Once you contact Devlin Estate Sales, we will talk with you, get to know your situation and the type of estate sale you want. We can then setup a specific time to come out and meet you or your representative at the location.
What happens at a consultation?
Once on site, we can assess and discuss the feasibility of a sale. What this means is we will determine whether or not there are enough items in the residence and how well the items will sell. This will allow us to make a decision as to whether or not you should have an estate sale or if you should use alternate sources to liquidate the contents of the home.
Is there a consultation fee?
Our consultation is free of charge. If we determine an estate sale is not the best fit for your items, we will recommend other alternatives and provide you guidance on who to contact.
Family members and I would like to have some of the contents in the house. How should we handle this?
We ask that you or family members remove all items that you would like to keep prior to us coming out to assess the estate. This will allow us to conduct a thorough assessment of what would be included in the sale.
Also, we ask that you remove any personal photos and paperwork from the residence. Such as: family photos/albums, birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s license, passports, military documents, bank statements, pay stubs, medical bills. If you can’t do it, we will dispose or set aside these items for you.
There are some items that we want to keep, but do not want to remove them from the house. How is this handled?
Any items staying in the house that you would like to keep should be moved (if able) and secured in a specified room/area and marked as not for sale.
What payment methods do you accept during the sale?
We accept credit cards and cash.
Should the house be put up for sale before or after the estate sale?
We recommend listing the house before the sale. This is a great way to help sell the home. Hundreds of potential buyers will go through the home during the sale. We can even pass out fliers and take names and numbers of interested customers.
Should we throw away clutter and garbage before calling you?
Absolutely NOT! This is the biggest mistake people make when preparing to conduct a sale. Items you consider as “junk” may be a diamond in the rough or a treasure to a collector. Let us take care of the separating and sorting. This is part of our service. The best thing to do is leave the house as is.
Should we get rid of things that we know are of no value, such as: old postcards, magazines, newspapers or cleaning supplies?
Again we cannot stress enough: DO NOT discard these items!
Vintage postcards, magazines, and newspapers are highly sell-able items and should not be discarded.
Cleaning supplies can also be sold at the sale.
Should we take all the old clothes, towels, and linens to goodwill?
While that is a common practice and charitable, these items are completely sell-able at the estate sale. Please refrain from discarding or donating these items prior to the sale.
Do I need to rent tables, display cabinets, or clothes racks?
No. We will bring in tables, display cases, and clothing racks to display the merchandise. We take care of it all.
If the executor lives out of state, can we still have an estate sale and how?
Yes! We handle everything through email, faxing, and registered mail. Very easy process! If you’re working with a local realtor or with a lawyer, we can go through them as well. Remember we are a licensed and bonded company.
How much time do you need to set up for a sale?
There is no designated time frame. However, to be efficient and thorough, we like to have at least two weeks.