If you find yourself in need of quickly downsizing your possessions – whether it’s due to a move, relocation or an inherited property – estate liquidation services can help!
Clearing out a house full of furniture, home goods, kitchen wares and who knows what else in the garage and basement can feel like a monumental task. Maybe you’ve tried to sell a few things on Facebook Marketplace or made attempts to get family to come and take stuff. With a looming closing date, stress with a dash of desperation sets in.
This is the part where I get to tell you that there is a better way. With one call to Bird’s Nest Auctions, you can wash your hands of the whole thing. Just point to what needs to go and let the process unfold.
Online auctions are a lot like an in-person estate sale, if you’ve ever been to one of those. The difference is that people are browsing online and placing bids on items they want. This has a couple of unique benefits. First, the sell-through rate on an auction is 90% or better. Bidding starts at $1, and thank the stars above, there’s usually someone willing to grab those mugs that haven’t seen the light of day or the odds and ends in a drawer for a buck. It can also lead to some pretty exciting last-minute bidding wars on your lawnmower. When it’s all over, you have money in your pocket and an empty house.
Ready to roll?
First, let’s talk about what you’re looking to sell.
If an auction feels like a good fit for your liquidation needs, we’ll sign a contract and schedule a time for me to come out and take photos of the items to be sold.
After the photos, I buckle down and create your auction catalog. This can consist of 60 things or 500 things. Every sale is different. You can add, remove and make edits.
It’s auction time! The bidding will run for about a week. I’ll be a busy bee behind the scenes marketing and advertising the sale to thousands of potential bidders. And because I offer shipping on all of my auctions, that gets even more eyes on your items. The final day of the auction is usually a bidding frenzy. You can watch the exciting conclusion of the auction as each item closes live on Auction Ninja.
The final phase is the pick up day. This is a 3-hour window on a weeknight or weekend. My team will arrive early to organize all of the winning bids. By the time the pick up is over, you will have a much emptier house!
With Bird’s Nest Auctions, there are never any up front fees. I work on a commission basis, so we split the sales proceeds. My promise is to provide you with a hassle free way to liquidate your household goods. I offer quick turnarounds, excellent communication, support tailored to your needs and always respect for your time, belongings and home.
Do you set the prices for items?
It is possible to set a minimum bid amount, however I recommend using Auction Ninja's default setting, which is to start all bidding at $1. This gets more people participating in the sale, and that ultimately has a net positive effect on the sale's bottom line.
If there are a few items of particular value where you would like to exert a little more control over the pricing, we can discuss setting a starting bid, or I can sell those items on consignment for you via eBay, Etsy or Facebook Marketplace.
What do you do with the things that don’t sell?
While most things are going to sell at auction, there are always going to be some items that don't go or that don't get picked up. If there are larger items that didn't sell, I will refer you to a removal company. You can also have a free pile at the auction pick up, which is a good way to clear out odds and ends.
What if I don’t have enough items for an estate liquidation?
Let's still talk! Size is not necessarily an indicator of profitability. You can send me photos or we can set up a time to meet and go over what you have to sell. Even if I can't help, I'll try to leave you with resources for the next step.