Hire Carefully for Estate Sales And Auctions

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Subject: I don't understand. How come

I don't understand. How come there aren't online sales? For example, I have a large book collection and DVD collection that would get good prices online if someone bothered to go to Ebay or Amazon and sell them. Sure it would take some time, but time is money. Once the material is cataloged, it can be sold online for much more than "foot traffic" can buy. I'm lost to why this isn't happening.

Jerry Schubert

Subject: auctionVS estate sales

Estate sales will rip you off as these companies are unregulated and unlicensed throughout the Country. Sure they buy a local business license which is useless for protection, they are glorified garage sales conducted by unexperienced individuals looking for a 35 % commission . Trinity Auction LLC and other Florida auctioneers are regulated and monitored by the State Government. We are licensed for your protection , would you take your $65,000 Mercedes to a 18 year old in automotive shop for repair ? Don't be stupid with your personal items .Search an auction house/ estate sale company combo, ask to see their licenses .


Subject: Do we have enough stuff for sale?


We need to liquidate my step father's tools and my mom's collectivles (Hallmark christmas village pieces and fairies) to help fund their retirement home expenses.

What is the best way to get the most money quickly as my sister and I are trying to manage this out of state and only have 1 week to get this done.

Pat Kelly

Subject: Estate vs. auction

We are downsizing from a 10 acre property to a house in the city. We need to liquidate 15 years of furniture, household goods, clothing, farm equipment, livestock trailers and horse tack. We are uncertain as to how to best liquidate, i.e., estate sale or auction?

Staci Giordullo
Staci Giordullo

Subject: Reply to Estate vs. auction

Hi Pat Kelly - My name is Staci, and I'm a writer with Angie's List. It sounds like you live in a rural area, and given the amount of large equipment you have to sell, an auction might be the best way to go. Talk with a few licened auctioneers to see who you like best - make sure they have experience in selling the type of items you want to sell. Be sure to review any contract thoroughly, and be sure to ask how the auction will be advertised. Also, it's imperative that you understand how much and when you'll get paid after the sale. Some auctioneers take a percentage of the overall sale, while others work for a flat fee. Good luck!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.