One thing to remember before you choose an estate liquidator is to ask them if they are Licensed, Bonded and Insured. This is very important. Anyone can start an Estate Sale Company anywhere. Remember, you are entrusting these people to go through your household, family heirlooms and there will be plenty of people on the premises at one time. So, you want to make sure that the company your retaining holds enough liability coverage in case something happens. If you want to know how to check on a company's license, bond and insurance, go to our FAQ page. Or, you can look through our archives.
In addition to the aforementioned, check on their references. If you follow these steps, you'll know when you've met the right fit company who will be qualified to handle your sale.
For more information, call Southwest Estate Sales, LLC at (602) 518-7721.
How long does it take to set-up for an Estate Sale? This is a common question and one that is important to ask. If you choose to stick around for the entire process, it will take up your time as well. Once the estate liquidator has made an appointment with you, he/she will walk the premises with you to analyze how many days it will take to price all your items. With our company, Southwest Estate Sales, LLC we staff quite a few people for this process. If you are living in the home, we can make it as quick as 1-2 days. If you aren't living in the home 2-3 days. It also depends on the amount of items you have. The actual sale is typically 2-3 days.
If you have any further questions, refer to our FAQ page as it's filled with imperative questions regarding estate liquidation sales. Otherwise, call us at (602) 518-7721
How do I know if I need to have an Estate Sale? When you are downsizing, your filing bankruptcy, foreclosure, moving or relocating, or a death has occurred. Over the phone, we'll ask you roughly the square footage. We'll ask you how many rooms there are as we'll need to have full or a nearly full home of furniture and accessories. Often times, people think they do not have enough to conduct a sale. It never hurts to pick-up the phone and ask. Because of the amount of clients we have that follow our estate sales in Phoenix, Arizona, we need a full home of both furniture and accessories in order to have a successful estate liquidation sale. If you only have a few items, feel free to call us at (602) 518-7721. We are more than happy to help assist you and give suggestions as to where you will get the most for your household items. See our Southwest Estate Sales FAQ for other valuable information regarding liquidations.
Estate Sale Companies in Phoenix, Arizona either charge a commission or a flat fee. This question is the most common when a client first calls. It's difficult to give an amount until the liquidator is able to see all the contents in the home. We typically charge 25% or a flat fee. However, we have absolutely no hidden costs and no upfront fees whatsoever.
How to pick the right estate sale company can be a daunting task but achievable if you follow this checklist: Before you make your final decision who will go through your personal items you want to make sure and do your due diligence. Or, do you feel completely confident handing over keys to your home or estate to a perfect stranger in hopes that what they told is true and accurate about themselves. These days, it's imperative you research and check their references until you feel 100% confident about the company your retaining.
Every Estate Sale Company in Arizona has a different method in which they are compensated. Some have a flat fee they charge together with advertising fees, or cleaning fees, etc.. Some companies will charge a commission which is based on the gross amount of sales. At Southwest Estate Sales, LLC. we have NO UPFRONT FEES EVER and NO HIDDEN COSTS unlike the others! On the last day of the sale we reconcile our books with you providing a detailed accounting of EACH ITEM SOLD, a PayPal Transaction Report and your CASH payment in FULL! No other estate sale company in Phoenix reconciles on the last day of the sale. All estate sale companies in Arizona will only document items that sold for $25.00 or more Not us! If they aren't accounting for each and every item sold, their up to no good! For more information, call (602) 518-7721. We're fast, Pay Top Cash,
The estate has expensive furniture and accessory pieces. Will I be able to get close to retail for it? Unfortunately, like a car, the minute you drive it off the lot it's depreciated. However, we can get you more than any consignment or auction house in Arizona! Typically the margin is 20-30%. An example we can use is last weekends estate sale had a beautiful Asian Drexel Heritage Buffet/Console Table Et Cetera Collection (see photo). New, the piece retailed for $3799.00 (you can verify this on Drexel's website). The piece sold the first day for $1,200.00. This is slightly above 30% however, this piece was in immaculate condition with no scratches, scrapes, dings, etc.. We take those things into consideration as people love to pick apart the items. Also, unlike most estate sale companies, WE DO NOT NEGOTIATE OUR PRICES the first day. If you have a considerable amount of antiques, we price those a tad bit higher depending what the item is and it's condition. We are well-versed in antiques and know of their current market values. We realize that the goal is to sell everything out of the estate. But, that doesn't mean give it away either. Alot of estate sale companies will prices things lower in an effort for most everything to sell. Keep in mind, there are items that do not sell at estate sales. We are able to tell you that once we see what's in the estate/home. Feel free to call us at (602) 518-7721.
How long will it take to set-up the Estate Sale? With most companies, it can take as much as 3 weeks. Not with Southwest Estate Sales, LLC.! And, we will work with you and your schedule! We schedule enough employees that we can have it set-up as fast as you want it. A typical sale will take 2-3 days, or less. We have a couple of options we give you. When we schedule our
"free" appointment, we will discuss those options with you. If you are living in the home and don't want the inconvenience of having us price every single item, we have a "NEW SELLING APPROACH" that has worked out great for us, you and the buyers.
Give us a call today at (602)518-7721 and let us discuss our different selling methods
Absolutely nothing! And, please don't throw anything away! That's our job. Often times clients throw away items they feel won't sell. You would be surprised what sells. Black and white photographs, old greeting cards (even if they've been written on), magazines, etc...As for preparation, there is nothing you will need to do! We come in and clear out cabinets, drawers, shelves, closets, & more. We do however want to stress that it's ALWAYS a good idea to go in with family members to see if there is a particular sentimental item, or items that you want removed prior to the sale. We always ask that you remove any personal items such as bank statements, bills, check books & registe. Anything that has your name on it. That's about all we ask. Your paying an estate sale company to