Your Items are only Worth What Others are Willing to Pay for Them

Paxem holds many estate sales for families across northern Illinois.  Before we get hired for an estate sale we do an intake interview where we find out what's available in the home for an estate sale.  The following are some questions we ask:

  • When are you moving out of the home?
  • When do you want your sale?
  • What size is your home, levels, rooms, etc.?
  • Do you have any animals?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you have any large collections or items of high value?
  • What are your expectations?

These questions are extremely important for us to evaluate a sale.  If there is enough for a sale the biggest question is "what are your expectations?"  Many people think their belongings are worth more than they really are and expect to make lots of money on their sale.  If someone overvalues their items and wants to make more than market value they will be disappointed.   People will spend money on items that interest them.  This means you may have fabulous items but if the right person doesn't walk in the door you won't get what you think you will in terms of return.

Many things effect the pricing of an estate sale.  What is currently "hot", trends, style, condition, the economy, real estate values, location, time of the year and, of course, supply and demand.  We would be happy to discuss your sale with you.  Call the estate sale division at 847-269-6272 to schedule your phone interview today!