Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is an estate sale?

The term "estate sale" refers to the sale of personal property. It differs from a garage or yard sale in that it typically involves the entire contents of a home.

What counties does Naperville Estate Sales service?

Naperville Estate Sales serves Cook, Will, DuPage, Kendall and Kane counties.

Will Naperville Estate Sales only service the western suburbs.

No, whereas, our primary focus is on this area, we also provide professional services beyond the western suburbs. Each inquiry is handled on a case by case basis.

What are our fees?

Our commission is 34%-38% of the gross sale. For sales over $30,000 we enter into a sliding commission scale. We have a $2,000 minimum fee.

Are you insured?

Yes, Naperville Estate Sales is fully insured

How long does it take to prepare a sale?

We prefer to begin preparing thirty days prior to the sale. However, we are willing to work within a tighter time frame if circumstances dictate.

Do I need antiques to have an estate sale?

No, most sales consist of everyday household items, decor, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, art work and outdoor furnishings etc.

Do I need to clean the house?

A more presentable home does result in a more successful sale. Either you or Naperville Estate Sales can arrange to have the home cleaned.

When can I expect payment?

We will present you with an itemized inventory of items over $100.00 (upon request) and proceeds of the sale, less our commission, no later than 7 business days after the conclusion of the sale.

What happens to all of my items that don't sell?

Predictably there are items remaining after an estate sale. These items are left in the home. At that time you can decide to take care of these items or Naperville Estate Sales offers the option to disperse these items for you to either a charity or re-seller.

Am I responsible for pricing?

No. We will use our experience and research to establish the best price for your belongings. Client input on key items is always welcome.

How do we get started?

The first step is to set up a no obligation estate sale analysis. The purpose of this meeting is to gain understanding of your needs. Together we will outline your goals to determine the appropriate solution. After meeting with you, we formulate a plan that will most effectively accomplish your goals.

What do I need to do to prepare for and estate sale?

Identify what you would like to sell. It is not necessary to clean out the home prior to meeting with Naperville estate Sales. Most items found in a home can be sold in an estate sale.

If I am going to sell my house, should I put it on the market first or have the estate sale first?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions. There is no right answer.

  • We have conducted estate sales prior to the sale of the home. We are able to work inside the home and prepare for the sale with little disruption to the family's daily living. This option provides the client with a home that his cleared out in addition to advertising the sale of the home via our website and during the actual estate sale.
  • The other option is that we have had the estate sale after the house has sold. While waiting for the house to sell, we have started the estate sale process. This includes signing a contract, researching items, pricing and advertising key items for sale . All of which does not disrupt the staging of the home.