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EstateMAX & Other People's Stuff

Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 332-5585
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 estatemaxsells@gmail.com

WINNER of the 2014 Angies List Super Service Award !

Reviews :

Review Date: August 27, 2016 Member:  Sharon Ferlaino 43773 Paramount Place Chantilly, VA 20152 Category:  Auction Services Services Performed:  Yes * More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed. Work Completed Date:  July 09, 2016 Hire Again:  Yes Approximate Cost:  $4,000.00 Description Of Work:  Successful estate/moving sale.   Provided very organized and professional service and excellent communication throughout the process Member Comments:  Successful sale Share on Band of Neighbors:  Yes   Overall A Price A Quality A Responsiveness A Punctuality A Professionalism A    

Review Date: August 23, 2016 Member:  Russ & Judy Mushro 31 Wedgefield Blvd Ocean View, DE 19970 Category:  Auction Services Services Performed:  Yes * More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed. Work Completed Date:  July 22, 2016 Hire Again:  Yes Approximate Cost:  $3,500.00 Description Of Work:  Priced, marketed ,organized, advertised and sold household items, furniture, garage items and other valuables in our estate sale. Estate Max also cleaned the premises, supervised the removal of sold items, delivered household merchandise/furniture to our charity of choice. Member Comments:  The Estate Max team was truly professional from the beginning of the process of the estate sale to the end. They were on time for every appointment or scheduled home visit. Phone calls, text messages and emails were answered promptly. They did exactly what they had said they were going to do ! ! !  Estate Max advertising and marketing of our furnishings was superb. The video presentation was fantastic. Their experience in this business gave us the confidence that they would reach the most potential buyers and we would get the most money from the sale. After the sale we received our proceeds in a prompt manner and was given an account of all sold items. We would not hesitate to recommend Laurie and the Estate Max team. Share on Band of Neighbors:  Yes   Overall A Price A Quality A Responsiveness A Punctuality A Professionalism A    

Review Date: May 18, 2016 Member:  Betsy McMahan PO Box 423 Lutherville, MD 21094 Category:  Auction Services Services Performed:  Yes * More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed. Work Completed Date:  May 08, 2016 Hire Again:  Yes Approximate Cost:  $2,250.00 Description Of Work:  We hired EstateMax to sell an antique Rolls Royce for us. Before hiring Laurie, we had talked to some interested parties on our own but had never been able to seal the deal. To be clear, the "cost of service" listed above was an agreed upon percentage of the final sales price. Since EstateMax was also taking care of our home estate sale, there was no upfront fee charged. Member Comments:  Laurie was committed to selling this car for us. So much so, it was towed to her home and sat in her driveway for two months saving us on storage fees. There were at least 8 qualified buyers who ultimately had price and condition objections to a purchase. In the end, they wanted a "cherry" that needed little or no work, and they wanted to buy at a below market price. Unless a 1958 vehicle has been reconditioned and restored (and has the price tag to match) it's not likely to be in perfect condition. How many 60 year olds do you know that are in perfect shape?? By the time the interested buyer was located, Laurie had practically become a mechanical expert on our Rolls. She had also prioritized selling our car over many of her other duties and responsibilities. Ultimately, she found a buyer from Chicago who flew into BWI to take a look. Laurie even picked him up from the airport! Selling our Rolls Royce was an amazing effort in persistence on Laurie's part. Though we were a bit disappointed in the final sales price, it wasn't for lack of effort on Laurie's part. The market isn't what it was when the car was purchased. Share on Band of Neighbors:  No   Overall A Price A Quality A Responsiveness A Punctuality A Professionalism A     Review Date: April 07, 2016

Member:  Betsy McMahan PO Box 423 Lutherville, MD 21094 Categories:  Auction Services Furniture - Sales Services Performed:  Yes * More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed. Work Completed Date:  February 27, 2016 Hire Again:  Yes Approximate Cost:  $3,500.00 Description Of Work:  Laurie and her staff organized an estate sale for us over a three day weekend.  She marketed, priced and arranged our treasures before the sale and provided staffing for the entire weekend so we didn't have to be there for, what would have been, a very hard and emotional releasing of all our stuff.

Member Comments:  We tried auctioning some of our treasures off in the past and had been very disappointed with the results.  All in all, the weekend was a success.  If you have a house full of items you need to liquidate, I feel Laurie's services will allow you to get the most for your stuff - definitely more than other options like auctions, yard sales and flea markets.  Her pricing seems fair to the buyer and seller.  And, if an item remains on the final day, the buyer gets a nice discount which inspires last minute sales so fewer items remain at the end. What happens to what's left over?

Can't wait to see you at our sale. Setup was 334.

Laurie manages a warehouse where items go for a second chance to be sold.  That's a wonderful option because sometimes what's left after an estate sale is just too good to give to Good Will or another charity but it must go somewhere because you have to vacate your home.  Laurie also went above and beyond helping with some specific challenges which were unique to our sale.  She and her staff helped make a very stressful time in our lives easier to handle. A few big items were sold before the weekend of the estate sale and, even though she didn't have to, Laurie helped support us so we had extra funds available to pay our own personal movers. After the sale, our final check was lost by the post office. (It went on a very long trip around the east coast.) Laurie worked h****** our behalf with the post office and the bank until the issue was resolved.  We recommend her services highly.   Share on Band of Neighbors:  Yes   Overall A Price A Quality A Responsiveness A Punctuality A Professionalism A    

Review Date: March 31, 2016 Member:  Richard Culp 4817 Bayard Blvd Bethesda, MD 20816 Categories:  Auction Services Home Staging Moving Services Performed:  Yes * More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed. Work Completed Date:  March 30, 2016 Hire Again:  Yes Approximate Cost:  $800.00 Description Of Work:  I hired EstateMax to remove remaining items from my mother's 2 br condo after she moved to a small 1br assisted living facility.  EstateMax provided moving, consignment, and donation services.  They moved all items, both furniture and boxed dishes, etc., to their facility,  inventoried the items, donated to charity items not appropriate for sale, and then placed the remaining times on consignment sale at their facility.   As of 3/30/16, EstateMax has provided receipts for the donations and about $380 from the consignment sale, which is on-going. We expect to receive addition funds from the consignment sale.   Member Comments:  The process has been very smooth.  We paid about $800 in upfront fees to cover the move and initial inventory.  We receive 50% of the consignment sale.  Thus far, we have received about $380.   This was a major life transition for my mother and our family.  We spent a great amount of prep time to prepare for the transition, distributing items to family members and disposing of clearly unusable items.  EstateMax has been a one-stop solution to clearing the condo.  They very efficiently provided moving services and they are taking care of the consignment sale at their site.  This allowed us to move quickly to prepare the condo for sale.  (We did not want to have an on-site sale because of the logistics involved.)   Share on Band of Neighbors:  Yes Company Response:  It was our pleasure and the sales are ongoing. Thank you.      Overall A Price A Quality A Responsiveness A Punctuality A Professionalism A

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Testimonials

[current Angie’s Members can see the reviews at https://www.tinyurl.com/estatemax ]

SOME OF OUR RECENT CLIENT'S- REVIEW

Angie's List Reviewed

Review Date: July 06, 2015
Member: David & Judi Rindler
36491 Warwick Dr
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Category: Auction Services
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: May 12, 2015
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $3,500.00
Description Of Work: Three day estate sale
Member Comments: This service went very well. Lauri and Steve did everything that they promised and after the estate sale, they cleaned the house so that the new buyers could move in. I would highly recommend them to our friends or anyone that needs Estate Sales service.
Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Company Response: Thank you {member name removed} for your review. We have a number of your pieces on sale at Other People's Stuff in Frederick and will continue to sell them through the year. Thank you for your trust and support in us. Laurie

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

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Review Date: June 12, 2015
Member: Martha Hall
, 20010
Category: Auction Services
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: May 28, 2015
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $3,000.00
Description Of Work: Organized contents of home, priced individual items, and provided auction sales, and cleaned house after the sale.
Member Comments: To me, the most impressive thing is that Laurie always contacted me on schedule about things related to the auction and the cleaning of my home. She is very responsible and in this day and age it is a very important characteristic. She is self motivated and I never felt that I had to be constantly trying to get the status of things from her. She seems to have a good sense of timing about how long everything will take and follows through on everything. Kudos to Laurie and Steve and their organization.

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Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Company Response: Hi [Member name removed], Thank you for your putting your trust in us. This sale was unique in that it was in NW DC with little parking in Columbia Heights neighborhood which made it difficult overall. You had great stuff for us to sell and we did our best to get the word out locally by posting sales bills on poles and hand outs to people at the metro on 14th St as well as our in print and on line ads. We have your quality estate sale pieces now on consignment ready for our July sale at Other People's Stuff and will send you payment within the month following their sale. Thank you again. Laurie

Review Date: April 28, 2015
Member: Francine Markbein
10834 Split Rail Dr
Manassas, VA 20112
Category: Auction Services
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: April 18, 2015
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $3,900.00
Description Of Work: Laurie & Steve came for an initial visit to discuss the process and do an overviiew of the things we wanted sold in conjunction with a move. After we agreed to proceed, Steve made another trip to photograph the more important items for advertising. We were scheduled for a two day weekend sale which was advertised on line and in print. The two days before the sale, Steve and Laurie returned to set up tables, organize, and price the merchandise. After the sale, Steve returned with some helpers to remove the unsold items to consignment and charity.
Member Comments: I thought the items were well priced and some even sold for more than we originally paid for them. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a number of the items that we thought would remain unsold did sell at reasonable prices. A number of the items I was sure would sell (dining room furniture and a few antiques) did not sell which surprised me. However, they went to consignment, on a separate contract with Estate Max, so I am hoping for a positive outcome on those things as well. I believe that Laurie & Steve were knowledgable about the items we were selling and took good care to display and price them appropriately. Since we were not present during the sale, we relied on their procedures for keeping our house and sale items secure during the sale while encouraging as much traffic as possible which they successfully accomplished.
Share on Band of Neighbors: No
Company Response: hi (removed member name), thank you very much for taking the time to review the project we did with you.I will be in touch with you on a monthly basis sending you a check for all sales up to that date it was any other information I have on your consignments again I feel that will do extremely well with them and this will be an added bonus after the estate sale thank you again hope you're well.

Overall A
Price B
Quality B
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Review Date: March 10, 2015
Member: Dory Kennedy
9649 Ethan Ridge Drive
Frederick, MD 21704
Category: Auction Services
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: February 14, 2015
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $500.00
Description Of Work: Totally inventoried my house and helped price/value several older pieces.

Member Comments: Laurie Zook & Steve Berryman spent hours with me - helping me with pricing, valuation and most of Support for my situation.
I definitely felt like I made New Friends ! They are Super! Couldn't be happier and would recommend them 150% !

Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Company Response: Hi [member name removed], Thank you for your trust! Makes all the difference. I will have a check to send you for the sale of several of your items you consigned to the showroom. Other People's Stuff. Will mail to you next week.Thank you for the great review. Hope all is getting better!

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Review Date: January 24, 2015
Member: James Bilstad
1000 Hoskins Ln
San Ramon, CA 94582
Categories: Auction Services
Home Staging
Interior Design & Decorating
Moving
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: December 14, 2014
Hire Again: Yes
Description Of Work: Laurie Zook managed all aspects of a downsizing 3- day moving sale including, pricing, staging, advertising, and removal of items that did not sell, transferring them either to a donation center or to her consignment sales facility.
Member Comments: Laurie Zook is a "take-charge" person who gets things done, and was of enormous help to me in my downsizing. All areas of the house that were not off limits to the sale were completely cleared and clean when I returned. Steve Waterman, her business partner and Director of Business Development, was also a big help to me in a number of areas including managing the move of non-sale items to a storage unit for another family member.
Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Company Response: Hi, Thank you very much for the review. We enjoyed doing this sale in the Highlands of Urbana. Thank you to Rich Terselic who introduced us. He has been a long time mentor for my business. Best of luck to you in your new home in California. I'll be in touch soon about sales numbers from O.P.S. "Other People's Stuff "Showroom sale.
Page Of Happiness Nominee

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A
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Review Date: October 30, 2014
Member: Susan Richardson
2814 Battery Place NW
Washington, DC 20016
Work Completed Date: October 28, 2014
Hire Again: Yes
Description Of Work: She helped me prepare for a downsizing move; conducted an "estate" sale, after I had moved out; then arranged to donate or haul away all remaining items, leaving the house broom clean and ready for closing (the house was already under contract).
Member Comments: Laurie is personable, professional and efficient. This was a downsizing move from the home that I shared for 22 years with my late husband, so it was logistically and emotionally difficult. Laurie spent two days before my move helping me to tackle the hardest areas of the house and to sort and pack up books, records, photographs etc. Throughout the period leading up to the move, she answered questions and provided advice. Most important, once I moved out, she took control, organizing and conducting a sale, donating clothing and other unsold items to appropriate charities, clearing out all trash and leaving the house ready for closing - all in a very compressed period of time. She was completely reliable - showing up when she said she would , and accomplishing what she promised in the required timeframe. Quite simply, I could not have managed this move without Laurie's help.
Laurie's business is demanding and requires super efficiency. So it is my impression that she would not have a lot of time for warm and fuzzy hand-holding, if that is what you want. But she provides excellent service, efficiently and professionally. I would definitely recommend her to a friend.

Review Date: October 08, 2014
Member: Kari Ebeling
Westminster,md
Work Completed Date: October 08, 2014
Last Modified Date: October 17, 2014
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $1,500.00
Description Of Work: She was excellent in arranging the execution of the estate sale from staging every item to sweeping out the house when the sale was over. It is a turnkey solution if you don't have the time or expertise, which I did not. She suggested best practices in how to achieve the highest profit possible which was of utmost importance in continuing to provide additional financial security for the the person who owns the estate.
Member Comments: She thought of every possible way to encourage traffic at the sale from paying for meter parking spaces for the weekend to previewing pictures of items on line and in social media outlets. Great ability to promote special items with prospective buyers in mind. Arranges the final clearing of any remaining items for charity donations. Terrific service and attention to detail, would recommend her services to anyone needing to handle someone's estate sale.

Review Date: September 24, 2014
Member: Mindy Carey
12929 Tourmaline Terrace
SILVER SPRING, MD 20904
Work Completed Date: September 22, 2014
Hire Again: Yes
Description Of Work: I called and spoke to Ms. Laurie Zook who was extremely nice and very helpful.
Member Comments: Ms. Zook steered me in the direction of an auction house, which she felt better suited my needs. She was professional, knowledgeable and very helpful.

Review Date: September 04, 2014
Member: Michael John
38610 Morrisonville Road
Lovettsville, VA 20180
Work Completed Date: September 04, 2014
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $6,131.00
Description Of Work: Manage all aspects of my downsizing--from pricing items for sale (tough as many antiques but done very well), running the sale (all aspects from pre-event advertising to day of sale services), and clean up.
Member Comments: WOW is all I can say... but let me provide more. Absolutely fantastic. I had been dreading this but the care and concern for me by Laurie and her team were fantastic. My wife had just passed and it was an emotional period for me. Laurie was like a family member in her concern for not only doing the sale in my best interests, but also for my emotions during this challenging period.

Review Date: August 12, 2014
Member: Chris Roberts
, 91709
Work Completed Date: July 12, 2014
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $3,500.00
Description Of Work: Liquidated contents in my parent's house.
Member Comments: Everything was absolutely perfect. Laurie is professional, prompt and VERY patient. She accomplished exactly what we contracted her to do.
clientsJune 2015
Review Date: March 31, 2016
Member: Richard Culp
4817 Bayard Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20816
Categories: Auction Services
Home Staging
Moving
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: March 30, 2016
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $800.00
Description Of Work: I hired EstateMax to remove remaining items from my mother's 2 br condo after she moved to a small 1br assisted living facility. EstateMax provided moving, consignment, and donation services. They moved all items, both furniture and boxed dishes, etc., to their facility, inventoried the items, donated to charity items not appropriate for sale, and then placed the remaining times on consignment sale at their facility. As of 3/30/16, EstateMax has provided receipts for the donations and about $380 from the consignment sale, which is on-going. We expect to receive addition funds from the consignment sale.

Member Comments: The process has been very smooth. We paid about $800 in upfront fees to cover the move and initial inventory. We receive 50% of the consignment sale. Thus far, we have received about $380.
This was a major life transition for my mother and our family. We spent a great amount of prep time to prepare for the transition, distributing items to family members and disposing of clearly unusable items. EstateMax has been a one-stop solution to clearing the condo. They very efficiently provided moving services and they are taking care of the consignment sale at their site. This allowed us to move quickly to prepare the condo for sale. (We did not want to have an on-site sale because of the logistics involved.)

Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Company Response: It was our pleasure and the sales are ongoing. Thank you.
R. CulpMarch 2016
Member: Marie V Melchiori
19350 Magnolia Grove Square Unit 409
Lansdowne, VA 20176-8492
Categories: Auction Services
Moving
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: September 11, 2015
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $3,500.00
Home Build Year: 2005
Description Of Work: Arranged and priced items for sale. We moved from a house where we had lived for almost 50 years into a condo. There were a lot of items that we were not taking with us. Laurie and Steve conducted a 3 day estate sale, donated items that couldn't be sold, and took items to their consignment shop.
Member Comments: Laurie and Steve did what they said they would do. Items that were not sold were left in the house and they did not need to clean it out since it was a knock down. There are still items at their consignment shop and I just received a small check via PayPal.
Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Company Response: [member name removed], Thank you for your trust. Your house was chock full of great smalls and some nice vintage and antique furniture. We moved as much as possible over the three days. Your consignment items are at O.P.S.MY consignment warehouse in Frederick Md. It's a liquidation center where everything is sold at 50% and 75% off the estate sale tagged prices.

Overall A
Price B
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A
M.MelchioriOctober 2015
Review Date: September 15, 2015
Member: Mark Hanson
35 Kerry Ln
EASTHAM, MA 02642
Categories: Auction Services
Furniture - Sales
Moving
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: August 21, 2015
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $3,500.00
Description Of Work: Provided services to prepare furniture, clothing, household items for in-home estate sale and move to consignment or charity items not sold, including pre-sale publicity, and conduct all aspects of estate sale over three weekend days.
Member Comments: Candid, professional initial meeting to discuss and agree on contract. Lengthy review and photo shoot of all furniture, clothing, household goods (smalls) to be sold. Posted numerous photos in appealing way to website and numerous linked sales and auction sites in advance to drive attendance. Lengthy staging session to price and arrange all items a few days before the sale started. Totally professional operation of sales time for three weekend days, including control and monitoring of visitors. Professional and timely move out of remainder of furniture, clothing and smalls that did not sell to showroom for consignment sale, and charity. Regular, clear communications. Prompt follow up and wrap up with sales records and payment of proceeds. All went well. Sale was successful, although late August weekend may have reduced buyers, but that timing could not be altered. LOTS of traffic through the house indicated very successful effort to drive attention and attendance through the various web sites to which EstateMax posts.. The staging for the sale was great, attractive and appealing, and the team changed staging appearance as weekend continued. Would retain the team again. Laurie and Steve, and others from EstateMax were a pleasure to work with and thoroughly professional in their approach to this service and performing.
Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Company Response: [Member Name Removed] thank you very much for a great review it was wonderful to get to know you and support you in your transition. Your furniture was really high quality very nice and we're happy to have the leftovers ,so to speak , at Other Peoples Stuff to sell and will keep in touch with you on a monthly basis with a check. Thank you so much and best of luck with your contemporary house renovation- it sounds very exciting!

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED WHEN COMPLETING THIS REVIEW
How much did the final cost compare to the original estimate? right on

How does the value of the work compare to the price? I got exactly what I paid for

How far in advance did you schedule the work? more than 2 weeks

Did you find the company through Angie's List? yes

If yes, which source(s)? website

Why did you choose this contractor? reputation

Have you used this company before? this is the first time I've used this company

What did you like most about this contractor? Clear, frequent communication

What surprises came up during the course of the work? We could not be completely out of the house, but EstateMax helped deal with that so it served our interests and didn't hurt the sale or impede EstateMax.

What words of advice would you give other members considering this contractor? Think about the timing of the sale if possible to maximize local attendance.

What words of advice would you give this contractor? I cannot think of advice to offer, or changes to suggest.
M. HansonSeptember 2015
Review Date: September 12, 2015
Member: Marc Mayerson
, 20852
Category: Auction Services
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: August 17, 2015
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $8,000.00
Description Of Work: The company provided a one-stop-solution for selling or ridding ourselves of furniture and other items from our former home. The company organized and advertised a sale of items and donated on our behalf the remainders, leaving the house absolutely empty and broom clean for the purchasers of our home.
Member Comments: The company are totally professional, super organized, and completely dedicated. I left the house with one week before the buyers took ownership, walking out the door and leaving furniture, household items, clothing, etc. in situ. Everything was sold or donated and the house totally emptied for the new owners. A huge undertaking that caused us no exertion and resulted in our receiving a net proceeds check. In other words, we dumped all this stuff on EstateMax and got paid for the privilege of doing so!

Finding and hiring EstateMax was one of the best things I did in moving from a home we had occupied for 15 years. Lauire Zook and Steve Berryman offer a fantastic service, strive to achieve fair pricing of the items sold, and take care of absolutely everything. We could not be more satisfied, and we give our unequivocal endorsement for luxury homeowners moving, downsizing, or dealing with an estate.
Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Company Response: Hi [Member name removed], Thank you for the stellar review. It was our privilege to handle this project for you and your family!
M. MayersonSeptember 2015

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