Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Our most common project is a home that was left to a family of a loved one that has passed and we are responsible for selling everything including the kitchen sink!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Call us before you do any organization, including making donations or throwing anything away. That closet of vintage clothing may be valuable! Do not offer items to dealers as they will not pay you the prices we can get for you. And last but not least, wait for us to help you decide what items are best to sell or toss!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I would wish that I had known that estate sale services organize the contents of the home and I can just sit back and let them do this work!
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Do you properly staff the home?
Do you tag everything for sale?
Do you provide security?
How much setting up do you need to do to have a sale?
Do you have a web site where you feature photographs of the items for sale?
Do you have a mailing list and steady following?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Our customers need to decide when they are ready to sell their items based on their own timeframe. For example, if you are waiting to sell the home, call us in in advance so we cantell you the best "order" in which to sell your items or your estate, and give you a schedule that will make sense to you.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We love what we do and enjoy every step of the process. It is a pleasure to help families sell their treasures. We enjoy setting up a home for a sale, and all that goes into it including researching and appraising items.
We are not finished when the sale is over. We will help you find a home for everything left in the home. We will clean it out if you wish and offer donations to your charities of choice ....
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. We enjoy organizing and setting up a home as well as selling to our customers. We enjoy helping others through a very stressful process and taking the stress away!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How do you decide what to charge for an item? What is it worth.
We carefully research everything in the home to be sure that we are obtaining the highest possible prices for everything in the home. This is our responsibility and we take it seriously. We want to make as much for you as possible, keeping in mind that we also will benefit as we work on a commission basis.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. We have lots of great stories .... once having to figure out how to get flying squirrels out of someone's attic ...
to trying to figure out how to remove an oversized vehicle from a garage where it had been built!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish that they understood how ruthless customers are to get a good deal and how good we are at negotiating!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I trailed after my Mother to garage sales and auctions at an early age and learned how to find "treasure" ... it gradually developed into a love of art and antiques and the art of discovering treasures in the strangest places .... from attics, to basements!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. We are proud of every job we do and take pleasure of every single sale. It is our objective to be a service organization and to help people through a very
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. We attend seminars, auctions, view on line auction venues and consult our library of reference material as well as spend a great deal of time on line researching merchandise.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. We are constantly striving to make the best possible use of the internet and all that it offers. The concept of social networking allows us to connect with collectors, buyers and sellers and is something that we address every day to ensure we are on top of this technology and market.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. A typical estate sale takes about 1 week to set up. Larger and more complicated homes can take longer, but generally our staff can organize a home in five working days or less. The amount of time spent is something that is based on the level of organization needed in each home.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. We work strictly on a commission basis. We will gladly discuss our rate of commission with you when you contact us.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. We would suggest visiting as many tag and estate sales as possible and researching items to see what they are worth. Spending time in the library or on line looking at auction sales is also very helpful.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. What is the question you are asked the most?
We are often asked by our customers if we can do better on a price. Our response is usually make us an offer, but please make the offer respectable!