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.
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
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!
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!
Full address will be shown on Fri, Mar 24 at 8:00AM.http://estatesales.org/sale/1114527
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.
EstateMAX uncovers hidden and forgotten resources in your personal estate through our set up, sales and clean up process!
Who knew that Aunt Edna’s Silver was still in the attic under the left front floorboard? Well, maybe an exaggeration, but not so much. Our Team sniffs out the stuff, merchandises and prices it to make our clients the most return possible on the largest volume of stuff over the course of our setup, sale and clean up process!
We’ve been at this business for 19 years. After finding the dead parakeet in the Baggie laid to rest in it’s cage in the attic of a home in NW DC, not much would surprise us!
Give Laurie or Steve a call at 844-378-MAX1
2017 Downsizing & Estate Sales
What We Do-We Merchandise, Price, Advertise, Sell, Stage & Clean Up Your Property So You Can Go Forward With Ease. We Pay You Within 7 Days of End of Sale! With Your Real Estate Pro, We’re the Only Other Team Member Whose Goal is Find YOU Money in the Haystack of Your Personal Property! We Do it Every Time!
We’re Not Cherry Pickers! We Sell It and Leave Your Property Clean! You Do Nothing Except Move Out In Advance of the Sale, With The Things Your Want to Keep! Your Settlement Goes Smoothly Because We Handle the Details!
Call Us Today for Your No Cost Phone Consultation. We Come to You To Visit Your Home and See Your Stuff, After We Know We’re a Match!
Home Resources Kovels Komments News, News, News Missing 1948 Wedding Dress Found at Antiques Shop
Missing 1948 Wedding Dress Found at Antiques Shop
Feb 15, 2017
Antiques often seem to find their owners. Jane Foster, a shopper in Grand Junction, Colorado, was walking down the street when she saw her mother’s wedding picture in an antique shop window. It was a shock since the wedding had been in Arizona in 1948. After the wedding, the dress had been boxed. It was eventually placed, along with other belongings, in a storage locker until her father died. But 12 years ago, the contents of the locker was auctioned off. Later the family searched but couldn’t find any of the items. Foster’s mother had since died. When Foster ran into the store and asked to see the picture, the owner told her he not only had the picture, but also the wedding dress. It was still wrapped in the original box, along with a newspaper dated June 22, 1948, two days after the wedding. Foster asked the price of the dress. The shop owner said there was no price. “It’s made its way back to you. It’s home.” Foster agrees. “This is a message to us that she is still thinking about us,” she said, “and watching over us.” (Based on information from KKCO news in Colorado.)
Hey Richard, It’s me, Laurie. I wrote a very similar piece in my blog 6 years ago- The MissionTransition Trans-Act-On Plan. I’ll repost. It’s what we live at EstateMAX. How to best liquidate personal property for our boomer and senior clients.
Most clients are reasonable in their expectations but there are those who expect the moon from results. The truth is: it matters little what you paid for something. What matters i what it’s worth now. And what it’s worth is what I can get for it! With exceptions of truly rare and collectible items, or valuables.
The world is full of furniture. Personally and professionally, I think it’s a tragedy that the milennials spend their money buying crap press board and vinyl furniture at box stores, ( yea we all love IKEA’s great design but the quality is what it is and not designed to last and in the short term will end up in a landfill in a few years.
These are the same people who are “green” advocates, want mini houses and no fuss so they should roll that philosophy into their homes. Being environmentally conservative does mean re-use..
Fact is I could sell them a solid wood dining room set for $400. Same goes for every room in their house. Those with smarts and creativity can paint, stain, and re-do the Pennsylvania House solid maple side board from the 1970’s and revise it’s purpose into a great looking bar, for instance. Dressers, Dining Room Sets, etc.
Back to the estate and downsizing sale reality: Results are cumulative..all the household stuff, the garage, books, decent clothing, attic, china, crystal, silver, collections, automobiles, lawn equipment, dolls, linens, furniture and smalls. It all comes together to produce a final sales number. That is what matters!
My advice from almost 20 years of managing stuff- When downsizing, remove only personal papers, photos and true trash from the residence. Leave the rest for EstateMAX to manage. We sell, donate and consign the best of what’s left at Other Peoples Stuff after the estate sale.
After my father died at 94 in September, leaving my sister and me to empty his one-bedroom, independent living New Jersey apartment, we learned the hard truth that others in their 50s and 60s need to know: Nobody wants the prized possessions of your parents — not even you or your kids.
Admittedly, that’s an exaggeration. But it’s not far off, due to changing tastes and homes. I’ll explain why, and what you can do as a result, shortly.
The Stuff of Nightmares
So please forgive the morbidity, but if you’re lucky enough to still have one or more parents or stepparents alive, it would be wise to start figuring out what you’ll do with their furniture, china, crystal, flatware, jewelry, artwork and tchotchkes when the mournful time comes. (I wish I had. My sister and I, forced to act quickly to avoid owing an extra months’ rent on dad’s apartment, hired a hauler to cart away nearly everything we didn’t want or wouldn’t be donating, some of which he said he’d give to charity.)
Many boomers and Gen X’ers charged with disposing the family heirlooms, it seems, are unprepared for the reality and unwilling to face it.
They’re not picking out formal china patterns anymore. I have three sons. They don’t want anything of mine. I totally get it.
— Susan Devaney, The Mavins Group
“It’s the biggest challenge our members have and it’s getting worse,” says Mary Kay Buysse, executive director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).
“At least a half dozen times a year, families come to me and say: ‘What do we do with all this stuff?’” says financial adviser Holly Kylen of Kylen Financials in Lititz, Pa. The answer: lots of luck.
Heirloom Today, Foregone Tomorrow
Dining room tables and chairs, end tables and armoires (“brown” pieces) have become furniture non grata. Antiques are antiquated. “Old mahogany stuff from my great aunt’s house is basically worthless,” says in, Va.
On PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, prices for certain types of period furniture have dropped so much that some episode reruns note current, lower estimated appraisals.
And if you’re thinking your grown children will gladly accept your parents’ items, if only for sentimental reasons, you’re likely in for an unpleasant surprise.
“Young couples starting out don’t want the same things people used to have,” says Susan Devaney, president of NASMM and owner of The Mavins Group, a senior move manager in Westfield, N.J. “They’re not picking out formal china patterns anymore. I have three sons. They don’t want anything of mine. I totally get it.”
The Ikea Generation
Buysse agrees. “This is an Ikea and Target generation. They live minimally, much more so than the boomers. They don’t have the emotional connection to things that earlier generations did,” she notes. “And they’re more mobile. So they don’t want a lot of heavy stuff dragging down a move across country for a new opportunity.”
And you can pretty much forget about interesting your grown kids in the books that lined their grandparents’ shelves for decades. If you’re lucky, you might find buyers for some books by throwing a garage sale or you could offer to donate them to your public library — if the books are in good condition.
Most antiques dealers (if you can even find one!) and auction houses have little appetite for your parents’ stuff, either. That’s because their customers generally aren’t interested. Carol Eppel, an antique dealer and director of the Minnesota Antiques Dealers Association in Stillwater, Minn., says her customers are far more intrigued by Fisher Price toy people and Arby’s glasses with cartoon figures than sideboards and credenzas.
Even charities like Salvation Army and Goodwill frequently reject donations of home furnishings, I can sadly say from personal experience.
Midcentury, Yes; Depression-Era, No
A few kinds of home furnishings and possessions can still attract interest from buyers and collectors, though. For instance, Midcentury Modern furniture — think Eames chairs and Knoll tables — is pretty trendy. And “very high-end pieces of furniture, good jewelry, good artwork and good Oriental rugs — I can generally help find a buyer for those,” says Eppel.
“The problem most of us have,” Eppel adds, “is our parents bought things that were mass-produced. They don’t hold value and are so out of style. I don’t think you’ll ever find a good place to liquidate them.”
Getting Liquid With a Liquidator
Unless, that is, you find a business like ______________ which calls itself “the fastest way to cash in and clean out your estate” in the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville and Richmond, Va. Rather than holding an estate sale, Nova performs a “buyout” — someone from the firm shows up, makes an assessment, writes a check and takes everything away (including the trash), generally within two days.
If a client has a spectacular piece of art, Fultz says, his company brokers it through an auction house. Otherwise, Nova takes to its retail shop anything the company thinks it can sell and discounts the price continuously (perhaps down to 75 percent off), as needed. Nova also donates some items.
Another possibility: Hiring a senior move manager (even if the job isn’t exactly a “move”). In a Next Avenue article about these pros, Leah Ingram said most NASMM members charge an hourly rate ($40 to $100 an hour isn’t unusual) and a typical move costs between $2,500 and $3,000. Other senior move managers specializing in selling items at estate sales get paid through sales commissions of 35 percent or so.
“Most of the people in our business do a free consultation so we can see what services are needed,” says Devaney.
8 Tips for Home Unfurnishing
What else can you do to avoid finding yourself forlorn in your late parents’ home, broken up about the breakfront that’s going begging? Some suggestions:
1. Start mobilizing while your parents are around. “Every single person, if their parents are still alive, needs to go back and collect the stories of their stuff,” says Kylen. “That will help sell the stuff.” Or it might help you decide to hold onto it. One of Kylen’s clients inherited a set of beautiful gold-trimmed teacups, saucers and plates. Her mother had told her she’d received them as a gift from the DuPonts because she had nursed for the legendary wealthy family. Turns out, the plates were made for the DuPonts. The client decided to keep them due to the fantastic story.
2. Give yourself plenty of time to find takers, if you can. “We tell people: The longer you have to sell something, the more money you’re going to make,” says Fultz. Of course, this could mean cluttering up your basement, attic or living room with tables, lamps and the like until you finally locate interested parties.
3. Do an online search to see whether there’s a market for your parents’ art, furniture, china or crystal. If there is, see if an auction house might be interested in trying to sell things for you on consignment. “It’s a little bit of a wing and a prayer,” says Buysse.
That’s true. But you might get lucky. I did. My sister and I were pleasantly surprised — no, flabbergasted — when the auctioneer we hired sold our parents’ enormous, turn-of-the-20th-century portrait of an unknown woman by an obscure painter to a Florida art dealer for a tidy sum. (We expected to get a dim sum, if anything.) Apparently, the Newcomb-Macklin frame was part of the attraction. Go figure. Our parents’ tabletop marble bust went bust at the auction, however, and now sits in my den, owing to the kindness of my wife.
4. Get the jewelry appraised. It’s possible that a necklace, ring or brooch has value and could be sold.
5. Look for a nearby consignment shop that might take some items. Or, perhaps, a liquidation firm.
6. See if someone locally could use what you inherited. “My dad had some tools that looked interesting. I live in Amish country and a farmer gave me $25 for them,” says Kylen. She also picked out five shelters and gave them a list of all the kitchen items she wound up with. “By the fifth one, everything was gone. That kind of thing makes your heart feel good,” Kylen says.
7. Download the free Rightsizing and Relocation Guide from the National Association of Senior Move Managers. This helpful booklet is on the group’s site.
8. But perhaps the best advice is: Prepare for disappointment. “For the first time in history of the world, two generations are downsizing simultaneously,” says Buysse, talking about the boomers’ parents (sometimes, the final downsizing) and the boomers themselves. “I have a 90-year-old parent who wants to give me stuff or, if she passes away, my siblings and I will have to clean up the house. And my siblings and I are 60 to 70 and we’re downsizing.”
This, it seems, is 21st-century life — and death. “I don’t think there is a future” for the possessions of our parents’ generation, says Eppel. “It’s a different world.”
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