Timeline for an Estate Sale

Monday, December 1st, 2014
Estate Sales

If you find yourself needing an estate sale you will need a plan.

Timeline for an Estate Sale.

2 months before the estate sale or auction

  • Identify all items you do not want to sell and mark with NFS (not for sale) use blue painters or other means.
  • Remove any valuables you will not be selling
  • Call a professional and set an appointment to select the estate sale or auction company/companies
  • Evaluate proposal or offer from estate sale, and auction company/companies
  • Compare marketing plans of estate sale and auction company/companies
  • Sign contract with estate sale or auction company
  • Give estate sale company or auctioneer any required legal documents
  • Give the company you hire a key and code to any alarms
  • Inform trusted neighbor that the auction or estate company will be at the home
  • Application should be made for any required permits for the estate sale or auction
  • Police dept. notification should be made after the permits are obtained
  • The sorting/lotting/cataloging process should now start with tables being brought to the property

4 weeks before the estate sale or auction

  • Remove all personal property that is not selling if at all possible
  • Assure that estate sale company or auctioneer has all titles to vehicles
  • Stay out of the way of the estate sale or auction as they prepare for the auction or estate sale (giving the story of each item will not normally help the outcome be any better and can in fact hurt your sale as it take valuable time away from lotting/pricing or cataloging
  • Obtain security commitment for the auction or estate sale if needed
  • Obtain food commitment for the auction or estate sale if needed

2 weeks before the estate sale or auction

  •  All items should be sorted, priced/cataloged and or set up for the estate sale or auction by now
  • The estate sale or auction should be on the Internet by now, and if it is an on-line auction you should be able to bid on the items by now
  • Signs (if used) should be in place by now
  • Postcards (if used) should be at the printers by now
  • Newspaper ads should be at the publisher by now

1 week before the estate sale or auction

  • Any email notification should be sent now to the email list of the estate sale company or auctioneer
  • Any required prota-potty should be ordered
  • The tent ( if used) should be erected
  • If parking is an issue, a parking plan should be produced

The day of the estate sale or auction

  • If the sale is by in-person auction a sound system should be set up
  • If the sale is by in-person auction a stepping stool should be brought for auctioneer to get above crowd to see bids
  • If security is at the auction make sure they are positioned correctly