Questions and Answers (FAQ)
Who uses an estate sale service? Executors of an estate, people moving to a retirement home, nursing home, out of state, in with a relative, to smaller quarters, in fact, anyone who needs to sell most of their home's contents.
What kinds of things do you sell? Virtually anything that is legal and safe to be sold; antique, contemporary and used furniture and furnishings, fine antiques, collectibles and just plain junk, costume jewelry fine jewelry, tools and appliances, and garden equipment, you name it and it can be sold.
What exactly is the service that 'Arizona Estate Sales (estatesalesarizona.com)' provides. For most estate sales we start working in the home a week before the sale dates, depending on the amount of work to be done. Folding tables and lace tablecloths are brought in for displaying the small items to be sold. The closets, cabinets and drawers are emptied and everything is put onto the tables or counters so they can be easily seen. Showcases and locking cases are brought in when necessary. Everything is then priced either individually or with signs, pricing is based upon our combined knowledge of the area, reference books and the Internet. We also have a network of individuals with expertise in specific areas to help with the pricing when necessary. We write and place all newspaper ads, send out emails to our subscriber list, put the sale on our web site, and distribute flyers when appropriate. Over the course of the sale days, we usually sell about 90% of the items. The remainder can be donated to our selected charity or retained by the owner. The house is left in broom swept condition after the sale and as much as possible has been sold or donated.
How much does the service cost? There are no up front costs. "Arizona Estate Sales" works on a percentage of the total sales, and then the fee is deducted from the money that is collected from the sale. A business check is issued to the estate within five business days after the sale is completed.
Are there any other costs? Occasionally, but very rarely. Some specialized services will require additional charges such as piano tuning, dumpsters, diamond appraisals, house cleaning after the sale,
garbage removal from the home, etc. These and any other charges will be discussed beforehand and the client will have the final approval on these charges.
Is there a minimum? No
How do I know if there is enough to sell? Sometimes all it takes is a phone call, but most of the time a no charge in-home visit is necessary.