An Estate Sale or Estate Liquidation is a type of garage sale, yard sale, auction - from inside/outside your house - to dispose of - sell a substantial portion or all of the materials owned by a person who want or must dispose of his personal property (redecorating, liquidation, death, moving to a facility, divorce, relocation, probate sale). A Moving Sale is a type of an Estate Sale.
There could be several reasons that may require as estate sale: LOSS OF A FAMILY MEMBER, MOVING TO A NURSING HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY, DOWNSIZING, DIVORCE, MOVING OR RELOCATING, REDECORATING OR REMODELING, the death of the property owner, and the consequent need to quickly liquidate the deceased's belongings. The survivors may have no interest in the bulk of the personal belongings left by the deceased or may simply lack space to keep the belongings. In situations in which the survivors cannot agree to the disposition of tangible property, a court may order the goods to be sold in an Estate Sale with the proceeds to be divided among the survivors. Such a sale and division may also be mandated in the will of the deceased.
An Estate Sale may also occur because the property owner will be moving into a situation where he will be unable to keep his property—for example, a move to an assisted living facility, a retirement community, a rest home, or other living quarters.
Estate Sales are usually conducted by a professional, for a percentage of the revenues. The liquidator may also charge the estate for the costs to give the sale, including advertising, marketing, research, labor, security, refreshments, and other fees incurred in giving a successful sale. The presence of a professional liquidator may be necessary because the scope of the process is likely to be overwhelming to the survivors. The liquidator often has a loyal following, consisting of dealers, collectors, and the general public. The liquidator may be familiar to buyers who have been attending the liquidator's sales for decades, and trust that the liquidator will price wisely and fairly and steer them toward finding their niches within each collector's realm, and for the specialist's knowledge and experience with pricing items, and general value knowledge of all types of household goods and personal property value, and the specialist's experience in disposing of unsold goods in an unsentimental manner after the sale. These professionals often take a percentage of the net proceeds, anywhere from 35% to 50%. - beware of hidden costs"
At Paragon Estate Sales we charge up to 45% from gross proceeds and no other costs or hidden costs.