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FAQ's

We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions. Below are those questions. Click on the question for the answer.

  1. Should we throw away the clutter and garbage in the house before calling you?
  2. Should we get rid of things that we know are of no value, such as old postcards, magazines, newspapers or cleaning supplies?
  3. We have 100 baby food jars full of bolts and screws. Should we keep these?
  4. Is it ok for us to take all the old clothes, towels, linens and sheets to goodwill?
  5. Where do we begin?
  6. What happens at the first meeting?
  7. What is your fee for coming to the house and assessing it for an estate sale?
  8. Family members and myself would like to have some of the contents in the house. How should we handle this?
  9. There are some items that we want to keep, but do not want to remove them from the house. How is this handled?
  10. Do I need to rent tables, display cabinets or clothes racks?
  11. If the executor lives out of state, can we still have an estate sale and how?
  12. Are you insured and bonded?
  13. What payment methods do you accept during the sale?
  14. Should the house be put up for sale before or after the estate sale?
  15. How much time do you need to set up for a sale?
  16. What other services do you offer?

Should we throw away the clutter and garbage in the house before calling you?
Absolutely NOT! This is the biggest mistake people make when preparing to conduct a sale. Many people would consider certain items "junk", but that junk may be a diamond in the rough or a treasure to a collector. Let us take care of the separating for you. This is part of our service. The best thing to do is leave the house as is.

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Should we get rid of things that we know are of no value, such as old postcards, magazines, newspapers or cleaning supplies?
Again we cannot stress enough, do not discard these items. Vintage postcards, magazines and newspapers are highly sellable items and should not be discarded. Cleaning supplies can also be sold at the sale. We try to sell everything at the sale. Items that do not sell can then be discarded or donated at the end of the sale.

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We have 100 baby food jars full of bolts and screws. Should we keep these?
Absolutely! Each jar could be sold for 50 cents a piece. 50X100=$50. Get the picture.

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Is it ok for us to take all the old clothes, towels, linens and sheets to goodwill?
While that is a common practice and charitable, these items are completely sellable at the estate. Please refrain from discarding or donating these items prior to the sale.

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Where do we begin?
Once you contact Jamie's Attic, we will talk with you a bit and get to know your situation and the type of estate we are dealing with. We can then setup a specific time to come out and meet you or your representative at the location.

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What happens at the first meeting?
Once on site, we can assess and determine the feasibility of a sale. What this means is we will determine whether or not there are enough items in the residence and what the saleability of the merchandise is. This will allow us to then make a decision as to whether or not you should have an estate sale or if you should use alternate sources to liquidate the contents of the home.

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What is your fee for coming to the house and assessing it for an estate sale?
Our consultation and meeting with you is free of charge. If we determine a sale is not warranted, we will recommend other alternatives and provide you guidance on who to contact.

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Family members and myself would like to have some of the contents in the house. How should we handle this?
We ask that you or family members remove all items that you would like to keep prior to us coming out to assess the estate. This will allow us to conduct a thorough assessment of what the sale can bring.

Also we ask that you remove any personal paperwork from the residence, such as birth certificates, social security cards, drivers license, passports, military documents, bank statements, pay stubs, medical bills, etc. If you can't do it, we will dispose of the items for you.

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There are some items that we want to keep, but do not want to remove them from the house. How is this handled?
Any items that you would like to keep that will remain in the house should be moved and secured in a certain room or area of the house and marked as not for sale.

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Do I need to rent tables, display cabinets or clothes racks?
No, we will bring in tables, display cases and clothing racks to display the merchandise. We take care of it all.

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If the executor lives out of state, can we still have an estate sale and how?
Yes! We handle everything through email, fax and registered mail. Very easy process! If you're working with a local realtor or with a lawyer, we can go through them as well. Remember we are insured and bonded. You will need to have home owners insurance on the house itself. If you need us to provide an insurance company referral to a company that will offer a one month policy, we can do that for you as well.

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Are you insured and bonded?
Yes! We feel all professionals should be insured and bonded. This also gives our client a reason to be confident in our company.

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What payment methods do you accept during the sale?
We accept credit cards, checks and cash.

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Should the house be put up for sale before or after the estate sale?
We recommend listing the house before the sale. This is a great way to help sell the home. Hundreds of potential buyers will go through the home during the sale. We can even pass out fliers and take names and numbers of interested customers.

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How much time do you need to set up for a sale?
There is no designated timeframe, however to be efficient and thorough we like to have at least two weeks.

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What other services do you offer?
We have a great reputation with several real estate agents, home appraisers, certified jewelry appraisers, and estate lawyers. We can recommend and put you in touch with all of the above.

We also have several liquidators that we can put you in touch with that can buy the left over merchandise for a bulk price.

In addition we also offer Ebay selling services for special high ticket items.

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