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Estate Sale FAQs

If you are looking for a professional organization that is ASEL Accredited and has a high standard of service then you've come to the right place.

  • Why Paxem Estate Sales?
    Paxem helps each client individually and adapts to your needs. We are not only a full service estate liquidator, but we can, along with our sister company Downsizing By Design, help you with sorting, organizing, de-cluttering, packing, moving, and clean outs.
  • How does Paxem work on the preparation of the sale?
    The Paxem team starts by getting to know what you have for sale. We go through all your rooms, cabinets, drawers, closets, etc. and take photos of the special items. We then discuss what you're keeping and what you're ready to part with. Once that is determined we can formulate a plan to help meet your goals. The next step includes researching the value of your items so they are priced appropriately. We utilize a number of tools for this and also rely on the extensive knowledge of our team, who are aware of how certain items are being valued in the current marketplace. We also have an established network of specialty buyers we may contact depending on your specific sale inventory. Two weeks (typically) before your sale we will need access to your home to prepare for the sale. We will display your items, put up signage, set up the cash register and if necessary put down floor protector. We start the advertising process as soon as you sign an agreement and send in your deposit which holds your date. The day of your sale we will have a sign-in list for those who want to shop your sale. We allow approximately 10 people in at a time to maintain a level of crowd control. We will provide bags and paper for the buyers. Our team will be stationed around your home to answer questions, hand out receipts, assist with sales and manage the shoppers.
  • What happens if you find money or expensive jewelry that I didn’t know about?
    Paxem finds money, stocks, bonds, jewelry and other high value items all the time. These are yours and when we find them we will notify you immediately and ask what you’d like us to do with those items.
  • What happens after I sign the agreement? Can I take anything I want out of the house?
    We will create an "exclusions list" with you as part of your agreement with us. You are free to remove (recommended) or mark "Not for Sale" any items on the list. Once an agreement has been signed and we've received your exclusions list, you cannot remove items from the home without compensating Paxem. The reasoning behind this because certain items are a big draw and bring in buyers who will then buy other items at your sale. If we advertise an item and it is no longer there, buyers will become disappointed and it affects Paxem's reputation among our regular buyers / customers.
  • Can I move out after the sale?
    Because we stage your sale up to two weeks prior to the sale date, it is generally not possible for the homeowner to live in the home during that time. This prevents conflicts, confusion and stress. There are special circumstances where we will make exceptions, but they are very rare.
  • What affects the value of my belongings?
    There are many factors that can affect the value of your belongings. The location of your home, curb appeal, how your sale is set up, if you smoked in the home, if you had animals in the home, holiday weekends, back to school weekends, weather, etc. These are all reasons that may decrease the value of your items or cause a low turnout of buyers / customers at your sale. Paxem will work with you when scheduling your sale to pick the most appropriate sale dates your timetable allows.
  • What do I do if I'm thinking about having an estate sale?
    Call Paxem for your complimentary consultation before you throw anything away! One man's trash is another man's treasure and it rings true for estate sales. People look for all sorts of things, and you may not know you have something special until we look at it.
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