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While every estate sale is unique, Carolina Auctioneers & Estate Sales has developed a proven formula we use with all of our sales. Let us put it to use for you.
1. The Walk-Through
This is the beginning of the estate sale process. We will come to your home free of charge and without obligation to determine the individual needs of your unique sale. After we have evaluated the home, we can advise you on logistics and offer available dates for a sale. We will also take this opportunity to address any personal concerns or questions you may have.
2. Sale Set Up
Depending on the size of your estate, the preparation process will range from one to two weeks. Our team takes extra care to price items fairly and assess any antique or valuable items that may be included in your estate. During this phase, our experts will set up your sale, providing all the necessary display materials. At no additional cost to you, we photograph and list your sale on top estate sale websites in order to maximize the turnout for your sale. Additionally, we have a dedicated customer base that come to sales based on our reputation alone.
3. The Estate Sale
The weekend of the sale, Household Estate Services will run a professional event that is geared towards making the sale as profitable as possible for you. We employee a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and respectful team who are capable of answering any questions potential customers might have about items in your estate.
4. Clean UpAfter the estate sale is over, Household Estate Services provides an optional clean-out service of the property for a small additional fee. This process includes disposing of any unsold items to prepare the house for sale or renovation.5. PaymentHousehold Estate Services makes money when you make money. We work on a commission pay scale that encompasses all sale-related expenses.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Planning and managing an estate sale can be overwhelming and time-consuming. For your convenience, we have listed some of the most frequently asked questions about estate sale we get from our Clients. For any additional information, please contact us at (864) 609-4343 and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
WHERE DO WE BEGIN?
The first step in the process is to contact an estate sale company, share your situation and schedule an appointment. Allowing us a chance to view the home and hear about your unique situation will help us better serve you. We will work with you to find out the best plan of action whether that be an estate sale, a clean-out, buyout or individual item purchase.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I CALL YOU?
We would like you to call as soon as you believe you might need our services. We usually ask for a two-week notice but also understand that situations arise suddenly and abruptly. We often have sales lined up for several weeks in advance but by calling as soon as you are aware of your needs we may be able to fit you in at the last-minute.
WHAT IS YOUR FEE FOR COMING TO THE HOUSE AND ASSESSING IT FOR AN ESTATE SALE?
Our consultation and meeting with you is free of charge.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST MEETING?
Once on site, we can assess and determine the feasibility of a sale. We will work with you to find out the best plan of action whether that be an estate sale, a clean-out, buyout or individual item purchase based on what we see at the home. It is during this time that we will review the contract with you, discuss availability and answer all questions you may have.
WHAT WILL IT COST ME FOR CAROLINA AUCTIONEERS & ESTATE SALES TO EXECUTE MY ESTATE SALE?
There is no up-front or out-of-pocket expense to you. We charge a percentage of total sales for our commission, and simply deduct that from the proceeds at the end of the sale.
SHOULD WE GET RID OF THINGS THAT WE KNOW ARE OF NO VALUE, SUCH AS OLD PAPER, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS OR CLEANING SUPPLIES?
Do not discard anything! Old magazines and newspapers are highly sellable items and should not be discarded. Even items as simple as cleaning supplies usually sell well, you would be surprised at what people are interested in buying. Items that do not sell can always be discarded or donated at the end of the sale.
SHOULD WE DONATE ALL THE OLD CLOTHES, TOWELS, LINENS AND SHEETS?
While that is charitable, these items are completely sellable at an estate sale and bring in additional profits to benefit the estate. Please refrain from discarding or donating any items within the home as these donations can be determined after the estate sale. If you feel that you must discard or donate any items please contact us to receive a professional opinion to make sure the item is not of high value. We would be happy to help!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO “SETUP” AN ESTATE SALE?
Simply put, every house and situation is unique. Within the range anywhere between 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the size and contents within. This timeframe is established on the first appointment and is based on the situation.
WHAT IS THE “SETUP” PROCESS LIKE?
First, we set up our display tables throughout the home and re-arrange furniture to maximize retail space. We then unearth any drawers, boxes and cabinets throughout the home and clean items as necessary. From there we separate sellable from non-sellable, research antique and high valued goods and finally, affix prices to all the displayed items. Throughout the process we often find personal effects such as social security cards, bank or tax documents and other sensitive material which we set aside to be gone through by the owner of the estate.
HOW MANY DAYS WILL MY ESTATE SALE LAST?
The average estate sale is open to the public for 2-4 days (between Thursday and Sunday). In some circumstances we have conducted multiple sale weekends for one home due to the amount of items and having to do the sales in sections. With that said, a typical estate sale can be completely set up, advertised, run and completed within one weeks time frame.
I AM WORRIED ABOUT THEFT. DO YOU OFFER SECURITY PRECAUTIONS?
Theft can be prevalent among estate sales as people think there is no surveillance within a home. We have solved this issue a few different ways:
Limiting the number of customers allowed in the home at one time
Wireless security camera system that we bring to each sale
Glass cases for expensive jewelry and small items
Strategic placement of costly items near the register for constant monitoring
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS DURING YOUR SALES?
Every situation is different. The short answer is yes, we tend to offer slight discounts on the second day of a sale (upwards of 20%) and may increase the discount on the days following (upwards of 50%). Our pricing begins slightly under retail value and as we discount, the prices become more enticing to secondary market customers. Any discounting after the initial price drop is done to ensure a liquidation of the contents of the home while keeping fixed prices on items of high value. Discounts are all based on the situation and are established with the owner prior to holding the sale.
IF THE EXECUTOR LIVES OUT-OF-STATE, CAN WE STILL HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?
Yes! We handle everything through email, faxing and registered mail so living outside of South Carolina during the process is no problem. This process is simple and we have been handling out-of-state residents for many years. If you’re working with a local realtor or with a lawyer, we can go through them as well.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT DURING THE SALE?
We accept all major credit cards and cash.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ITEMS LEFT OVER AFTER THE SALE?
This is Ultimately up to the client. We can assist with donating the left overs and also offer full clean out services.
CAN I LIVE IN THE HOUSE WHILE YOU ARE SETTING UP THE SALE?
Unfortunately we are unable to work in a home that someone is living in.