Why should we hire an estate sale company versus doing it ourselves?
What Does Full Service Mean?
Full-service means that we handle your estate sale from start to finish, after completing our free on-site initial assessment and consultation, once you choose Estate Sales ofNashville, this is what you can expect:
Organizing, cleaning, displaying, research and pricing of all items
Preparation of sales site (light cleaning and debris removal)
We furnish the staff and supplies (tables, tents, signage)
Professionally managed 2-3 day estate sale
Marketing & advertising of the sale
Pack up any remaining items for donation or storage. If there is an extensive amount of trash pick up we can call and arrange and trash removal service at the owners expense.
If there are any items left over that are of high value we can take those items to auction and get our clients the most money possible.
We are only as successful as your sale! We work on commission only - our typical rate is 30% depending on the amount of prep time and scope of the sale. No minimum guarantees or hidden fees.
Ebay consignment of collectibles or specialty items:
This is a great solution for clients that may not have enough items for a full-scale estate sale yet still would like to liquidate a few items. In some cases where an estate sale is planned, we may determine that certain items would bring a higher dollar amount via selling on eBay, in these situations we will communicate with you upfront and with your approval list the items on eBay. We charge a 50% commission on all eBay items.
Why should you choose ESN?
Estate Sales of Nashville has extensive experience with vintage, antique, and specialty items, as well as "ordinary" and "everyday" household goods. You can feel confident trusting your estate sale to ESN. We are fully bonded and insured, and we staff our sales with only dedicated, hard-working, experienced and trusted help; never strangers off the street. Our extensive and growing base of dealers, appraisers, and buyers helps us to place specialty pieces and ensures that you will receive top dollar for your items.
Whether it's a one-day event or a full weekend affair, each and every sale we conduct is supported with a broad array of marketing and advertising, assuring a successful turnout of interested buyers. And rest assured, because we work on a percentage commission only, it is in our best interest to do everything possible to make your sale a success. We never charge any hidden fees or collect a minimum guarantee.
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Running a successful estate sale can quickly turn into a full-time job. For most it is hard to juggle pricing, organizing, research, set-up, marketing the event, working the event, bartering with buyers, and final clean up. It is time-consuming and can also be mentally exhausting for family members. How do you know which items are worth what? How will you guarantee a good turn out to your sale? What happens when your 2-3 week project has suddenly turned into months?We have this business down to a science by knowing how to price accordingly and research items quickly, we have an extensive list of buyers and dealers and our advertising and marketing always results in a good crowd. Factor in how much your time (and sanity) is worth to you and you’ll find our commission rate is worth the service!
Liquidating an entire household needs to have enough items to warrant a full 2-day estate sale. We recommend that there be at least $3,000 worth of sellable items. Items should be a good mix of household items such as small appliances, electronics, books, clothes, furniture, tools or yard items, decorator items (mirrors, artwork), tables and bed linens, kitchenware, collector items or antiques.
Antiques and collectibles always help a sale, though not required to have a successful sale. Many successful sales have been in homes where there was not a single antique or collectible - good, clean furniture, lots of small items, décor pieces, etc. helps tremendously.
Some Items that don't do well at sales include older electronics – cabinet TV’s and stereos, some are considered collectible and vintage, others are just considered outdated, Items that are chipped, cracked or damaged and Encyclopedia sets.
How successful is an estate sale?
How much does the company make ?
90% of the time we are able to sell 80% of the estates sellable items. . If anything of value is left after the sale we can call in a liquidator, send to auction or consign certain items on E-bay. Any items donation companies will not take we can call and get an estimate for large trash removal for our clients.
We are paid on commission only. It is in our best interest to insure you have a successful sale! At the end of the sale our commission is deducted from the proceeds of the sale. No upfront fee’s, no minimum guarantees. The commission rate is based on the scope of the project as well as the final sale amount. Most estates will fall in the 30% range (unless there is an extreme amount of clean-up, haul off or other unique circumstances).