OK... So, I've got my hot-buttons. I suppose everyone does, but I'm really big on reliability & integrity. Generally makes it a little hard to choose a lawyer or figure out how to vote, but I kind of expect people to do what they say they're going to do, even when I don't believe they will.
You know: Sometimes certain vendors promise to do something that you figure isn't probable because it's going to be really hard or not cost-effective. No one else will step up, so you kind of go with that and figure you'll have to handle it yourself or live without it getting done.
I made the mistake of talking with several Estate Sales organizations a few years ago. I found myself really put off by the ones who showed up and were only interested in how much sterling silver, jewelry & collectibles would be included. I needed to manage those things, but I also needed to efficiently clear out the furniture, kitchen wares, tools, personal belongings and other items in the house so I could prepare it for sale. I'd spent a lot of time organizing my family's belongings into separate rooms -- china & crystal with other glass- & dishware in the family room; furniture in the living room; electronics in the office; paintings & wall hangings in the spare bedroom; tools & travel gear in the garage -- trying to make it easy to host a sale. Many of the glorified garage sale pickers couldn't care less about that; they only wanted the high-priced stuff they figured I didn't know anything about.
Not Vicky & Barb. Of course, they show up when they said they would, and they view all of the belongings in the house with patience & understanding. I'm selling a lifetime's worth of my parents' belongings, and they get it that there's nothing here to criticize or belittle. I'm watching them inventory everything in their heads as they review it all, and they ask a couple of pertinent questions. Efficient. Friendly. Compassionate. When we're done, Vicky says they'll do it.
What will they do? They'll show up the Monday of the sale week and organize everything. They'll advertise the sale and bring prospects to the house. On Thursday, everything will be sold at the prices marked; Friday, they'll offer some discounts; Saturday, they'll accept offers. They don't work on Sundays, but on Monday, they'll invite the charities to come in & pick from what's not sold; after that, the haulers come in & clear the place out. By noon, the property will be empty, and I can go back to getting it ready to sell.
Vicky quotes me a rate, and I say, "Let's do it."
Due to the coronapocalypse, I'm a bit tentative. What if they're not able to get the crowds they need? What if the lock-downs & holidaze make estate sales unattractive? Vicky & Barb assure me: This is going to be a good sale. I'm not convinced that they'll actually get everything taken care of, but I figure if I need to make only three or four trips to the dump, then I'm doing a lot better than otherwise.
Monday of the sale week, the Beehive team shows up and (gently) shove me out the door. Vicky says, "We've got this." I need to drop something off on Wednesday, and I can't believe the work they've done! The entire house has been transformed magically into a multi-room show-room. Everything has a price tag, and everything is cleaned & displayed beautifully. I almost want to buy half the stuff myself. (The bride would've killed me.)
The following Monday, I return just at noon, and the haulers are pulling away. A little tentatively, I go inside, wondering how much clean-up I have to do.
Nothing. The place is empty. Spotless. There's a half-roll of toilet paper hanging on the spool in one of the bathrooms. Nothing else. Inside & out, everything is gone. Just as Vicky promised.
Several days later, I get an envelope in the mail. It has the key, receipts from the charities, and a check. The receipts are detailed & useful for tax purposes, and the check is for more than I'd expected. Zowie.
Thanks, Vicky & Beehive!
Want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU BOTH for working so hard, patiently, and respectfully!
Hector and Kathryn
After the deaths of my mother and sister, I was faced with the difficult task of dispersing their furniture and many treasures. This was beyond my ability, so I hired Beehive to conduct an estate sale and it was the BEST decision I could have made. Vicky and her team took great care to present a large amount of items in their best light. They did absolutely everything ... sort, clean, price, display, promote, sell, full clean up and left the house broom clean. I received a check within a few days that exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend Vicky and her Beehive team!
"Wow! you took an extremely stressful and emotional event down to a completely calm and factual one, with just the right amount of emotion. I am so impressed with your professionalism and really appreciate that you took the time to listen to the stories behind some of the items. That made me feel like you understood the importance of each item and were able to translate that to the buyer.
I highly recommended you. Bravo!
Thank you for handling the estate sale so professionally. It is without a doubt the smoothest part of completing my estate responsibilities.
My sister and I couldn't be happier with Vicky and her Beehive staff. They organized our mom's estate sale in Concord, and sold almost everything. We felt from start to finish we were in excellent hands. We could have held a sale ourselves but they did all the work, made more money than we would ever had and made the process simple and painless. I was totally fine with their cut... they did all the work and saved us from the crushing sad feelings of watching people riffle through our loved ones worldly treasures. They take TONS of photos, do a great amount of advertising and have quite a following. IT WAS A NO BRAINER hiring them. Oh, and they haul away anything left, sweep up and turn over a totally empty house. Just what we needed. Ari H.
Can't say enough good things about Vicky, Barbara and the team. They were professional, flexible thoughtful, respectful and absolutely amazing at how quickly they pulled together the presentation of all my Mother's things. This was a difficult time for me and they made it relatively pain free. Highly recommend.
Wow, Beehive did an incredible Job in every way.
They were easy to work with.
Did what they promised and more.
We were told by another estate sales company that we did not have enough personal property to be worth their time and we should donate everything. They said we did not come close to their expected threshold of $8,000.00.
Beehive greatly exceeded our expectations and beat the other companies $8,000.00 expectations by over 20%. Our share was Almost $7,000.00 and they donated or hauled away the little that was left leaving us with a clean house.
Vicky and the Beehive team assisted me with an extended estate sale. They were fantastic to work with and made what seemed like at first an overwhelming endeavor completely hassle-free for me. Vicky was highly responsive and kept me updated during the entire process without me having to check in. She and the team were extremely organized and knowledgeable - traits I was dire need of. But what I appreciated most about Beehive was how the team always went the extra mile - whenever there seemed like there was a obstacle that might get in the way, they put effort into finding an alternative solution to keep everything on track and moving smoothly. I would highly recommend Beehive for your estate sale needs.
Vicky and her staff are great. Professional and super available. We recently had to clear out a house, with an incredible amount of antiques and knick-knacks. Vicky handles the whole process smoothly, professionally, and quickly. She also was incredibly available, even on weekends, for questions and communications. Her and her crew sold the lot for nearly twice what other folks quoted us. All in all, couldn't be happier with the level of professionalism, speed, and expertise offered by beehive estate sales!
Beehive was great on helping us with our mothers home last weekend. The volume of people that come to there estate sales is really amazing!! We did not make the % of the sale I would have liked, but the professionalism, communication (with me and realtor selling home), handling Charity p/u and Hauling the non charity and refuse items was GREAT (full service). People, Vicky and Barbara (owners) cared about us! To have done this on our own may have made us a bit more money in the end but the hassle and amount of time to do that after having gone through this process, I would choose Beehive Estate Sales again no question to do this, great people. They left when they said they would, every little thing that needed to be gone was and the home went straight to the realtor for pre-staging, perfect and easy!! To do this with my siblings would have been a great challenge, well worth the % cost of service. Highly recommend them, had a great experience.
"Outstanding experience with BES. Their thoroughness and professionalism created a magic carpet ride while emptying a house inhabited for sixty years by a collector and family. The BES team is the best!!! Susan
What an incredible experience with a potentially sad transition of an estate that was in a family home for over sixty years. The team was respectful, thoughtful, professional, and honest from start to finish. Dispersing a home that has been lived in for such a long time is no easy job and the team handled it all like magicians. Words are insufficient. Thank you, Susan Eoff
Vicky and her staff are great. Professional and super available. We recently had to clear out a house, with an incredible amount of antiques and knick-knacks. Vicky handles the whole process smoothly, professionally, and quickly. She also was incredibly available, even on weekends, for questions and communications. Her and her crew sold the lot for nearly twice what other folks quoted us. All in all, couldn't be happier with the level of professionalism, speed, and expertise offered by beehive estate sales!h here.
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