Frequently Asked Questions
The following are Frequently Asked Questions from both our clients and customers.
Estate Sales traditionally are conducted by third party professionals for a fee and are conducted inside the house for a period of two to three days.
Garage sales are held by individuals who usually put things for sale in their garage and driveway and they usually only last one day.
Experience. Market Trends. Research. Local Experts
Depending on the age and condition of the item for sale, the rule-of-thumb is 30%-50% less than retail value of household goods; 50%-75% percent of ‘book value’ for antiques and collectibles, unless they are valuable and rare.
That’s a great question! There is a distinction.
Book Valuereflects current recorded sales data.
Market Value is the price at which a willing buyer and willing seller arrive, with neither being under the compulsion to buy or sell and both having knowledge of relevant facts. Said simply, ‘you can only get what someone is willing to pay regardless of what it may be worth’.
However, we have seen items bid up over the suggested selling price at auction because of the heat of the moment. We tell our clients that at an Estate Sale usually the best you can get is full price the first day. Buyers are looking for bargains, that is why they come to Estate Sales.
If you really like something ask yourself if you will regret not buying it right then. We’ve had many conversations with folks who came back to buy something and were ‘too late’.
Cash buyers buying in volume usually get the best deals.
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