Estate Sales, Online Auctions & Downsizing Services

Estate Sales, Online Auctions & Downsizing Services

Transition Squad® offers one stop shopping to help clients downsize. We offer a menu of services that we package together based on each client's needs. Our core specialty is to help our clients sell their belongings through our unique Online Auction + Estate Sale Combo via our own auction platform.

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(Fees & commissions vary. Contact us for a free consultation)

This auction typically has 20 items or more and all items are dedicated to one client. If you can set up a garage sale or post on an online classifieds site, you can set up your own DIY online auction which is faster, a lot less work overall and you'll make more money.

You simply provide us with photos and descriptions, and manage the pickup of items that are won. We do the rest. We provide you with free training and support throughout the process, after which you'll be an expert on everything from how to price your items to how to manage the pickup. As well, we:

  • Build a custom web page for your auction
  • Conduct the online auction using our auction platform
  • Advertise and market your auction
  • Collect credit card payment from winners
  • Provide you with winner receipts to manage the pickup, and
  • Charge you a much lower commission than our Fully Managed Auctions as you are doing the onsite work.

If you're a Professional Organizer, Realtor, Charity or Dealer that conducts auctions of your own more frequently, would like to offer auction services or start a downsizing or buy-sell business, ask about our Senior Downsizing Academy and Partner Network. You'll get coaching, mentoring, training, potential lead generation, access to free or low cost inventory, discounted commission rates and much more.

Need help setting up lots, managing photography, creating descriptions, pricing your items, and managing the pickup? If you have at least 50 items with good resale value, our Territory Managers are ready to help, starting with a free consultation.

The entire process can take as little as two weeks. We recommend you do not get rid of anything in advance as items you may throw away or donate may have more value than you think.

Unlike most companies in this business, we are not just liquidators and do not start everything at $1. Depending on your requirements, we research items and price them fairly but aggressively to entice bidding. It takes us a little longer to do the homework than just starting everything at $1, but ensures that you get a better value for your belongings.

Most companies in this industry are liquidators. Transition Squad® is not. We're project managers. Our job is to find ways to get the most money for your belongings with the least amount of hassle for you. That's why we don't just stop selling after an auction is over. We continue to sell right through the pickup period.

If you just have an estate sale, then everything including the higher value, more desirable items, get liquidated at garage sales prices. Even items that are already priced to liquidate are reduced even further as bargain hunters haggle them down. Often, the more valuable items also sell for much less than they're worth or not at all.

On the other hand, if you just have an online auction, many garage sale items may not sell and are typically left for disposal. However, the total dollars that can be made on garage sale type items can really add up.

Transition Squad®'s unique two step process gives you the best of both worlds. First, we conduct an online auction so there is a bidding war for all the desirable items and the bidding frenzy carries over to the mid and garage level items as well. Then, for anything left unsold, we hold an estate sale in conjunction with the pickup of the auction winnings. We continue to sell until the end of the pickup period. The end result is that more items are sold overall and more money is generated for you overall. Using this approach, we've actually had many a situation where virtually everything was sold.

CONDOS ARE OUR SPECIALTY! Most companies cannot conduct auctions or estate sales in condos or restricted areas. But we can. Our unique approach and turnkey service make it possible for us to do things that other companies can't.

We're big believers in Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose to keep things out of the landfill. It's better for the environment and there are many people in need that can benefit from what you no longer need or want.

After an auction is over or if there is no time to do an auction, we'll provide you with a quote to clear out the entire premises. We will donate what we can through donation centers before disposing of them.

As part of our menu of services, we offer a full turnkey clear out service. Whether you are having an auction first or not, we can provide you with a very competitive quote to clear out your premises and donate as much as we can to those in need (See Donation Management above), as well as pack and handle your move to your new residence.

Moving can be stressful. Our Moving Services can handle your entire short or long distance move including packing and transportation, all at competitive rates to provide peace of mind and ease of relocation. For long distance moves, we are aligned with national and international carriers that can help relocate you, your contents and even your vehicles wherever you want to go.

Transition Squad's primary business helps clients sell and clear out entire households' of items quickly, efficiently and effectively through online auctions and estate sales. Clients save time and money, can feel good knowing their belongings are going to a good home and get some cash in the process.

However, we often get inquiries from those that have a small volume of items that they want to sell. You can post such items yourself on our Virtual Consignment Store Facebook Group in your area. This is a free self-serve community service we provide that leverages the power of Facebook Marketplace and Facebook Groups.

Or, if you need to free up the space in your home quickly, we can connect you with our independent Consignment Network. Just send us pictures and your location and we'll distribute it to the network to see if they have space and can accommodate.

Sometimes, a home is extremely cluttered with junk. In this case, we have to get organized and clear out the layer(s) of true junk before we have access and space to deal with the sellable items. In such a case, we may bring in a bin or a truck and remove all the unsellable items so that we can maximize the price of the sellable items. Usually this service goes hand in hand, where necessary, with our auctions and estate sales.

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