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FAQ's
 

Why choose Heritage Estate Services?
Who needs an estate sale?
What are the costs involved?

What do I need to do to get ready for the consultation?
What do you sell?
Where are the sales conducted?
What marketing/advertising do you do?
Are you licensed/insured/bonded?
My estate is very large (or small)... Can you still help?
What payment methods do you accept?
How far in advance should I contact you?

What happens to the contents of the home that don't sell?

 
Why choose Heritage Estate Services?
We are simply the best at what we do! We feel that with the combined expertise and experience of our entire staff, we will deliver a simple professional result that produces top dollar for your estate sale. Whether you schedule us first, last or in the middle of your interview process, we will clearly be the standard you compare the rest to. You will be glad you chose Heritage Estate Services to help you through this transition.
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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. We also help liquidate, haul off and rehabilitate foreclosure properties.
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What are the costs involved?
There is never a charge for an initial consultation. All fees for conducting the sale are derived from the proceeds of the sale. An appointment will be made to meet with the family to discuss their situation. Initially, we will spend a great deal of time discussing your estate and it's contents. We will take a tour of the property to help gage how much preparation will be needed. There are never any out of pocket expenses. We work on a percentage of the sale. Percentages vary due to preparation and staffing and will be discussed once we have inspected the property.
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What do I need to do to get ready for the consultation?
Most importantly, do not throw away anything. Do not sell, donate or give away to friends anything until it's value is determined. We want the family to keep what they wish, but leave everything else as is. We have the ability to achieve the highest possible value for the items in your sale.
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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 work closely with dealers who are, and maintain a list of buyers.
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Where are the sales conducted?
The sales are always conducted at the property where the contents are located. Sales are typically held Thursday - Saturday. Smaller estates are usually held Friday-Saturday.
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What marketing/advertising do you do?
We post our upcoming sales on our website, HeritageEstateServices.com, as well as estatesales.net and any relevant print publications. We have a large following that we notify through Email. Attendance varies but on average is between 1500 - 2000 buyers. Our signage is professionally made and is placed appropriately to direct people in and out of the neighborhood.
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Are you licensed/insured/bonded?
We maintain any licensing necessary to conduct your sale. We also carry liability insurance and are bonded as well. We are also members of the National Association of Estate Sales Coordinators and Liquidators.
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My estate is very large (or small)... Can you still help?
Although we conduct many large and extensive sales, we handle just as many smaller estates. Our staff is able to accommodate sales of any size.
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What payment methods do you accept?
We have learned through the years that the only method of payment that can be truly relied upon is cash. For that reason cash is the preferred form of payment. We also accept all major credit cards for purchases above $75.00. As always there are never any out of pocket expenses for the client.
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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.
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What happens to the contents of the home that don't sell?
There are several options available after the sale is completed. A buy out is one option. Donation to a charitable group is the most common. The final option is a haul off.  We can help explain each of these options and handle the most appropriate one for your circumstances.
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