Frequently Asked Questions

FAQís How much do your services cost?
The average commission paid from the proceeds of an estate sale are between 25-35%  plus third party expenses which can include appraisals, trash removal, and cleaning. There are no upfront costs to you, the commissions and fees are paid from the proceeds of the sale.
How long does the process take?
The average estate will take around 2-3 weeks to liquidate from start to finish depending upon the size and inventory of the estate. Typically it takes 7-10 days to prep and price the estate, and put the marketing campaign in place. The actual sale will take place over a 2-3 day period typically on Thursdays Fridays, and Saturdays.
Should I be present during the sale?
An owner is always welcome to attend the sale, however  most often itís  a very emotional process and we recommend that owners and family members are not present during the sale. It can be very difficult to witness the liquidation of a loved oneís possessions.
How does the agent determine prices for my items?
The pricing of merchandise involves many different factors. Pricing items properly requires thoughtful examination, thorough research, and current knowledge of the market value of many different kinds of items. A true professional liquidator relies on the latest information provided by resources such as recent auction records, current antique and collectible pricing guides, as well as online reference sites and catalogs. In cases of unusual and valuable items the agent will seek the advice of a professional will relevant expertise in that area. Please review the info under "What canít be sold at an estate sales."
Are liquidator fees tax deductible?
If the estate is filing a fiduciary return, the professional fees can be an estate expense.
What is done with the things that donít sell?
Upon completion of the sale, the unsold items are disposed of per arrangement made ahead of time between the owner and the agent. Owners have the option to either donate remaining items to the charity of their choice, or have the agent designate a charity. In cases where unsold items are donated, agent will provide to the owner a receipt for tax deduction purposes.
Iím ready to hire a professional, what must I do?
First, you must remove all personal and sentimental property that you and your family wish to keep. If something that is not to be sold must remain on the property mark it clearly ďNOT FOR SALEĒ. Do not disconnect utilities, they are needed during the preparation and execution of the sale. Finally, DONíT THROW ANYTHING AWAYÖ..remember one manís trash can be another manís treasure.
What items canít be sold during an Estate Sale?
Some of the items that canít be sold include prescription medications, used medical equipment (can be donated), alcohol, and firearms which must be handled by a licensed dealer. There are also many plant and animal species that are protected under The Endangered Species Act, and can NEVER be sold. This can apply to rare taxidermy items, ivory, and animal trophies. Donít ever take a chance on an animal skin rug, exotic animal mounting, or some old feathers found on a vintage garment or furniture. BIRDS OF PREY ARE VEHEMENTLY PROTECTED AND CANíT BE SOLD AT ALL, LARGE FINES CAN AND WILL BE ENFORCED, USE CAUTION. Your estate professional will determine what can and canít be sold according to federal and state laws, and will advise you accordingly.