At EstateMAX and Mission Transition we work very hard for our clients, holding ourselves to high standards. We work with our senior transitions clients as if we are their right hand, planning and executing their move in a time and cost effective manner. We have been in business since 1999 and have worked the bugs out of our processes.
For our estate sales, we approach organizing and selling personal property in a linear fashion. Unless there are valuables in a home, of significant value such as precious metals, fine art, fine jewelry, antique items that are over and above the norm, are most residences are similar, based on the style and stock of furnishings and decoration sold at retailers in the mid century. We are experts at pricing and selling these items. For valuables, we do the research needed and call on experts to help in valuation. EstateMAX Maxes out our marketing for our sales using numerous online and local print media.
We might ask our clients to provide us with an appraisal, if possible, on any items they know are unique and deserve special review. Laurie Zook has a depth of knowledge in furnishings, design and fine art sales, auto sales and procurement and Steve Berryman has 35 years of in depth retail experience.
We spend from 125 to 250 hours from start to finish with our crew, handling the set up, marketing, running the sale, cleaning up, working with charity and tying up any loose ends, leaving the property ready for settlement or to be updated.
Our clients are paid the proceeds of their sale within a week of the completion. If you are not an Angie’s List Member ask for our review list.
So, If you are reading this blog, considering hiring EstateMAX or any company to do an estate sale for you consider these issues that come into play during the process:
Market competition: there are lots of new estate sales companies in the Washington DC market. Most of them are new in the industry. There are between 5 to 25 estate sales in the DC Metro on most weekends. That’s a lot of used stuff being sold. It’s a buyer’s market. It takes strong sellers to succeed.
Considering all these points of the individual estate sale company, when making your choice, will make the difference in the process, sales results and terms and conditions of your contract. It is all about professionalism.
- Prompt payment/fiscal responsibility
- Physical security
- Flexibility: the ability to conduct more than one type of sale
- Market knowledge- knowledge about what is being sold, how, your location, and time frame
- Knowledge of competition
- Pricing to the local and regional market
- Evaluating merchandise/ability to research/partnerships in the industry
- Marketing resources and strategy/what is best method for your location and time frame/advertising
- Liability Insurance
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