Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose Red Apron Estate Sales?
"Does this benefit our client?" is our motto. In everything we do, we ask this important question so we can avoid any conflicts of interest. For your protection, Red Apron Estate Sales is fully licensed, bonded and insured. Our employees are also background checked and drug screened. We are constantly striving to improve ourselves. We are working toward or currently hold memberships in several professional Estate Sale organizations, use CAGA Certified Appraisers, and are members of the Better Business Bureau. We value your items to sell for as much as possible. Remember, we work on a commission!
With the combined expertise and experience of our entire staff, we will deliver a professional result that produces top dollar. Whether you schedule us first, last or in the middle of your interview process, we will clearly be the standard by which you compare the rest. You will be glad you chose Red Apron Estate Sales.
What is the difference between an estate sale and a garage sale?
A garage sale is likely being held to clear out unwanted, old, maybe even damaged belongings. A family trying to get rid of a few unused/unwanted items may hold a garage sale to quickly and cheaply clear out their things. An estate sale consists of the liquidation of one’s entire estate. This typically includes the home and all the things collected inside it.
Who needs an estate sale?
The need for an Estate sale can arise for many reasons. Sales are conducted for clients who are moving, relocating, downsizing, combining households or have lost a family member or friend.
What are the costs involved?
There is never a charge for an initial consultation and there are never any out of pocket expenses for you. All fees for conducting the sale are paid from the proceeds of the sale. We will tour the property to determine how much preparation will be needed. We work on a percentage of the sale. Percentages vary due to preparation, staffing and value of the estate.
Do estate sales make money?
The success of an estate sale depends on many factors including the amount and quality of your possessions, the company you hire to handle the sale, and even the weather conditions at the time of the sale.
What do I need to do to get ready for the consultation?
Most importantly, do not throw anything away. Do not sell, donate or give away to friends anything until its value is determined. We want the family to keep what they wish, but leave everything else as is.
What do you sell?
As Estate sales specialists, we can sell most items. We have consultants in the areas of antiques, collectibles, fine art, jewelry, furniture, electronics, firearms and other collectible items. Note: We are not licensed to sell firearms, however we do work with local firearm dealers.
How does estate sale pricing work?
Pricing is one of the most crucial and time-consuming aspects of an estate sale. Pricing requires a careful and trained eye so that no items of high value go unnoticed, ensuring maximum profits from the sale of your belongings. We use CAGA Certified Appraisers to research and appropriately price unique and potentially expensive items. This guarantees we will get as much as possible for your items.
Where are the sales conducted?
The sales are always conducted at the property where the contents are located. Sales are typically two days; held on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional days can be added for larger Estates.
What marketing/advertising do you do?
We post our upcoming sales on multiple online estate sale advertising websites and social media sites. We have a large proprietary email list comprised of past attendees of our sales that we notify. Our signage is professionally made and is placed strategically to direct people to the sale.
Are you licensed/insured?
For your protection, Red Apron Estate Sales is fully licensed, bonded and insured with two million dollars in liability insurance. Our employees are also background checked and drug screened.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash and credit/debit card payments.
How far in advance should I contact you?
Feel free to contact us as soon as you know you are in need of our services. We will sit down with you and discuss all the factors that go into a successful sale. We can help guide you through this very stressful transition.
What happens to the contents of the home that don’t sell?
Items that do not sell are typically donated to local charities so that the home can be completely cleared out and readied for sale.
Should I clear out the “junk” first?
Absolutely not. You would be surprised at the things that sell at Estate Sales. Something you think is junk may be something valuable to someone else.
What is a downsizing expert?
A downsizing consultant is a downsizing and moving expert who helps individuals and family transition from a larger home to a smaller home, condo, retirement community or assisted care facility.