Who needs an Estate Sale?
The need for an estate sale can vary between moving, relocating, downsizing, foreclosure, divorce, combing of households or due to the loss of a loved one.
What happens at the free consultation?
The goal of the in-house consultation is to get an idea of your needs, to see how many items are in the estate, and to see if an estate sale is the right choice for your needs. Contract and timelines will be discussed at this meeting as well.
How do you charge for your services?
We charge 30%-50% of the total profits of the sale. We pay for all advertising, signage, merchant processing, employees, administrative costs, and transportation of donated items at the end of sale.
We supply all boxes, tissue paper, bags, display cases, and tables for the sale.
Do we need to clean up or remove items prior to hiring Beloved Memories?
No, we actually encourage you to not remove any items prior to hiring us. The exception is any items that you would like to keep. By pre-sorting, many families will accidentally throw away profits thinking that the items are not valuable. Items such as old newspapers, magazines, and cleaning supplies typically sell well at sales. Items that do not sell can be donated at the end of the sale.
What to do with the items you want to keep?
All items that the family is keeping should be removed from the home prior to the signing of a contract with Beloved Memories. If items must remain in the home, they should be placed in a specific room and marked as “not for sale”.
What items should be removed:
Identification such as birth certificates, social insurance cards, driver’s licenses, passports, tax documentation, banking paperwork, family photos, prescription drugs, firearms, tobacco, alcohol or any money left at the residence.
What happens if Beloved Memories finds family items during the sorting?
Any items found during the sorting and organization of the sale that are considered to be a family heirloom or of value are set aside for the family to review prior to being placed in the sale, donated or disposed of. These items consist of but are not limited to identification, personal paperwork, family photos, prescription drugs, firearms, tobacco, alcohol, money and jewelry.
Should I go through and empty closets, drawers, cupboards or storage room?
No, Beloved Memories will go through and sort accordingly. All personal items will be set aside for the family.
Do you offer hoarding clean ups?
At this time we are not equipped to handle hoarding clean ups.
Who provides the needed items for the sale?
Beloved Memories supplies all tables, clothing racks, displays, locked jewelry displays, boxes, tissue paper, bags, advertising, and street signs.
How do you determine the pricing of items?
Items are priced at fair-value pricing. Ebay.ca/sold, Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace and local antique/thrift, and second-hand stores are all used to determine pricing. Higher value items may require an appraisal by a third party.
Can I request a specific price for a specific item?
Yes, you can request a minimum value for a specific item. You just need to let Beloved Memories know on the Pre-Sale Questionnaire
How long does the process take?
On average, set-up will take 2 weeks. This may vary based on the size of the estate and the number of buildings. The day of the sale, and the hours of the sale will vary. Larger sales may need to be split over two weekends.
How many days is the sale?
For a typical sale we suggest having a 3-day sale.
How do you advertise my sale?
Advertising begins once the contract is signed. Photos are taken of the items for sale and posted on social media and www.belovedmemories.ca.
A public Facebook event is created specifically for your sale where you can invite family and friends. Posts are made on Facebook, Kijiji and Instagram. The event is listed on www.belovedmemories.ca and emailed to all of www.belovedmemories.ca followers.
Directional signs are put out the days of the sale, and a sign is placed in the yard of the home. Depending on timelines for the sale, other advertising may be available (ask for details).
Should the family attend the sale?
It is best if the family does not attend the sale. The sale of the items can be a very emotional event and the families upset can affect the purchases of buyers and the overall sales.
What happens if the executor lives out of province?
We can arrange the sale without the executor being local. All paperwork and decisions can be made by phone, email and text.
What steps are made to avoid theft?
Entrances/exits are predetermined for best visibility. Strollers are not allowed within the sale. Jewelry and other small valuable items are kept in locked displays. The house is staffed by multiple people, each monitoring specific areas.
What happens to unsold items after the sale?
All items are donated to a charity of the client’s choice.
Do you clean the house after the sale?
After the sale is complete, the house is left broom clean.
What is not included in the fee?
Moving/removal of large items such as pianos, special appraisal of rare items/art, moving items pre-sale to the new home or storage unit, contracting of requested security, dumpster rentals/garbage removal fees.