Tips for a Successful Auction
- Set a Date. Choose a day which allows you to be available a day or two ahead of time. Once you set a date you will have a goal to aim for. Things will start to happen. Roger, Travis, or Chris will advise you on the advantages of a weekend or weekday auction.
- Determine exactly what you plan to sell. Remove personal items that are not to be sold. Aprox. 12 days prior to the auction the advertising list is due. Auctioneers usually write list and take pictures for the website.
- Gather boxes, extra boxes are good! Auctioneers will advise which items to box. Gather items in a central location, if possible. Recruit help, especially on day of sale. Many hands make light work! Most times furniture can not be set out until just prior to the sale. Auctioneers will assist in set-up, but we need your help. Note: Auctioneers will completely set-up auction if you desire. We charge accordingly.
- Gather all vehicle titles. Make sure titles have no liens and are signed. Boats & ATV’s have registrations, large boats have titles.
- Make sure items are clean. Items with engine’s check gas, oil, & batteries. First impressions are lasting ones. Mow lawn if needed. Clean garage or shed. Lighting is important. Auctioneers provide tables.
- Inspect auction site for safety. Look for open wells, no dogs, dead tree limbs. Board up unsafe buildings. Liability Insurance is required.
- Finally, Signing an auction contract is the first step to get the ball rolling. Not only is it required by the Wisconsin Department of Regulations & Licensing, but it sets forth the responsibilities and duties of each party.