Friday, 05 June 2015 13:10

How to Prepare for Estate Liquidation

Estate auctions can be difficult. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when faced with the task of dealing with your or a loved one’s belongings. Being prepared to liquidate a Lake Mary home and knowing the basics can help bring you peace of mind:

Decide What You Will Keep

One of the first steps is to decide what you are going to keep. Begin by sorting through the contents of the home and making piles. You will want to have a pile for what you do not want to part with, then one for the items that you can sell. You may want to consider having more for memorabilia going to other family members and friends.

It is ideal to take what will not be sold with you before the estate auction. The next best thing is to properly label them and keep them in a separate place in the Lake Mary residence, such as a room with a lock. Not only will this help keep your mementos safe, but make them easier to find when you are ready for them.

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Play it safe and don’t throw anything away. Items that you may be quick to discard such as a small figurine or doll, could turn out to be what someone else was looking for. It is also plausible that it could fetch far more than anticipated. It is not uncommon for people to find high-value, hidden treasures at estate auctions.

Organization is Key

It is best that the Lake Mary household and everything being sold is clean and organized. You will want to take inventory of all of the items as well. This will include taking pictures with descriptions. Most companies will take care of all packing up and pricing; leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

Orlando Estate Auction

While preparing for an estate auction is important, it is also crucial to know what the organization you hire for the Lake Mary household will do for you. Here at Orlando Estate Auction, we strive to help ease the burden during what can be a difficult time for you and your family. We will take care of everything from organizing, pricing, and packing and moving everything to our auction house. We hold auctions every Saturday, and you will have a check of your profits within just ten days. If you have any questions, give us a call at 407-293-1000.

Friday, 29 May 2015 19:49

How to Find the Best Estate Liquidators in Orlando

Did you find that old typewriter that your great grandmother used back in the 1920s? If so, that could be worth a decent amount of money. To determine the worth of your items, it is crucial to find the best estate liquidator to handle the sale. Here are some questions that you should ask before hiring a liquidator to sell your property.

What Is the Difference Between An Estate Liquidator and A Garage Sale?

A garage sale entails selling any unwanted stuff that you have at your residence for a cheap price. We have met plenty of people in Orlando who picked up priceless valuables for a cheap price at a garage sale! If you have a large amount of items to sell, consulting with a professional is always a good idea. A professional estate liquidator will have the knowledge of knowing if you could get more money choosing to sell at an auction instead.

Advantages of Using a Liquidator

Are you interested in ancient history, lost treasure, or even something from the 1950s? We have that and more for you at our auction site. The treasures that we sell include vintage chairs, furniture, guns, jewelry, memorabilia, and even utensil sets. You will have the advantage of having hundreds of customers looking at your objects and making bids on their new gifts throughout the Orlando area.

Is the Company I Select a Reputable One?

It is always your duty to select the best company to auction your items. That’s why before you even give the first item to a business, you will have a chance to ask questions to make you feel better, along with evidence. Questions like, “How long have you been in business?” and “What are the necessary steps to begin?” are excellent questions to put your mind at ease. You are always welcome to ask us for references from our past clients.

Orlando Estate Auction

At Orlando Estate Auction in Orlando, we have a wide selection of items from antique guns to 80 year old tables, so you can feel confident we will be able to sell anything! We will set up the auction with your items to have potential for the highest bidders.

To learn more about our auctions or if you have items you would like to sell, call us today at 407-290-1000.

Thursday, 28 May 2015 14:24

The Best Time to Host an Estate Sale

If you are in need of estate sale services, you are probably wondering if there is a best time of year to host your sale in order to bring the most people and make the most money. At Orlando Estate Auction, we have come to find out that, unfortunately, there is no “perfect time of year” to host a sale, but we have figured out the best way to make you the most from your sale.

In fact, the best way to make the most money from your estate sale is to not have a sale at all, but to have an auction instead! This version is not only easier for you but it naturally will increase the price point on your items. At Orlando Estate Auction we have become professionals at helping people clear out either their homes or the home of a loved one; we know how to keep the process simple for you and how to ensure you will make the most.

Why should you look into an auction instead of estate sale services?

  • Instead of the sale taking place in your home, we will host the auction at our own warehouse in downtown Orlando
  • Our experts will pack up, transport and price everything for you
  • Our auctions do not stop until everything is sold! This is not a guarantee for sales
  • During a sale, the first person to bid on the item gets it; during our auctions, multiple people will bid at the same time, each offering a higher amount than the last
  • We host auctions every Saturday, so you never have to wait more than 10 days for everything to be packed up, sold, and for you to receive your check
  • We work off of commission, which gives everyone more incentive to reach higher price points

High Quality Estate Sale Services

When you need to downsize or clean out a loved one’s home who has passed, it is never an easy time. At Orlando Estate, we strive to offer you the highest quality of estate sale services possible to help make this process just a little easier for you. For more information, contact us today at 407-290-1000.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:48

What Can I Sell at an Estate Auction?

One of the biggest concerns Longwood homeowners have going into an estate auction is whether their property will sell. An experienced consulting team can easily take a look through your home and determine the approximate worth of your items.

Antiques

Before you turn to Craigslist to unload your grandmother’s favorite old rocking chair, call a consultant who can help sort through your belongings and recommend the best sales tactics. Many times what you deem as old and outdated could actually be a valuable antique, so keep an eye out in your attic for storage chests, guns, tools, or musical instruments. If you have larger items such as grand pianos or automobiles, they could also be worth a substantial amount of money to the right buyer.

Sterling Silver

In addition to jewelry, a lot of items can be made of sterling silver, and can be quite valuable. Vintage silverware is often sterling and is something frequently seen at Longwood area estate auctions. However, there are a number of items that you could be harboring in storage unknowingly, such as tea sets, serving dishes, candle holders, flasks, cigarette/cigar cases, mirrors, or jewelry/keepsake boxes.

Fine China

To the untrained eye, fine china can just look like fancy dinnerware, but to a collector, finding the right vintage tea sets, dishes, or serving platters to complete a collection can be a dream come true. Collectors often prefer to buy vintage china based on the major makers, styles, or originating regions. Your ancestry and vintage china could be worth a lot of money, so before donating or throwing anything away, consult with a Longwood professional about what estate auction market could get you the most money.

Jewelry

Liquidations can be a great opportunity for cashing in on old heirlooms that have been passed down but gone unused. Oftentimes people hold onto passed-down jewelry for sentimental value, but if your jewelry box is full of natural pearls, colored stones, or diamonds that you simply never wear or have no use for in the future, call a consultant to talk about your jewelry’s value. You could be surprised it the worth of your heirlooms.

Artwork

While a lot of artwork sells online, estate auctions remain one of the best ways to sell your paintings and sculptures. Art collectors in Longwood and surrounding areas often appreciate in-person sales because they can view the item closely, examining the details and flaws before determining whether they would like to make a bid on it.

Orlando Estate Auction

Whatever driving force may be behind your liquidation, Orlando Estate Auction can work with you to make the process as easy and lucrative as possible. Call us today at 407-290-1000 to consult with our team about how an estate auction could be the best option for your Longwood property.

Friday, 15 May 2015 17:36

What Can I Sell at an Estate Auction?

One of the biggest concerns Longwood homeowners have going into an estate auction is whether their property will sell. An experienced consulting team can easily take a look through your home and determine the approximate worth of your items.

Antiques

Before you turn to Craigslist to unload your grandmother’s favorite old rocking chair, call a consultant who can help sort through your belongings and recommend the best sales tactics. Many times what you deem as old and outdated could actually be a valuable antique, so keep an eye out in your attic for storage chests, guns, tools, or musical instruments. If you have larger items such as grand pianos or automobiles, they could also be worth a substantial amount of money to the right buyer.

Sterling Silver

In addition to jewelry, a lot of items can be made of sterling silver, and can be quite valuable. Vintage silverware is often sterling and is something frequently seen at Longwood area estate auctions. However, there are a number of items that you could be harboring in storage unknowingly, such as tea sets, serving dishes, candle holders, flasks, cigarette/cigar cases, mirrors, or jewelry/keepsake boxes.

Fine China

To the untrained eye, fine china can just look like fancy dinnerware, but to a collector, finding the right vintage tea sets, dishes, or serving platters to complete a collection can be a dream come true. Collectors often prefer to buy vintage china based on the major makers, styles, or originating regions. Your ancestry and vintage china could be worth a lot of money, so before donating or throwing anything away, consult with a Longwood professional about what estate auction market could get you the most money.

Jewelry

Liquidations can be a great opportunity for cashing in on old heirlooms that have been passed down but gone unused. Oftentimes people hold onto passed-down jewelry for sentimental value, but if your jewelry box is full of natural pearls, colored stones, or diamonds that you simply never wear or have no use for in the future, call a consultant to talk about your jewelry’s value. You could be surprised it the worth of your heirlooms.

Artwork

While a lot of artwork sells online, estate auctions remain one of the best ways to sell your paintings and sculptures. Art collectors in Longwood and surrounding areas often appreciate in-person sales because they can view the item closely, examining the details and flaws before determining whether they would like to make a bid on it.

Orlando Estate Auction

Whatever driving force may be behind your liquidation, Orlando Estate Auction can work with you to make the process as easy and lucrative as possible. Call us today at 407-290-1000 to consult with our team about how an estate auction could be the best option for your Longwood property.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 20:29

Estate Liquidation Options: Sale or Auction

If you have decided to have an estate liquidation for your Lake Mary home, you may think that the hard part is behind you. However, you have one more decision that many homeowners often forget about—what type of liquidation they would like to have. The two most popular options are an estate sale or an auction, and each offer a unique set of pros and cons. At Orlando Estate Auction, we have recently expanded our services to the many cities outside of Orlando, including Lake Mary, Apopka, and Kissimmee!

Time

Many Lake Mary residents, once they choose to have an estate liquidation, they want to process to go quickly. No matter if are downsizing or clearing out a deceased relative’s home, no one wants to drag out the process any longer than necessary. When choosing between a sale or auction, it is important to have a clear timeline set. A sale can take longer, since you will need to set up the home in a presentable way. Our auction services take a total of 10 days, from the day you call us to the day you receive your check.

Privacy

If you are having an estate liquidation because one of your relatives has passed away, it can be an extremely difficult time. If you choose to host a sale, you will need to clean their home and then deal with strangers walking through, touching everything, and haggling about prices. Instead, with an auction, we will pack everything up and host it at our auction house, so you never have to lift a finger or deal with strangers trying to bargain.

Profits

This is where the biggest difference between sales and auctions take pace. During an estate sale, people will walk through and choose what they would like to buy, oftentimes attempting to get a lower price. The first person to choose an item owns it. On the other hand, an auction will drive the prices up, since more than one person can bid on an item at the same time. This friendly competition will ultimately lead to you making more money.

If you need professional estate liquidation services in Lake Mary, call us today at Orlando Estate Auction at 407-290-1000.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 18:31

How to Prepare for an Estate Auction

Planning for an estate auction to liquidate your Orlando property has a lot of advantages for you as the seller: items sell quicker, competition makes prices hike, and strangers aren’t traipsing through your home. The process can be stressful though, especially when you aren’t sure how best to prepare for it.

Hire an Agent

This is the first thing that you should do when planning for liquidation because an experienced agent will help keep you organized and on track while you sort through your belongings. Orlando Estate Auction can help make this an easy, more profitable process for you.

Although you may not want to pay a fee, keep in mind that the percentage you have to pay is also the agent’s incentive to sell your items quickly and for the highest price possible. A professional not only sees the potential profit in your items, but also knows how to stage them in an auction house to look more appealing to buyers.

Decide What to Keep or Sell

Take time to locate any precious heirlooms, photo albums, and important documents, and make sure to put them some place safe so that they do not get mixed in with items you intend to sell.

Once you know what you’re keeping, your agent will look at what is left, pack them up safely, move them to the auction house and start pricing them. This is where an estate auction consultant in the Orlando area will help you the most. They have the experience to know what your belongings are worth and how to stage them to maximize profit.

Keep an Open Mind

Just because you might think something has no value, doesn’t mean that is the case. A professional agent can more accurately assess your property to give you a sense of its value. Before you go donating old clothes, furniture, books, jewelry, or anything else, consult with a liquidation specialist, and make sure you are not tossing things that could bring in good money.

Call Orlando Estate Auction

If you are in the unfortunate circumstance of downsizing due to loss of a loved one or financial problems, call Orlando Estate Auction at (407) 290-1000. Our experts can help you organize the belongings in your home and prepare for liquidation.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 18:29

Estate Auction and Sale FAQs

At Orlando Estate Auction, we have recently widened our service regions to the greater Orlando area, including Lake Mary, Longwood, and even Kissimmee! We know that estate liquidations are not that common in the smaller areas, which is why we have come up with an FAQ list so you can get all of the necessary information regarding the selling and buying process of antique items and collections:

  1. What is the best way to sell my belongings? While you will have two main options, either an estate sale or auction, we recommend auctions, simply because they will be easier for you. Once you decide to sell, we will come to your home, pack everything up, host the auction, and send you your money. It’s that simple!
  2. I don’t have any valuable antiques, can I still sell? Yes! You don’t need to have high ticket items to have a successful estate auction. In fact, our auctions don’t stop until everything is sold—which is a much more lucrative approach to getting rid of the items you no longer want than just throwing them out!
  3. Can’t I just host a sale on my own? You could, but it can turn out to be more stress than it is worth. Plus, you could be under estimating the value of certain items. When you host an estate at your home in Kissimmee, you are opening up your home to strangers to come in and go through your things. In addition, it is first come first serve, so there is no competition to drive the price up. Lastly, you may have some items that go unsold, which lowers your total profits.
  4. How long will it be before I get my money? At Orlando Estate Auction, we know that Kissimmee residents, just like those everywhere else in the world, want to make their money as quickly as possible, which is why we have created a process that is as expedited as possible. We host auctions every Saturday, and that following Wednesday we will send you a check of your profits, minus our commission. The entire process, from packing up to receiving your check, takes just 10 days.

At Orlando Estate Auction, we want to help as many homeowners as possible have a successful estate liquidation, which is why we have now expanded to the Kissimmee area. We have been buying and selling merchandise for years, and you can feel confident that we will make you the most money possible on your antique items! For more information, call us today at 407-290-1000.

 

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 13:28

Tips to Organize Your Estate Liquidation

Estate liquidation can be an overwhelming process if you’re unprepared, so in addition to calling a professional to help with your Winter Park property, get organized. Setting aside time for organization can make for a smoother, more profitable overall experience.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Organizing

  • Do: Locate important documents, family photographs, and heirlooms, and make sure to segregate them so that they do not get lost in shuffle along the way. A professional estate liquidation company can help you with this, but if you know of particular items that hold sentimental value, it can help to put them somewhere for safekeeping as soon as possible to avoid any misunderstanding.
  • Don’t: Throw away or donate anything until after the sale is complete. Even with the help of a professional, you may have some items left over. This is when it is appropriate to start looking into donating and tossing things. A professional may know the value of something that you do not recognize. Not to mention, you never know what may interest potential buyers.
  • Do: If you’re not using a showroom in the Winter Park area, let a coordinator stage your home appropriately to maximize sale potential. You may have an idea of what looks nice, but a professional knows how to organize and design for profitability.
  • Don’t: Lose your voice in the process. Speak up and make sure you’re clear about what you intend to keep so that there is no confusion between you, the coordinator, and the buyers. If there is an area of your Winter Park home that you would like closed off to onlookers, say so. While the circumstances of estate liquidation are often unfortunate, it is important that you are able to hold it together enough to express your intentions and needs clearly.

Call Orlando Estate Auction

Orlando Estate Auction can help organize your Winter Park estate liquidation to save you from a stressful ordeal. Our professional coordinators will help you sell your antiques, art, jewelry, and collectibles quickly and profitably. If you are downsizing or selling your property or the property of a loved one, call us today at (407) 290-1000!

Monday, 30 March 2015 16:36

How Do Estate Liquidations Work?

Estate liquidations are often the result of the four D’s: downsizing, divorce, debt, or death. If you’re in one of these unfortunate situations, you need to understand how this process will affect you and the Apopka property you’re dealing with.

The process of estate liquidation can be overwhelming no matter how small or large the home may be, so calling the professionals at Orlando Estate Auction can help alleviate some of the stress you’re sure to be facing. Our crew will arrive at your home ready to pack and take inventory of all the items you wish to sell. This could include furniture, jewelry, electronics, guns, stocks, bonds, real estate, antiques, tools, collectibles, or artwork.

What Are the Advantages?

Choosing Orlando Estate Auction to handle the estate liquidation for your Apopka home offers two main advantages: a hassle-free process and more money in your pocket fast.

  • Hassle free—Because we use our own showroom to display your sellable items, you won’t have the hassle of dealing with buyers going in and out of yours, which can be unsettling. You also won’t have to deal with bad parking situations offered by residential neighborhoods or having to differentiate items that are not for sale to potential buyers. We’ll even work while you’re out of town so that you’re like is uninterrupted during this process.
  • Quicker sales— We work on commission, which gives us a greater incentive to sell your items at the highest price possible. Our downtown gallery is designed to show off your items and make them look their best to appeal to a wide variety of eager buyers.

Why Choose Orlando Estate Auction?

We know that estate liquidation is often a result of unfortunate circumstances, so Orlando Estate Auction will take care of all the details so that you can shift your focus to other things. We always treat our clients and their families with kindness, courtesy, and respect. We’ll handle items with care and maximize your turn. If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of downsizing your Apopka home or liquidating the estate of a passed loved one, call Orlando Estate Auction today at (407) 290-1000.