Frequently Asked Questions
How does the estate sale process begin?
We start with an initial visit to assess the value of items in the home and determine the amount of time and labor required.
How long is the process?
Once the sale date is confirmed, we typically begin working in the home 1-2 weeks before the sale. The sale itself usually lasts 2-3 days.
What does the family need to do to prepare for the sale?
The family is only required to identify items they are not selling as soon as possible. Additional items can be added to the sale later. We handle all other preparations.
Does the family need to clean out the home or donate anything ahead of time?
No. Armstrong Estate Sales takes care of everything, including cleaning out drawers, closets, and rooms. We donate or dispose of unsellable items.
How does Armstrong Estate Sales price items?
We appraise and assign a value to all items to be sold. If we believe there are valuable items outside our area of expertise, we may engage an outside appraiser at our expense. While we welcome input from the family, we reserve the right to make all final pricing decisions.
How does Armstrong Estate Sales advertise?
We use a range of marketing tactics to maximize sales opportunities, including advertisements, social media, signs and banners, and estate sale websites. The seller will not be responsible for marketing or advertising costs.
What happens to leftover items?
At the end of the sale, leftover items are donated to various charities or left in the home according to the family’s wishes. This decision must be made at the time of contract execution.
What will be left in the home at the end of the process?
Armstrong Estate Sales conducts a thorough “sweep out” of the home, ensuring it is completely empty and ready for next steps. The only items we do not dispose of are toxic chemicals, remaining building supplies, and tube televisions.
What is your fee?
Our fee is a percentage of the gross sale proceeds after sales tax has been deducted. If a dumpster is required before the sale, the homeowner will be responsible for the additional cost. This will be determined before contract execution.