2 Osterville Sales this weekend !

 

 

We’re back in Osterville this weekend with two unique sales…

 

1.  53 Wianno Circle – PACKED house.  Literally something for everyone.   Friday 9 – 2 and Saturday 9 – 2 with a BAG SALE on Saturday from 12 – 2.

http://www.estatesales.net/estate-sales/MA/Osterville/02655/751440

 

 

 

3.  67 Caillouet – This gorgeous mid-century styled house is being torn down.  We can sell windows, doors, trees, bushes, flagstone, counter tops, vanities, lighting, ceiling beams.  Plus the very nice upscale furniture the new owner brought down from her Wellsley house to use this past summer!

 

http://www.estatesales.net/estate-sales/MA/Osterville/02655/753603

Fall is a Busy Estate Sale Season!

We’ve got a busy fall schedule — check out http://www.estatesales.net/estate-sale-companies/MA/Centerville/02632/16031 for all the sale info.

 

We are heading to Brookline in early November!

 

In the mean time, West Bay is creating a “Luxury Division” and we look forward to continuing to add these upscale properties to our portfolio.  Stay tuned!

3 Sales Columbus Day Weekend!

 

We have 3 sales this weekend!  Here’s the basics:

 

1.  Friday & Saturday we are in Willowbend in a golf-course view custom designed home with like-new furniture.

 

http://www.estatesales.net/estate-sales/MA/Mashpee/02649/741789

2.  Saturday & Sunday Waterfront Stunner in Osterville – Main House, Guest House, Garage & Grounds.  More custom-furnishings, accessories, very special outdoor furniture including McKinnon and Harris pieces, teak, bikes – don’t miss this one for pure beauty!

Stunning Osterville Compound

 

 

3.  Sunday & Monday a small Hyannis Pick and Poke.  All items prices to move plus bag sale on Monday.

Hyannis Pick & Poke

Estate Sale Hits for the Newbie as well as the Seasoned

 

We love new customers at our estate sales.  It is so fun to interact with newbies to the “estate sale” circuit.  Their wide-eyes and enthusiasm for the bargains available make our job fun week after week.

So as we enter the fall and busy season – we thought we’d put together a few hints to help people understand the culture of the estate sale.

1.   If there is something you really want, something you have been searching for or really need, you should buy it.  An estate sale is not like dealing with Bernie and Phyl’s – we don’t have a warehouse of neutral, slip covered sofas in our warehouse — so if you see one at a sale that fits your needs — don’t diddle, buy it.  Chances are someone else will if you don’t.

2.  Don’t put sold stickers on things you don’t intend to buy.  We have a short period of time to sell our clients items and a sold sticker means just that — the item is no longer available to other shoppers.  Also, don’t carry around small items of interest only to put them down after walking around for 1/2 hour.

3.  Please do not “tell us” how much you are going to pay for an item.  We feel we price very fairly and remember – we do not own the merchandise.  Our customers have hired us to sell their items and we receive a small portion of the proceeds.

This is how we pay for our mortgage, college tuitions, groceries, etc.  We’re sure you don’t try to get the cashier to lower the price of your eggs at the market!

We understand that many TV shows are promoting the art of negotiation at estate sales and there is a tactful way to ask, simply say “What is the best price you can do on the ….?”  We will tell you honestly what the best price is and try to work out a deal.  Do not continue to come back with lower offers – it will not win you estate sale friends.

If you feel you must low-ball an item, you should ask to leave a bid with our cashier.  We review all bids and take them under consideration with our clients.  If you do not hear from us, your bid was rejected.  From time to time, our clients will make you a counter offer and you will have the opportunity to accept or reject the offer.

4.  If you are purchasing large items, plan to either have help to remove the items from the house or plan to pay our movers to deliver the item to your home.

5.  Come prepared with cash, checks or credit cards.  We take all forms of payment but cannot hold items unpaid.

6.  All Sales Are Final.  Again, we are not a retail store with a return policy.  So, measure, check colors, tip chairs over, check for sturdiness, check for rips, stains — talk to your wife if you need approval — once you buy it — we cannot take it back.

7. Please save your criticism (of anything) for once you exit the sale.

8.  Join our mailing list at estatesales.net to be informed of where we are and what we are selling.

9.  Don’t come 5 minutes before we are set to close and expect us to wait while you shop.  It has been a long week of setting up and a long day or two of selling, we’re tired and want to get home to start all the work required in closing a sale!

10.  We don’t get involved in knowing how much a house sold for.  So when you ask and we say “we con’t know…”  we aren’t trying to be secretive, we really don’t know.  However, all real estate transactions are posting in the newspaper and you can easily do your own research.

Next time we’ll talk to folks hiring an estate sale company for the first time….

Take care and we’ll see you at the next sale!

New Sliding Scale System for Estate Sale Fees – Never any upfront Money!

 

 

West Bay is pleased to announce our new sliding scale fee system

Over the past few years we have heard from clients,  that some estate sale companies will only take an estate sale if they are guaranteed a fixed, up-front dollar amount or that the first “X amount of dollars” from the sale go directly to the estate sale company, and while we understand this “demand money” does help cover the cost of staffing & newspaper ads in a time when everyone is making less,  we feel “taking money”  from our clients before the sale has even started seems — well let’s just we do not want to do that.

Instead, West Bay now has a sliding scale fee schedule that works for everyone.  Here is brief synopsis of how the new fee schedule works:

Example 1

Gross sales are estimated from $1,500 – $3,000 dollars

Most estate sale companies will not even consider a sale at this level this because the expenses to get the sale ready and run out value the proceeds under the “normal” 70/30 contract split.   West Bay will run a professional sale for a 50/50 split at this level thereby helping the client get the house cleaned out, make some money and ready the house for real-estate transfer.   No upfront or “guaranteed” money applies.

West Bay will still pay for all expenses except the cost for the final clean-out which will be provided to you at the conclusion of the sale and can be accepted or rejected.

Example 2

If the gross sales are estimated between $3,001 – $9,999 the sale will fall under the 60/40 split schedule and requires no up-front fee or “guaranteed deposit” money.

West Bay will still pay for all expenses except the cost for the final clean-out which will be provided to you at the conclusion of the sale and can be accepted or rejected.

Example 3

If the gross sales are estimated to exceed $10,000 the split is 70/30 and again requires no up front fee or “guaranteed deposit.”

West Bay will still pay for all expenses except the cost of the final clean-out which will be provided to you at the conclusion of the sale.

Example 4

Hoarders or Excessive Pre-sale Cleanout work 

We also utilize the sliding scale for hoarder houses or any home that requires an excessive amount (over and above normal sale set-up)  of pre-sale work.  We review and make the determination on this factor in our free evaluation and home visit.

West Bay is always evolving in order to be viable in this close to the margin business.  We want to be able to provide our services to all types of clients who need help transitioning to new phases in their lives.

As always, please feel free to call 508.287.6224 or 508.428.3377 with any questions or to set up a free in-home estate sale evaluation.

West Bay now insured by Lloyds of London AND a member of the ACNA

 

West Bay Antiques & Estate Sales is pleased to announce its membership in the Antiques & Collectibles National Association http://www.antiqueandcollectible.com/.

From their website:

The Antiques & Collectibles National Association was founded in 1991 by Jim & Yvonne Tucker, long time antique dealers who found there was no insurance or trade association available. Since then it has become the largest industry association with thousands of members in all 50 states to provide benefits to antique dealers and private collectors.

We are honored to be part of this network of antique dealers, collectors, estate sale business owners and other professionals in the antique/collectibles business.

Along with our annual membership, we purchased an insurance policy that covers estate sales wherever we hold them and includes:

This Insurance is effected with Certain

LIMITS OF LIABILITY

$1,000,000 EACH OCCURRENCE LIMIT
$1,000,000 GENERAL AGGREGATE LIMIT
INCLUDED PRODUCTS/COMPLETED OPERATIONS LIMIT $1,000,000 PERSONAL & ADVERTISING INJURY LIMIT $100,000 FIRE DAMAGE LIMIT
$5,000 MEDICAL PAYMENT

And is issued through Lloyds of London.

We hope we never have to “use” this insurance policy but having it should provide our potential and current estate sale clients with that extra added comfort of having West Bay handle their estate sales.

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High End Consignor Sale Coming in May

On May 17 & 18th we will be hosting a consignor sale at the Freedom Hall in Cotuit.  We are currently accepting consignments of merchandise.
If you or anyone you know has high end items — from artwork to jewelry to furniture that they would like to consign for the sale, please get in touch!

Contact Lisa at 508.287.6224 or by email at westbayestatesales@gmail.com

We look forward to doing business with you.

West Bay off to a great start in 2014

January was a fantastic month for West Bay Estate Sales, thanks to all of our loyal customers. Together we earned thousands of dollars for our clients and hopefully you all came away with some terrific finds!

According to EstateSales.NET, we had well over 8,000 subscribers following our sales and over 7,000 sale page visits during the month.

So thank you all again for a wonderful start to the year and make sure you visit EstateSales.NET to keep tabs on all our upcoming sales.

–Gail, Lisa, and the West Bay Team

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10 Tips for a Successful Estate Sale

Realizing you will need an estate sale can seem stressful. Figuring out what to sell, what to charge, and having all those people coming and going while you are trying to prepare for a move–it can be a lot to handle on your own.

This is why you hire an estate sale company like West Bay to handle it for you. Estate sale companies offer a full suite of services, ranging from consultations to clean outs, to help you transition to your next step in life.

In order to maximize your sale’s potential and reduce stress, here are a few things you can do to ensure the success of your sale:

1. Communicate!

Tell your estate sales professionals about anything and everything regarding your sale right away and expect your estate sale professionals to keep open lines of communication with you. They won’t know how they can help you unless you speak up!

2. Trust your estate sales professionals.

If you hired the right company, they have years of experiences, are experts at their job, and want to host a successful sale for you — remember, the more money they make during the sale, the more money you make for yourself!

3. Clearly define what is for sale.

To avoid misunderstandings or an incorrect sale, show your estate sale professional exactly what is not for sale and make sure those items are documented on an “exceptions list” to be held with the contract. Do this at the beginning of your estate sale planning.

4. Deal with not-for-sale items BEFORE your sale.

Decide what you are keeping, what you are giving to your childrem, and get those items moved out of the house or designated to a “safe area” of the house. This could mean a storage unit or even a closet marked “not for sale.”

5. Stop throwing and giving things away!

Every little bit there is to sell helps the overall success of a sale. Remember: food, pens, tape, tacks, books all sell. You’d be surprised at all of the everyday items West Bay customers purchase! Let your estate sale professional determine if something should be thrown away.

6. Try to give your estate sales professionals room to work.

Don’t hover or obsessively worry; remember, you HIRED them — they expect to do all the work. This will give you time to focus on your own preparations for moving, etc.

7. Discuss openly any expectations you have for specific items or for the sale!

Listen to the advice of your estate sale professional and then work to come to a comfortable place with regard to sale price of items. Ask your estate sale professional to show you how they came to certain values if you are unsure.

8. Set realistic expectations.

Remember, very little is worth more now than at the time you bought it. Especially new/used furniture and even many antiques. The market is flooded and softer now than it was 10 years ago. Be willing to accept offers at the end of the day, if it means you can get rid of the item.

9. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably don’t need to keep it.

At West Bay, we help our clients learn to live a less cluttered life. Even the little things–jewelry, clothing, pocketbooks, men’s items–add to the overall success of your sale. Less clutter = more money for you!

10. Go enjoy a few hours off during your sale.

You do not need to be present if you hired the right estate sale professionals. Chances are, you have been very busy preparing for your move, so take the day of the sale to treat yourself. Trust your estate sales professionals to do their best for you; after all, this is their livelihood.

 

If you have any questions or would like to hire West Bay to hold your estate sale, don’t hesitate to contact us or call us at 508-428-3377!