An estate sale is an excellent way to sell and/or liquidate a family estate and personal belongings or dispose of unwanted and unneeded items when downsizing or relocating your home or business. The estate sale will be held in the home or business and the public will be given the opportunity to purchase any items priced for sale.
Common reasons for holding an estate sale may include the death of a loved one, divorce, downsizing or relocating a home or business, providing guidance to an Executor or Trustee of a Will, moving, relocation of a family member to a retirement community, nursing, or assisted living facility.
We will provide professional estate sale services with minimal disruption to your life. We are both Certified Personal Property Appraisers and hold strong to our ASEL code of ethics when conducting your sale. We extensively research the “fair market value” of your belongings, inventory them, barcode, and professionally tag your items, providing a detailed report at the end of the sale detailing the item name, price at which the item sold, and the date and time the item sold. At checkout, the barcoded tags integrate with our state of the art computer system to record all the details of the transaction. A receipt prints out and is given to the customer; who then needs to show the receipt at the door and have it checked by staff to exit, much like Sam’s Club or Costco. This deters theft and provides a double check system for you. We organize the sale in such a way that it resembles a retail store. Your items are cleaned and displayed in an attractive manner. Following the sale, you will receive a business check, sent priority mail with signature or a business check direct deposited to your local bank account, within 5-7 days of the conclusion of the sale along with your itemized report. Your report will include a detailed items sold report as well as an items unsold report. Our professional and knowledgeable company will make this experience as simple and as pleasant as possible for you and communicate with you fully all the way through the experience. Remember, we work for You. Our service is top notch, all inclusive, and comprehensive.
Currently, we are facilitating estate sales in Arizona.
Estate sales typically run 2-4 days usually starting on Thursdays or Fridays. This will be discussed with you as it is often dependent on the size of the estate sale and the contents available for sale, as well as the CC & R’s regulating the community in which the home is located.
The average estate sale takes 1 1/2-3 weeks prep time. We are very aware of deadlines when it comes to liquidating your estate and will work in communication with family, trustees, and/or executors of the will.
Yes. If you are the homeowner, we will need a copy of the declaration page of your homeowner’s insurance policy for our records. Although accidents/injuries seldom occur, it is important to keep your homeowner’s policy active for the duration of the sale. We carry 1M/3M liability insurance as well. Ask to see the declaration page of our liability insurance.
If you are the personal representative of an estate, we will need to have a photocopy of the legal documents that authorize you to sell or dispose of the property. This information is often located within the will or is known as a “letter of testamentary”.
The estate is responsible for disconnecting the gas, electric, and water from any appliances which are to be sold. The furnace and air conditioner must be in working order before the set-up process and the water, gas, and electric must be turned on and kept on throughout the sale process. We do not need a phone line.
We ask that you please contact us at (480)276-8045 for a NO obligation complimentary consultation. We work strictly on straight commission, which means NO up-front or out-of-pocket costs to you! Unlike many companies, we have no minimum fees, no hidden fees, no prep fees, and no marketing fees. When we meet for the initial consultation, we are able to evaluate the time necessary to prep the home, the number of staff necessary to prep and facilitate the sale, and the number of staff needed for the sale. Based on the initial consultation, we can determine the commission. We have had sales that have taken a week to prep and other sales that have taken 2 months to prep. The national average for estate sale commission runs 40-45%. Our commission rate is variable depending on the factors outlined above. Please note that we may quote lower commissions( 10-20%) on specific items-e.g., motorcycles, high end automobiles, RV’s, and boats.
Depending on the size of your estate, our records are normally reconciled within 48-72 hours of the sale and a business check mailed within 7 business days. If you have a local bank, we will direct deposit your check to your bank within 5=7 business days. When credit card payments are accepted at the sale, the card payments can take 24-48 hours to clear the bank Monday through Friday before the account can be reconciled. You will receive a business check sent USPS priority mail with signature or the business check will be direct deposited to your bank account within 5-7 business days. Please make sure we have a valid mailing address or a voided check for direct deposit on file at the conclusion of the sale.
Yes. We carry 1 Million/3 Million liability insurance with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Ask to see our insurance declaration page for confirmation. Not only does this protect you, the insurance protects us against slips and falls, injury on the property, and many other potential occurrences. However, please be aware that should such an issue arise, the liability will fall to the homeowner as the primary and our company as the secondary.
No. We handle the estate sale for you and make sure everything is set up, staged, and priced for a successful sale. Please let us do the work for you. We ask that you throw nothing away until we have had a chance to see the estate in its entirety. We provide and set up shelving, lighting, mirrors, tables, locked and lighted showcases, clothing racks, jewelry trays, cash registers, tablecloths, security equipment, and all other necessary equipment. We will carefully consider traffic patterns, utilize professional tags and signage, neatly organized tables, friendly and helpful employees, and onsite security systems.
An Estate in Time will market your estate sale on this website and three other estate sale websites, our email list, google, and Youtube. We will place signs in the neighborhood where the home is located and on adjacent streets. We will market and advertise your sale to over 50,000 people throughout the Phoenix Metro area and will regionally or nationally advertise if warranted. An Estate in Time, LLC is consistently recognized as a Top Ten Company for consumer views by www.estatesales.org, estatesales.net and estatesales.com.
We will set the date for the sale and approximately a week and a half to two weeks prior to the sale, we will gain entrance into the home to start the preparation. Once inside, we will sort, organize, clean and stage the estate contents for you and separate out the merchandise to be sold from the items donated or disposed of. We will move furniture, set up tables, clean merchandise, and tastefully display similar items together. The more valuable items will be most prominently displayed toward the entrance of the home for higher buyer visibility. We will then go room by room to inventory all items that would be priced over $20.00. The inventory will include a location of the item, a description, a value for the item and a bar code that represents that particular item. All items over $20.00 will be researched and a value for the item will be determined based on fair market value, selling trends, and the current market. Bar coded tags will be printed and attached to all of the items. All items will have bar codes, even the ones that price between $1.00 and 20.00. However, those items will be described as general housewares and may include glassware, coffee cups, and hand tools; for example. Between 300 and 1200 photos will be taken of items for sale and posted as an Upcoming Sale on this site, three estate sale specific websites, and on social media. During the sale, our staff will be strategically placed throughout the home to keep a careful eye on your belongings, deter theft and answer questions buyers may have regarding the items for sale. At the conclusion of the sale, we will consolidate all unsold items, sweep, and vacuum your home. If a donation has been arranged, we will remove all unsold items from the home following the sale, broom sweep and vacuum the home. Please know, that we do NOT have an online store or a retail store and DO NOT buy or keep ANYTHING from your home. We believe that to do so is a conflict of interest in this field. Please visit the Arizona BBB for client reviews of our services and certainly call us with any questions. We are happy to help!
We are certified personal property appraisers and will assess and price based on both the current market value and the sellability of the items. If you have a specific item you wish to sell at a specific price we can discuss those items with you at the initial consultation.
We are Certified Personal Property Appraisers and are held to a high standard and the ASEL code of ethics in the industry. There are only four recognized members of ASEL in the state of Arizona. We research all inventory that we are selling and base the prices on current fair market value. We will price your items based on our experience, recent research, current selling trends, realized auction prices, internet resources, and reference books. We also may bring in or consult with licensed appraisers and our team of specialists and experts for the more valuable items. Fair market values consistently change with time, so accurate research is vital in maximizing revenue. For example, a 14K gold necklace sold in 2017, when the price of gold was approximately $1100.00 an ounce is not representative of the price of that same necklace today; which sells for more that $1400.00 an ounce. The same is true for the majority of personal property.
Please do NOT throw any items away. Once you sign the contract with An Estate in Time, you can take it easy. Remember, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. We will view the entire contents of the estate and determine what’s “trash” and what’s “treasure”. If you plan to give things to family, please do so before signing a contract with us. If there are items that are being excluded from the sale, please note those items for us so that they don’t inadvertantly get sold. Thank you!
We will provide you with a detailed and itemized account of your sale which will show all items sold as well as the sales price for each item and date and time that item sold. You will also receive a report detailing all items that remain unsold at the conclusion of your sale. Normal items under twenty dollars will be itemized under general housewares. Rare/antique/vintage items will always be separately itemized and priced. We are the ONLY estate sale company in the state of AZ that provides a detailed report of all items sold and unsold at the conclusion of your sale.
Unlike many estate sale companies, when you sign a contract with An Estate In Time, LLC, we are providing a service only. Your belongings do NOT belong to us. We do not “keep” or “take” your left over items following your sale. Those items still belong to you and you may wish to sell or donate the remaining items to whomever you choose. , If you like, we have many resources available to you; including numerous charities, consignment shops, or auction houses.
Please know that we do not own a consignment store, retail store, gallery, auction house, antique store, thrift store, or online sales site. We also do not BUY estates. On the contrary, we believe that owning a retail business or buying estates constitutes a significant conflict of interest for the professional estate liquidator. Please understand that we don’t compete against our client’s best interests!!
The gold standard in the industry is to not be present during the sale preparation or during the sale and we hold to this standard. There are many reasons for this but it can significantly affect the overall success of the sale. It can also be emotionally difficult for you and your family as well as for our staff. Additionally, when a client is present at the sale, the client’s friends and acquaintances often feel they should have preferential treatment, gain early entry, or get better deals. This can end up being a very difficult situation for everyone. Sometimes personal property can also hold sentimental value and it may cause emotional distress on the day of the sale.
We accept cash, debit cards, wire transfers and major credit cards with proper identification for purchases. We do NOT accept American Express, personal checks or business checks.
Sales tax is required on all purchases at estate sales in the states of Arizona, which is called “Transaction Privilege Tax”. We are responsible for collecting and remitting payment to the state of all applicable tax. If a customer has a resale license in the state where the items are purchased and can provide a copy of that resale license, state tax is not collected for that particular purchase. We must hold copies of all resale licenses on file as well.
Yes. We find that cars, trucks, vans, RV’s, quads, `and motorcycles draw large crowds and new customers. We will handle the Bill of Sale and the transfer of the Title with the DMV. We will send confirmation to you as soon as the transfer and Bill of Sale are recorded and completed.
We limit access to one entrance and one exit. Our staff are well trained in watching for potential theft. We strongly discourage large bags and purses, strollers, backpacks, and large boxes. If a customer buys boxes or luggage, we carefully check these items before they leave the sale. Valuables such as gold, platinum, gemstones, artwork, watches, coins, etc. are kept in locked showcases. We allow only one piece of jewelry and/or one gun to be shown at any time and nothing leaves the showcase until it is paid for by the customer. We accept only cash for vehicles, jewelry, guns, and coin sales.