A full-service estate liquidation company with an emphasis on real property. At life’s most challenging and sensitive times, we treat you and your family as we would our own. Concierge level service allows you to focus attention on family members, loved ones and the human side of your own healing and closure. Our pre-negotiated rates with carefully screened, specialty service providers deliver solid value.
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A full-service estate liquidation company with an emphasis on real property. Finding the right solution for your Estate Services or transaction can be confusing and overwhelming. It’s important for you to know that facts about Assets or Mortgages, Assisted Living, Relocation and your Legal responsibilities to your loved ones. Making sure that you are comfortable with the process and that you get the best possible results is our JOB! Read the “Articles” on this site to learn more. Make sure you click on “Legal Services” and take the first step in placing your loved one in an environment where they are happy and comfortable.
Estate Property Sales
We understand the difficulties associated with the disposition of personal property.
It is typically a highly emotional process for family and loved ones.
We assist the Executor, Trustee(s) and/or legally authorized individual(s) to:
find, identify and distribute valuable monetary or sentimental items directly to proper destinations.
inventory and safeguard remaining property until our estate sale liquidation team sell and transfers all items.
Our associates understand each estate settlement is unique. We take great pride in treating survivors, heirs and family friends with dignified respect. We expertly promote and conduct estate sales. To maximize financial return to the estate we can arrange consignment of unique personal property items to specialty market outlets. We happily list-worthy items for sale on E-Bay, Craigslist and niche’ on-line outlets. With direction from the authorized estate representative, we will remove any/all non-saleable items. Serviceable items will be donated to charities of your choice. Non-serviceable items will be disposed of properly. The property will be professionally cleaned and prepared for occupancy or sale.
California Assisted Living
We specialize in helping you get through this sometimes difficult and stressful time. When trying to place a loved one, the challenge can be very overwhelming. We will coordinate with doctors, to assist with optimum care. Review your loved one’s insurance coverage and budget. Escort you and your loved one with tours, that match both your needs and budget. Arrange for complimentary dining and resident interviews. Coordinate with SES for personel property transfer. Provide follow up visits during orientation and adjustment. Put our experience and knowledge to work for you.
from picasso’s to porch swings – we sell everything but the critters
Need to liquidate an estate?
We’ll do that for you.
Whether your needs are closing out a large family estate or simply downsizing – we make it easy to convert your possessions intocash.
types of sales
Every sale has a slightly different personality. Most people assume estate sales are just about converting household contents from an inheritance into currency. That’s not so. Many sales are necessitated by changes in a person’s “life” estate.
For instance – customers have contracted our services for:
Home redesign issues
They simply have too many items
They’re planning a bit of rearranging – after the kids go off to college
They decided to totally redecorate.
Some sellers request we just sell the bulky items before a cross country move necessitated by a need to downsize, job relocation, or retirement. Sometimes a divorce dictates the sale of household contents.
Whatever the reason…the key to success – is getting maximum dollars for the items sold – with minimal headaches.
That’s where “Great Finds” comes in.
why use “great finds”?
We give you more…
Expert Authentication. Wondering how much that “old desk” is really worth? You might be pleasantly surprised – even shocked. Uniquely, Don and Ann Genovese are both appraisers. Their skill in evaluating, authenticating, and selling collectibles is a big key to getting maximum value for your belongings.
Complete Service. We don’t “cherry pick” amongst your most prized possessions – and leave you to deal with the rest. We take care of liquidating all the contents of an estate – from the grand piano to the forks and knives in the kitchen drawers.
Professionalism. Both Don and Ann have professional work histories. They’ve translated this experience into the way they run their business. All key items are researched prior to the sale, furniture is polished, broken treasures are repaired, and everything is set up to maximize buyer appeal. Also, we carefully word & place the classified ads promoting the sale – we know the lingo – that’s best suited to promote your goods. Additionally, we position our army of street signs all over the nearby area – to attract “drive-by traffic” & and assist lost treasure hunters – in finding their way to your estate.
A Strong Following.From the world-wide reach of our commercial web pages to personal calls to well heeled clients – we attract a consistent mixture of profitable buyers to your sale. Our reputation – earns more moneyfor you!
Accountability. Unlike most firms, you don’t wait on a check in the mail to get your money. At the end of the sale, we count out the sale proceeds in front of the client and offer a financial statement.
Professional Credentials. Competing estate liquidators are most often headed by people with a degree from the “school of hard knocks” in estate liquidations. Undoubtedly, there’s a lot of secrets that only seasoned-sellers knows. However, there’s a very good reason Atlanta’s premier liquidators are trained appraisers as well. Namely, to protect the value of your estate – from becoming someone else’s “hard knock”. The bottom line? We’re trained experts in every facet of fine furnishings & collectibles.
Experience. We know how to position your sale to prospective buyers. In a large metro area (like Atlanta), it’s important to be aware of buying trends within the various communities – and take advantage of these characteristics.
Estate sales are a big hassle to the inexperienced. We take these headaches away.
Sale preparation is time consuming. The groundwork alone takes at least thirty hours and sometimes over a hundred – and that’s assuming you already know what you’re doing.
The actual sale usually consumes an entire weekend – and the fun has only just begun. There’s heavyweight-buyers to woo, thieves to guard against, negotiations to handle, and constant rearranging of displayed merchandise to enhance a complete liquidation.
It’s also emotional to part with family heirlooms…particularly in the face of buyers trying to beat-down prices.
We take care of all these headaches – and get you the most for your possessions.
steps to success
Selling your estate through Great Finds is a simple process. After a making a cursory mental inventory of the items you plan to include in the sale, a phone call initiates the process.
We’ll be happy to meet with you, provide a free estimate, discuss a summary of our services, and include a host of references from satisfied clients.
If the size or manner of the estate you are selling is not an ideal match for our services, we’ll refer you to a more suitable firm to handle your needs. At the very least? We’ll give you some good advice.
Estate liquidation has been on the scene for quite a long time and there are lots of individuals who have managed to achieve quite a bit of success with it.
On the other hand, lots of people have been trying really hard to make estate liquidation (estate sales) work for them and haven’t found any success.
The primary difference between these two types of people is in the habits and qualities that they each have developed and let guide them. Successful estate liquidation professionals have more positive qualities that you can watch and in the next few paragraphs we will talk about a few of them.
If you are a successful estate liquidator then it is obvious that you will have overcome a variety of hurdles and times when estate sales were slow. This just proves that even successful estate liquidators have to work through periods of feast-or-famine (downtime) now and then and there isn’t anything wrong with that. So what do they do different when handling these profit famines?
They surround themselves with other people who have found success in their industries so that they will know how to face any situation that arises. They build their own support groups and systems and this is just one reason that it is easier for them to work through the hurdles that are put in their paths.
Estate liquidators who are successful have open minds and are always looking for new chances to grow their businesses.
They understand which opportunities are best for them and which ideas will do well when they are implemented. This is one quality that helps them get the most out of their online business and gives them the freedom to experiment with new ideas and try different opportunities—while they’re waiting.
They aren’t closed minded, which makes it easier for them to play the estate sale game according to the rules they decide for themselves.
Failures will happen but they are simply stepping-stones to success for estate professionals. It’s important, then, that you keep your mind open as well, so that you will be able to see all of the opportunities that are present for you and see all of the chances you have to succeed in the estate liquidation industry.
The estate liquidators at the top of this field have high levels of perseverance and patience. Not only do they never give up or get impatient; they never stop moving forward or finding ways to overcome obstacles. Being patient is the most important virtue to possess because if they are ever hasty, things won’t work out for them the way they want them to. What matters most is how well you can tap into your own patience and use it as well as you can to keep your approach as consistent as possible.
If your main goal is to become an estate liquidator who earns a five to six-figure income, these are the qualities you need to have.
It will take some time before you see any real results but working to develop these particular qualities will set you apart and get you ahead of all of the other less important estate sellers. Even more importantly, as you keep moving ahead, you will see first hand how working on these qualities helps you build and sustain your estate liquidation business.
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The biggest wave of our century is the “baby boom”! Are you diversifying your estate sale skills set to include consignment to take advantage of trading assistant/consignment sales opportunity? Trading assistance is BOOMING, and its common on eBay, but they don’t have a corner on this market.
Estate sellers are in the perfect position to expand your services by offering to sell some of your client’s items on consignment.
How can we do this Tonza?
eBay trading assistants must go through a rigorous qualification process and adhere to a set of rules and regulations to maintain the professional integrity of this valuable service.
Estate sellers who already have an eBay (estate sale) store or those who are thinking about opening an online store can start offering your clients this “NEW” consignment service.
Start by consigning nostalgic (vintage) things that are easy to ship. Items can remain with the client or they can entrust them to you. Either way, your contract/agreement needs to annotate this preference.
Consignment service could become a relatively passive income source for both the client and you. If you have never sold on consignment, the learning curve is very short and simple, but not effortless. Estate sale trading and consignment sales is a process that runs better as a system.
Before I get to how to start this service, heed this: Many years ago, when I worked in federal government, a military post thrift store was operated by officer’s wives who sold the majority of its inventory on consignement, with a well-worded contract. Lesson in point: If the consignor (me) forgot to inquire whether the item had sold within 30 days from date of consignment, the sale proceeds were forfeited. Ouch! I lost $50 from the sale of the dinette set and the furniture. I failed to read the contract so I didn’t have a leg to stand on. However, I do not recommend this stance on consignment sales.
Estate sale consignment agreements should be explained to prospects before signatures. After all, the items are the consignors’ property and you have been offered a priviledge to consign it.
If an item doesn’t sell after the consignment period, the client may decide to give it to you. This also needs to be included in the contract. If it isn’t in the contract, it isn’t legally enforceable and you shouldn’t do it.
Here is how you can prepare your estate sale business to ride the tidal wave of estate sale trading and consignment sales:
Again, estate sale consignment is a great income opportunity, so start thinking about how you will incorportate and implement it to earn extra money.
I have sold some items (not hundreds) on eBay, so I know their rules and regulations for selling. There are other avenues to position your consignments such as, GoAntiques.com, Amazon.com, EstateSalesClassifiedAds.com and other online marketplaces.
I believe that with your estate sale or online sales experience, you can take advantage of the economic tidal wave of the following estate stuff that’s coming your way to be sold on consignment:
Antiques and Collectibles: Paintings/Prints, Clocks, Tiffany Lamps, Bronze, Grundig Stereos, Stamps, Coins, Military, Autographs, African American Memorabilia, Native American Memorabilia, International Memorabilia
China, Glass and Pottery: Occupied Japan, Royal Doulton, Lladro, Hummel
Clothing, Hats, Shoes and Accessories: Vintage and Designer Labels
Dolls, Bears, Action Figures and Toys: Lionel Trains, Matchbox Cars, Transistor Radios
Large Home and Garden Items
Cameras and Video Equipment
Sports Equipment: Fishing, Golf, Surf, Ski, Bike, Baseball, Football, Tennis…
Business Equipment: Scientific Calculators for Architecture…
Professional Audio Equipment
Cell Phones, iPads, iPhones and iPods
Car and Motorcycle Parts (especially vintage)
Finally, if your clients have any of the these items that they want to consign, or leftover items from an estate sale, offer to consign it. Do not waste your time evaluating items for information only. Reserve your knowledge and expertise until the contract has been signed and you’re hired!
Then, go to work to advertise the item(s) on as many online marketplaces as you can manage. Price it for what you believe the market will bear, but price it to sell! Consignors may become upset with you if it doesn’t sell!
Present your client’s items in the best possible way in your ads/descriptions/listings. Here are a few tips:
Provide information about written appraisals, provenance (history), original packaging, manuals, instructions, accessories, etc.
Authentication of designer brands (beware of FAKES).
Condition, flaws and defects, historical significance. Second hand items are not “new” even if never used. State that to avoid returns.
A little cleaning goes a long way, unless it is an antique or vintage item, which has a “patina” (signs of use and age) that collectors want. Cleaning example, wash crystal, but don’t chip it! If clothes are musty and mothy smelling, pass!
Check with the online markeplace to find out what is legal to sell. Start educating your “fine eye” for things of value by reading this article.
Don’t overprice or you will price yourself out of the consignment and trading assistant market.
Incorporate shipping into prices without it being obvious and offer more “free” shipping.
Consign from prospects who are in your business area, which makes it easier to collect and/or return unsold items.
Consigning bulky items can be costly for a small company so think about it.
Build and post professional sale listings. For example, “We are online marketplace experts (list the sites…eBay, etc.). We professionally photograph and write effective ads for your items, send you a preview link, and keep you updated (via email) after first 30 days, 60s days or SOLD status. Some clients will be anxious to follow the progress of their consignment.
Be honest, insure the item for its declared value, ship the product that is advertised, and do your best with customer service all around.
Be an absolute model of discretion. Do not disclose any information about your consignor.
Be careful when writing your Return Policy. It can make or break sales as well as cause items to be misappropriated (shall we say).
Remember, you do not own these items. Treat them like your estate sale items.
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Most of us have learned about people buying original works of fine art and antiques at estate sales for pennies, and brag about it on Antiques Roadshow. As professional estate sellers, we need to step up our game or suffer the same consequence.
That consequence results in financial loss by improper identification and research of important items, and loss in sales to estate auctions that are in direct competition with estate sale companies.
You don’t have to be an expert to spot things of value, which is what you need to focus on to stop letting the pickers rob your estate sales and brag about it!
We all love to find things of value, but when we are representing our clients best interest, and our own bottom line, we need to become more vigilant in how to spot things of value. I cannot stress this enough!
We are the “sellers,” therefore, it is our responsibility to document (inventory) all of the estate contents for sale, especially things that could easily be mis-identified and sold as a “mistake.”
In addition to knowing how to recognize things of value, you need the right estate sale supplies to make your job easier — and help your client achieve their goal.
We are living in the “baby boomer” era, which not only means there is enough stuff for anybody to sell around the world; our children stand to inherit fine works of art, antiques, collectibles and large sums of money.
So while we’re on the subject of: Is your estate sale waiting to make someone’s day, could some of those valuables your children stand to inherit end up in the wrong hands?
More to the point, when your client doesn’t know the value of certain items in the house, and hires you to “just sell it all because they don’t have time to deal with it,” does not mean they do not want their personal property sold for higher return.
Another way to solve this problem is to hire an appraiser to learn about the value of fine works of art, period jewelry, etc., but this is extremely costly.
However, it will benefit the client and you in the long term if it becomes necessary. Is the client willing to pay for this service? Are you?
What is a formal or certified appraisal?
A certified appraisal is a professional estimate of the value of something. People usually have items appraised for insurance purposes, tax strategies, estate planning and settlement, etc.
For legal and court purposes, there are specific things that need to be in a certified appraisal report.
I discuss the difference between an informal appraisal, and a written certified appraisal report in my book: Secret Of Estate Sales Marketing Success.
An informal appraisal of estate sale items is important, which is why all estate sellers must do an inventory, which lists the assigned price, how much it sold for, etc.
Estate inventory should not be sold until it is formally or informally appraised or an opinion of value (price) is assigned to each item.
If an item is going to make someone’s day, yet cause a negative impact on the sale, it is done by under appraising (under pricing) items.
Appraising and pricing are not exact methods of assigning value to items, which is why clients don’t always agree about the overall pricing. Moreover, sale items are negotiated and sold, which further reduces prices and “perceived” value.
In some pre-estate sale consultation scenarios, clients want a written appraisal or informal estimate of inventory return; and based on that information, they may decide not to sell.
Nevertheless, an estate sale is still the best alternative to a garage sale or buyout, which are more likely to result in making a buyer’s day.
A professional estate seller should be able to educate clients on identifying valuable items, and what options are available for selling them.
In this business, you will eventually work with a client who has many things of value that they are prepared to sell.
If clients have valuables that should not be sold at an estate sale, they need a certified appraisal report that will stand up to an insurance claim and in court. For example, if a client has a Louis XV arm chair that they insured for $7,000, then they will have to prove the value of that chair if it is lost to theft, fire, etc.
Personal property values fluctuate over time and insurance companies know it. Clients need to know it too if they want to protect their investment from being under sold at an estate sale.
Doing estate sales is truly challenging — I cannot lie. But, the challenge also faces the client, which is why they need estate sale professionals to help them dispose of all that stuff!
Finally, there are responsibilities of disposing of your clients’ personal property wisely, and for their benefit. The word “personal” in personal property means these items belonged to someone; so there are sentiments, emotions and perceived high value attached to it as well.
Being able to address the value of your clients’ personal belongings will lessen their pain and more importantly: You will not be embarrassed by selling something of high net worth for pennies. Remember, an estate sale is not a garage sale. Learn how to identify valuable things, and get the best estate sale supplies to help you do it!
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Every estate sale mover, shaker and tenderfoot can grow and engage with Google+ and your business should be all over it for FREE.
Google+ is growing and wants you to grow your estate sale company using its many tools and benefits.
The top 3 Google+ strategies you must activate now for your advertisement and promotion to be local and everywhere are Local, Pages and Events.
These are the specific tools that can help you advertise, promote, and save a lot of money.
Get Your Estate Sale Business on Google+ Local
I recommend “getting in where you fit in” on Google+ before they start charging for these valuable tools.
Google+ Helps You Be Local and Everywhere
Social media has changed the way we do business, and that’s why Google jumped on the social bandwagon. As entrepreneurs, we should follow this giant and lead others to find our business with the following digital trackbacks:
Google+ Local is by far the best way to advertise and promote your estate sale company locally. It puts your business in the spotlight where people are looking for estate sale services, liquidation, estate auction, and consignment. On Google+ Local, you can tell your unique business story with a description, photo and video, map, service radius, business hours and directions.
When you create a Google+ business page, your Local listing becomes a digital advertisement on steroids! Try it, and see for yourself.
No indifferance to Facebook pages, but Google is THE search engine. That’s why listing your business page on Local makes it more valuable and searchable.
Google+ Pages for your estate sale company is like owning Real Estate in a wealthy part of town – location, location, location. Google+ helps you get your estate sale company positioned across the web fast and easy, but time is of the essence.
What’s the rush? Your business page puts you in scoring position with potential clients and customers.
Google+ Events aim is to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. This tool rounds off what estate sale companies need to advertise and promote your services and active estate sales.
Google+ Events aka Google Calendar is a valuable benefit. Overall, you can use photos, descriptions, etc. to enhance your live events, share with your followers, and post on your blog, which will be broadcasted across the web to help drive buyers to your sale.
However, do not forego using the regular estate sale promotion sites: EstateSales.net and EstateSales.org to promote your active estate sales. These are the industry leaders and nothing can take their place, in my opinion.
Can you see how valuable these Google+ strategies are? Now is the time to take advantage of them because I have noticed that Google is starting to monetize some of its tools that were FREE.
Maybe by the time they start charging for these valuable tools, your business is growing, engaging, and prosperous with the help of Google+.
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eBay is one of the oldest and still the most popular online auction site, with millions of transactions being conducted daily. It’s hard to beat the wide selection of products and the potential to get them at low prices.
The whole auctioning process on eBay has been refined over the past few years and has gone through many changes, which in a way has made it complicated. But at the same time, it is robust enough to help you get a higher response for your eBay estate sale auctions with the added features. Many eBay marketers make thousands of dollars each month. The key to this kind of success lies in consistency and knowing how to optimize your estate sale auctions properly.
Many times an eBay seller will be sure about the success of the item he/she is selling; this is the time when you should try and set the auctions low to attract more bidders. When you let people bid low for a hot product, it will attract more buyers and the selling price will often end up being very high.
However, don’t go about starting the bids at below $1 because the buyers may think that your product is not genuine or is of low quality. Another advantage to starting your item at a low price is that your listing will then appear when people do searches for the lowest price auctions.
The layout of your estate sale auctions can contribute a great deal to your results, which is why knowing the basics of HTML can go a long way on eBay. This way you wouldn’t need to look for any outside help when working on your auction listings. When you know how to change the font color by using HTML code, you can easily make it any color you want. HTML codes for color aren’t hard to find, and you can find them by doing a Google search. Many eBay sellers ignore this and don’t realize how much it limits their success. It’s a good idea, therefore, to familiarize yourself with HTML as soon as possible.
Buyers rely a great deal on photos when they study estate sale auction listings, so make sure you use clear and natural looking ones for the items you list. If you can take your own photographs of the product rather than relying on the manufacturers, this is preferable because it conveys to buyers that you’re an individual rather than just a company. Anyone buying your product would want to get the “feel” of it before investing any money, and having the right kind of photograph can bring in a world of difference to your auction and help you get more bids. So when you run estate sale auctions on eBay, it’s important to pay attention to the rules we’ve covered here.
Your main goal in estate sale auction optimization is making it simple for buyers to find the products you’re selling so your estate sale auctions get more action. When you set up your auctions, remember that every detail counts, and every factor that you optimize can mean more bidders for your items.
CLOSING A HOME MADE EASY
M. Lyn Livingston
I believe that our homes are a reflection of our personality. We don’t often think about it, but over the years we amass a collection of personal property that range from new to antique, heirloom to junk, useful to dilapidated. After just a few years in a home the drawers are full, the closets are bulging, and the garage and attic are packed. Tucked into corners of the china cabinet are grandmother’s old china, Aunt Ellen’s glass, stray pieces of silver and odds and ends of childhood memories. Every few years, we clean out the things that we don’t have the heart to throw away or you can’t get the kids to take with them and pack them away making room for the new inheritances, gifts, collections and good intentions.
You may be thinking of moving into a smaller home or retirement center; or perhaps you are acting as a personal representative for a loved one’s estate. For whatever the reason, when closing a home this question will cross your mind. “What am I going to do with all this stuff?”
Questions to consider whenever you are closing a home are:
Ø What can I take with me?
Ø What items are considered heirlooms?
Ø What items do children and family want?
Ø Does personal property need to be sold to raise funds for health care, living expenses, or to meet finical obligations of the estate?
Ø What has value and what needs to be thrown away?
Ø Do I have the time, energy and knowledge necessary to close this home in the most efficient manner?
When downsizing, the first question is “What can I take with me?” Additional questions to consider are centered on why you are moving and the location. Will you be doing any cooking or plan on doing entertaining? What hobby and other diversion items will you need? Is health care equipment a consideration? One of the most important questions is what will fit and where will it go. Often the services of an interior decorator or professional organizer will make this job easier. Space permitting, plan your décor around easy living and allow for room to navigate.
The next question is one of the most important. What items are considered heirlooms? Many homes may be full of antiques, collectibles and old stuff but few are heirlooms. Heirlooms are the link between our past, our present and the future. Knowing who, what, when, where, and why behind a cherished object is often more important than the monetary value alone. Take the time to identify what pieces are true heirlooms, their provenance and any traditions associated with the item. It is important to honor traditions associated with an heirloom before a request for the item.
Once you have identified the heirlooms it is easier to identify what children and family members want. Most often children are hesitant to openly state what they want and parents are reluctant to ask or assume they don’t have room. Downsizing is a perfect opportunity to ask and plan. The key is in the asking and then determining when a request will be granted. Now is the time to insure that your family honors your intentions and that you are not burdening them by making lists and formalizing plans with your estate planner or legal counsel.
Now that you have laid the groundwork the value questions are easier to answer. First, do you need to know the value of items in order to equitably distribute the estate? Simple market value appraisals can be utilized. Often the appraiser can provide a verbal approximation of value or a simple written appraisal to provide the information you require.
Does personal property need to be sold to raise funds for health care, living expenses, or to meet finical obligations of the estate? Often when items must be sold, a professional estate liquidator or appraisal services are required. Whenever family heirlooms must be sold it is important to consider family first. Planning ahead enables you to prepare for the need to liquidate personal assets and also protects your family’s interest.
The benefits of knowing what can be thrown away and the value of items are the principal advantages to utilize professional services in addition to saving you time and energy while you focus on other important things. Frequently we hear of items purchased for a song in a garage sale of given to charity because the value is not recognized. This occurs most frequently when the family conducts the sale themselves.
Closing a home can be one of the most difficult tasks you are required to do. Using professional services to your benefit can find the answer your question, “What am I going to do with all this stuff?”.
Thinking about having an Estate Sale?
Do you find yourself now dealing with all the stress of moving an aging parent or relative?
Or perhaps you’re facing the huge task of downsizing or liquidating a property due to the passing of a loved one?
We understand this can be overwhelming. Where do you start? When will you find the time?
Here at Morning Star, we’re here to help you with all of that, from beginning to end!
We’ll begin by talking with you on the phone and answering any questions or concerns you may have. Then you may schedule a time where we’ll come to the property for you to show us exactly what you’d like to include in your sale. This will give us a good idea on how much you have and what ‘type’ of sale is best suited for you : estate, moving, downsizing, etc.
Please request a Free In-Home Consultation by calling us or filling in the box below.
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Contact us about our Downsizing and Estate Sale services.
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JUST SOME OF THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE;
Organization. We will organize, arrange and display all items to be sold.
Pricing. We will appraise all of your items, large and small. We have great relationships with experts in all different fields, freely sharing each other’s knowledge assuring you’ll get the the market value on your items. If we believe there are certain items of value that are not within our area of expertise, we may choose to engage an outside appraiser who has that necessary expertise — at our expense.
Advertising. We will arrange and are responsible for appropriate advertisements and all costs for the sale to appear in media concerning your sale.
This will include both print ads, an email blast reaching several hundred as well as powerful Online ads.
Most sales will take place from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. on a Saturday. Depending on the quantity, we may choose to hold a two-day sale. We can also hold you sale open for an extra week in order to maximize your gross amount by selling certain items online.
Conduct of Sale. To assist with the sale, we will hire individuals as needed from a pool of honest, experienced and reliable individuals familiar to us and with the integrity we demand for our services.
Unless you instruct us otherwise, we will conduct your sale with two objectives:
A. To sell every available item; and
B. To maximize the proceeds from the sale.
Disposal of Unsold Items. There will always be some unsold items at the conclusion of a sale. We can gladly suggest names of charities that can pick these up, or, for a nominal service fee, we will make arrangements for removal of said items.
NOTE: We are happy to tell you, unlike some companies, we DO NOT have it in our contract that WE own everything after the sale. Your ‘stuff’ is your ‘stuff’. Period.
Cleaning. We strive to make your sale appealing to customers. ‘Light’ cleaning, dusting and gathering of garbage (able to fit in large trash bags) to make the sale more desirable to customers is included. In some situations, a fair fee for heavier cleaning can be negotiated.
Misc. As a courtesy, we will provide professional ‘moving straps’ and ‘moving men’ sliders to assist customers with the removal of heavy items and furniture.
It’s our experience that some customers will purchase more if they are able to use their credit cards. To accommodate them and make for a more successful sale for all, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Paypal for your sale.
1) Should we get a start on things and throw out the junk… things of no value?
A~ Oh my No! Please do not. This is probably the most common mistake people make when having a sale. Allow us to determine what is salable. Please throw nothing away before your consultation.
2) Well, can I at least give the old clothes, shoes and linens to Goodwill? and what about things of no value like old magazines, or all those those cleaning supplies under the sink?
A~ While we think charitable organizations are great, we ask that you wait for us to take a look before doing so. You may be surprised at the items folks want to buy.
3) My family members and I want some of the items. Should we determine that now?
A~ If possible, yes. In order for us to make an accurate assessment of your sale, it’s best to have the family take those items out of the house prior to us coming for your complimentary consultation.
If certain items need to remain in the home, but are deemed not for sale, we will move them into one area or room and rope it off, marking all the items accordingly as ‘not for sale’.
4) Will I need to borrow folding tables?
A~ Not necessary. We have a lot of tables, but of course are happy to use any display pieces you already have on hand. Staging your items is a big part of what we do and makes for a great sale.
5) I live out of state. Have you ever done a sale like that?
A~ Yes. No problem! If you have a realtor we can also work with them.
We use the FedEx overnight service or can simply Fax or email any necessary paperwork to you.
We keep you informed the whole way through.
6) We want to sell the house. Will this hurt the sale of the house?
A~ Not only will it not hurt … it will greatly help! Having droves of people come through for the sale is a wonderful way to expose them to your house…. this is a very effective way to show it. Real estate companies love when we put their card on our check out table along with info on the house.
7) How long does all of this take you to get ready?
A~ That would depend on the quantity of what you have. Generally speaking, one week or so is the bare minimum, two weeks or so is average. Keep in mind we are going to advertise your sale and like to do that well in advance.
8) How much will all of this cost me?
A~ Nothing up front! We take care of the cost of all materials needed, hiring workers prior to and for the day of the sale, all advertising in print and online and all signage. Our agreed upon percentage of will come out of the ‘Gross sales’.
9) Will there be anything left or do you sell it all?
A~ There will always be ‘some’ items leftover from any sale.
We can help with that as well! Another option is to give you a list of charities in your area. Your decision.
We do not have it in our contract that the leftovers become the property of Morning Star! Some companies do…please read all contracts carefully.
10) Okay, sounds good so far, What is the first step/thing we should do?
A~ Give us a call. We’ll ask a few questions to get a gist on your particular needs.
The next step would be to see the estate/items for sale ‘in person’. At that time, we can quickly determine what type of sale you have; a true estate sale, a moving or downsizing sale or perhaps a large yard sale.