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Frequently Asked Questions


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Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT ARE THE UPFRONT COSTS?

THERE ARE NONE!
We require NO investment in our process from you at all. Not even time! We pay for all setup expenses, including marketing and staffing.

HOW WILL I BE PAID?

We will wire your net proceeds directly to your bank account, along with complete accounting and sales numbers, all within 5 days of the sale.

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WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

NOTHING!
Once an agreement is signed, we will begin preparing for the sale. You will not need to lift a finger! We take care of everything.

WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE AREA?

THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
We provide estate liquidation services to Indiana, Illinois, Colorado and Florida, focusing on the Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver and Naples markets - but we conduct sales in other states as well.

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WHAT DOES AETHER MEAN, EXACTLY?

ÆTHER, as a word, is ancient in origin, and brought understanding to the material that fills the region of the universe beyond the terrestrial sphere. Almost like water that the stars float through. Strange, sure, but it's good to be a little eccentric.

WHY HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?

A FEW REASONS:
1. Estate sales are the best way to maximize the sales price for most personal property found in a home.
2. Estate sales are the most direct and profitable way to sell personal property to the general public.
3. Estate sales are an incredibly efficient way to clear a house of possessions and make it ready for sale.

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Redefining Estate Sale Experiences


Redefining Estate Sale Experiences


EXPERIENCE, CONVENIENCE, HIGH RETURNS. It's called the Aether Standard for a reason. It's our standard way of operating. No other company can claim it. We worked hard for our reputation, and we want you to enjoy the benefits. Our customer base is huge.

We can inventory an entire house faster than any company out there, and our team is full of experts. We are known for exceeding our client’s expectations in service, thoroughness and items sold. We bring the expertise of over 300 sales to every sale we do.

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ARE YOU BONDED? HOW ABOUT INSURED?

YOU BET! WE ARE COVERED, AND SO ARE YOU!
We are bonded to $20,000 just in case anything were to happen. If we could not fulfill our end of the contract, you would be covered. We are proud to say that because of our hard work and dedication, this has never happened.

We also carry a $2 million dollar liability insurance policy covering accidents that were to happen on your property, and protection in case your items were damaged, destroyed or stolen, as well as protection on the property itself, in case it were to be damaged.


WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

WE HAVE OFFICES ACROSS THE US
Our home base is in Indianapolis, and we have operations in Illinois, Florida, Missouri, and Colorado . Check out our CONTACT page for more info.

HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE THE SALE?

WE ARE MARKETING AND DESIGN EXPERTS
We pride ourselves on the effectiveness of our advertising process. Everything we do, from choosing appropriate wording for ads to deciding which streets to place signs on, is done with the intent of making a sale successful.

We advertise on our own website and all of the main estate sale websites - estatesales.net, .org and .com. We have a following of regular customers, and we notify past customers through our extensive email list.


DO YOU DISCOUNT ITEMS ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SALE?

SOMETIMES, UP TO 50% OFF
Most items that have not been sold yet are discounted 50% on the last day of the sale. One of our goals is to sell everything, so there is nothing left behind for you to worry about. We find that having a day with half off prices keeps the estate sale busy and entices customers to return, maximizing your profit.

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HOW DO I KNOW YOUR COMPANY IS LEGITIMATE?

CHECK OUT OUR PAST SALES
We are a family-owned company, and we carry all of the required state licenses. We are also bonded to $20,000, and carry a $2 million liability insurance policy. We have an "A" rating with the BBB and just won the 2015 Super Service Award from Angie's List. If that's not enough, hopefully knowing that we've staged, priced, and cleared nearly 100 homes in just the last year will put your mind at ease.

WHAT IS YOUR RATE?

WE CHARGE 30 to 50% FOR OUR SERVICES, AND THERE ARE NO ADDED COSTS.
Our rate is 30 - 50% of final sales, depending on how much the sale grosses. We pay for all advertising, signage, merchant processing, employees, administrative costs and transportation of consigned items. There are no hidden costs.

HOW LONG ARE YOUR SALES?

USUALLY 2 DAYS
Our sales are usually 2 days - Friday and Saturday. If a sale warrants more time, we can extend the sale through Sunday.

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We're the company you've been looking for


We're the company you've been looking for


CAN YOU SELL THE HOME AS WELL?

YES, As a matter of fact, we can!
We not only sell the possessions in the home, we can also sell the home itself - either through a traditional listing, or an auction. We will help you decide which option is best.Write here...

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I EXPECT TO ATTEND THE SALE?

A LOT! NO REALLY, A TON!
We are very effective with advertising, and regularly see 400 to 1000 people at our sales.

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DO I NEED TO BE MOVED OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR THE SALE?

NOT EXACTLY, BUT WE WILL NEED ROOM TO WORK
We prefer that when our team arrives we transform the house into a shopping environment and maintain a no-resident policy, but this is not absolutely necessary. We ask that the owner or estate executor not be on the premises for the set-up or during the sale, as things can get emotional.

DO YOU ALLOW PREVIEWS OR PRE-SALES?

NO
We do not offer previews or pre-sales. By leveling the playing field, we have built a large following of shoppers who know that they will always have an equal chance to purchase the most sought after items in each sale.