Estate Sale Process
LUCY & ETHEL DO ESTATE SALES! can handle an estate liquidation or major moving/downsizing sale for you, with experience ~ dependability ~ and respect. We treat every sale with meticulous attention to detail, which results in the best possible outcomes for our clients.
- We empty closets, cabinets and sheds, look with trained eyes at furniture, decorations, collectibles and all household and personal items in a home – we throw out the trash and do “setup” on everything sellable so an attractive and well-displayed presentation awaits customers on sale days.
- As we price everything in the home, we research valuable items to determine market values. Where warranted, we call in outside experts for appraisals – many times where a sale includes a doll collection, Indian artifacts, antiques, art, Orientalia, etc., -- and Lucy & Ethel! adds these services at our own expense.
- Widespread advertising is done for each sale. We have an extensive email list of people to invite to a sale, plus we do newspaper and internet ads with photography. All advertising is done at Lucy & Ethel’s expense.
- When the sale is over, we can finish the chore of getting to an empty house situation. We can recommend a good resale shop and handle delivery – again at our expense – of sellable items for you. Other leftovers that are only suitable for donation to charity will be handled for you as well – and we’ll secure a tax receipt and make an inventory of those donated things for you, for your tax records. Then we’ll sweep and vacuum and hand you or your realtor the key to an empty house!
NOTE: We have worked with dozens of families, are very “senior friendly,” and can offer information and contacts to help make a major move or the settling of a loved one’s estate easier for you. There are no up-front or hidden expenses – and we do all the work!