EstateMAX & OPS ( Other People’s Stuff) is the Premiere Personal Property Sales Company in the Washington DC Metro Area-

We Strategize, Optimize and Minimize While We Maximize Outcomes for Our Clients!

EstateMAXOPS takes contractual responsibility for the effective marketing, set up, management of the venue, sales negotiations, payments, deliveries, removals from residence, project wrap up and pack up, disbursal to charity and additional services. See Menu of Services.

With 20 Years of REAL LIFE Estate Selling Experience, the EstateMAX process has become a system, designed intentionally to turn your personal property into cash assets.

EstateMAX’s on-site Estate and Downsizing Sales and our new 2019 OPS Other People’s Stuff, proprietary OPS online auctions platform,  takes all the stress off of you.

From start to finish we can turn your estate or home full of personal property to cash in less than 2 weeks.

How Do We Do That?

After you hire us-we have a very straight forward contract for on-site and online auctions, that offers additional services, too, like transitions services, packing, property clean out, updating and staging. We get to work.

We are a personalized company. You communicate what you need and we design your project to accommodate your needs.

For On-Site EstateMAX tag Sales, we organize, merchandise, price and set up our props, tables, cashier station to conduct the sale on-site. (For on-site sales, typically our clients have already moved out with the things they are keeping.

For Online OPS auctions we set up from your preselected inventory, tag with a bar code  and photograph. These items stay in place until after the auction, when we come in to meet the buyers for pickup at a predetermined time, done in typically one day. (The Client is not part of the delivery process.)

On-line auctions are appropriate for liquidating personal property in a situation where there is difficulty accessing the property, for a smaller property, where the owner is not selling and leaving the home and, where it’s OK for the auction house can “cherry pick” the inventory to sell only the best of the goods.

After we can clean out the property, leave it empty and swept and ready for the next step-

What’s the difference in the results? All jobs are unique and they all have their similarities. It’s all about the audience. An Estate sale, regardless of the sales strategy- is NOT a retail setting. Your Aunt Edna’s Grandmother’s vase with the chipped rim-supposedly from a Paleolithic cave in northern Italy is not what she said it was worth-

What’s it worth? It’s worth the appraised value only on popular TV antiques value shows.

Bottom line, it’s value is relative and is worth What the seller can get for it. 

An onsite sale attracts hundreds of buyers in person who are responding to our professional advertising, who might have shopped with EstateMAX before, and also those who are “driving by” and reacting to street-side advertising. They want to come in and “experience the goods in the setting” in the context of the home and see how the items are used.

Price points for on-site sales start as it makes sense- considering all circumstances: based on condition, item, demand, setting. We set the price on a price tag and discount over the course of the sale,  remaining open to negotiation based on the buyer’s volume purchases.

In contrast but not to the detriment, on-line auctions are 1-dimensional. They attract an online viewership comfortable with buying used goods without testing, poking and touching.  The items are photographed either on site or on a stark, white background.  From a thousand to a hundred thousand viewers and more…that all depends on the auction and the depth of advertising dollars spent. All items are sold “AS IS”, Electronics and equipment are not tested, but sold “AS IS” with that caveat.


All sales are final for both sales strategies. No returns, never!

EstateMAX has more vetting online than any of our competitors. We are a veteran in the market, 20 years in the DC Metro, earning ( not buying) straight A reviews from our clients!  Insured, Vetted, Licensed (LLC) & 2nd Hand Precious Metals and Property, FBI background check. ( If you are hiring a company make sure they pass muster or the authorities can shut the sale down.)

As with any contractor, hire a pro, hire EstateMAX.


Downsizing, Do it or Die Trying!

Seniors and Boomers downsizing takes time. It’s not an overnight process. Unless you don’t-and it is!

I’ve heard seniors say (bragging…) that ” They’re just going to leave it all for their kids to handle after they’re gone.” Why, I ask myself, would any parent dump a houseful of stuff, junk, belonging, personal property, things that their kids don’t want, on the people they say they love the most?!

Sifting and sorting stuff, packing, assembling, dis-assembling, giving it away, deciding what to keep-all in the perspective of a big and maybe next to final life transition.

Suggestions from me, a transitions pro with 20 years of experience working with people just like you:

Give yourself a deadline and work in reverse. Mark the tentative exit date from your property on a calendar and break down the project room by room, then start working.

Buy boxes and tape

Buy green painters tape and mark all of the big stuff you think you want to take with you. Leave the other stuff unmarked.

Write an inventory list of those items, go around again in a few days, and make adjustments twice, maybe three times.

Leave 70%, take 30%. Donations are in the Leave Pile. Those get disbursed later, not now.

Start packing. Closets, dressers, linens, kitchen, etc. Be tough.

If you are told by a real estate agent to downsize so they can list the house, do it this way:

Pack the stuff you are taking as you were doing and leave the rest for a second packing. Impose upon the realtor to come in and mark the things he or she wants you to leave in the home for showing, then pack the things not to be left out. Use BLUE painters tape. Stash those boxes in the garage separate from the ones you are taking. Better yet, if the timing works rent a transportable container for the move pile., etc.

If it’s all too much, hire a transitions manager to work with you, to get you started and set up a plan or work with you weekly providing common sense and labor. EstateMAX can help.

When the house is finally stripped of everything other than those items that accentuate the architecture and interior features and furniture rearranged with some accessorizing ( called Staging) your realtor will have it on the market and it will be sold before you know it. If you don’t have to jump through hoops to sell it, the downsizing will be done and it will be time for you to move and an estate sale company to come in and liquidate and donate what you have left behind. Again, EstateMAX can help.

In 10 days from start to finish will set up, sell, and pay you your sale proceeds.

Call Laurie Zook today for a no cost phone consultation. 301-332-5585



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