Don’t Let the Name ‘Estate Sale’ Fool You

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Lately I’m finding myself in homes where someone has passed away and the adult children have hired me to help them figure out what to do with everything in the house. Usually the rooms are overflowing with all your typical household items and furniture and the grown children don’t want much of it. When the volume is extensive, I suggest hiring an estate sale company to host a sale and what’s leftover we deal with afterwards.

estate_sale_saleUnfortunately there are lots of estate sale companies that are not quite on the up and up. Please contact us directly for my preferred recommendations. In the meantime, if you should run into a home and need to clear the contents for whatever reason, here is a questionnaire and information about estate sales that I suggest reading. I’ve copied it here from www.estatesales.net to help you interview and navigate the process.

I’ve learned that a home doesn’t necessarily need to be in a high-end neighborhood for a good sale either; it just needs to have lots of things in it that people would buy right down to gift wrapping paper or even saran wrap. It really is amazing what sells. Don’t let the name, “estate”, fool you. Whether the home is worth $100,000 or $1,000,000 — it doesn’t matter.

  1. Learn About Estate Sales
    This will enable you to ask specific questions about the process to the companies.
  2. Interview More Than Two (RSM™ actually suggests 3)Look over the complete list of companies in your area. Call as many as possible for information about the services they offer.
  3. What Do They Charge?
    Don’t let the percentage charged be the only criteria when choosing a company. A lower percentage does not necessarily mean you will make more money. For example, if a company with more experience knows that you have a collection worth a lot of money, they could possibly make you more money even while charging a higher percentage.
  4. Interview In Person
    Once you have narrowed it down to a few companies ask them to come and meet with you. They will want to see what you want liquidated.
  5. Do NOT Throw Anything Away
    Do not throw anything away before meeting with the companies. Every company will tell you this and there is a reason. That “pile of junk” or “that trash” might be worth big money. Seriously…don’t throw anything away until you have an expert look at it.
Did you Know? 
It is much easier to have an “estate sale” AFTER you move — this way everything you don’t want to sell has already left your home with you. This makes organizing the sale less complicated and less labor-intensive.

Visit POSSE Partners LLC for more information on helping you organize and prepare for your estate sale.

www.POSSEPartnersllc.com 

Interview In Person
Once you have narrowed it down to a few companies ask them to come and meet with you. They will want to see what you want liquidated.

Jean Marie Herron is a professional organizer and the owner of POSSE Partners, LLC. Since 2005 POSSE has specialized in residential organizing with private clients. Additionally, Jean Marie presents her “Clutter Corrals™”, informative workshops and classes on many home organizing topics. She is a Golden Circle Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the Director of Associate Membership for NAPO-Northern New Jersey.

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Dorothy D.
Tarpon Springs, FL

2015-12-15T18:02:12-04:00

Dorothy D.
Tarpon Springs, FL

"When my aging mother needed to relocate from NJ to FL RSM™ took care of every necessary task from family distributions, donations, and fix-ups! Bernadette Flaim’s home staging expertise made the MLS photos beyond attractive for this older, single-bedroom condo. There were several other apartments for sale in the same building for over a year. My unit received 4 offers in two weeks; 2 over asking price and one for cash. I realized this was not typical for property in my market area but, rather, the outstanding organizing, staging and selling skills of the ReadyStageMove™ Team. Thank you so much!”

"I have had the good fortune of working with Bernadette Flaim and Jean Marie Herron of Ready Stage Move on countless home preparation, staging, and listing projects.  Not only are they absolute professionals in their respective fields, but they are personally delightful to work with and ensure that the process runs smoothly.  Every property listing in which their services were utilized sold at a higher price and more quickly than other properties on the market.  I cannot recommend them highly enough!"

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Broker Associate
ReMax Villa Realtors

2016-05-16T17:10:05-04:00

Harold Bill Graber
Broker Associate
ReMax Villa Realtors

"I have had the good fortune of working with Bernadette Flaim and Jean Marie Herron of Ready Stage Move on countless home preparation, staging, and listing projects.  Not only are they absolute professionals in their respective fields, but they are personally delightful to work with and ensure that the process runs smoothly.  Every property listing in which their services were utilized sold at a higher price and more quickly than other properties on the market.  I cannot recommend them highly enough!"

“When ReadyStageMove™ came to my client’s home for a “Walk & Talk” recently, this was the first time I had worked with them, so I really didn’t know what to expect. What I did know was that this home needed some organizing and staging help before I was ready to put it on the market. I recommended to the client to hire RSM™ for their Walk & Talk. They agreed and Jean Marie and Bernadette professionally and non-judgmentally went through the house with me and the homeowners. Once the consultation was complete, the ReadyStageMove™ Team put together a thorough, detailed and easy to follow “List of Recommendations.” This document became my client's master checklist, using it as a guide to getting their property decluttered and attractively staged, before the Open House. My clients chose to do all the work themselves following all of RSM’s suggestions and recommendations. I was pleased to report that the house sold quickly and for top dollar!”

Sharon Siracusa
Better Homes and Gardens
Rand Realty
Wyckoff Office
646 Wyckoff Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

 

2016-06-07T17:50:11-04:00

Sharon Siracusa
Better Homes and Gardens
Rand Realty
Wyckoff Office
646 Wyckoff Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

 

“When ReadyStageMove™ came to my client’s home for a “Walk & Talk” recently, this was the first time I had worked with them, so I really didn’t know what to expect. What I did know was that this home needed some organizing and staging help before I was ready to put it on the market. I recommended to the client to hire RSM™ for their Walk & Talk. They agreed and Jean Marie and Bernadette professionally and non-judgmentally went through the house with me and the homeowners. Once the consultation was complete, the ReadyStageMove™ Team put together a thorough, detailed and easy to follow “List of Recommendations.” This document became my client's master checklist, using it as a guide to getting their property decluttered and attractively staged, before the Open House. My clients chose to do all the work themselves following all of RSM’s suggestions and recommendations. I was pleased to report that the house sold quickly and for top dollar!”