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We recently flew to Florida to bring my mother-in-law back with us to California so that she could live nearby in assisted living. Based on great reviews and a very good feeling after an initial phone conversation, we asked Bonnie to handle the sale of the house and the items within it, as she promised that she would take care of all of the details, enabling us to focus on getting Mom ready to come back with us to California.
We arrived to find a hoarder house that was grossly infested with bed bugs, and so cluttered and disorganized that even finding many important papers became an impossible task. Things were in such poor condition that we feared we would have to surrender the house back to the bank, rather than bring Mom back with a nice little nest egg in her bank account.
Despite the nightmarish conditions, Bonnie and her team were true to their word. They cleaned out the house (four dumpsters worth!), found a buyer who was willing to handle the bedbug problem, and somehow managed to sell the house at a small profit for Mom. Any other realtor would have walked away from this disaster, but Bonnie stuck with us, worked with us, kept us informed, and managed to get us through it.
Anyone looking for someone to manage their estate sale or the sale of their home would be hard pressed to find anyone with more experience, professionalism, or commitment to their client. We could not recommend her enough.
My Mom passed away and since my brother and I live in other states, we needed the help of an Estate Sale Professional. Bonnie at B&F had great reviews so we met and decided to go with her. She made this difficult time much less stressful for us. Bonnie is an HONEST and trustworthy professional. She was there for us the whole way, and her fees are very fair. I cannot recommend B&F enough. They were fantastic. Thank you Bonnie!
Bonnie and her team are AMAZING. Following the sudden and unexpected death of our father, B&F immediately began preparing to sell his apartment, as well as everything else remaining in the estate. With great efficiency, they oversaw the cleaning, carpeting, and painting of the apartment, as well as transfer of the car title into our names. They advertised both the apartment and other items from the estate in a variety of outlets and always worked tirelessly to negotiate the best price for us.
But they did more than that. When the cable company continued charging us, despite the fact that we had cancelled the service and returned the equipment, B&F took care of it and ensured that we never received another bill. When the utilities in our father's apartment were shut off unexpectedly, B&F called the electric company and had them turned on again. When the thermostat broke, B&F had it fixed. And it is worth acknowledging that B&F fronted the costs on almost everything we needed to do in order to prepare our father's apartment for sale.
It is truly thanks to B&F that my brother and I were able to return to our lives in NYC, go back to work, and contend emotionally with the loss of our father. B&F literally took care of everything else.
I tell everyone in NYC that B&F are so much more than an excellent Estate Sales Company- they were truly post-death caretakers for us. We never would have survived this loss and moved forward without their incredible guidance and support.
Shortly after my mother died, Bonnie came to her apartment in Sunrise to begin the process of selling her apartment. She explained the whole process, took photos, arranged for someone to clean out the apt, gave us the name of an excellent attorney and had the apt listed very soon after we met. We spoke a number of times before the apt was sold and she always was kind, respectful and very knowledgeable. She never acted annoyed when I texted or phoned with questions and always got back to me promptly. Even though I live in NY I knew the apt was in good hands! I recommend her highly.
Recently, I moved my parents from the apartment they lived in for 30 years to a nursing home in Pa. I found Bonnie's website, we set up a date to meet and she gave me a timeframe for selling/cleaning out the contents of their apt. During the meeting, she gave me great advice about everything related to the closing out of my parents apt. When I told her I would be back from New Jersey for the sale, she asked why, if I gave her the key, she would take care of everything. Music to my ears!!! And she DID take care of everything!! All of my parents' things were moved, the apt. was cleaned and I am beyond happy with the whole experience!!! I highly recommend Bonnie and her services!!
Having to do an estate sale means you've probably lost somebody close to you. It can be overwhelming. You have a lot of questions. Things need to get done. And you are most likely doing all of this under the emotion of just having lost somebody. It is quite a task. I'm glad I had Bonnie by my side.
Bonnie was available to do the estate sale in the time frame I needed. She was always available on the phone to answer my questions. And she did everything in a business like manner and with compassion.
Bonnie and her daughter in law, Melissa, were professional, organized, and kind. The estate sale, and the ensuing liquidation of items that didn't sell, went off as planned and expected.
One thing that Bonnie did stands out in particular. When you have to get rid of items from your loved ones, there will be some pieces you don't care about. If they sell, fine. If they don't, ok they'll be liquidated. But there may be some items that have not just monetary value but also have sentimental value. You can't keep them, for whatever reason, but you just don't want to have them liquidated. You want to find somebody who will pay what they are worth. I had some pieces of furniture just like this. But it was difficult to find somebody in the area where the estate sale was held who felt the same way about the pieces as I did. Bonnie went out of her way and found a buyer out of town who paid a good price for these items. This meant a lot to me.
Going through the whole process of getting rid of your loved one's possessions is a really difficult task. You want to have somebody helping you who you can trust to do the job in a manner that is not just financially sound, but in a manner that is respectful to the memory of the person you lost. Bonnie did both. I am glad I had Bonnie by my side.
I found EstateSalesFL on the internet and needed help. Bonnie answered the phone. She listened to my situation, was understanding and knowledgeable. I live out of town so we had to schedule a meeting. Bonnie met me at my parents home, looked at the situation, put a plan together and most importantly, delivered what she promised to do over the coming weeks. She managed our estate sale and clean out of my parents condo in a quick and professional manner. We recommend her services and extend our heart felt thanks for her support at a difficult time for me and my family.
Boonie was sent to us from heaven! She took care of organizing and selling the most terrific collections that my parents acquired over the years. What seemed to be overwhelming for us became a much easier task. She also took care of the sale of the condo which happened so quickly. We highly recommend Bonnie and her services...and thank her again.
Hopefully you don't need their services, but everyone will eventually have to deal with their parents passing away. Setting the grief aside for a moment, you most likely will have to deal with a house full of stuff. If you are like me and don't live in South Florida, this is a major problem. Going through all of the stuff can take over your life. I wasn't sure where to turn, but I found Bonnie and Melissa from B & F Estate Sales online. After reading some of the reviews on their website, I decided to have them come in and help out. It was a great decision.
I liked that they have been in business a long time and aren't just some fly by night company. Bonnie has been doing estate sales for over 30 years. If they aren't run right, from what I've read an estate sale can be a nightmare. I decided to fly into South Florida to "supervise" the sale. Unless there were any major problems, my plan was to totally stay out of their way. I would think that some companies wouldn't want the owner there while the sale was going on, but Bonnie and Melissa made me feel welcome to be involved in the process and I found their business interesting.
Prior to me coming into town, Bonnie and Melissa had gone through the house and started tagging items for sale. Bonnie is also a realtor, so I was very comfortable with her letting herself in and out during the week. I made a previous weekend trip to take some special things that I wanted to keep. I strongly recommend doing that first, so you know what is in the house. Plus it makes their job a lot easier if you can tell them - EVERYTHING there is for sale. That said, they did set aside some personal items, that they thought I would want, that I hadn't shipped yet. They aren't going to just sell something without checking with you first.
To "enhance" the sale, they brought in a few of their other client's merchandise. My mother wasn't a big collector of jewelry or figurines. Those things bring in customers, so it was a good idea. Each person's stuff was color coded with a sticker, so none of the money got confused. I quickly learned that people will buy anything. Cans of unused food - Sold. An electric mixer from 1957 - sold. Corn Cob holders - sold. Clothes, shoes, old board games, packs of playing cards, eye glasses, bulky costume jewelry, Dixieland Jazz records, coffee tables, piano sheet music, old telephones, towels, old garden tools, unused batteries, paintings off the wall, an old sewing machine and, and, and...
Now did I get rich selling all these things? No. Although it was cash in my pocket. For me it was about emptying out a house full of stuff, without it taking months and breaking my back doing it. My mother hated waste, so it also gave me some pleasure knowing that someone else was going to actually use these things. After the two day sale Bonnie and Melissa brought another company in that was responsible for the rest of the clean out of unsold things. Basically they see what's left for them to sell or donate to charity, then weigh that against the amount of labor it will take to move everything and clean the house. They write you a check for x amount and do the rest of the hard work. At the end you have a completely empty and clean house, ready for someone else to move into.
After watching Bonnie and Melissa work during the weekend, I can highly recommend them. I would trust them again to do it without me being there for sure. I'm guessing most of their clients aren't there. I could tell they have lots of loyal customers who are familiar with their sales. During the sale there was only one person who was a problem. They came through the house and wanted to haggle over every little dime and started to raise their voice about it . Bonnie and Melissa put their foot down politely but firmly and asked them to purchase the items at the fair price or leave. After all this is someone's home, it's not some 3rd world country flea market. These things were important to someone who has passed away, so Bonnie and Melissa insisted that everyone be respectful. They were also constantly keeping things neat and reorganizing the items during the sale.
I met lots of nice people during the sale that seemed to really enjoy talking about some of the items in my mom's home. To get this kind of clientele, Bonnie and Melissa spend time taking photos of your items and post it on their website as well as other estate sale websites. In their line of business it's all about having contacts and promoting the sale correctly. That's the difference between doing your own garage sale and having a professional company come in. B & F Estate Sales was a great choice for me. I'm sure they will be for you too.
I was fortunate enough to meet Bonnie last November while purchasing the business that I currently own. Its not everyday that someone makes your dreams come true but Bonnie did just that! I am forever grateful to Bonnie for everything she did for me and my family. Thanks Bonnie!!!!!