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How to prepare for an estate sale

Now that you’ve chosen Carriage House Liquidations as your estate sale provider you may be wondering what happens next. Don’t worry. That’s why we’re here. Carriage House Liquidations has been in the estate sale business for a long time, and here are some tips to help you get started. 

1. Decide what to keep and what to sell.
We advise customers to keep items that hold a special place in your heart. If you don’t want to part with something, remove it from the home or place it in an area that can be closed off during the sale.

2. Remove personal items
Personal documents exist in every home and removing them from the sale site removes the risk of compromising your family’s personal security. Collect social security cards, military documents, medical bills, family photos, birth certificates, passports, licenses, pay stubs, prescription drugs and any other items that feature sensitive information. 

3. Ask if you don’t know. 
If you are unsure about the salability of items, give us a call before you begin throwing out what you consider to be “junk”. You may be surprised by what is valuable and collectable these days. Even items that are worn or marred can hold value. We can help guide you and give an honest assessment of potential merchandise.

4. Consider potential home hazards
Walk through the sale site and list any potential hazards that could pose a problem. This could include uneven steps, missing handrails or buckled carpet, for example. Let us know the problems so we can create a safe environment for shoppers. 

5. Relax
Don’t worry, Carriage House Liquidations will handle every detail and make this process stress-free. Seeing family possessions being sold can be an emotional experience, so we recommend that our customers get away during the sales days. If our staff has any questions during the sale, we can easily contact you by phone. 

If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Carriage House Liquidations is here for you every step of the way!




Fair market value is what a buyer is likely to pay for an item being sold under current market conditions. It is a constantly fluctuating number depending on basic supply and demand. There are factors that can affect the value of an item including changes in trends, location and availability. Not only does fair market value shift, the fair market value of all items is different. The process of determining the value of an item can be complex and time consuming. As a seller, getting it wrong could mean losing potential profits or even losing a sale. If you need to price the contents of an entire estate, especially in a short time frame, you can see how it can be very overwhelming.

Carriage House Liquidations uses a variety of proven methods to determine appropriate fair market value. Our team uses their experience and expertise as well as research and years of cataloged sales data. We take the guesswork out of fair market value.

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