Our fully managed service will maximise the financial return from items to be sold from a deceased or living estate
How We Can Help You with Deceased or Living Estate Auctions
The death of a loved one is heartbreaking, and often worsened by the stressful duties and responsibilities that fall to the executor of the last will and testament. Equally challenging in many respects are the duties and responsibilities that fall on family members, usually operating as financial power of attorney, when an elderly loved one moves to residential aged care. One of the duties common to both circumstances are organising your loved one’s possessions, distributing items throughout the extended family that have been bequeathed or otherwise gifted, deciding which of them to sell, and then how to achieve the best price for the benefit of the estate or on behalf of the elderly loved one in care. At Property Clearance, we understand how exhausting this can be, and offer services to manage the entire process for you.
Here are the main ways that we make deceased or living estate auctions less stressful for you.
- We go beyond auctions to achieve the best price for every item
Auctions are just one way to sell an item, and if we limited ourselves to this single selling method, we would be much less likely to achieve the best financial return for the deceased or living estate. At Property Clearance we match each item to the sales method that we believe will provide the best financial return. The methods we utilise include on-site and on-line auction services; retail sales environments; on-site in person sales; several internet sales platforms; private sale to our network of past buyers. We have significant experience leveraging these channels to deliver the best possible financial return for our clients.
- We handle every single item
As their name suggests, companies who offer deceased estate auctions tend to sell items using one method: auctions. Many will only assist with the higher value items such as fine art, antiques, vehicles, etc. This only provides a partial solution to clients, what to do with the rest of items in the home? At Property Clearance, we handle every single item in the property, down to the last tea-spoon in the kitchen drawer! Our mission is to achieve the best possible return for our clients for everything in the estate that is cost effective to sell. When we clear properties, we do so with care and respect, and leave nothing behind.
- You don’t have to be involved, or in the local area
If you would prefer for us to take care of everything for you—collating every possession, listing them for sale, and selling them for the best possible price—we are happy to manage this entire process for you. We understand how stressful this process can be, and can take as much of the responsibility as you need. You don’t have to be close to where the property is located for us to help—we regularly assist families who live inter-state, and would have to fly hundreds of kilometres to manage the sale of items, taking precious time off work and time away from family and other responsibilities. Rather than doing so, we can arrange everything for you while keeping you fully informed by phone, video call, photos and email.
- We help the executor or attorney to meet their responsibilities
The executor of a will managing a deceased estate and the attorney managing a living estate for an elderly loved one both have a number of important legal responsibilities within the role which they have been delegated, which can be incredibly stressful. One of these responsibilities is identifying, safeguarding, and cataloguing the assets of the deceased or living estate. At Property Clearance, we take care of this entire task for the executor or attorney, allowing them to focus on other responsibilities. If required we can build and update a full digital catalogue of all items in the home, which is updated as items are sold, and can be accessed by your solicitor and shared with family members. Depending on your needs this catalogue can include all items in the home, we have managed some with over 1000 items, or can be more targeted. You can see an example of a partial catalogue here.
- We ensure that as much as possible from the home goes to use
Inevitably there will be items that are not cost effective to sell. For these items we will ask if you’d like us to donate it to charity or our reuse partners. Through our Pass-it-forward program, we can donate items on your behalf to charities where household items are taken so long as they are useful or can be returned to a useful condition. Within our Pass-it-forward program we work with our partners to assist a wide variety of people in need in our community. This way, every single item has the chance of being useful and valuable to someone again. We don’t throw away items unless absolutely necessary, and are in such a poor condition that they are no longer useful.
- We sell most items within 6 to 8 weeks
Many people prefer to complete the sale of items relatively quickly, which is why we have a 6 to 8 week turnaround for the majority of items we sell on behalf of our clients.
Our process for deceased or living estate auctions
Every deceased or living estate client engagement is different. To make the process as smooth as possible, we will consult with you about your circumstances, objectives, and priorities, with full respect for the legacy of your loved one, and determine a customised approach to meet the unique circumstance you are managing.
Here is our full process.
- We will consult with you about the estate
Our initial phone call will help us familiarise ourselves with your situation and priorities. This usually takes between 10-20 minutes and will help to give us a clear picture of what you need in relation to the property and the possessions within it.
- We will develop a customised service outline and quote
Our service outline explains how we will respectfully clear the property of possessions, what we will do with the items within the home, and if required, prepare the property for sale. It also includes an itemised quote for our services.
- We will clear the property
If you are happy with the service outline and quote, we will arrange to collect the keys to the property, and start clearing. We usually only need access to the property for 3 to 5 days, and will keep you updated along the way.
- We will sell the items
Once the property is cleared, and every item is catalogued (if you require this process), we will sell each of them that are cost effective to sell through the sales channel which we believe will achieve the best result for you for the household items.
- We will provide a full breakdown of sales, and transfer the final amount to you
We offer the option of an itemised catalogue of all items sold, and we transfer any funds to you at the end of each calendar month until all items are sold.
FAQs – Deceased Estate Auctions