Say-Chelles Auctions, LLC Estate Liquidations
WHY HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?
Estate Sales are the best way to maximize the sales price for most personal property found in a home.
Estate Sales are the most direct and profitable way to sell personal property to the general public.
Estate Sales are an incredibly efficient way to clear a home of its possessions and make it ready for sale.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET READY FOR A SALE?
You should get all your legal issues taken care of. If there has been a death in the family, make sure that you have legal title and full authority to sell. Make certain, too, that all disbursements have been made to any and all heirs before you call us for a consultation. If there’s a divorce or bankruptcy liquidation, make sure that you talk to legal counsel before calling us. (Remember, that any liens or other encumbrances are solely your responsibility.)
Please do not throw anything away in a dumpster or give to thrift shops etc. These items may be of value.
We encourage families to take the items that have sentimental value before we assess the home. Once we have contracted with you for an estate sale, we ask that nothing be removed since the contract is based on the contents of the estate when our assessment is made or there may be a penalty fee.
HOW DO YOU CONTRACT WITH SAY-CHELLES AUCTIONS, LLC TO GET THE PROCESS STARTED?
The process begins with a complimentary consultation in which we view the property in question and determine if an estate sale is your best option. We will also discuss any special needs you may have. We understand that each situation is unique.
Our commission, is usually set in the initial consultation and is paid at the end of the sale. This is based upon what we estimate the gross sales will be and how much work must be done in order for your sale to be successful. (We may quote lower commissions on particular items — i.e., antiques, art, motorcycles, higher end automobiles, recreational vehicles, boats, farm implements, and other high ticket items.)
We cannot quote a “one size fits all” commission, as each estate merits a different commission based upon its estimated gross, the labor required and advertising costs.
Commission will be received at the end of the sale.
WHAT WE DO
Once a contract is signed that outlines our basic duties and expectations, we work patiently and efficiently. We clean, organize and display all items in the home.
We separate household trash from merchandise to be sold. (There’s no need for you to do this beforehand. We do the work for you! In fact, we even go so far as to ask that you throw absolutely nothing away until we’ve had a chance to see the estate in its entirety. You’d be amazed to see what some folks put into the garbage can!)
We price all items to be sold based upon our 25+ years of experience as professional antique and collectibles business owners, estate appraisers and liquidators, as well as our knowledge of current market comparables.
Should an outside expert be needed for consultation during the research/pricing process (e.g., with large gems, certain firearms, coins and stamps etc.), we take care of matters quickly and discreetly.
We provide and set up shelving, lighting, mirrors, drapes, tables, locked and lighted showcases, risers, clothing racks, jewelry trays, cash registers, and all other necessary equipment when appropriate.
We obtain any and all necessary municipal permits required for the sale. (Sometimes we may ask the client’s assistance in obtaining H.O.A. permits if they’re required in gated communities with privately maintained streets, though.)
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?
This depends on the contents of the home. We like to have at least one week to ten days to set up and conduct the sale, but we understand that there are times that the sale needs to happen quickly for different circumstances and we do our best to accommodate such instances.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND AND DECIDE TO CANCEL THE SALE?
This rarely happens because by the time the family has contacted us, they have spent a great deal of time contemplating their options. However, if the sale must be cancelled, we charge for the time and expenses incurred by SAY-CHELLES AUCTIONS, LLC up to the cancellation of the sale, and a penalty fee.
IN WHAT AREAS OF THE COUNTRY DOES YOUR COMPANY CONDUCT ESTATE SALES?
We work mostly in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
HOW DO YOU PRICE THE ITEMS?
With over 25 years experience in the antiques and collectibles business we will be able to get the most for your valuables. We are current on the latest market trends and market prices.
DO YOU HOLD SALES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS?
Yes, we work during the winter months. If there is severe weather that is forecasted and we feel it could negatively impact your sale, we will work with you to reschedule the sale.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ITEMS THAT ARE NOT SOLD?
You have a variety of options that we can assist with. You can choose to keep those items, or give them to a charity to have the items donated to. We can also clean-out everything that remains.
DO YOU DISCOUNT ITEMS ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SALE?
Most items that have not been sold yet may be discounted on the last day of the sale. One of our goals is to sell everything, so there is nothing left behind for you to worry about. We find that having a time with discounted prices keeps the estate sale busy and entices customers to return, maximizing your total profit.
HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE THE SALE?
We advertise on our own website and all of the main estate sale websites - Estatesales.net, Estatesales.org and Estatesales.com, Facebook, Craigslist and Twitter. We are also listed on all major search engines, and we have a following of regular customers that is steadily growing, and we notify them by utilizing our extensive email list. With our 25+ years in the antique field, we have developed special relationships with clients who are collectors of specific items and we notify them when we find items that may be of interest to them.
HOW WILL THE CLIENT BE PAID?
We will issue you a check for total net proceeds of the sale 10 business days of the sale.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes, we are licensed and bonded. We require that when you hire our company, that you must also have adequate insurance in the form of a Homeowners Policy. If you wish to take that policy one step further, you may add us directly onto your policy for the time you are hiring us. If there ever is an occurrence, we would refer them to you, where you would refer them to your Homeowners Insurance.