Is it time for an estate sale?
The whole idea can be rather overwhelming. We understand what you are going through and will do our best to make the process as easy as possible for you from start to finish.
1st Step... Free consultation. During this meeting we:
- Discuss your needs and timeline
- Decide on a date for the sale
- Discuss after sale options
- Take pictures to begin marketing the sale
2nd Step...Sorting and set up process:
- We sort through items in the house
- We bring in tables and shelving units to ensure items are displayed nicely
- Research items to ensure they are priced just right.
3rd Step...The Sale
- Sufficient staff to cover sale
- Comfortable shopping atmosphere
- Normally sell 90% of what is in the house
- You will receive a summary sheet of sale totals
- A check for the proceeds of the sale within 14 days after sale ends, if we are doing the clean-out, the check will be sent with the donation slips at the end of the clean-out unless requested prior.
It's that easy!
Remember! Don't throw ANYTHING away! Don't donate ANYTHING! Some of the most valuable items are disguised as junk. Let us determine what is to be thrown away!
Estate Sale Prep
Schedule the estate sale BEFORE you put the house on the market. Houses are selling sometimes within hours of going on the market. Don't let your realtor talk you into putting the house on the market before you have a sale planned.
Don't let the realtor list the market as vacant or immediate occupancy upon closing. The house is not vacant if there is "stuff" in the house. You need time to get rid of the stuff in the house before you turn the keys over to the new owners. I get at least 10 or more calls a week of families in this situation. Don't let this happen to you!
Don't let the realtor tell you to pack everything up in the house and put it in the garage. It is a waste of time to do that. Let the estate sale empty the house for you.
Don't clean out the house! Don't donate anything! Don't get a dumpster!
Don't throw anything away! You'll be amazed at what is valuable!
I'd be more than happy to come by and look at the estate before you start going through it. I can give you pointers that will help save you time, money and energy.
Following is a short, incomplete list of items that will sell at estate sales:
The best thing to do is leave the house as it is. Don't worry about trying to clean the house up before we come over. We'll do some cleaning during the set up.
DON'T box up the items in the house! Just take what you want and leave the rest right where it is. It all will have to be unboxed for the estate sale. Items boxed up will require the commission to be higher because of the labor involved in unboxing it. Save us the time and labor and yourself the money.
The time to call is NOW! I'll guarantee that if you start throwing items in the trash you'll end up throwing out something valuable. I've gone through the trash at houses after the family has "cleaned" and found valuable items that I put back into the sale. One trash venture gained my client over $400!
Call Janet today! 586-344-2048
I'm thrilled to say this page has saved some families a lot of work and money!
Estate Sale Cautions!
In an effort to help families who need estate sales here are some cautions when choosing an estate sale company.
Estate Sales Scams
There have been companies, unfortunately in Michigan, who have not paid their clients. A couple were featured on the news. These companies went out of business only to open in another name. There is suspicion that one of those companies had an employee open an estate sale company but they are running it. Be careful who you hire.