An Estate Sale, also known as a tag sale or estate liquidation, is a sale that is
conducted at the home of the client (on-
Basically, how do you do an estate sale? First, if you are not a professional or have a very good idea of what to expect (e.g., you have been going to estate sales for years and occasionally help out with one) you SHOULD NOT DO YOUR OWN ESTATE SALE. We receive at least 5 panicked phone calls each year where someone has started the process on his/her own and did not realize the amount of work involved in getting the items organized, cleaned, listed, marketed and sold. There are 20+ Houston estate sales each weekend and efficiently and effectively marketing the items is crucial to having a successful estate sale. Generally, however, an estate sale company in Houston will come into the location of the sale and immediately take the steps necessary to being marketing the estate sale. Pictures will be taken once the items are cleaned and then retaken one the items are staged. During the pricing stage, we make a list of all of the items in the home with a value of $30.00 or more and provide that list along with pictures to the client. The sale usually takes place over a 3–day time period at the end of which the itemized list is reconciled with the sales receipts so that the client has an idea of what his/her items on the list sold for.
The first thing you do is DO NOT THROW ANYTHING AWAY other than paperwork
that may be clearly identified as personal. And honestly, you do not even have to
do this as we thoroughly go through every nook and cranny in the home and safely
dispose of personal information. We ask you not to throw anything away because the
more items in the home the more people will be willing to choose your estate sale
over others taking place on the same weekend. Also, $.25 is $.25… we will sell
everything from paperclips to houses-
The term Estate Sale and Estate Liquidation are synonymous and in past years was also known as a tag sale. Houston Estate Sale Companies use these terms interchangeably to describe the selling of the assets in a home over a short time period (average of 3 days). 95% of the time it is recommended that a client conduct an estate sale before sending any items to auction as the Estate Sale Company has control over the pricing of items and what they choose to sell the item for. At an auction house, this variable is not controlled for and I have had many sad family members contact me with auction house horror stories. Additionally, with a full house it does not make sense to
A good estate sale company (and a reputable estate sale company) will
require a minimum of 2 weeks to set up an estate sale and approximately 3 days to
Verifying a company is bonded is basically a way of determining IF the
company can be bonded. In other words, does the principle of the business have a
felony? In my opinion, instead of asking if a company is bonded -
NOW! Most people wait until 4 to 6 weeks before their desired estate sale date and typically the better estate sale companies are booked 2 months in advance. Sometimes we do have a cancellation or are required to move an estate sale to a different weekend and therefore can accommodate a client who got a late start. Do your due diligence so you can make an educated decision in hiring an estate sale company instead of feeling trapped into choosing whomever is available.
8. What is the Commission Estate Sale Companies Charge to do an Estate Sale?
The commission is typically between 35% and 45% for estate sales under
$30,000, between 30% and 35% for estate sales between $30,0001 and $50,000. Estates
over $50,000 will be negotiated depending on items in the estate and the required
steps to be taken in order to sell those items. Also, expect to split the costs
of the estate sale with the estate sale company but require the estate sale company
to be responsible for the fees up-
9. When will I Receive the Check for the Estate Sale?
Within 5 to 7 business days of the last day of the estate sale. Outside
of major natural disasters, there is no viable reason a check cannot be issued within
this time frame-
Juniper Lane Estate Sale
1620 S. Friendswood Drive #123, Friendswood, Texas 77546