FAQ'S frequently asked questions
What do we do first?
Just give me a call and we"ll meet at the property to determine how best to present the estate and discuss your goals and concerns.
I don't have a mansion or a house full of collectibles or antiques. Would you still do a sale?
We conduct sales of all sizes. We sell furniture, artwork, tools, appliances, toys, jewlery, clothing, plants, patio sets, linens, pots and pans, even soap. If its not attached, we can sell it!
Do we need to clean anything or get anything ready?
Leave the WORK to us. No need to clean at all, just remove the items you want to keep and leave the rest to us. Don't throw anything away or donate items. People will buy a large assortment of things. If it doesn't sell, we will donate it after the sale and give you the receipt.
How do you price the various items for the sale?
You will not get retail prices for items at an estate sale. We research current online resources, books and if needed a specialist to provide accurate, fair market value on all your items. Our goal is to find new homes for your family's possessions where they will be cherished all over again. Reasonable prices will ensure a successful liquidation and leave you with an empty house and a full wallet.
How long does the process take?
Depending on the size and condition of the property, set up and pricing will take 1-3 weeks. If the property holds a lot of hidden treasures, it will take us longer to uncover and merchandise than a house with less. Attention to detail, research, organization and display are a must for a successful and profitable sale.
How do you get paid? What are the fees? Hidden costs?
Our fee is based on a percentage of the gross sales. We offer a service that will make you money, not take your money. There is never any out of pocket expense to you. Trash disposal and hazardous waste will come out of the sale proceeds. We cover staffing, advertising, set up, clean up, and all credit card fees.
How do you attract buyers to the sale?
We post pictures and advertise your sale on this website, craigslist, in local newspapers, and an e-mail announcement to our subscribers. We also put up signs at all key intersections to lead buyers to the property.
Staging Your Home for Sale
Selling your home can be a very stressful event for you and your family. Staging your home will increase your chances of selling quickly.
We come in and help you declutter and depersonalize your home so potential buyers can easily imagine themselves living there.
"Staging is just decorating."
Staging is de-personalizing and preparing the house for the unknown buyer. Decorating is personalizing the home for yourself.
"I just need flowers, music and lighting to sell my home."
Yes, all are great when showing a house, but that's not staging. Staging is an objective assessment of a houses's strengths and areas that require solutions to help buyers fall in love with what they see inside and out.
"Staging costs too much."
Staging is an investment in getting a house sold and less costly than a price reduction. A staged home is on the market an average of 88% less than a nonstaged home. A staged home will sell quicker and for more money.
Do you remember the first time you walked through the door of your house - before it was your house? Buyers form an opinion in the first 15 seconds of entering a house. While your house may meet the buyers needs, your home may not. Remember you are selling the space, not your belongings. The way you live in your home and the way you market and sell your house are two very different things. Treat your house as the large investment it is and dress it for success.
Organizing Your Space
Getting started seems to be the hardest part of any organizational endeavor. Something will come up and divert your attention to another project or activity that is easily more attrative than digging into a mess we would all rather forget about. We can help you organize your space and maximize your home or office. Everything in its place and the trash out to the curb. Got a garage full of STUFF and can't seem to make it go away? We can help you organize, rid out, donate or sell the STUFF to make your life easier and less stressfull. We can get your space in shape in very little time. Need help? Consultations are free, just give us a call.
Metro Estate Sales is a family owned and operated business. We want to help your family turn personal property into liquid assets. The need for an estate sale can arise for many different reasons: moving, relocating out of state, downsizing or when a family member moves to assisted living or passes away.We can help.
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