Your Questions Answered
What is an Estate Sale?
An Estate Sale, often times called a Tag Sale, is the liquidation or sale of someone's possessions, referred to as personal property. Often times people mistake Estate Sales as a more formal sale of personal possessions of someone who has recently passed away. Although this is often true, Estate defines anyone's Personal Property.
There are several of reasons one may wish to have an estate sale, including downsizing, moving and relocating, or liquidating the possessions of a family member.
Is there a charge for a consultation?
No. Your consultation and walk-through costs you nothing - just as is every other aspect of the sale until its completion. As standard in this industry, there are no up-front costs. Our fees come from a percentage of the final gross sales.
How are the prices determined?
With decades of experience in dealing with objects combined with our knowledgeable consultants and valuable resources, we strategically and competitively price and market your personal property to sell. With great attention to detail, we devote a lot of time into pricing your personal property at Fair Market Value. Research is key - we always research the current market on property so we can position a more accurate price. Remember, our goal is sell and obtain the most for your personal property while reaching your transitional goals - a win-win for all.
Who attends your sales?
Besides the quality of service we provide, our customers and followers are our best asset. Without them, we would not succeed. We have a strong following in New Orleans, with customers that line up hours in advance to be one of the first in line. Our customers mostly consists of collectors and "end users," those who buy for themselves and willing to pay for quality items. We also have a following of designers, dealers, shop owners, and friends in the Louisiana Film Industry.
How do you advertise your sales?
Advertising and marketing is a forté, with years of experience in marketing. We strategically promote our sales through highly popular estate sale websites, local online and often print news publications, social media, quality and professional e-mail blasts to our extensive list of return sale customers and followers, and signage in the neighborhood leading customers and 'passerbyers' to the sale. Ask us to forward you a prior sale e-mail blast - you will want to se how we promote your sale and home. Request this by e-mailing email@example.com
What are your fees?
Our service will not cost you anything until the sale and post-sale arrangements are completed. We will exhaust any and all means to sell all merchandise available and we are paid on a percentage of sale basis. We work for a fair and standard commission rate based on a various conditions.
When can I expect payment?
All clients are paid by a business or cashier's check within three to five business days of the sale's completion along with a sale overview report, unless other arrangements have been made with our client.
How long does the process take?
We will schedule the date of the sale at the signing of the Agreement based on your desired timeline and our current sale/work schedule. Ideally, we would need around two weeks to prepare for and advertise and promote your sale, but we understand the need to move fast. The sale itself will run two to three days depending on the level of quantity and quality of the items for sale. Most sales are two days, with the second day being discount day. We find a huge benefit in offering two days sales versus one day sales. With discount day on day two, we are able to sell more and increase your bottom line. Post sale arrangements should be completed within a day or two following the sale (if applicable). Final payment takes three to five business days. We encourage you to call us early! Our weekends fill up quickly, so call early to discuss and begin the process.
What happens to unsold items?
Unsold items are disposed of per an optional arrangement with us prior to the sale at the signing of the Agreement. You have several options that we will walk you through. Donations are one of the most popular options and a tax receipt may be obtained. Learn more under our Services.
Are you insured?
Absolutely. We hold a $2 million liability insurance policy. We are covered and so are you.
Do I need to be present?
This process is often difficult for the client(s) or family to witness, so most choose to stay away throughout the process, particularly the days of the public sale. However, clients are certainly welcome to be present during the process. The decision is strictly up to you.
Have questions? Please contact us anytime for further details and information. We will be happy to discuss our services with you in more detail.
Estate Sale Companies
Big Easy Estate Sales LLC
New Orleans, Louisiana