Frequently Asked Questions
How does the estate sale process begin?
- We do an initial visit to assess value of items in the home, and how much time and labor will be required.
How long is the process?
- Once a sale date is decided, we begin working in the home 1-2 weeks before the sale. In most cases, the sale lasts 2-3 days.
What does the family need to do to prepare for the sale?
- The family must determine items they are not selling as soon as possible. Items can always be added to the sale. We handle everything else.
Does the family need to clean out the home or donate anything ahead of time?
- No. Armstrong Estate Sales cleans out every drawer, closet and room of the home. We donate and throw away unsellable items.
How does Armstrong Estate Sales price items?
- We appraise and assign value to all items to be sold. If we believe there are items of value that are not within our area of expertise, we may engage an outside appraiser at our expense. We welcome your input regarding the value of specific items; however, given our substantial experience in this area, we reserve the right to make all final pricing decisions.
How does Armstrong Estate Sales Advertise?
- Sales opportunities are maximized through significant marketing tactics including; Advertisements, social media, signs and banners, and estate sale websites. The seller will not be responsible for marketing / 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 must be decided at the time of contract execution.
What will be left in the home at the end of the process?
- Armstrong Estate Sales conducts a “sweep out” of the home making sure it is completely empty and ready for next steps. 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 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.