Commission is a complicated thing, and for many clients, it is a deciding factor in which company to hire, but we encourage you to think about this differently, for the commission you pay may well determine the quality of service you get.
Pink Dog Estate Sales structures our commission based on the quality and volume of merchandise in the home, the challenge involved in preparing the home for the sale, and a general estimate of what we expect it to cost us to run the sale, as determined during your free consultation. We only get paid a percentage of the gross receipts from your sale, which means it behooves us to sell as much as possible at the best possible prices; however, it also means we are taking a big risk when we take on your sale. We do not charge a minimum, and there are no out of pocket costs to you.
A Word About Minimums
Many companies that charge minimums - and those minimums may be as high as $1800 -- do revert to a lower percentage after the sale has grossed a certan amount, but what many clients do not realize is that that magic number may be quite high. Not only that, but regardless of how your sale goes, you still have to pay the company their minimum.
- Companies that charge minimums do not accept credit cards -- Pink Dog Estate Sales does, and we do not charge you for the credit card fees, so you are saving 2-3% off our commission right there.
- Companies that charge minimums staff your sale with one to two people, while Pink Dog Estate Sales staffs your sale with a minimum of three people, for the security of your home and merchandise, and to provide better customer service.
- Companies that charge minimums often keep their costs down by limiting their set-ups to whatever they can accomplish in one day. We give ourselves three days or more, if necessary, to properly set up your home, and we pay our helpers to assist us in doing it right.
- Some companies that charge minimums are in the habit of running four or five sales a week. It doesn't matter how well each of their sales actually performs, because they are racking up minimums from all of them. You may never meet the owner of the company. With Pink Dog Estate Sales, you will always be communicating directly with Michelle and Steve.
So you see, while "1800 or 25 percent" may sound lower than what we propose, it's actually going to cost you in the long run, because the quality of service you receive will be inferior. The difference in commission goes to cover our additional expenses, enabling us to provide superior service to you, our valued client.