How It Works
Estate sales are on-premises sales of household items; it is the most efficient and financially rewarding way to dispose of personal property.
Hitmen acts as agent in the sale of personal property in a manner similar to a real estate company's representation of the owner in the sale of a home. Once the family has decided what to keep and has removed those items, then the home is prepared in such a way as to turn it into a small store or boutique. Every item is displayed and priced, from precious antiques to everyday household items.
What Sells?Anything that has ever been acquired at any time or any place may well sell in an estate sale. Hitmen sells property without regard to whether it was bought by your family a hundred years ago or yesterday at the local drug store.
Cars, antiques, furniture, lamps, wall art, silver, china, furs, figures, rugs, toys, books, records, stationery, playing cards, appliances, utensils, pots and pans, glassware, bath and table linens, clothing accessories, purses, gloves, hats, scarves, precious and costume jewelry, workbenches, power and garden tools are only examples of what can and will be sold for the owner. If we feel that some unique items deserve another market, such as a New York and/or European auction house, then we explore those markets. The items unsold remain the property of the owner, who decides what is done with them in the end. Hitmen sells about 90% of all items in the home. Items that do not sell are removed upon request.
Once the owner decides what is to be sold, our services are provided right up to settlement.
The services performed by Hitmen Estate Sales include set-up, pricing, advertising, conducting the sale, removal of unsold items, appraisers' fees, overseeing cleanup and leaving the premises broom clean.
We have a friendly and intelligent staff; they are knowledgeable about the items for sale and familiar with estate sale customers.
To prepare a sale takes several days of set-up (organizing, displaying, pricing, and advertising).
The sale itself takes place over the weekend - Thursday through Saturday or Friday through Sunday or longer, depending on the quantity of sale items. Afterwards, one day of cleanup and removal can be expected.
When a sale is accepted, we pay all staff salaries to set up and run your sale for you, in a professional manner. There are no up front fees, Advertising is paid for out of the proceeds of the sale. Our fee is either a minimum or a percentage of gross sales and is always competitive.
Hitmen works for the owner, who receives a check in the end.
Fees for trash removal and disposal and some cleaning fees are separate.