Navigating the process of emptying the home of a loved one can be overwhelming. Every time you enter the home, your mind and heart are flooded with many memories and emotions making the task at hand more challenging.Here is a checklist I hope will give you some clarity and direction as you begin this process. Completing this checklist before you contact a liquidator will allow you to have a more effective meeting on your initial consult appointment.
How do I get started?
1. Remove all prescription and over the counter medicines.
2. Remove all personal and family photographs.
3. Remove all financial documents, check books and credit cards.
4. Clean and remove food from the freezer, refrigerator, and pantry.
5. Consign or donate modern clothing and shoes. We do sell vintage clothing, purses and other accessories.
6. Most importantly, remove or clearly mark items the family or heirs wish to keep.
How long does it take to prepare an estate sale?
On average, preparing a home for an estate sale can take as little as two weeks or up to 4 weeks. This set up process includes pricing every item, washing the china and crystal, polishing the silver, organizing and grouping like items together, and light housework during the process.
What kind of lead time is required for an estate sale?
This is difficult to predict, as some seasons we are booked months in advance and at other times we will be available to start work within a week. Give me a call at 850-516-6090 and I can let you know how our schedule looks.
How will people find out about our estate sale?
We have a multiprong approach to advertising our sales.
1. We use EstateSales.net, a national advertising website that notifies susctiblers of upcoming estate sales in their area.
2. Social Media bursts on Instagram and Facebook highlight items in an upcoming sale as well as provides reminders of sale hours and locations.
3. We advertise in the Pensacola News Journal with a link to our website.
4. I send an announcement to my customers via email and include a link to our website.
5. During course the sale, I will post a detailed description and 100 to 200 pictures on my website for customers to enjoy.
6. I have a large feather flag that reads "Estate Sale" that we place in front of the home and when not prohibited by ordinences we place signs to direct local traffic to sale location.