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

Excellent4.7Jim 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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