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How We Begin...
One of our expert Estate Sales by Jonesy team members, will first make an appointment that would conveniently fit the potential clients schedule. At the initial in-home meeting, our staff will make an assessment of time that would be needed to prepare and stage the house. We will discuss available dates which, are convenient for the client. Once dates are agreed upon by both parties for the estate sale to be conducted by Estate Sales by Jonesy and its expert Estate Liquidating team, we will then go over in detail our simple contract with our new client. The agreement is signed, and the details hashed out. We then will make arrangements to photograph Estate and Liquidation items and send the information and photos to our marketing department to start the advertising process right away for maximum exposure and potential sales. Our company works on a percentage bases and receives no upfront fees or any monies from its clients. We do not get paid if our clients do not get paid. We are in this together so that we can make your Estate or Liquidation Sale the best it can be!
Our Expert Staff at Estate Sales by Jonesy are here to make the process as seamless as possible. With just a few days to hold your sale and liquidate your estate, we want to insure the we get our clients the maximum exposure for their items. Our Staff will Schedule a convenient time prior to the estate sale dates to come into the home and setup and stage all items for sale. This will include, Light moving, dusting, whipping clean and or broom sweeping, apprising and pricing of certain items. Estate Sales by Jonesy provides the staff, tables and pay for all the labor upfront as a part of our investment in your estate sales success. The setup process can be as little as one day or as long as necessary to make your estate sale as much of a success as we can.
Estates Sales by Jonesy runs several distinctly different types of sales including in some instances a new ‘Hybrid’ Type of sale that combines two smaller estate sales into one big sale to help the below average amount of content still be able to be sold.
In-Home Public Sales
We typically run 2 and 3-day estate sales that are open to the public. However, potential buyers can register for a number in advance on our website. In-home estate sales are the best way to run a sale for a client. They tend to yield the client the most revenue from their estate sale. When doing an in-home estate sale, usually most or all items that are being kept out of the estate sale will be removed out of the house by the owner before the estate sale begins. If Items cannot be removed from the house before the estate sale begins then our expert estate sale staff will either do their best to put all items that aren’t for sale into a separate and “off-limits” part of the property or mark those items “not for sale”. If the items in the estate are too big to be moved or there isn’t a place that can be sectioned off to then those items will be distinctively marked “not for sale”. At Estate Sales by Jonesy we understand that some Estate Liquidation sales have a time sensitive situation that is driving them, and we have dealt with all types of situations. Not to worry, Estate Sales by Jonesy knows just how to handle all situations!
The in-home public estate sale is a sale that anyone can attend during our selected sale hours, which typically run sales on Friday’ and Saturday’s from 8am-4pm and Sunday’s from 10am-3pm, depending on the individual client’s needs and the part of the country the sale is in. Estate Sales by Jonesy understands that clients and their situations, can be very different and we’re here to conform to the needs of each of them to create the most successful Estate Sale we possibly can. The Estate Sales by Jonesy marketing team is in the office and behind the scenes 24 hours a day/7 days a week, making sure we do our best in marketing all of our client’s sales. Without Sharing our advertising secrets, an example of what we do to advertise for our client’s sales are: Internet/website advertising, we have an extensive list of followers comprised of dealers and buyers that are always watching our website to stay updated on all of our sales. We also advertise through other websites such as the estate sale websites, Craigslist, local garage sale sites and apps, and more Newspaper advertising is used in most markets as well. We put an abundance of street signs to help draw in new buys and help direct our already existing buyers find us. For security reasons, we don’t announce the actual address until the night before; the most reliable way for costumers of our estate sales to get the address for each sale is to get on our mailing list. To get on the mailing list go to our “join the list” tab click it and fill out the submission and you will be automatically added to this list once you submit your email. We always post the hours, the discount structure and important parking info on the mailings as well. Each night after the sale closes, we update our website and craigslist ad to show the items that will still be available the following day.
We tend to have a big draw on Fridays for the open, so we hand out numbers to people who arrive early. Numbers can be reserved on our website or sometimes in person, in this way, we can facilitate an orderly entrance into the house. If you arrive before the open, look for the checkout tables (usually outside) and someone there will have the numbers.
Once the sale opens we have staff available inside and outside the house to help mark items sold and/or to carry things to checkout. We will hold items at checkout and lots of people go in and out of the house several times and ‘make a pile’ at the checkout station. We safeguard these piles and individual items at checkout. Items behind the checkout have been reserved so we ask that customers not come into that area unless it is to add more items to their pile. We are not movers and buyers should be prepared to move the items they purchase. However, our staff if available will help to carry items to a buyers vehicle. We have a list of movers for clientele who wish to hire a company to move items for them.
Typically, in a public sale we have been contracted to sell everything in the house. All remarkable estate sale items in the sale are marked with a price, usually on colored sticker. When you see a sticker that has prices, this means that they are firm on the opening day. Some sales have a 25% off period; all our public sales have a 50% off period towards the end of the last day of the estate sale, if by the last day there is anything left. Discounts may not apply to all items such as very expensive painting, artifacts, antiques, gold, silver and other precious gems and metals. . If part of the scope of the work is to leave the house empty, we will develop a plan with the seller to make sure their property is broom swept and clean.
For Payments, we accept cash and credit cards at all sales.
Our estate sales are not auctions. They are ‘tag’ sales and everything in the sale is for sale when doors open unless marked otherwise. We do not pre-sell items unless prior agreement is made with our client. All items on our listing and in our pictures will be in our sale when it opens.
Sometimes we get estate sales where there is very limited parking or where homeowner association rules prohibit public estate sales. We advertise these as ‘Appointment Sales’ and we require customers to book an appointment in advance.
Booking an appointment is quick and easy. A link from the email or our webpage will take you to a calendar that allows you to choose immediately from available times for the dates of the estate sale. Once you choose a time slot, you automatically receive the address and a reminder via email or text. Usually we take appointments from morning into evening so there will be a time slot that works for everyone, even on workdays. These types of sales are invite only and throughout direct emailing or text message lists.
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Our Blowout estate sales (Liquidation sales), are usually one-day estate sales when we have a partial estate or a moving sale. This type of estate sale typically needs to be done in a one or two-day time frame and “everything must go!” Typically, a sale of this fashion would warrant lower prices to help make liquidating the estate in that short time frame easier. Usually there is a 50% sale for the last few hours or even the day of thos type of sale as well.
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