ABOUT ESTATE SALES
**WE PROVIDE COMPLETE ESTATE SALES SERVICE**
WELCOME TO JAKE'S ESTATE SALES
An estate sale is the sale of personal property
including furniture, china, antiques, books,
household items, garage items, tools,
jewelry,pictures, etc. We conduct estate
sales by displaying the items to be sold in a
professional and attractive manner and we use
our display equipment, such as tablecloths,
tables, display cases etc. to enhance the items to the full sales potential on a particular advertised day or days. Our customers include interior decorators, antique dealers and shop owners, flea market enthusiasts, as well as neighbors. Often a large crowd will gather at the site, waiting in line to enter the sale.
WHO NEEDS AN ESTATE SALE?
Anyone who needs to liquidate items in their home, office, storage shed etc., for an estate of a loved one, or move of a loved one to assisted living or a nursing home, for purposes of downsizing or moving away or because of the economic downturn or many other reasons. We conduct sales in the Southeastern portion of Michigan...including Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Ingham counties.
HOW DOES AN ESTATE SALE WORK?
As stated previously, we provide all of the resources needed to sort, organize, research, appraise if necessary, price, display, advertise, and sell the contents of an estate. We take pride in our staging and displaying techniques in order to showcase the items to their full potential. We have tables, tablecloths, clothes racks, display cases, etc. We work with you, the client, and the customers to provide an enjoyable, secure and profitable sales experience and at the same time try to be sensitive to the clients needs and emotional state. Most sales are conducted on a Friday and Saturday, but the days and times change depending on the size and needs of the sale. Typically we will start working in the home two to three weeks prior to the sale, depending on the size of the sale and the amount of work that needs to be done. We also do things to prepare the site, for example ...shoveling walks so people can enter, blowing leaves, cutting grass or trimming bushes, so the site is accessible...we will also clean items to enhance the saleability...we try to make the site and sale as approachable as possible.
WHAT KIND OF ITEMS DO YOU SELL?
We sell almost anything that is at the site, including furniture, antiques, artwork, clothing, tools, appliances, collectibles, automobiles, kitchenware, jewelry, garden equipment...and..much, much more...It is important for the client not to throw anything out !! Things that you would never guess have value are quite saleable !!!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO BOOK AN ESTATE SALE?
The answer is....as far in advance as you can !! Seasonal factors are involved, we are much busier in the summer than the winter...and you want to make sure we save a spot for you on our calendar....but, there are times we can take a sale on short notice..so, make sure to call us so we can talk about your sale needs !!
HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE MY SALE?
We use the latest in internet advertising, such as estatesales.net and Craig's List as well as advertising on our own website. We also write and place appropriate newspaper ads in the local newspaper and we send out flyers to our subscribers and notifications to our internet subscribers. We post highly visible signs leading the way to our sales shortly before the sale. Your address will not be listed anywhere until the day prior to the sale for safety and security reasons.
WHAT DO YOU CHARGE TO HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?
We charge a commission on the gross sales. Our typical commission is 30% to 35%, but this can vary depending on the size of the sale and the amount of work involved to hold the sale. If there are any extra charges or fees for additional work or the commission is varied, this is all discussed during a meeting with you, the client, before the contract is signed and is added into the contract.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AND AFTER THE ESTATE SALE?
Again, it is not unusual for people to begin lining up at our sales an hour or more before the sale begins. We have numbers in a visible location, usually at the end of the driveway, so people can take a number and this is how they are admitted when the sale begins. Our customers usually have a great time, even before the sale begins !! We have staff members posted throughout the home to assist customers with their purchases. Most large items, such as furniture, are marked with a price card that the first person wanting to purchase the item, can take and hold until check-out. We can hold items at the cashiers’ desk for people who have too much to carry. Our cashier checks the customers out at the exit, wrapping all fragile items for transport. We do try to have people available for carrying heavy items and just generally helping people in any way with their purchases. This is slightly different than other estate sale companies who advertise that they will not help carry items. We typically accept only cash and at the end of the sale, all proceeds are counted and a check and settlement sheet are presented to you
DO YOU SELL EVERYTHING?
We can never guarantee to sell 100% of the contents of each sale, but we typically sell almost everything. We usually, with your permission, let the last day of the sale be a 1/2 off price day...and unsold items typically fly out the door !! Items that do not sell, can be kept by you, donated to a charitable organization or we can have a "lump-out" estimate figured for you...This option is often desirable because ALL remaining items are taken away..sometimes this involves us paying you and sometimes involves you paying us...This is all determined at the end of the sale. We do leave the home in broom clean condition, so you do not have a mess on your hands.
DO YOU ACCEPT BIDS DURING THE SALE?
Yes, items can be bid on during the sale. Throughout the sale we have a pad at the cashiers desk for anyone wanting to make a bid...the customers can enter a description of the item and their highest bid. The bid must be at least half of the original price of the item. These are not called in until the last day of the sale. If you the client, have a minimum price on a particular item, we will need to note that and put a note in the book regarding this item. In summary, Jake's Estate Sales is there for you.... to help you with any of your estate sale needs!