Should You Have an Appraisal Before an Estate Sale? Posted July 10, 2016 | Tags: Appraisal, Estate Sale
Should You Have an Appraisal Before an Estate Sale?
In addition to helping you find new “homes” for items you no longer need or want, estate sales can be a great way to earn some extra cash. And like any sale, you want to be sure you get the most for your items – especially for those that might be valuable. Unfortunately, determining the value of many of the items we own is a skill most of us don’t possess. And every year, there’s at least one story about someone scoring an amazing deal at an estate sale, yard sale or thrift store, turning a few dollars’ investment into thousands of dollars (or more) profit. That’s great news for the lucky buyers – but for the sellers, not so much.
If you’re planning an estate sale, one of the wisest things you can do is to have an appraiser review any items you believe might be of value. But what do you do if you’re not even sure which items might be valuable? How can you decide which of your possessions should be appraised? That’s when working with an experienced estate sale company like Attics to Basements is especially important.
At Attics to Basements, we’ve had loads of experience reviewing and assessing all kinds of items, from furniture and artwork to clothing and jewelry and everything in between. That means we’ve had a lot of success at determining which items should be appraised prior to sale to ensure our clients get the most money for their items. We work with top professional appraisers with extensive experience in assessing the current market values of a broad array of antiques and collectibles, and when a valuable item is identified, we can help you find the best way to sell that item to help ensure you receive the fairest price.
Of course, you could rely on guidebooks to antiques and collectibles, and there are plenty of websites devoted to collectibles and what to look for to help determine if a specific item might be valuable. But those sources are hardly foolproof, and even then, assessing an item based solely on a written guide is hardly infallible.
For the most accurate and reliable results – and the most peace of mind – having a professional appraisal is the way to ensure you get the value you deserve for your antiques and collectibles.
To learn more about the appraisal process and all the services Attics to Basements provides for its clients, call us today at 469-396-4696 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch.
DIY Estate Sales: Should You Host Your Own? Posted July 10, 2016
DIY Estate Sales: Should You Host Your Own?
Hosting your own estate sale can be a good way to make money, but it can also be extremely time-consuming. Like traditional yard sales and garage sales, estate sales require a lot of time to gather items, organize them, price them and display them – and that’s all before the actual sale takes place. Add to that the time it takes to research the worth of potentially valuable items, and most people find they spend many, many hours before the event even begins.
Few Customers Means Fewer Sales
Another headache: Making sure the sale is properly advertised to bring in the most buyers. Slapping up a sign in the front yard or putting up an ad on Craigslist can bring in a handful of buyers, but to really draw in a crowd, you need to know where your target market is looking and how to gain their attention. In fact, holding an estate sale is a lot like opening up a tiny, temporary retail establishment, and if you don’t have the skills or the experience to pull it off, you could wind up missing out on a substantial amount of money.
Of course, if money isn’t your object, hosting your own estate sale could make sense – but if you’re not interested in earning some extra cash, why not just donate the items? The fact is, pretty much everyone can use some extra cash, and it just makes sense to optimize the amount of cash your estate sale can bring in.
But beyond preparing and advertising, estate sales also require you to be on hand for several hours, usually spread out over at least a couple of days. If you already have a full-time job, that means one whole weekend will be spent managing the sale. And of course in addition to handling the cash from buyers, you’ll also need to be ready to answer questions, wrap and box items and just be on hand in case any issues crop up. Just about any way you look at it, hosting an estate sale can quickly turn into a real hassle, especially if your advertising efforts wind up bringing in only a trickle of customers.
More Profits, Less Hassle
Attics to Basements was formed to help would-be sellers handle all these issues and more, with a dedicated team of experienced sellers who understand all the ins and outs of estate sales, from the pre-sale planning, appraising and pricing to day-of-sale responsibilities like dealing with customers, wrapping purchases and even motivating customers to buy additional related items when possible. Plus, we know just where, how and when to advertise sales to draw not just the most customers, but the right kind of customers who are truly interested in what you’re selling.
Getting started is easy, too: Just give us a call at 469-396-4696, shoot us an email or use our online contact form and we’ll do the rest. It’s the easy, no-stress, no-hassle path to extra cash and less clutter.
Before Your Estate Sale: 6 Tips to Get Ready
In our last blog post, we looked at how having a professional estate sale can make your relocation plans a lot simpler and less stressful. If you’ve never had an estate sale before, you may be wondering what you need to do beforehand to help your sale be as successful as possible. The truth is, at Attics to Basements, we do most of the work so you can relax. But there are a few things you can do ahead of time to help the process move more quickly:
6 Tips for a Smooth Estate Sale
• First, you’ll want to identify any items you do NOT wish to have sold. Ideally, you should place these items in a separate area that can be closed off and secured from buyers or boxed up and put in storage.
• If you have any items you believe may be valuable, set them aside and we can arrange to have them appraised. We can also use our own expertise to identify items that may have significant value and arrange to have them appraised as well.
• Although it’s not necessary, it’s a good idea to hang around while we organize and price items. Not only will you be available to answer item-related questions that could help us get a better price, but you can also provide “back stories” for some items that can help establish a provenance (a fancy word for the history of an item that can add to its overall value).
• Forget about cleaning up before we get there. At Attics to Basements, we know moving can be a busy time. It’s our job to help you by getting rid of items that can’t be sold and generally organizing the space. If you’re holding your sale right before you move, you can go ahead and get rid of food, medicines and other personal products and consumables.
• Make sure you’ve removed any paperwork, especially documents with your personal information, from books, file cabinets, bureaus or other furniture or containers you’re planning to sell. Our team will go over everything and dispose of papers left behind or set them aside for you, but it always helps to have a second set of eyes.
• If you’re still living in your home, on the day of the sale it’s a good idea to have other plans. Seeing personal items sold can be emotional for some people, and there may be some temptation to haggle with buyers. Besides, you’ve hired us to handle the sale, so it’s time for you to relax!
One more tip: Before any sale, you’ll receive a contract from Attics to Basements that spells out all the specifics, from the supplies we provide and how we conduct the organization, pricing and selling to how we collect our commission from the sale proceeds. Be sure to review the contract carefully and ask us any questions right away. We have plenty of experience in the estate sale industry, and we’re always ready to help our clients by providing them with the most complete information so they can feel confident in our services every step of the way.
Get started today.
Attics to Basements makes the estate sale process simple. If you’re planning to move or you just want to pare back your possessions, we can help. Call us today at 469-396-4696 or use our online contact form to find out more.
Spring cleaning your home? Posted April 13, 2016
Estate sales are the stress-free way to turn clutter into cash
Spring has arrived, and for many people, that means it’s time for spring cleaning, that annual ritual that rids the home of dust and cobwebs so summer living can truly be easy. Even for those not inclined to take part in the spring cleaning tradition, spring is often the time when homeowners and renters pare down their possessions so their homes are more organized and less cluttered.
Even organized homes can stand some paring down when it comes to possessions: A survey published in the Los Angeles Times found the average American contains about 300,000 items. And all that clutter is contributing to a lot of mental distress, according to another study that showed that living in a cluttered home can be a major cause of chronic stress and even debilitating depression.
But once you’ve made the decision to de-clutter and divest your life of all that “stuff,” you need to decide the best way to get rid of it. It’s easy enough to dispose of trash and recyclables, but what about items that retain some value or are otherwise collectible? Garage sales are one solution, but for many people, the hassle of gathering items, grouping them together and pricing them can be overwhelming. Likewise, spending an entire day waiting for customers to arrive and then haggling with total strangers over the price of your items isn’t exactly a fun way to spend a day off.
Fortunately, estate sales can provide an alternative solution that can still help you turn your belongings into cash, but without the hassles and frustrations that generally occur with garage sales and yard sales. In an estate sale, a skilled team of professionals can price your items and arrange them for sale as well as deal with customers, leaving you free to spend your time as you like. Not familiar with the estate sale process?
Here’s what you can expect with an estate sale organized by Attics to Basements Estate Sales:
• Before the sale, each item to be sold will be cleaned so it shows to its best advantage, then priced using customer input as well as our own team’s experience in pricing similar items. For items with significant value, an appraiser can be brought in.
• Our team will create a display space that’s designed to be attractive and to motivate customers to buy. We provide tables and display cases in addition to using those on hand.
• We’ll even advertise the sale on our website, to our list of email subscribers, and on other websites that serve the sale area to attract the greatest number of customers.
• And of course, we staff each estate sale with qualified sales professionals and limit the number of buyers in the home at any given time for a stress-free experience for sellers from start to finish. We even supply the bags and paper for wrapping fragile items!
As a bonded company, you’ll feel secure and confident in your sale, and payment for our services comes out of your proceeds to keep everything as simple as possible. It’s truly the hassle-free alternative to garage and yard sales.
To learn more about Attics to Basements and the services we provide, call us today at 469-396-4696 or use our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.
The Hunt Is On: From One-of-a-kind Items to Posted February 6, 2016
The Hunt Is On: From One-of-a-kind Items to
Few things are as exciting as seeking out treasures in unexpected places, and few places are more chock full of treasures and unique wares than a local estate sale. Of course, everyone dreams of making that “big score” at an estate sale or yard sale – buying that unassuming painting that turns out to be an original creation by a famous artist, or snapping up a “copy” of the Declaration of Independence that turns out to be an original.
Those kinds of rare finds are just that – rare – but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your own gems at an estate sale, or find just the right items to reflect your own unique sense of style. In fact, most estate sales are full of treasures that can help you make your home or work space more personalized and one-of-a-kind, or help fuel a hobby that can bring in some extra cash.
And unlike retail establishments where shelves are lined with mass-produced items you could find in anyone’s home – even your own neighbor’s – estate sales offer truly unique and one-of-a-kind items that can be used just as they are or, better still, “made over” with your own finishing touches. Adding even a few unique items to your home helps avoid the boredom and monotony that comes from buying your home straight from the retailer’s shelves, and it also eliminates the feelings of “decorating deja vu” that come from visiting homes with the same types of furnishings and accessories that you see everywhere else.
And of course, that brings up another benefit that comes from haunting estate sales, and it’s a big one: Just about any sale – even those with a primary focus on more costly antiques – yields a treasure trove of inexpensive and budget-friendly items that can get your creative juices flowing. Don’t consider yourself the “creative type”? No problem – cruise sites like Pinterest or search for “trash to treasure,” “estate sale makeover,” or similar terms on Google. Even seemingly mundane items like mason jars, an old handkerchief collection, wooden boxes, costume jewelry – even old hardware hold a world of possibilities for remaking and refurbishing. And whether you come up with your own ideas or take a cue from Pinterest or other online sites, you have the feeling of having accomplished something that’s much more satisfying than simply ordering a ready-made piece from a traditional retail establishment.
To get the most from your estate sale adventure, go with an open mind; you may think you know what you’re looking for, but once you arrive at the sale, you may find items that suit your purposes better or that inspire you to go in an entirely new direction. Bring small bills and change to make transactions simpler and boxes to cart your stuff around in. Be sure to arrive early, and remember – the thrill of the hunt is a big part of the estate sale experience, so most of all, have fun!