Do I have enough items to hold an estate sale?
Typically, if you are looking to liquidate an average household you will have enough items to warrant a full estate sale or individual online auction. Average household being a minimum of 2 bedrooms, living area, kitchen etc. However, despite the size of the house, we usually recommend that there be at least $4,000 worth of sellable items. These items should be a good mix of everyday household items (small appliances, electronics, cleaning supplies, books, clothes, etc.), furniture, tools or yard items, decorator items (mirrors, candlesticks, artwork), table and bed linens, kitchenware, collector items or antiques.
Why should we hire an estate sale company versus doing it ourselves?
Running a successful estate sale can quickly turn into a full-time job. For most families it is hard to juggle and find the necessary time to devote to the project. Pricing, organizing, research, set-up, marketing the event, working the event (and finding enough volunteers to help), bartering with buyers, and arranging for final clean-up is not only time consuming but can also be mentally exhausting for family members trying to stage their own sale.
How do you know which items are worth what? How will you guarantee a good turn out to your sale? What happens when your 2-3-week project has suddenly turned into months? By hiring Fleur de Lis Estate Services, it’s as easy as handing over the key and letting us do the work. We have estate appraisers and experts who know how to price accordingly and research items quickly. We have an extensive list of buyers and dealers and our expertise in advertising and marketing insures a good outcome. We take the stress off you.
Factor in how much your time (and sanity) is worth to you and we think you’ll find that our commission rate is well worth the service!
Should we clean up the house or dispose of items prior to bringing in an estate sale company?
NO! Please whatever you do try and leave the premises “as-is”. We appreciate the fact that many times families want to clean or de-clutter the house before bringing us in, however we have found that many times items that families threw out or donated ahead of time were items that could have been sold in the estate sale. Please leave everything as is. It’s our job/service to go through and determine which items are sellable.
We’ve sold, hauled off or cleared the home of all the “small” stuff, would you still be interested in selling the furniture only?
Unfortunately, many times we have been called in after the families have de-cluttered the home of all the small stuff, thinking they were making our jobs easier, however, in cases like this we usually have not been left with enough items to be able to hold an estate sale. If there are not enough items for an onsite estate sale, we can combine your items with another estate and sell these items in an online auction.
A successful estate sale needs to be a good mix of small and large items. A good majority of the sale comes from small items such as household cleaners, books, tools, linens, clothes, décor items, etc. In order for us to market a sale we have to take lots of pictures; our buyers want to see that there are lots of items for them to pick through. Rule of thumb is the more items you have in the sale the better.
What items sell well at an Estate sale? Do we need to have lots of antiques?
NO, antiques and collectibles always help a sale, however, they are not required to have a successful sale. Some very successful sales have been in homes where there was not a single antique or collectible. In these cases, having good clean furniture, lots of small items, décor pieces, etc. helps the sale tremendously. In today’s economy most buyers attending estate sales are looking for good bargains on everyday use items
Are there any items that traditionally don’t do well at a sale?
Yes! Be prepared that there will be 10 to 20 percent of the estate contents that will not sell. These items can be donated or disposed of. For example: Pianos, old furniture, cracked, chipped, damaged or dated items.
What if you find personal items (money, paperwork, photographs etc.) while preparing the house for the sale?
This is quite common. Even in cases where the family has thoroughly gone through the house, by the time we clean out every drawer, closet cabinet, etc. it is inevitable that we will find something. No worries, we box all of these items up for you and either make arrangements for you to pick them up or ship them to you if you are out of area.
Is Fleur de Lis Estate Services licensed and insured?
Yes, we are a licensed and insured business. We are accredited through International Society of Appraisers, USPA accredited, members of Estate Sale Liquidator’s,
How much does the average estate sale make?
Because each house is different this is a hard question to answer. Please be assured that it is in our best interest for you to have a successful sale! Proceeds depend on contents and size of the sale. Market conditions drive the return made on a sale.
How successful is the average estate sale?
Generally we are able to sell 80% of the estate’s sellable items. The choice is yours of what to do with your remaining items. This will be defined in the contract.
Do you clean the house after the sale?
No. Our job is to liquidate the house of its assets. We can recommend cleaning services at your request. It will be your responsibility to have remaining items from the sale disposed of. For any large/excessive trash removal we can assist to get an estimate for an outside service.
When is the best time to hold an estate sale?
Whenever the need arises… we try to accommodate you. We have options for onsite sales, online auction sales or a combination of both. If you have a situation that is urgent please call us and let’s see what we can do to help you!
How is Fleur de Lis Estate Services paid / what is the service fee?
We are paid on commission only. It is in our best interest to insure you have a successful sale! Our rate varies between 30-35%. At the end of the sale our commission is deducted from the proceeds of the sale. No upfront fees, no minimum guarantees. The commission rate is based on the scope of the project as well as the final sale amount. Most estates will fall in the 30% range (unless there is an extreme amount of clean-up, haul off or other unique circumstances).