Q: WHAT IS AN ESTATE SALE ?

A:An Estate Sale, also called a Tag Sale in some parts of the country, is a way of liquidating the belongings of a family or estate. These are usually much more than garage or yard sales. They are used when someone is in need of a way to sell items due to downsizing, moving, divorce, bankruptcy, or death. The public is invited into the home and given the opportunity to purchase any item that is priced for sale. At times there are items that are not for sale because the family has decided to keep them or new owners of the house have made them part of a contract to buy the house. Estate Auctions are where everything is auctioned instead of being marked with a selling price.

Q:WHAT DOES WOW ESTATE SALES AND SOLUTION DO?

A:WOW Estate Sales is redefining the estate sale industry in the Springfield Metro area. We conduct high-end estate sales in the home. Our team takes care of the entire process seamlessly from start to finish. We organize and merchandise all of the contents, creating a boutique-like feel. All items are priced using our proprietary barcode system, with a detailed inventory provided at the beginning and  end of every sale. We handle the marketing and advertising, ensuring your sale is well-attended event that maximizes proceeds for our client.

Q:WHERE DO WE BEGIN?

A:The first step in the process is to contact an estate sale company, share your situation and schedule an appointment. Allowing us a chance to view the home and hear about your unique situation will help us better serve you. We will work with you to find out the best plan of action whether that be an estate sale, a clean-out, buyout or individual item purchase.

Q:HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I CALL YOU?

A:We would like you to call as soon as you believe you might need our services. We usually ask for a two-week notice but also understand that situations arise suddenly and abruptly. We often have sales lined up for several weeks in advance but by calling as soon as you are aware of your needs we may be able to fit you in at the last-minute.

Q:WHAT IS YOUR FEE FOR COMING TO THE HOUSE AND ASSESSING IT FOR AN ESTATE SALE?

A:Our consultation and meeting with you is free of charge.

Q:WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST MEETING?

A:Once on site, we can assess and determine the feasibility of a sale. We will work with you to find out the best plan of action whether that be an estate sale, a clean-out, buyout or individual item purchase based on what we see at the home. It is during this time that we will review the contract with you, discuss availability and answer all questions you may have.

Q:WHAT WILL IT COST ME FOR WOW ESTATE SALES TO EXECUTE MY ESTATE SALE?

A:There is no up-front or out-of-pocket expense to you. We charge a percentage of total sales for our commission, and simply deduct that from the proceeds at the end of the sale. 

Q:SHOULD WE GET RID OF THINGS THAT WE KNOW ARE OF NO VALUE, SUCH AS OLD PAPER, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS OR CLEANING SUPPLIES?

A:Do not discard anything! Old magazines and newspapers are highly sellable items and should not be discarded. Even items as simple as cleaning supplies usually sell well, you would be surprised at what people are interested in buying. Items that do not sell can always be discarded or donated at the end of the sale.

Q:SHOULD WE DONATE ALL THE OLD CLOTHES, TOWELS, LINENS AND SHEETS?

A:While that is charitable, these items are completely sellable at an estate sale and bring in additional profits to benefit the estate. Please refrain from discarding or donating any items within the home as these donations can be determined after the estate sale. If you feel that you must discard or donate any items please contact us to receive a professional opinion to make sure the item is not of high value. We would be happy to help!

Q:HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO “SETUP” AN ESTATE SALE?

A:Simply put, every house and situation is unique. Within the last 2 years we have encountered setups that range anywhere between 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the size and contents within. This timeframe is established on the first appointment and is based on the situation.

Q:WHAT IS THE “SETUP” PROCESS LIKE?

A:First, we set up our display tables throughout the home and re-arrange furniture to maximize retail space. We then unearth any drawers, boxes and cabinets throughout the home and clean items as necessary. From there we separate sellable from non-sellable, research antique and high valued goods and finally, affix prices to all the displayed items. Throughout the process we often find personal effects such as social security cards, bank or tax documents and other sensitive material which we set aside to be gone through by the owner of the estate.

Q:HOW MANY DAYS WILL MY ESTATE SALE LAST?

A:The average estate sale is open to the public for 2-3 days (between Thursday and Saturday). In some circumstances we have conducted multiple sale weekends for one home due to the amount of items and having to do the sales in sections. With that said, a typical estate sale can be completely set up, advertised, run and completed within one weeks time frame.

Q:I AM WORRIED ABOUT THEFT. DO YOU OFFER SECURITY PRECAUTIONS?

 A:Theft can be prevalent among estate sales as people think there is no surveillance within a home. We have solved this issue a few different ways: Limiting the number of customers allowed in the home at one time.Wireless security camera system that we bring to each sale.Glass cases for expensive jewelry and small items. Strategic placement of costly items near the register for constant monitoring.

Q:DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS DURING YOUR SALES?

A:Every situation is different. The short answer is yes, we tend to offer slight discounts on the second day of a sale (upwards of 25%) and may increase the discount on the days following (upwards of 50%). Our pricing begins slightly under retail value and as we discount, the prices become more enticing to secondary market customers. Any discounting after the initial price drop is done to ensure a liquidation of the contents of the home while keeping fixed prices on items of high value. Discounts are all based on the situation and are established with the owner prior to holding the sale.

Q:DO YOU CONDUCT AN AUCTION AT THE LAST DAY OF THE SALE?

A:Auction laws to conduct an auction at an estate sale in the state of Missouri, if property belongs to the owner of the the estate, an auction license is not required. If the property is auctioned by other than owner, an auction license is required. The License should be visible at the time of the auction. The license number should be annotated on the contract  with an auctioneers license number.Permit to conduct an auction the day of should be visibly posted  with the current date of the auction. Property can be seized if the law is broken. WOW Estate Sales LLC do not conduct auctions.

Q:WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ITEMS LEFT OVER AFTER THE SALE?

A:This is Ultimately up to the client. We can assist with donating the left overs and also offer full clean out services.

Q:WHAT MAKES WOW ESTATE SALES BETTER THAN OTHER ESTATE SALES AND LIQUIDATOR COMPETITORS

A:WOW ESTATE SALES AND SOLUTIONS have values and standards. One of our values is respect. Wow estate sales respect all to include competitors. Competitors do not make the decision as to what company to hire for an estate sale. The client is the decision maker.

Its up to the clients to do their due diligence as to what company can accomodate the needs of an estate sale,  legally and morally.

WOW ESTATE SALES AND SOLUTIONS have values and standards. One of our values is respect. Wow estate sales respect all to include competitors. Competitors do not make the decision as to what company to hire for an estate sale. The client is the decision maker.

Its up to the clients to do their due diligence as to what company can accomodate the needs of an estate sale,  legally and morally.

WOW ESTATE SALES AND SOLUTIONS have values and standards. One of our values is respect. Wow estate sales respect all to include competitors. Competitors do not make the decision as to what company to hire for an estate sale. The client is the decision maker.

Its up to the clients to do their due diligence as to what a company can accomodate the needs of an estate sale,  legally and morally.