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.

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

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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!

 

Found Money! ..And Other Stuff- We Do It Every Time!

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

 

EstateMAX, Maximizing Returns & Minimizing Stress For Professionals & Their Clients

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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!

 

 

 

On-Site Estate Sale or On-Line Auction? Strategy is Relative!

On-Site Sale or On-Line Auction? EstateMAX uses both strategies, to MAX-OUT the returns for our estate and downsizing clients and bring the best of what’s left to Other People’s Stuff for sale to the public at progressive discounting.

What are the factors that should come into play in making the call? We direct potential clients toward the best strategy based on all of these:

Time Frame: Is there enough time for an estate company to set up, conduct and clean up and in home sale prior to settlement, listing, property updating, the next step?

Neighborhood and Position of Home: SFH or apartment? Does the community support on site estate sales? HOA? Parking? Signage allowed? Is there a “captive” audience close by, walk-in traffic as well as drive up, to support a bottom line?

Condition of Home: Is the property safe? the Interior a maze of Stuff? Is this the home of a packrat or a tidy owner?If the first it can be a great onsite estate sale IF there’s enough time to organize and clean and price the contents. Is the approximate return worth the time and labor investment? Either way, the house has to be sorted and cleaned out to go to donate and trash and there is a cost to that service!

Contents: High to Medium End Inventory, Antiques, Vintage in Combination with Household Goods, or Cheap Worn Out Items? Is the return there?

Time of Year: Every client can’t be fortunate enough to schedule for a spring or fall sale. Winter and summer can be productive times for an onsite sale.

On-Site Sales are held in the home, the inventory is in context and arranged in vignettes ( merchandised to make the best of the the goods.) Priced to start at below comparative value ( using major auction platforms for comparison, this is not a retail environment) taking under consideration all factors that come into play in getting the estimated result, Items are organized, tagged, local street signage and in-depth social media marketing are in place -the sale is conducted over 3 days or more, progressive discounting is employed with ongoing negotiation and shoppers are encouraged to leave bids ( with deposits) on the higher end goods… and property is left organized and ready for the next phase of sale.

On-Line Sales are typically handled two ways (by the competition,) depending on circumstances: 1. Inventory is “Cherry picked” for the best merchandise, photographed on-site, or moved to a warehouse and sold with a minimum starting price or Buy it Now 2. Items are photographed and most items are sold starting price $1. Smalls are sold in “lots” ( boxes) or table full for one price, vs. individually priced.

On-Line Sales are for the convenience shopper who isn’t inspired by the “hunt”. They want inventory cessed out for them in advance. They buy items that they haven’t inspected in advance and have to take what they get. Photographs and description are not adequate to insure the bidders understand all facets of the goods. There is typically no return allowed and the winning bidders have to go pick up at the sale location. That said, the prices paid are lower than on-site sale results.

In all three options, the sales result is not guaranteed and there is a cost to hiring the sales company. On-Site Sales yield highest results across the board. The upfront cost can be relatively higher. It’s a “classier” approach and great for the full home, high to mid end residence including household goods.

On-line auctions have to be marketed to a vast email audience to attract bidders. That said, results typically come in at comparative last day estate sale pricing, for the cherry picked items, or less.

EstateMAX and MAX-Out!, Our On-Line auction division provides both strategies- even on one property in tandem, as we feel best for the client, all factors considered.

We utilize an On-Line full blown estate sale auction platform under MAX-Out by EstateMAX, list higher and brand items also on Ebay, the volume of stuff on $1 Auction sites, Craigslist regional DC, Facebook, National Furnishing Sites like Chairish. If an Item is “too good” for a household tag sale we know where to sell it. We have sent things to nationally recognized auction houses on our client’s behalf.

Please give us a call for a no-cost consultation! Please pass this information along to your downsizing and estate clients! 301-332-5585 Laurie Zook

What is Other People’s Stuff by EstateMax?

O.P.S. is neither Flea Market, Yard Sale nor Barn Sale. Not a Thrift store nor a Gift shop. but O.P.S. shares characteristics of all!

It’s a warehouse liquidation center where we merchandise the best of what is left of  our own client’s estate sale inventories. We sell at 50% to 75% off of the starting estate sale tags, unless marked Final.

Other People’s Stuff, is a 2000 square foot warehouse where the public and picker’s alike can shop, at the same discounts,  for deals on antiques, vintage goods, lightly used furniture and decor, fine and decorative art, textiles, lamps, rugs, pottery, china, flatware, and more.

Great for the D.I.Y. and repurposer, the collector and treasure seeker, re-seller and retailer. We have something for everyone!

From the 1890’s to current styles, for all rooms of your home. We never claim to have “perfect” merchandise, (nothing well loved maintains perfection for long) but it’s all classic, quality, usable and can be re-vamped by the creative mind!

Inventory changes, we add to it twice or more often monthly.

..and for those shoppers who sign our email list and get bi-monthly updates on our estate and OPS sales, you also get special discounts and flash sale notices!

A small section of a showroom is dedicated to “final priced” goods, that are marketed for our estate sale clients through online sites. They are also for sale to O.P.S shoppers.

Come see us at 93 Monocacy Blvd just off the I-70 South Street Entrance. Between East Patrick and East South Streets. Look for our yellow signs.

EstateMax is a social enterprise small business. We ask shoppers to drop a dollar in the donation jar at the front counter which is given directly to charities in the Frederick MD Area . Thank you for your generosity, in advance and to all those who have donated over the past few years!

 

The EstateMAX Bullet List-What We Do For You!

EstateMAX: Our Copyrighted Slogan “Maximizing Returns and Minimizing Stress”

www.EstateMax.net

www.OpsLiquidation.com

844-378-MAX1-

Leave Message or Call Laurie Zook, President EM at 301-332-5585 or Steve Berryman, Business Development at 240-457-7097

 

  • Comprehensive  Estates Services:

 

  • Since 1999 DC / MD / VA  Metro

 

  • On-Site Estate Sales

 

  • OnLine Consignment Auctions

 

  • Property Clean Out, Trash Removal

 

  • Property Updating / Improvement – Interior/Exterior

 

  • Staging for Sale

 

  • Transitions, Packing & Moving Services

 

  • Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner DC Metro

 

  • Principal- Laurie S. Zook –  35 years of expertise in project development,  project management, interior design, furnishings, antiques & fine art sales, staging, property improvement

 

  • Principal- Steven R. Berryman –  35 years of expertise in senior retail management, project merchandising & marketing, wholesale, and commercial construction project estimating.

 

  • Our Showroom:   Other People’s Stuff Multiple Estates Liquidation Warehouse, Frederick MD for Ends of Estates, Maximizing Returns for our Clients on Consignment

 

Why Pay Full Price for Consumables?

After 37 years on the front lines of Consumer Goods via traditional channels like big box stores and specialty boutique locations, I fell into the estate sale business and never looked back; I know how you can save yourself a bundle on stuff you will want!

My main revelation upon joining forces with industry veteran Laurie Zook in our company “EstateMax” was that the successful “Boomer” generation is downsizing and moving to retirement locations at a record pace.   We call these “Living Estate Sales.”  So, In addition to normal “estate sales” where folks have passed and there is a legal estate to be liquidated, most of our work is in turning unneeded good stuff into cash for our clients.  To fund their starting over…

This is a happy occasion, as clients opt to start over again, rid themselves of stuff they no longer need – due to duplication, or just wanting a fresh start – and they get the cash!

Much of what we find now is cool vintage stuff, collectables, antique goods, such as furniture, art, apparel, books, and nicnacs, items from world travel in some cases.  When sold, these goods get a second life, and go to estate sale shoppers who refurbish, or collect, or resell.  Talk about a treasure house full of things that could become unique wedding gifts!

Fair market value of the goods can be 30 cents on the dollar in many cases less.  So the owner gets cash back after a lifetime of use, and the new owner finds great stuff, many times  in great condition and hardly used at all, due to the love given to the goods by the original owners.  China, silverware, linens, decor……

For our younger shoppers, just starting out, it’s a gold mine of stuff needed for everyday life, or even a first collectable antique or art object for home decor.  One can furnish an entire home or apartment for much less than half of what it would cost in a traditional store….and many times you would get BETTER STUFF than they offer now…… because…..they really don’t make ’em like they used to!

Lastly, learn more about the business and how to find sales at www.EstateMax.net and discover our retail warehouse, Other Peoples Stuff (O.P.S.) where we liquidate unsold estate sales goods twice a month, and benefit S.H.I.P. of Frederick County in the process.  FYI, there are always really cool unsold goods to sell at 75% off for our customers.

See you there,    –Steve Berryman.

 

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