the process so easy! We would recommend him and Estate Pros to anyone. Thank you!!Response from the ownerThanks Meghan! Chris ArthurChris Arthur ★★★★★ Estate Pros was amazing to work with. Jonathan was always quick to return calls or texts with any questions we had. He was very honest and accurate with the options available to us and was true to his word.Closing the estate of your loved one is extremely emotional and challenging. Jonathan walked with us through the process with great care and compassion taking a lot of the stress and anxiety off our shoulders. Thinking of having to pack up and disburse of our loved ones items to places that would make good use them for charity’s was daunting and overwhelming. Estate Pros handled it All and we know that the items will be used to help others.Thank you Jonathan! We highly recommend Estate Pros!Response from the ownerThanks Chris!!! Doug HunekeDoug Huneke ★★★★★ Quick and complete. Also liked the cleaning after hauling out the stuff.Response from the ownerThanks Doug! We appreciate you using our Express Estate Liquidation services! Diane MeakinDiane Meakin ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThanks Diane! We appreciate you using our Express Estate Liquidation services! Cynthia MeyerCynthia Meyer ★★★★★ Although paring down and "getting rid of" all your stuff is quite emotional and not for the faint of heart, Estate Pros made the process professional, quick, and compassionate. Letting go is not easy. They made it OK. If you are faced with the decision of paring down, moving or dealing with a whirlpool of sadness oreven excitement for that next adventure, you might want to consider Estate Pros. They will give you confidence in your decision and when the job is done - whether an estate sale or the full house donation process, you will not only have a clean house, you will also have a new peace of mind.Response from the ownerThanks Cynthia! We appreciate you using our Express Liquidation Services! Q ZQ Z ★★★★★ Estate Pros are absolutely amazing to deal with. Emptying out years of furniture and just 'stuff' is a very stressful experience and Jon Tamlonovich, the owner, is very professional and makes it emotionally manageable and easy. Really easy! Just tell them what you want to get rid of and they show up with men and trucks and for the items to be donated to charity they bring the Habitat For Humanity people with them at the same time. Jon can then give you a "qualified appraisal" so that you can take a tax deduction on your next tax return. They provide the ultimate of 'one stop shopping', delivered on time and professionally. I could go on and on and on, but suffice it to say if I could give them and Jon ten stars I would!Response from the ownerThanks QZ! Chuck DeprezChuck Deprez ★★★★★ Estate pros was great to work with, I’d recommend them to my friends and family. Excellent communication along with good and timely work.Response from the ownerThanks Chuck! Anna 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!!! js_loader

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