Q: Should I clean up before you come here?
A: No need! We can’t tell you how many times we have saved a valuable from the garbage. In fact, that is how I got started in the antique business! Dumpster-diving turned quite a profit for me as a teenager. There is almost no limit to what we have sold, from a ½ bottle of Windex to cars—and everything in between.
A: What do I do to prepare for the sale?
A: Clients should focus on removing financial documents, family photos and things they’d like to keep. Then leave the rest for us to handle. If we find any personal items as we set up, such as family photos or financial documents, they will be set aside for you before the sale. We ask you not to pack or organize items that are to be sold. We will stage the sale, and empty cabinets and drawers. There is no need to donate items before the sale; most items will sell and we can help with donations at the end of the sale.
Q: What happens to items that don't sell?
A: That is entirely your decision, but don’t worry—most things will sell. Many clients choose to have the space delivered empty and broom-clean. Remaining items are often donated to local worthy charities such as Haven Hospice or sold in a group to a further liquidator. Sometimes the remainders are consigned or sold online. We can discuss the options at the free consultation.
Q: How do you know what an item is worth?
A: Pricing items is about finding the sweet spot, the highest a buyer will spend quickly. We rely on years of experience, research and relationships with appraisers to determine local market values. Besides our decades of personal experience and access to online databases of sold price s, we have relationships with industry experts with specialized knowledge.
Q: How does a sale work?
A: First we do a free in-home consultation with you. Once we sign the contract, you will mark or remove items that won’t be included in the sale. At that point, we will sort, price and stage the items. We will also advertise and promote the sale. Hold the sale for 2-3 days on average. Deal with remainders. Then finally, we write you a check! Timelines vary depending on the size and complexity of an estate.
Q: Why should I hire London Bridge Estate Sales?
A: According to feedback from both clients and customers we are one of the best companies around. Our sales are clean, organized and friendly. We are also experts at complicated estates. We value our clients and their belongings and want to make the process as easy as possible.
Q: How is London Bridge Estate Sales different from other companies?
A: Because for us, estate sales are about honoring a memory. Whether you are dealing with the loss of a loved one or moving on to a new phase in life, we believe that the things people loved tell a story about them. And they deserve to go on to be loved and useful to others. We treat your home and belongings with the respect they deserve. We understand how challenging major life transitions can be—and we find fulfillment in helping ease people through changes. Our passion for what we do comes through in all aspects of our sales.