FAQ

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Liquidating an estate can be a complicated and confusing process, but not when you choose Avenue Estate Sales. We're here to answer your questions and make the process as easy as possible.

What if I want to auction my items?

No problem, we can do that! Avenue is pleased to provide you with an auction option as well. Do you have an office building, warehouse, storage facility or barn, etc. you want to liquidate quickly? An on-site auction may be the appropriate solution for your needs. The procedure for this option is very similar to that of an estate sale.

What if I don’t have enough for a sale?

Not every situation calls for an estate sale or auction. Often times there’s not enough property to conduct a sale. In this event, Avenue would recommend consigning your items. Avenue can liquidate your personal and/or business property via our various retail channels or through our
robust network of local and national resale dealers. Our professional moving team will come to your location, safely pack and remove your items and bring them to our warehouse facility where they will be sold at the highest price point possible. As soon as your property is sold we will issue you a check and that’s it, you’re done! It’s that easy!

If you determine consignment is not the best option for you, you can always donate your items for a tax deduction. One of our expert appraisers can complete a personalized confidential certificate of appraisal to evaluate your personal and/or business property in order to prepare the appropriate tax forms so you may donate your items for a tax deduction.

What about a garage sale?

The professionals at Avenue can walk you through this process as well. From permits to pricing and marketing, we can advise you in order to make sure you get the most for your valued possessions.

How do we get started?

Once you contact Avenue Estate Sales for your free consultation, we will walk you through the entire process – from initial consultation to post sale wrap up.  Upon completing the phone consult we can schedule a time to meet and visit the location.

What happens during the free consultation?

Once on-site for our free consultation, Avenue Estate Sales can assess and determine the feasibility of a sale. We will determine whether or not there are enough items in the residence and what the "saleability" of the merchandise is.  This will allow us to then make a decision as to whether or not you should have an estate sale or if you should consider alternatives to liquidate the contents of the home.

Is there a fee to come out and look at my items?

When we say FREE consultation, we mean it! Both our phone and on-site consultations are free of charge. If we determine a sale is not warranted, we will recommend other alternatives and provide you with guidance on who to contact.

How much advance notice do I need to schedule an estate sale?

Avenue Estate Sales would like you to call as soon as you believe you might need our services. We usually ask for a two-week notice but also understand that situations arise suddenly and abruptly. We often have sales lined up for several weeks in advance, but by calling as soon as you are aware of your needs, we may be able to fit you in at the last-minute.

Can I have an estate during the winter months?

YES! Here’s why!  There’s less competition.  The winter months are typically slower in Michigan for estate sales due to weather.  However, customers don’t stop shopping, in fact, they shop more!  November, December, January and February are some of the busiest shopping months of the year.  There’s holiday shopping, an abundance of shoppers and better buyers.  Have your sale during the winter and take advantage of these facts!

Family members and I would like to have some of the contents in the house. How should we handle this?

We ask that you or your family members remove all items that you would like to keep prior to us coming out to assess the estate. This will allow us to conduct a thorough assessment of what the sale can produce.  If you are unable to remove the items, we will designate them “not for sale”.

We also ask that you remove any sensitive personal information from the home (i.e. personal paperwork, birth certificates, social security cards, drivers license, passports, military documents, bank statements, pay stubs, medical bills, etc.)

There are some items that we want to keep but do not want to remove from the house. How is this handled?

Any items that you would like to keep that cannot be removed from the house will be moved and secured to a “safe room”, or secured area of the house and marked “not for sale”.

What if we live out of state, can we still have an estate sale in Michigan?

Yes!  If you’re handling an estate located in Michigan but don’t currently reside here, we can still help!  We will handle everything through email, registered mail, etc.  If you’re working with a local realtor or lawyer, we can work with them as well.

Should the house be put up for sale before or after the estate sale?

We recommend listing the house before the sale – this is a great way to create exposure for the home. Hundreds of potential buyers will be visiting and shopping during the sale.  We will display your realtor’s business card, the MLS listing, etc. Avenue Estate Sales has helped sell dozens of homes, let us help sell yours!

How much time do you need to set up a sale?

There is no designated time frame but it usually takes 1-3 days.

What is the setup process? Do I need to rent tables, display cabinets, or clothes racks?

No, we will bring in tables, display cases and clothing racks to display the merchandise.

Avenue’s staging experts will design and arrange your personal property (furniture, etc) to maximize visibility and profitability. Properly arranging your items is a critical part of the process. Showcasing and creating interest in each piece allows us to get the highest sale price possible. We will transform your location into what will seem like a retail store. From setup and pricing to managing the sale – Avenue Estate Sales will take care of it all.

How long will the sale run?

Sale length is determined by volume of merchandise.  Most sales generally run 1-3 days.

Do you discount the merchandise at any point during the sale?

Price reductions, as a rule of thumb, are a common practice. However, discounting is handled on a case by case basis, and the discounting for your sale will be discussed during your free consultation.

What payment methods do you accept during the sale?

Avenue Estate Sales accepts cash, debit and credit cards.

How is theft or misconduct prevented?

Theft can be prevented a few different ways: 1.) Limiting the number of customers allowed in the home at one time. 2.) Glass cases for expensive jewelry and small items. 3.) Strategic placement of costly items near the cash register for constant monitoring.

Should we throw away the clutter and garbage in the house before calling you?

Absolutely NOT! This is the biggest mistake people make when preparing for a sale. What some people would consider “junk” may be a diamond in the rough or a treasure to a collector. Let Avenue Estate Sales determine what should be discarded and what should be included for you. The best thing to do is leave the house as is.

We have 100 baby food jars full of old bolts and screws. Should we keep these?

Absolutely! Each jar could be sold for 50 cents a piece. 50X100=$50. Get the picture?!?

What about donating old clothes, towels, linens, etc. to charity?

These items should be left and included in the sale. Any unsold items can be donated after the sale is complete. Please refrain from discarding or donating these items prior to the sale.

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