McHugh's Estate Sales is a family owned and operated business.
We have been in business in Richmond, Virginia since 1980 and operating estate tag sales in Richmond and the surrounding areas since 1992. When you hire us, you aren't hiring a chain or a franchise, you are dealing with a family that wants to help you.
By contacting McHugh's you will have made the first step in making some sense out of what can be very overwhelming and difficult. We have extensive experience dealing with estates that the house has been filled to the roof in hoarding situations. We will organize, prepare, price, photograph and sell all of the saleable merchandise. You don't need to sort, throw out, clean or even donate items before we arrive. We do everything! Let us decide what is saleable. You'll be surprised at what items people will buy. We are paid on commission, so we work extra hard to sell everything!
When we are done with the sale, we can leave the property BROOM CLEAN! You don't have to do anything if that's what you decide!
You start by giving us a call: 804-938-6749 or 804-892-3036. You will reach Brigid McHugh Jones or Louise McHugh, part of the FAMILY that will be running and working at the estate sale.
There are estate sale companies now that would like everyone to have an auction. We don't agree with this approach. Auctions are for finding good deals super cheap. Do you want the items in the estate you are dealing with to go super cheap? We doubt it. Auctioneers and auction companies will go through any estate and pull the best items, either leaving the rest or making box lots out of items they think will sell well. What about the rest? They do not sell the WHOLE estate. They only sell what they think will make the most or as a draw to the sale. Even online estate auctions DO NOT sell the whole estate. So what happens to the rest? Online auctions charge YOU to sort through the house, they charge YOU per person for the crew members working, they charge YOU to haul items to the trash, they charge YOU a set up fee per auction lot, they charge YOU for photographing the items, all of this is ontop of when they charge YOU a percent of anything that sells. Regular auction companies charge YOU per hour for sorting, packing and pickup. Usually PER crew member working, they charge mileage to their auction house and they charge YOU a percent of what they sell. Sound good yet? Don't think so.
Estate Sales by McHugh's:
On our initial meeting we will take a walk through the property and give you ideas and options.
At that time we will be able to give you an idea on how long it will take to prep the property, sale length and work out sale dates with you.
What we want you to do...
Don't throw away or donate ANYTHING, stop, don't even consider it.
The worst possible thing we want to hear is "We've already thrown a bunch out or this is our 5th trip to Goodwill."
All you need to do is take what you are keeping from the home and leave the rest, that's right, leave the rest to us. Let us decide what is trash and what isn't. You would be amazed at what people are willing to purchase. More often than not, it is the small things that make all the money at estate sales. You don't need to clean out closets, drawers, rooms, garages, ANYTHING! We do it all!
Once we have a signed contract and key to the property, we will begin organizing the house. We will throw out what needs to be thrown out, clean up glassware, furniture and items to make them presentable and saleable. We will price and tag EVERYTHING in the house that will be sold.
Once we have finished pricing everything, you will have a chance to come back through and see if you missed anything that you want to keep. We understand, you can't have seen it all and you may see that special Christmas ornament your mother gave you as a child.
We photograph everything and post photos online, here and on estatesales.net as well as on our 2 Facebook pages. We advertise in the newspaper and on craigslist. We usually film short videos and post them online. We put signs outside and directional signs through out the area.
When the sale is over, we can box up anything that is left and handle any donations. We can leave the house broom clean if that is what you decide you want. Some families choose to do the donating and final sort/haul themselves and we can work out the details with you.