An estate sale’s main objective is the orderly liquidation of personal property in a relatively short period of time for the highest proceeds possible. The concept is pretty straightforward, yet without one of our professional estate appraisers on site, the process can be laden with significant emotional trauma, difficult logistical challenges and crucial deadlines.
Closing a home or business can be exhausting and even traumatic. We strive to minimize our clients’ stress throughout the entire process.
We’re experts in managing estate liquidations, and offer efficient, professional services without forgetting the needs of our clients.
Your home need not be filled with antiques, artwork, vintage automobiles, rare firearms, fine jewelry and other expensive assets in order for a sale to be successful. We routinely liquidate estates of all types and sizes.
No death need have occurred, either — about 60% of our sales are downsizing sales of one kind or another. (We often work for those who are moving, couples who are divorcing, businesses that are liquidating, etc.)
The process begins with a complimentary consultation in which we come and view the property in question. At this time, we also discuss any special needs you may have. (We recognize that each situation is unique.)
Our commission, something usually set in the initial consultation, is based upon what we estimate the gross sales will be and how much work must be done in order for your sale to be successful. (N.b.: We may quote lower commissions on particular items — e.g., motorcycles, higher end automobiles, recreational vehicles, boats, farm implements, and other exceptionally high ticket items.)
WHAT WE DO:
Once we sign a contract that outlines our basic duties and expectations, we work patiently and efficiently. We clean, organize and display all items in the home.
If no security system exists on site (and we deem one necessary), we have a traveling, satellite-linked security system, complete with glass break monitors and full room motion detectors — all at no extra cost to you, our client.
We separate household trash from merchandise to be sold. (There’s no need for you to do this beforehand. We do the work for you! In fact, we even go so far as to ask that you throw absolutely nothing away until we’ve had a chance to see the estate in its entirety. You’d be amazed to see what some folks put into the garbage can!)
We price all items to be sold based upon our many years of experience as professional estate appraisers and liquidators, as well as our knowledge of current market comparables.
Should an outside expert be needed for consultation during the research/pricing process (e.g., with large gems, certain firearms, coins and stamps etc.), we take care of matters quickly and discreetly.
We provide and set up shelving, lighting, mirrors, drapes, tables, locked and lighted showcases, risers, clothing racks, jewelry trays, cash registers and all other necessary equipment.
We obtain any and all necessary municipal permits required for the sale. (Sometimes we may ask the client’s assistance in obtaining H.O.A. permits if they’re required in gated communities with privately maintained streets, though.)
We hire a professional photographer to make your sale truly shine. (We do our own macro lens/close-up shots for fine jewelry, firearms, etc. Everything else is shot by a professional photographer, and we pay for his or her services. See examples of photography from our past sales by clicking here.)
We maintain the largest e-mail list in the state of Oklahoma, and send out weekly e-mail notifications about the upcoming sale to the many, many thousands of customers already in our database. (We use a professional e-mail delivery service that guarantees a 98.8% to 100% deliverability rate. Our open rate is more than double the national average, and our click rate’s over TEN times the national average.)
We create, place and pay for advertising in the most appropriate local newspaper(s).
We advertise through both EstateSales.org and EstateSales.net to notify customers who aren’t already on our regular e-mail list,
and (through EstateSales.net), we even advertise our sales in both Tulsa and north Texas.
We mark steps and other potential hazards in both Spanish and English, and cordon off any dangerous areas of the property used. We also place professionally made “no entry” signs that are worded in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese on all areas that won’t be open to the public.
We never conduct a sale without an officer of the law (e.g., a police officer or county sheriff) on site; we arrange for said officer and pay him or her.
Our friendly and reliable staff waits on each and every customer on sale day(s).
We keep paper records on all items sold for seven fiscal years. (We strongly advise that you avoid working with any firm that doesn’t keep precise paper records that can be readily available for the client’s audit, and for any required governmental audits.)
We accept credit cards, and we “eat” any applicable fees. (We don’t charge these fees back to the consumer, nor to you. “Plastic” sales constitute over 70% of our revenue, and the resulting fees total a significant amount. Remember, too, that it’s against the law in Oklahoma for merchants of any kind to charge the consumer for his or her credit/debit fees.)
We provide boxes, bags and wrapping materials for customers on sale day(s).
We can arrange for 501(c)3 charity pick-ups and/or buy-out brokers after your sale, else you can choose to keep everything.
(Most clients choose to do a “walk-through” at the close of the sale itself, whether in person or by Skype.)
If there (and this is rare) are very high-end items left over, we can even help you place them into the appropriate out-of-state auction.
We’ll work with your realtor to expedite the sale of your home. (Why pass up free marketing for your largest asset?)
We’re happy to provide you with top rate professional referrals for everything from realty to mortgage services to roofing to plumbing. (We even refer other professional liquidators or auctioneers as needed!)
It all boils down to this: we work for YOU, the client, and strive to make you as much money as possible in as short a time as possible.
Our commissions are competitive; our service is comprehensive.
WHAT WE DON’T DO:
Under no circumstances do we hire dealers. (Many, if not most, estate liquidation companies let dealers work for free, and compensate them with early or otherwise special buying privileges. WE DO NOT. The folks who work for us do so because they enjoy the work and are paid an hourly rate to work.
Under no circumstances do we sell an item without writing a paper ticket for said item. (You should be able to audit the books from your estate sale. Period. We keep all paper records of our sales for seven years after the close of each sale. We strongly advise you to avoid working with any liquidator who doesn’t keep paper records of all sales made at each and every sale.)
We do not rent nor divulge our mailing list. If we list the sales of friends (and we do almost every week!), we do so solely as a professional courtesy, and receive no compensation of any kind for doing so.
We do NOT buy estates. On the contrary, we believe that buying estates constitutes a serious conflict of interest for the professional estate liquidator.
We don’t conduct dealer previews before our sales, although we once did years ago. (And have regretted as much on several occasions!)
We don’t own a shop nor rent booth space anywhere, nor do we sell online.
In short, we don’t compete against our clients’ best interests.
Your trust, privacy and peace of mind are of paramount importance to us.