Very often, at some point in a person’s life, they will be involved in organizing one or more estate sales. This is usually because they or their loved one is moving out of their home and have a lot of items they would like to sell rather than simply give away or send to the landfill. Selling one’s estate through an estate sale company is a great option for those who need the cash to finance their move to either a senior living community or across the country. If you’re looking for guidance on how to approach this process, we can help! As an estate sale service provider in Milwaukee, we can give you answers to the most common questions people ask about estate sales.
Questions We Commonly Get for Estate Sales
Planning Estate sales can appear intimidating at first, but with the right support, the process doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. When you work with an estate sale company, you will go over all the important details in your initial meeting and map out exactly how the whole process will work. You will be able to ask all of the questions listed below and more. Still, it’s understandable if you’re looking for a basic understanding before you get started. Here are the most common questions we receive:
1. Where to begin?
Start by researching estate sale companies near you. It’s best to go with a company that has built a good reputation in the community. Ask your friends and family and take some time to do some research online. Once you have found a good company, schedule an initial estate sale consultation with them. This will give them the chance to view the home and gather all of the details about your unique situation. From there, a plan will be developed, items will get organized, and a date (or dates) will be set for the sale.
2. What can you sell at estate sales?
You can sell a lot more than you might think! Even old magazines and newspapers are considered sellable items and should not be discarded. Cleaning supplies, toiletries, and other used items that may appear to not have value still have captured interest in our experience, so don’t discard anything until the estate sale company can make an assessment.
3. How long does it take to set up an estate sale?
Every estate sale is unique, so an exact amount of time can’t be determined without at least an initial review. Set up times, however, typically range from 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the size of the home and the contents within.
4. How many days will my estate sale last?
The average estate sale is open to the public for 2-3 days, usually on a weekend. Some estate sales will go for multiple weekends if the home is big enough and the sale needs to be divided into different sections.
5. What happens to leftover items after estate sales?
This depends on the company and also the preference of the client. Often times an estate sale company will take care of the items or provide assistance with the donation of items along with full clean-out service options.
Milwaukee estate sales are one of our specialties, so if you are in need of support within the area, our professionals are here to help. No matter the size of your estate, we can provide either on-site or off-site estate sale or auction solutions. We also can host your sale online if that’s preferable.
Our process begins with an initial consultation to discuss the details of your estate and when you need to have all of the items removed. We will then begin sorting and cleaning the items so everything is arranged by function and the room it typically would belong in. We will also call an appraiser for you if any high-valued specialty items need to be assessed. Once appraised we can help you determine where best to list items based on their value and type.
To help attract people to your estate sale, we will advertise it on local channels, major estate sales directories, social media, and personal influential contacts. Once the estate sale is over we will handle the rest of the remaining items.
If you’re ready to set up an initial consultation to discuss a Milwaukee estate sale, contact us today! We are ready to support all of your needs including appraisals, estate buyouts, and estate sales. Give us a call today, or send us a message through our website and we will get your appointment scheduled as soon as possible!