What should you do with a house full of memories?
We get asked that a lot!
So we have prepared this helpful list of recommended “Dos and Donts”
to make your experience less stressful and more profitable!
First thing to do: call us! We can discuss a variety of options with you and are happy to provide a free consultation.
Then you can help by doing the following things:
-Make sure you and your family have removed everything you wish to keep from the home prior to your estate sale company starting their work.
-Tell people you know how great the sale will be and the dates of your sale!
-Tell your neighbors who we are and what we are doing there. We are a business and are not there to gossip about your family, as you as our client are our number one priority! We will be polite, but visits from neighbors to inquire about things as we work often interferes with our ability to efficiently and effectively get you top dollar for your items.
-Understand that we may sell some of your items prior to sale publication and advertising in order to best do our job. Examples of this include homes where rooms are small and furniture is pre-sold to allow for safe movement in the home, selling items on eBay rather than locally, to specific buyers or jewelry stores. This is always done with the client's best interest in mind.
-Empty all refrigerators and freezers completely or advise us if you need us to do so. 5 year old frozen chicken is no one's friend!
-Do remove all food from kitchen cupboards. If it is new and still sealed, we can sell it. If not, it can be thrown away.
-Continue to have lawn mowed, snow shoveled, and trash picked up until after your sale.
-If you know the realtor that will be selling your home, please tell us and have them provide business cards as we often get asked and this may help sell your home! However, we ask that your realtor not actively list/show the home until our work is completed. If your timeline is such that you cannot wait for this, it may be in your best interest to have an offsite sale.
-Understand that it takes approximately 200 hours of labor to adequately prepare and run a successful estate sale.
-Understand that dates of your sale may change from originally planned due to weather or competing community events or sales, as we want you to have the best possible turnout for your sale.
-Understand that three weeks minimum is required for preparation of your sale.
Understand that we price items in a range where we know they have the best chance to sell. This will often be significantly less than you paid for the item, but our number one goal is to provide you with an empty home.
-Expect that cleanup of the property and removal of remaining items may take up to 1 week after the sale.
-Expect that removal of large items that do not sell may incur extra expenses.
-Call us if you have any questions!
We recommend that you do not:
-Get a dumpster and throw things away. Often families throw away items that will sell at a sale believing it is junk. We can do that for you and sort as we prepare. One man's trash is another's treasure!
-Spend days sorting paperwork- we will have to sort through the home anyway and can confidentially destroy paperwork containing your information and will set aside items for you that will be needed for taxes, the estate, memories or medical care.
-Allow friends, family and neighbors to gain early entrance to the sale. They should plan to come to the sale on the advertised dates like the general public as this will hurt your overall sale proceeds if allowed, as other buyers will assume it is “picked over”.
-Worry about disposal of chemicals and other specific items. We will take care of it legally and within state and local regulations.
-Shut off power, water, air conditioning or heat until after the sale.
-Throw away cardboard boxes, plastic bags, newspapers, etc. prior to the sale- we never seem to have enough for sale day so please leave them and we’ll use them.
-We advise that clients and family do not attend their sale, as this can be emotional and difficult for the family.
-Expect that large items such as freezers, couches, or furniture that were built in place will physically fit through doorways or hallways. Sometimes these items cannot be removed without risk of destruction of property which we will not do. Please advise us of these difficulties if you know them. We do not wish to damage your home in the process of removal so those items may be your responsibility to have moved outside if we cannot see a way to safely remove them.
This list of helpful tips is drawn from our years of experience, and may not be applicable to every situation. It is provided as a way for you to know what to expect because we understand that this can be daunting and overwhelming to know where to start. That is why we are here to help along the way! You should be able to count on your estate professionals to make your experience as stress free as possible.