How to Successfully Hold a Maryland Estate Sale

How to Successfully Hold a Maryland Estate Sale

How to get the most out of your estate liquidation

Sanford & Son Estate Specialists are one of central Maryland's most trusted names in estate clean outs and liquidations. As Maryland estate specialists, we understand how organizing, disseminating, selling, and hauling away items can turn into an overwhelming process. Selling estate property isn't the same as a regular garage sale--think of an estate sale as a garage sale on steroids.

 

Here, Sanford & Son Estate Specialists are going to let homeowners in on some tips to successfully hold a Maryland estate sale:

Take Inventory
Take a trip around your entire home and make a list of every item that will go on sale, and every item that won't be. Split your inventory into categories and take note of each item's condition--this will help with researching prices and determine where things will be placed in the sale.

Clean and Fix
Sometimes, a quick dusting-off or a tightening-up can make all the difference when it comes to transforming a useless item into something "worth a few dollars".

Price Items
Conduct your research through online searches, catalog markups, and it wouldn't hurt to look for a second opinion, by bringing your items to an antique dealer. But remember; shoppers are out looking for a deal at your estate sale, just like how shoppers are out looking for a deal at any ordinary garage sale. If you’re having trouble deciding on a reasonable price, go with a higher markup--most shoppers will try to talk down the price, anyway.

Mark or Remove Off-Limit Items
When an item is sold, sometimes a "Sold" sign on the item might not be enough to keep all the bargain sharks from trying to negotiate a deal. Sometimes, its better to hide the item after its been sold, to avoid wasting time with shoppers trying to haggle with you.

Security
For estate sales, every entrance and exit should be secure at all times to monitor all shoppers coming and going. With helpers watching the door's, item tables, and sold items, there is less risk of items being stolen, or price tags switched. Also, keep all your cash in a secure lockbox, under constant supervision.

Photograph Items
Good photos of your best items will attract people. Large pieces of furniture, appliances, antiques, and sports memorabilia are likely to always spark the interest of shoppers. Make sure your photos are well-lit and visually appealing.

Advertise
Placing flyers and local ads around town and in newspapers, at least a week before your estate sale is a great way to advertise. Any other mentions on social media or Craigslist ads work great, too.  Be sure to include plenty of pictures in your ads to show everyone what they’ll find when they come to your estate sale.

Plan for Leftovers
There is a good chance that every single item in your estate sale might not be sold. If you expect you'll have leftover items and plan to donate them, contact local donation centers in advance to find out their policies on large item donations. Never leave large piles of garbage or recycling on your curb without requesting permission from your local waste management provider.

When it comes to clean out services, Sanford & Son Estate Specialists are proud to be there for all of central Maryland, for the last 25 years. When you need exceptional service, we are the professionals to call. You can reach us at 410-746-5090, we are open 7 days a week from 7am – 7pm. 

 

What we do for you:

Count on Sanford & Son for Friendly and Fast Estate Clean Out Services

"No job is too big or too small for Sanford & Sons"

We provide top-to-bottom Estate Clean Out and Liquidation services. We proudly service all of Central Maryland including Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Columbia, Catonsville, Towson, Bel Air, Pasadena, Parkville, Perry Hall, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County

Why Go with Sanford & Son Estate Specialist?

  • We're open seven days a week from 7am - 7pm.
  • Sanford & Son Estate Specialist, Maryland understands the importance of your home and valuables. We work hard to take the best care of your belongings and make sure your space is rendered spotless.
  • We offer fair pricing, attention to detail and an extremely professional demeanor.
  • We're liscensed and insured!

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