Frequently Asked Questions
1. What should I do to prepare for a sale?
First, make sure to get your legal house in order. If there has been a death in the family, make sure that you have legal title and full authority to sell. Additionally, that all disbursements have been made to any and all heirs before our consultation. If there's a divorce or bankruptcy liquidation afoot, make sure that you talk to legal counsel before calling us so they can approve the go ahead. If you are the representative of an estate, we will need to have a photocopy of the necessary legal documents which authorize you to dispose of the contents. Lastly, we encourage families to take those items that have sentimental value before we assess the home. In the meantime, don't donate or throw anything away! Let us see if we can sell it!!
2. Do you sell cars?
3. What if you find personal items (money, paperwork, photographs etc) while preparing the house for the sale?
No worries, we box all of these items up for you and either make arrangements for you to pick them up or ship them to you if you are out of area.
4. The executor/executrix lives out of state. Can we still proceed with a liquidation?
Certainly. We often work for out of state heirs, executors/executrixes, trustees etc. All necessary arrangements can, if necessary, be handled via telephone calls, faxes and e-mails.
5. What do you do with items that don’t sell?
Naturally, we strive to sell the contents of an estate, but there are always some things left over in each estate. It’s little more than common and miscellaneous household “stuff” and perhaps a few small pieces of furniture that one finds unsold at the end of an average sale. We always encourage our clients to walk through an estate after the sale but before the charities arrive, thus giving our clients the opportunity to decide if there’s anything that they don’t want to go to charity. We are not antique dealers and under no circumstances do we buy remainders. To do so, we believe, lacks integrity, constitutes a conflict of interest at best, or even a serious ethical violation at worst.