Probably the smartest and most affordable way to furnish your home is through Estate Sales! I met a very nice husband and wife though our company, Southwest Estate Sales, LLC. Nancy & Bob first learned about our Company through EstateSales.Net. They came to a sale we hosted in Paradise Valley, Arizona looking to furnish their newly built home in Scottsdale, Arizona. This particular sale had absolutely stunning quality Vintage Furnishings. Although they considered all new furniture, they decided on used furniture as they were looking to acquire Fine Antique Furnishings. You just don't get the same craftsmanship or quality as you do in vintage furnishings. From this estate, Nancy & Bob purchased a vintage pool table, a French Louis XVI Desk & Chair, A Vintage Highboy, French Linens and some 18th Century English Bone China by Chelsea that was out of this world, gorgeous!
This is one of the most important questions to ask prior to selecting the company who will host your estate sale. Time and time again, I hear how estate sale companies state that they pay-out and reconcile within 2 weeks of the sale ending. Maybe even 10 days, 5 days or 3. Listen, there is absolutely NO REASON WHATSOEVER that you shouldn't be paid the very last day! Our Company has a wonderful software. Keep in mind, no one needs a sophisticated software. I just happen to be a little OCD when it comes to detail and organization. Nonetheless, everyone has a different system and they all handle their records differently than the other. That being said, there is absolutely NO REASON that you should have to wait so long as a day for your Reconciliation Report and Money! Period. They may try to give you an excuse that they have to type things up, didn't have time to finish the report, etc... When I first started this business, I literally took a legal pad of paper and hand wrote every single item I sold. I also printed out a Paypal Transaction Report that showed all the credit card transactions I did. I gave them both Reconciliations together with their Cash and I cannot tell you how happy that makes our clients.
Estate Sales also known as Tag Sales are a great places to find high-end designer pieces. These days most pieces of furniture, accessories, paintings, etc..are all being reproduced by new manufacturers. If you think about it, antique items were just made better. If you go into any furniture store your bound to find a reproduction of an antique or vintage item. Same holds true for accessories.
DO make sure the estate liquidation company your considering is Licensed, Bonded & Insured. Go to your local states Corporation Commission making sure that the potential company is Licensed, Ask them to bring a copy of their Certificate of Insurance and Bond.
DON'T throw anything away! Often times, people throw things away in the home making the assumption that the item won't sell. The only thing you should get rid of are bank statements, checks, and anything with your name on it.
DO take photographs of all the items that are going to be on sale. Once the estate sale company has organized and displayed the items, take a picture of everything. This way if there is anything in question, you have pictures.
DON'T question the prices the estate sale company set's on your items. The hardest part to remember is that we cannot possibly get close to what you paid for your items. In todays economy, your item will sell for fair market value. We are very familiar with the price that items sell for. Remember that the end goal is to sell the entire contents of the home.
DO help the liquidator out by letting them know about any special items that your selling. It's always helpful if you have a particular piece of art, artifacts, furniture, china, etc..
DO CALL US for any additional questions you may have at (602) 518-7721. Southwest Estate Sales, LLC.
How quick can you set-up for an Estate Sale? As quickly as you'd like should be the estate sale companies answer. Prior to setting up an appointment with the Estate Sale Company, ask them how many employees they have. If the estate sale company your considering has quite a few employees, they can get your household priced very quickly as opposed to a company who only uses 1-2 people. We'll use an example of an estate liquidation sale we hosted approximately one month ago.
Estate liquidation companies are the best place to liquidate your household goods. Since 2009, estate sale companies seem to do more sales for people that are moving and downsizing. Whether your empty nesters since the kids left for college, you've decided it's no longer feasible taking care of such a large home or you simply want to pull your equity out of your home and move into something that will be far more manageable. Estate Sale Companies should be your go-to choice for liquidating household goods. If the estate sale company you retain has a large list of email subscribers who