What is the Real Value in Hiring EstateMAX?
First of all, I’m going to go with the idea that if you are reading this you are on track to hire a professional to assist you in your downsizing process and personal property sale…So, before you trust in that someone, ask yourself this:
What is your time and energy worth? What are your expectations? What criteria are you using to determine how to make your decisions, and are your capable of doing it alone? What is “Value” to you?
EstateMAX is a 20 year veteran Service Provider that handles all of the facets our clients need to transition from the old to the new!
Our valuable project management comes into play for full transitions, move management, downsizing and estate and downsizing sales, with follow up property clean up.
During the estate and downsizing sale, we do everything needed to promote, merchandise and sell used personal property to “minimize the stress and maximize the returns” for our clients. An EstateMAX copyrighted slogan from 2015, often copied by our competition.
Individual or our full menu of services, can be employed on contract to meet the needs of individual projects.
Those steps include:
For Downsizing & Moving Projects:
- Downsizing the Home with the Client, Packing and Organizing for Move Out
- Personalized Move Management-Step by Step
- Moving Services, Recommendations on Moving Companies
- Property Clean Up
- Organization and Merchandising the Home
For Staging and/or Sale Event
- Photography, Videography for Advertising
- Advertising On Line and In Print
- Conducting the Estate or Downsizing Sale
- Cleaning up Following the Sale
- Donating to Charity
- Shipping to Family or Friends, if needed
- Statement of Sales/Expenses
- Full House Cleaning and Specialty Services
The Value of “Stuff”
I’ve had clients compare what they paid for their furniture, 10 to 40 years ago, to the prices we negotiate for it today.
Presently, we do NOT buy outright, and we do NOT take items out of your house to sell them for you. We are not a method to supplement your income. Anyone who says they can promise you a profit over your original cost on your household goods is not being honest. Turning stuff into cash can be a disappointment. Be realistic.
Estate Sellers not retailers of used goods. We provide “liquidation” services and we do it en masse, in your home, after you have removed what you want to keep, or hired us to help you do so and move into your new home.
What this means is that your $5000 typical dining room set bought 12 years ago will probably be sold for between $1500 and $500, depending on condition, style, market demand, time of year, advertising coverage and buyers inclinations. We sell everything we can possibly sell in your home the same way. It all adds up. Our job is to handle all of that so you can go forward. The overall return on the project is where the difference shows up.
Bottom line- there is a glut of used personal property on the market because of the aging of Americans.
Estate sellers compete with Goodwill and other charities for the same public dollars. What is not sold on site, is then donated to these charities so our pricing has to be sharp to sell it in the home. Online sales venues like Facebook Marketplace and Letgo, etc have sullied the class that “estate sales” used to enjoy.
Furniture and other consumer property is “commodity.”
Retailers charge new prices on it, just like on vehicles, which we also sell, in most instances lose resale value quickly. We explain up front where the bottom line is on the return value of used furniture. If it’s collectible, rare, of true interest to the buying public, the value is higher. That’s less than the 20% of goods in a home, typically. The 80% of the return is in the cumulative sale of all things in a household, and the savings recognized in managing the various steps of the project on your own.
We ask our clients for a positive review of our services following our work for them. If they can not do that for us we know that the questions I posed above have not been clarified in advance of our work for them and I take that personally.