No, our initial estimates are completely free of charge. They last about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
How Long Do the Estate Sales Last?
Typically, we conduct 3-Day Estate Sales within the client’s home (Friday, Saturday and Sunday.)
What are the hours of the Estate Sale?
The sale is conducted between the hours of 9am-4pm daily.
Where do you advertise?
We have a mailing list which reaches our loyal customers (ranging from individual buyers, designers, dealers, and stagers. We also advertise on Craig's List, local newspapers and our website. Additionally, we provide significant street signage to also capture neighborhood attention.
Where is the estate sale held?
We conduct the estate sale within the home where the items are. We fully stage, research, price merchandise, and photograph (for advertisement) all items to highlight the entire collection within the home.
Can I be living in the home at the time of the estate sale?
We ask that our clients already be moved out of the home before the preparation for the estate sale begins. This is best for both the client and the staff. Our team moves all items around in the home and stages the home like a store—this process becomes too invasive if the client is still in the home.
What is your commission?
The company takes a 45% commission on the gross of the estate sale. Although the percentage on a smaller sale may be slightly more.
Are there any additional fees outside this commission?
Typically not. Our commission covers all the costs to the client, although extra services such as cleaning and garbage removal are available at an extra cost.
Who prices items?
Our staff evaluates and prices all items, based on a combined experience of 40+ years, and also being in the marketplace daily, knowing how to set the fair resale value of pieces.
Can I set the price on items?
We prefer not to allow our clients to set the pricing on items (as this is the company’s area of expertise and combined knowledge). However, if there are pieces of specific significance we can honor a reserve price on those items.
Do I get copies of what was sold?
Yes, if desired, our clients are given the sales receipt books after the sale for a period of time to review the sales generated (which contain descriptions of all the items sold, and the amount they sold for).
How soon do I get paid?
We pay our clients within 10 to 14 business days, post estate sale, per our estate sale contract.
Do you have security?
Yes, if necessary, R&J can provide a guard during the sale. Valuables are removed from the sale site nightly.
How are you sure people leave with only the items they bought?
Front door Security cross-checks the paid receipts against the items being removed from the home, upon each customer’s exit.
How many people can come into the home at one time?
We regulate the head count within the home at all times. We limit the number of attendees within the estate to between 15-20 people at any one time (depending on the size of the home).
What do I do with the unsold items?
We have a very high sales rate. However, some items will remain unsold at the end of the sale. We provide removal and donation drop off with a tax write-off receipt.
Do you provide trash removal services?
If there is excess trash within the home when we enter to conduct the sale, we can provide a trash removal service for a fee. Any trash generated by the estate sale team will be removed by us.
Do you clean the home after the estate sale?
We remove all of our materials, signs, etc., and leave the home broom swept clean and vacuumed. If you desire, we we can recommend a full cleaning service post-sale.