WINNER of the 2017, 2016 and 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award Washington DC Metro Estate Sales, Auction Services

We Do the Dirty Work!

You get to move on with those things you love and want and need to live with, and leave the rest behind. We deal with all the details.

There is nothing new to EstateMAX about helping our clients move forward with ease.

Move Management, Sorting, Packing, Unpacking on the other end. Complete sales services of the contents of your home you are leaving behind, clean up, trash outs and disbursal to charity.

Since 1999. Experience and Credentials Count.

WFMD Radio EstateMAX Interview

Slide the bar to 9 minutes 7 seconds to hear our interview. Fun and informative!

We were lucky enough to be invited by Darren Ahearn of Remax Results in Frederick to his weekly Real Estate Update on WFMD Radio in Frederick MD.

EstateMAX-Wins 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award for Excellence of Service!


EstateMAX Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service


Frederick MD, January 17, 2018 – EstateMAX is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.


“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”


Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.


EstateMAX has been listed on Angie’s List since 2012. This is the 3rd year EstateMAX has received this honor.


Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.


For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

EstateMax brings you a combined 70 years of professional estate sales and property expertise to our clients in the Washington DC Metro, Maryland and Northern Virginia region…

In January 2015 we rebranded our offerings with a comprehensive menu of personalized services and solutions for our estate sales clients, downsizers, retiring boomer’s and mobile senior citizens.

Laurie Zook, started her estates services business in 1999 following 20 years in commercial interior design, furnishings and antique project management and sales.

Steve Berryman,started his career in 1982 in Big Box Sales Management, Specialty Marketing, and Construction Estimating and Negotiating.

Contact Us:

To discuss our estate sale or personal transition project, we offer a no cost phone consultation and an on-site review at your residence.

Laurie Zook, CEO (Chief of Estate Operations)  301-332-5585

Steve Berryman, Client Development 240-457-7097

6 Estate Sales in 6 Weeks! We MAX-ed it out for our Clients!

In May thru June the EstateMAX team conducted 6 separate downsizing and/or estate sales in 30 days! How do we do it? We have our system! What do we do?

Set up includes merchandising, organization, pricing (based on our 30 years of market value experience, and doing additional market research as needed), extensive advertising including copyrighting all ads and marketing on line, producing sale videos, marketing on site with lawn signage and banners, then conducting and managing the sale of merchandise in the home on sale days and continuing the selling following sale days to “be backs” ( people who have thought it thru and come back for the item-) on furniture delivery and clean up days, then final house clean up including packing and broom sweeping, moving donations to charity and transport of consignments, if any, to Other People’s Stuff by EstateMAX, our estate liquidation warehouse. WHEW!

I pay my clients within one week of end of their sale by bank wire transfer and forward the sales statement by email and a hard copy with all sales receipts, and charity receipts by USPS.

Our clients only need to move out with the items they are keeping and leave the rest to us to sell and prepare their home for settlement or staging!

For those in the downsizing process, we also refer and coordinate with moving services on our client’s behalf as part of our MissionTransition, Transitions management services, or as a stand alone complimentary service to our clients.

We provide downsizing assistance to clients and their realtors to prepare a home for sale, and provide professional home staging which saves money on the staging process by eliminating duplication of services.

Laurie has a pro work background in interior design and furnishing (30 years)- which combined with the EstateMax resources and O.P.S. warehouse inventory gives our team unlimited resources to work with!

Call us for your no cost consultation for your once in a lifetime downsizing or family estate sale, transitions services and staging!

301-332-5585 Laurie Zook, President EstateMAX

Transition is Tough, We Make It Simple!


Click HERE to see if an Estate Sale is Right for You!

Answer these easy questions to see IF AN ESTATE SALE IS RIGHT FOR YOU!


*Do you live in the Maryland, DC, Virginia Metro area?   [a top market to hold estate sales in the Nation!]

*Do you have a single family home, or a town home of at least 1,500 square feet?

*Would you like to make a profit off of your unwanted furniture, art, decor, antiques, collections, silver, china, and small items?

*Do you need the entire premises cleaned out as a result of a sale?  [disposition of some unsold items is consignment in our retail store, by agreement.] [other stuff gets you a charity receipt] [trash is hauled out]

*Do you think you have at least $5 to 6,000 worth of sell-able stuff?   [don’t toss anything out in preparation, as we sell “As is.”]

*Can you book a weekend for a 3-day sale with at least 2 weeks advanced notice?  [we do book up, so call us soon for our availability!][ we do value research, all promo/marketing, photos in HD, and Pro-videos

*Do you want to attract the largest and best qualified group of estate sale shoppers?  [We are the best at digital promotion, and online + Social Media Marketing with a reach of over 17,000 folks]

*Do you want to work with this industries current Angie’s List Super Service Award holder?  [EstateMax holds the title!]   Click HERE to see our Angies List Award Info 2016

*Reliable performance?  [EstateMax has tons of great REVIEWS for you to see!]    Click HERE to see our REVIEWS!

THEN…… click here to have your questions answered, and to book your Estate Sale!      Click HERE for our Contact Information!

NYTimes -How to Avoid Stress When You’re Moving… (EstateMAX Knows How- It’s Our Thing!)


At EstateMAX and MissionTransition we know how to move you and your loved ones, forward with lower stress and make you money as a result of our work! Since 1999 providing transitions management and personal property liquidations!

I have a 90% recovery rate from past projects- uncovering lost items, find missing documents, important sentimental items  from property organization and downsizing, readying my clients for their big move! I take chaos and turn it into a workable environment, ready for the next step!

We get you organized, find the right moving company, set up and conduct your downsizing or living estate sale, make you money through your unwanted items and clean up your home afterward, prepping it for settlement.

Staging the home for sale is a specialty for us. Following the downsizing we set your home up (with the realtor’s input) using your furniture, as possible , and borrowing from our Other People’s Stuff Showroom, adding smalls and decorative accessories as needed to make your home interior POP with design impact! I have a 20 year pro background in design and furnishing-it all comes into play in a staging project.

Get in touch with Laurie Zook or Steve Berryman at EstateMAX to discuss your project. 1-844-378-MAX1

Who are you Hiring to Liquidate and Manage your Personal Property Assets?

At EstateMAX we look beyond the “What’s it Take” to “Who We Are in the Matter” when we handle our client’s personal property.  Turning goods into liquid assets takes skills and persistence and delivering it to the client as promised takes integrity!

The estate sale business is becoming a playground for the inexperienced. As the market “graying of America” proliferates-more people downsize or pass away leaving “stuff” behind that they don’t want or ( no longer have any use for.)  This “stuff” translates into monetary assets, if managed correctly.  A novice can hold an indoor yard sale and call it an “Estate Sale”.  That takes no skill past 1st grade basic number writing and spacial organization.

After all the “junk” business is the second oldest “profession” in history…

The “Used Stuff Industry” has become a buyer’s market. Too much stuff, too many boomers downsizing, lots of estates full of vintage and antiques for sale. So, consider the professional reputation your estate seller hold when hiring.

For instance, an item that currently has a $100 retail in a retail store or antiques mall can sell for $1, if the client ignores how their property is being represented to the public, how it’s being sold, who and how it is selling it. If the client is aware, they will hire a company who will care about the result of their project.

In the State of Maryland there are no licensing requirements for auctioneers or estate sale companies. Unfortunately, seniors are an easy mark because of age, infirmity, urgency to sell a home that overwhelm.  Those who can’t ( because of age related disease, infirmity, or plain ignorance) check out the reputation and legal credentials of a company they are hiring are at greater risk of losing significant assets- if hiring an inexperienced or crooked estate sale or auction company.

And, with no certification requirements mandated, too many inexperienced virgin estate sale “companies” are signing up to estate sales sites daily, encouraged by the platforms selling the advertising service, regardless of their credentials, or lack of. It’s an easy “set up” for those with no experience selling personal property, or anything for that matter, to get in the game.  At the end of the estate sale, the company has the clients money and either will or won’t stand accountable for sales, turning over receipts,( if they were recorded,  a sales statement and the cash, then having the property cleaned out to meet settlement or other deadline.

If you’re reading this and considering your options, ask yourself  if you need a whole-house sale, and after the sale, a clean out service of what’s left- leaving it ready for settlement or for renovation?  Or do you just have a few used furniture pieces for sale? If you are the latter a company that does online sales only, is for you (and can not be considered a full service “estate sale” company.)

Full service is just that it includes sale of contents of whole households, Ask that question based on your needs.

After our combined 35 years of retail management, interior design, project management,  ( the last 18  for me) conducting estate sales, handling property downsizing and clean outs, Steve Berryman and I have learned a lot about how and how not to do our job. Read link link for Bios.

Our experience in years brings to the game:

  • Understanding of the local market-Research, research, research-
  • Knowledge of goods -and appropriate pricing based on condition, the local market, competitive events, volume of merchandise, more-
  • Real negotiating skills-
  • Real Marketing knowledge and ability
  • Knowledge and understanding of buyer’s behavior and appropriate response
  • Handling a sales floor, minimizing risk of theft, damage, etc.

Always ask for this key information and ask the appropriate questions when interviewing a sales agent:

  • State business license, form of business ( LLC,  etc.) FBI fingerprint check, and full legal background check is crucial when hiring-
  • Liability Insurance-
  • What form of payment does the company accept during the sale and where will your money be held until paid, and when do they pay you?-
  • A black and white contract-
  • Client reviews on a public forum like Angie’s List, Google, etc.

Consider when interviewing the estate sale agent-Does this person/company have

  • The ability to run a small business, managing and handling many different duties-
  • The ability to work in layers, breaking down a big problem into baby steps, and re-construct it into a working system.
  • A predisposition for organization and experiential skills
  • Fast moving, decisive personality and a back up staff to perform the work
  • Attention to detail- setting up a sale site, assuring no harm comes to the property, to buyers-and to you, the client
  • The ability to work with the public-professional salesmanship
  • An understanding of deadlines- can they perform under pressure and do they have an “exit strategy”. Getting the property cleaned up by the scheduled date, paying you, the client, on time.
  • Can they demonstrate prior success?

Is this “company”  someone who does what they say they will do, sticking to the contract, paying on time, and going above and beyond when needed to make sure the client is satisfied.

If these questions can be answered to your satisfaction and backed up in black and white, you are talking to a professional estate sale agent.

If not-call EstateMAX. We assure professionalism.Or call us first and avoid problems!






Keedysville Md Whole House Estate Sale, Furnishings, Mower, China, Tools, Crystal, etc.


Sat, Mar 25, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sale Address

Keedysville, MD 21756
Full address will be shown on Fri, Mar 24 at 8:00AM.

A whole-house estate sale full of well cared for, A-1 furnishings, decor, art, smalls, household, tools, mower, lawn and garden, porch, etc. Lots here, come and explore for treasure! Smoke and Pet Free Home Items included but not limited to: 2) Electric Recliners VG, Clean White Wicker Porch Set-6 piece White Wicker Bedroom Set-5 piece Two Twin Dark Oak Bed Frames, Matching Hutch, Dresser Oak Porch Glider Lawn Ornaments various sizes and subjects Garage, Lawn and Garden Tools, Cleaning Supplies Christmas Decor Antique Mantle Clock Mirrors Octagonal Oak Curio Large Maple Hutch Queen Anne Arm Chairs Folding Chairs Bedside Tables Living Room End Tables Living Room Seating, Sofa Platform Rocker Tea Pots, Cups/Saucers, etc Maple Repro Dough tray Crystal Stemware Lamps of Various sizes, styles Keurig single serve coffee maker Kitchen accoutrement Artificial Ficus Tree Live Plants Mid Century Chest of Drawers, Dresser, Night Stand, American Mfg. White Platform Rocker Vintage Sewing Machine Ironstone Pitcher and Bowl Fine Art, Various sizes, styles Wheel Chair, Walker, etc.  Repro Floor Radio Dolls Vintage Hall Tree with Table Vintage Cabinets, Washstand Cash or Credit Cards. Buyer Pays Processing Fee of 3% or $2 under $100. Please bring packing materials, bags and boxes for your purchases.