Hello, Let me introduce myself:
My name is Ken and my partner and wife is Lynn. That is where we came up with Ken & Lynn’s Antiques & Estate Sale Services, dba Ken & Lynn's Estate Sale Services.
We have been in the antiques and collectibles business since 1976 after living in Taiwan for several years and enjoying the Chinese culture. We added the estate sale part of our business in 2004 when asked by some Hollywood people to do a sale and got hooked ever since. We enjoy helping people in their time of need. We are a properly licensed, bonded and insured estate liquidation company.
Remember, the benefit of using a "licensed" company is that when your unlicensed company tries to take your money, you have no recourse. With a licensed estate sale service, you have all the legal protections you need to be safe, and when we sell all your valuables we have the insurance to cover them..
Let me explain how our service works. First of all, we ask for no monies up front, everything comes out of the proceeds of the sale. The client or trustee calls our service and we set up an appointment to come to your home or site of the sale. We do a complete survey of the site and provide insight whether it is beneficial to have an on-site sale, buyout or to donate to your local charity. This part of our service is free. We will try to provide an rough estimate of what the estate could expect if a sale takes place. Please note, the best time to have our service come to your home or location is after family, friends and others have decided what to keep and what goes into a sale, and after they are out or nearly out of the property.
The acceptance of a sale by my service is a two way street, not only do you have to like us and feel safe with us, we have to do the same with you. Please note: We do not do "In-Residence" sales with clients still living in or on the property. We also require unrestricted access. If and when we agree to help you with your sale, we then get down to business and begin a planning stage.
The fees for our service are set up as follows: We work for commission. And on occasion, we have a minimum charge if the estate is not large enough for the commission. Our commission ranges depending on the amount of work required to get the sale set up. The reason for the minimum is that I have to pay a crew to work your sale and my staff is like dependable family so I must make sure they are paid. We provide enough staff based on the size of the property. On occasion extreme high end items are negotiated at a different (usually lower) commission to get the estate as much money as possible (like vehicles).
We require the estate to pay for the following expense (only if required): Dumpster for clean out. This fee comes out of the proceeds of the sale. I pay all labor, taxes, and any fees to conduct the sale. The owner or trustee of the property is not to be on site at any time during the sale (you are welcome to come by and visit). We provide complete set up and pricing of every item on the property. We research and appraise items using all available resources including all high end items to make sure the estate is getting its fair share of revenue for an item. We do this as part of our service, we do not bring in staggers or appraisers, we handle all this on our own. We wash, clean and polish items as necessary to provide for a presentable sale. We have an extensive mailing list, and are well connected in the Legal, Probate and Real Estate Industries, and people have told us our sales are fun to attend!
Upon completion of the sale, my service will provide a complete and detailed statement of items sold and for how much within 7 to 10 business days after completion of the sale. We do not do a pre-inventory prior to the sale. Since we are a complete liquidation company, we provide a complete removal service for any left over items and also provide for any donations the estate deems necessary at no additional cost. We do not take items from previous sales or use our own items and place them at your sale.
We provide a complete clean up as part of our service and make the property presentable for occupancy or for sale while the estate sits back and enjoys the comfort of using my service, again at no additional cost.
Also, if you are calling from or live out of state, we can do your sale for you by signing a contract and the estate providing us with a key and we will do all the rest. This is also true for items in storage connected to an estate. We will empty the storage units by you sending us the keys and giving us permission to proceed. THIS IS ONLY DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH DOING AN ENTIRE ESTATE.
We maintain the strictest confidentiality and security in working for our clients.
We will empty your storage units for you in conjunction with an estate sale or probate situation. The conditions for doing this must be that it is tied into an estate or probate liquidation and the estate needs to be liquidated. There is an extra fee for this service because of our own storage and transportation of the items from your storage to ours. Please remember we are not a garage sale or moving company and we cannot sell your storage because you just want to get rid of it!
References given upon request (Usually after the first meeting).
We do also purchase partial or entire estates. We do NOT do single item appraisals. If this service is required please use a licensed appraiser or I could charge you the same rate as an appraiser for your single item.
So please remember: DO NOT PAY AN ESTATE SALE COMPANY FROM $2500 TO $5000 OR MORE IN ADVANCE TO DO YOUR ESTATE SALE! ALSO, I KNOW YOU WANT TO HELP AND MAY BE EMBARRASED TO SHOW THE PROPERTY TO OUR COMPANY IN AN UNTIDY CONDITION BUT PLEASE HAVE US COME BY FIRST BEFORE YOU THROW ANYTHING AWAY OR START CLEANING, YOU MAY BE THROWING AWAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND NOT EVEN KNOW IT.
ALSO, IF YOU ARE SHOPPING OTHER COMPANIES, ASK HOW MUCH MONEY YOU WILL END UP WITH IN THE END! SOME ESTATE SALE COMPANIES ARE CHARGING YOU FOR SET UP, PRICING, ADVERTISING, LABOR, THEN TARE DOWN, REMOVAL AND CLEANING. BY THE TIME YOU GET A CHECK, YOU SEE 15 PERCENT OF YOUR MONEY!!
Cell Number: 818-823-6614