WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
Once an agreement is signed, we will begin preparing for the sale. You will not need to lift a finger! We take care of everything.
WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE AREA?
CALGARY AND SURROUNDING AREAS
We provide estate liquidation services to Calgary, Airdrie, Olds, Chestemere, Langdon, Okotoks, High River, Dewinton, Priddis, Bragg Creek, Cochrane – but we will conduct sales throughout Alberta as well.
WHY HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?
A FEW REASONS:
1. Estate sales are the best way to maximize the sales price for most personal property found in a home.
2. Estate sales are the most direct and profitable way to sell personal property to the general public.
3. Estate sales are an incredibly efficient way to clear a house of possessions and make it ready for sale.
HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE THE SALE?
WE ARE MARKETING AND DESIGN EXPERTS
We pride ourselves on the effectiveness of our advertising process. Everything we do, from choosing appropriate wording for ads to deciding which streets to place signs on, is done with the intent of making a sale successful.
We advertise on our own website, Kijiji, News Print, Facebook, Instagram as well as various other media platforms. We are experts when it comes to social media advertising. We have a following of regular customers, and we notify past customers through our extensive email list.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Our home base is in Calgary, Alberta. We come to you and make it as easy as possible to help you get through this major event.
DO YOU DISCOUNT ITEMS ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SALE?
SOMETIMES, UP TO 50% OFF
Most items that have not been sold yet are discounted 50% on the last day of the sale. One of our goals is to sell everything, so there is nothing left behind for you to worry about. We find that having a day with half off prices keeps the estate sale busy and entices customers to return, maximizing your profit. This is at the discretion of the Estate owner and not all sales will have a half price day.
HOW LONG ARE YOUR SALES?
USUALLY 2 DAYS
Our sales are usually 2 days – Friday and Saturday. If a sale warrants more time, we can extend the sale through Sunday.
DO I NEED TO BE MOVED OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR THE SALE?
NOT EXACTLY, BUT WE WILL NEED ROOM TO WORK
We prefer that when our team arrives we transform the house into a shopping environment and maintain a no-resident policy, but this is not absolutely necessary. We ask that the owner or estate executor not be on the premises for the set-up or during the sale.
THE ESTATE SALE PROCESS:
THE BEGINNING, BEFORE THE SALE: We meet you at the estate and give you a conservative estimate of the contents and discuss our commission rates. Higher value items, such as vehicles, can be negotiated at a lower rate. We set the sale date, sign the contract, and from that point on your job is done….we take care of everything from that moment on.
THE MIDDLE, SETTING UP THE SALE: Prior to the sale the house is organized and prepared and any personal paperwork, photos, and items of importance that are found are safely secured and put away until you are able to pick them up. We sort through everything else and separate the treasure from the trash. We research, price, and advertise contents of the estate.
THE END, AFTER THE SALE: For complete liquidations, we leave the house broom-swept and empty. We pay promptly (typically 2 weeks after sale completion – full liquidations may take longer) and provide a finalized breakdown of the items sold…and we are done!
Am I better off giving my items away to charity?
In some cases you might be, however; many charities decline to take non cash contributions. Allowing EGEC Estate Sales to conduct your sale gives you the option of keeping a portion of the sales proceeds and donating the remainder to charity. It’s the best of both worlds.
What happens to the items that do not sell?
We do a walk through and set aside any items perfect for consignment through EGEC. Following that we box up any items for subscription boxes. Most times after the sale, we arrange for what is left to be picked up by a charity. What can’t be accepted by our charity partners is disposed of.
Give us a call or send us an email to arrange a walk through of your property and we can get the process started!
- Extensive online marketing efforts to insure the sale of your items is a successful one
- Professional staff on-site with dedicated responsibilities in each room within your home
- We bring all the equipment needed (tables, tags, etc…)
- We evaluate each and every item in your home including items stuffed in closets, cupboards, etc.
- We ensure all safety measures are taken. We close off and label all areas that might be considered a liability