314.878.7474 & 314.265.3854 | Serving The St. Louis Area

FAQs

What is an Estate Sale?

An estate sale is the liquidation of a homes contents (personal possessions) due to a death or a move into a retirement community or family members home. We not only conduct estate sales, but also moving and downsizing sales.  Actually, any reason you may have for needing to liquidate contents, we can help you out.

Why hire ESTATE SALES by STEVE & SHERI?

We’re very aware of how overwhelming a house-full of belongings can be… where do you start?! Whether you’re moving and dealing with your own things, or settling an estate and dealing with a family members things, it can be a daunting task. Most often, it’s also a very emotional time for you and your family. While sometimes we’re overwhelmed too… for a minute… we’re not emotionally involved, and over our 18+ years of experience handling these types of situations, we have learned how to work through it. We can handle any situation we’re faced with in a timely and efficient manner, while still being sensitive to the situation that you are dealing with. A big part of our job is to ease this part of your burden, leaving you free to deal with whatever else you need to deal with.

Where is the sale held?

Most often Steve and Sherri conduct the sale from the premises, usually the home of the client selling the items. If that is not possible, sometimes other arrangements can be made.

What services do you provide?

We are 100% self-sufficient. We provide all of the equipment necessary to manage an efficient and successful sale (tables, cloths, glass display cases in the event there’s jewelry or small collectibles, pricing tools, clothes racks, cleaning products, etc.) We sort through everything in the house, organize, clean if necessary, and display all items for sale. We price research as well (if needed) for current
market value of items for sale. We handle all advertising, both online and print. We provide No Parking signs in the event of narrow streets or difficult parking situations, as well as professional and brightly colored directional signs so shoppers can find the sale. If
a permit is required by the individual community, we make sure to acquire that before the sale. We supply employees to work with us to assist customers, control the volume of people allowed in at one time, and keep an overall watch on things. We run either a 2 or 3 day sale as needed to sell as much as we can for the best prices that we can.

My family members house is a mess. Does that matter?

No, we are very particular about how our sales look before we open our doors. Things sell better when they look good, so any cleaning necessary to accomplish this is done during set-up.

It doesn’t matter what it looks like when we initially come in.

….so any organizing and all cleaning necessary to accomplish this is done during set-up.

How do you get paid?

We work on a commission basis. This is based entirely on the gross proceeds of the sale. There are absolutely no hidden costs or out-of-pocket expenses. Our commission is deducted from the sale proceeds. Commission is discussed during initial free consultation.

What if I don't have antiques or collectibles?

No problem, many people don’t. Though we are well-versed in the antique and collectibles market, we sell all kinds of personal property from appliances, furniture, tools, even cars, and everything in- between. These days, people buy things you just wouldn’t imagine unless you work with it on a regular basis. Therefore, for your sake, PLEASE CALL US BEFORE YOU THROW ANYTHING AWAY or get a dumpster. Most times, that’s an expense you can avoid!

I have an attorney. Will you work with him/her?

Of course, we work with probate and estate attorneys all the time.

I'm from out of town, but I'm settling a local estate. Does that matter?

No..we often work with clients that are not local. Things can be handled by phone or e-mail, and payment can be sent wherever you are. We’ve done several sales for clients that we’ve never even met.

Can you provide references?

Yes, as many as you’d like! We are also BBB Accredited with an A+ Rating, Insured, and Bonded.

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