Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is an estate sale?

 An estate sale is a quick, yet effective, way of liquidating some or all of the belongings of a family or estate and is usually held in the home.  Today’s estate sales are conducted for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: a death of a loved one, downsizing, moving to a new location, divorce, foreclosure, or any number of life’s transitions.

When should I call you? 

We suggest calling us early in the decision process.   Our consultation is free and we can give you insight as to whether a sale is the right venue for you and how to prepare for a sale.

When is the best time to have an estate sale?

As an estate sale is usually tied to the sale of a house, please consult your realtor for advice as to timing. Many sales take place between the acceptance of an offer and the closing date.  Our average estate sale attracts over 600 customers over three days, many of which are interested in the house itself.  We will gladly provide your realtor’s listing sheet for distribution if before the house sale, or their business card, if before the closing.

Why choose Sheridan Estate Sales II (Sheridan 2)?

Sheridan 2 is one of the most ethical, professional, and sought after estate sale companies in the area.  Our sales are known for being beautifully staged and competitively priced thus attracting a strong customer following.  We use a state of the art point of sale system that accepts all major credit and debit cards and accounts for all transactions.  Our employees receive W2 wages and are covered by workman’s compensation and we also carry business liability insurance.  We conduct 3 day sales (instead of 2) which increase the proceeds and significantly reduce the merchandise remaining.  These are just a few of the points that make us stand out.  We encourage you to visit us at an upcoming sale and compare us to other estate sale companies.

What’s my cost for hiring Sheridan 2?

There are no upfront, minimum, hidden, or out-of-pocket costs to you.  We work strictly on a commission of total sales which are deducted from your proceeds after the event.  These details are spelled out in a contract signed by both parties.

How long does it take you to set up an estate sale?

 Typically it takes us 3 days to prepare the house for an estate sale.  We arrive on Monday morning, ready to unload our equipment which includes tables, linens, plastic shelving, display units, shopping baskets, and other sales related items.  Monday and Tuesday are spent staging the merchandise and Wednesday is spent pricing.

How do you advertise your estate sales?

In addition to our own website at, we advertise on the estate sale industry’s leading website, www.EstateSales.NET reaching thousands of Chicago area estate sale customers.  We also have an extensive email list that allows us to target customers with specific interests.  We maintain accounts on all major social media platforms advantageously sharing, tweeting, instagramming, and posting details and photos before and during a sale.  On sale days we make sure to strategically place directional estate sale signs for those impromptu drive-by customers.