Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of items from the estate are included in the estate sale?

A: All personal property items will be included in the estate sale. This includes but is not limited to the following; furniture, antiques, jewelry, coins, books and cars to clothing, appliances and more. The only thing we don’t sell is the house itself!…But we have helped them sell faster. What better way to get potential buyers or renters in to see your property. Try 1,200 to 1,500 people through the door in a weekend. No realtor can compete with that type of open house numbers!

Q: Why do you encourage selling select high value items on the internet instead?

A:  For some items, the internet is by far the most profitable way to sell your unique and valuable items. By utilizing the internet you are able to reach a much larger audience for a longer period of time than you would with an estate sale. The internet assures you’ll reach people who are in the market for your particular item.  Some items will go to live auction on a case by case basis.

Q: Who prices the items?

A:  All items are priced by Prestige Estate Services. As needed we partner with field experts to make sure we are getting the absolutely best evaluation of your items.

Q: When do I receive proceeds from the on-sight estate sale?

A: You will receive proceeds within 7 working days following the last day of performed post sale services. Estates that utilize the internet listings will receive checks on a monthly basis when the product is sold.

Q: What if I have security and privacy concerns?

A: At Prestige Estate Services we are very sensitive and conscious about security and privacy. Sales are fully staffed, and there is always one point of entry and exit where we assist checkout.

We also never allow shoppers to bring their own shopping bags into the estate sale.

Q: How do we get started?

A: Our first step is to meet with our clients and discuss the sale options and estate expectations.  Within a few weeks of the sale dates we begin cleaning, setting up and displaying the merchandise to be sold. We will segregate and prepare any items that will gain a higher profit online (additional service). In addition to these steps, online items will be staged, photographed and cataloged.

All items are then assessed and priced. These two steps generally take 3 or 4 days. Next, we schedule the sale, which generally lasts another 2-3 days. After the sale, we can make sure all remaining items are picked up and arranged for donation or haul away, then proceed to clean up in order to leave the property clean and free of debris.

Q: How do you advertise?

A:  We advertise extensively utilizing a variety of marketing techniques including:

Online; and many other websites that feature pictures, lists and other pertinent information.

Local Newspapers; print advertising.

Social Media; Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other industry conglomerate websites.

Email Notifications; to buyers, sellers and collectors networks.

Local Signage; neighborhood signage, banners, sign spinners are sometimes even used.

Q:  When do you reduce the price of items?

A:  We allow people to leave bids on merchandise. However, we do not review the bids until the evening before the final day of the sale.

Q:  Do I have to pay anything in advance?

A: No. There are never any up-front fees required.

Q:  How much do you charge? How do you get paid?

A: The majority of our fee is a percentage of the total sale proceeds. This percentage is dependent upon factors such as size of sale, location, time, setup costs as well as our security expense or outside appraisal costs, if needed.  Our fee is very competitive and is determined and agreed upon by both parties.

Q:  Do you have a contract agreement?

A: Yes. We have a contract that puts in writing what is expected and how the sale will operate from beginning to end.

Q:  What can I expect with a written appraisal report?

A:  An appraisal is a valuation assessment of personal property.  The report will include the resources and methodology used to identify and value the items as well as defining what purpose the report is compiled for.

A complete inventory, description and photographs of all property being appraised will be included.  Lastly the report will be signed and dated by the appraiser. This report can be submitted to attorneys, used in court proceedings or submitted to insurance companies.

Q: Are you bonded and Insured?

A: Yes, we are fully bonded and insured.

Q: How do you handle jewelry, stamps, small antiques, silver and guns?

A: Valuables are appraised, photographed and listed online as well as placed for sale at the estate sale event. By listing these items online, we are able to market to a much larger audience and increasing the potential profit.

If you have any further question please feel free to contacts us at [email protected]. Or call us at 239-449-0409