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Estate Auction Service Ohio

Get the best value and complete relief with our estate auction service.

Estate auctions can be logistically challenging and mentally draining. Most people lack the time and expertise to appraise a home’s full contents and don’t have the emotional reserves to let go of family items long held dear.

You need an estate auction company to relieve you of the burdens.

Burns Auction is an estate liquidation company that manages all aspects of estate auctions.

Estate Auction Service Ohio

Our Proven Process makes Estate Auctions Easy

The Burns Auction staff is knowledgeable and tenacious in identifying, cataloging and selling your estate contents and liquidating any remaining items for hassle-free estate auction and cleanout. We aggressively market to our extensive base of bidders locally and around the world so you get the best prices for your prized possessions.

No moving or storage fees

No moving or storage fees

Because we hold our auctions online only at the estate, there are no moving or storage fees. You also maintain possession of all items throughout the process.

We know “junk”

We know “junk”

We accurately identify, photograph and catalog everything in the estate, often finding very valuable items that would otherwise be overlooked, labeled as “junk,” or sold for pennies at a yard sale.

We maximize the value for you!

We maximize the value for you!

We separate the gems from the items of lesser value. From artwork, coins, jewelry, vintage cars, and watches, to more modest items such as furniture, tools in the garage and assorted housewares, our goal is to maximize the value of these items for you!

Size doesn’t matter

Size doesn’t matter

No job is too big, and we don’t get overwhelmed. We handle junk removal and transform jam-packed estates into empty, clean houses that are ready for sale.

Can you run an auction?

Can you run an auction?

Even if you have a sales background and you’re great with details, the amount of work involved in setting up and running a successful and profitable estate auction is daunting.

Often estate auctions occasion the passing of a loved one whose belongings must be sold, dispersed, or donated. Or, you’re downsizing or relocating, leaving you the same burden of shedding years of personal belongings and the memories associated with them.

This can be emotionally draining. But you don’t have to go through it alone. We’re your premier estate auctions partner. We appraise your personal property, attract the right buyers, and manage the sale and liquidation of the entire estate.

Your Premier Partner for Estate Auctions

As one of the most respected and trusted estate auction companies in the Columbus area, we have spent years relieving our customers of the burden and worry that accompanies an estate auction or home downsizing.

Over 100 auctions successfully conducted each year

Auction and liquidation industry professionals who are licensed, bonded and insured

Featured on Good Morning America and HGTV

Better Business Bureau A+ Rated

Complete Customer Satisfaction

Just as not all estates are the same, the services offered by estate auction companies may vary as well. Some estate auction companies offer limited services, whereas Burns Auction is a one stop shop that manages all aspects of estate auctions and liquidations.

Your Premier Partner for Estate Auctions
Accurate inventorying and cataloging of all items in the estate

Accurate inventorying and cataloging of all items in the estate

Complete management of the auction

Complete management of the auction

Donation and disposal of anything left in the home after the auction

Donation and disposal of anything left in the home after the auction

We Manage it so You Don’t Have To

Schedule a Discovery Meeting

1. Schedule a Discovery Meeting

Call us. We are estate liquidators, auctioneers, and auction professionals with experience in managing all sizes of estate auctions and estate cleanouts. We want to get to know you and learn how we can help. Consultations are totally free.

See Your Property

2. See Your Property

We’ll schedule a visit to the property so we can best help you through the tangle of emotions and logistics associated with estate auctions and liquidation.

We Sell It All

3. Sell Your Treasures

Now we go to work identifying, photographing, and cataloging all of the items to be auctioned – carefully evaluating what is valuable, which items are more everyday “stuff” and what may need to be disposed of. We handle it all with expertise, patience and precision.

You Get Paid

4. You Get Paid

We promote the auction and manage the sale and cleanout process from beginning to end. Our large staff, years of experience and huge bidder network gets you the best price for each item sold during the online auction.

The overwhelming emotion and sheer enormity of liquidating an estate.

The time, effort, and emotional toll of liquidating an estate isn’t something you think about…until you’re faced with undertaking the task on your own.

Then, you’re stuck with boxes heavy with memories. Add to this the burden of an expectation to “do right” by your loved ones. Every estate sale contains items of value – many are personal, others are obvious, and some are hidden in plain sight.

If you don’t manage this process correctly, you could be left wondering for years if you did it right, and did the best you could by your loved ones. Let the estate professionals at Burns help.

The overwhelming emotion and sheer enormity of liquidating an estate.
It’s a good feeling knowing the estate was handled with respect and dignity.

It’s a good feeling knowing the estate was handled with respect and dignity.

Choosing an estate sale liquidator to settle the affairs of a loved one, or successfully managing a major downsizing using an experienced provider gives you the confidence and reassurance you need to move forward in life.

We aggressively sell to our extensive base of bidders locally and around the world so you get the best prices for your estate sale treasures.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an estate auction?

An estate auction is the public sale, often via online, of personal property owned by an individual or couple. Estate auctions usually do not include real estate, but rather focus on personal property. Each estate auction is different but many involve the liquidation and disposal of everything in a home, outbuildings and on the property. For example, an estate auction may include home furnishings, antiques, artwork, jewelry, dishes, clothing, collectibles, cars and more. We handle the entirety of what’s in the home.

While some people attempt to handle this difficult process themselves, many engage a professional to handle the process and to manage activities associated with an auction including sorting, organizing, photography and cataloging, advertising, shipping , buyer pickup, and all post-sale follow-up activities.

What is the difference between Burns Auction’s estate auction services and those of many others?

As an estate liquidator, Burns Auction will empty the entire estate by selling everything of value and donating or disposing of what is left, leaving nothing behind. An estate liquidation can prove not only cost effective but also efficient as it leaves you free from being personally responsible for the many time consuming, emotionally draining and labor-intensive aspects of estate liquidation. You can also be sure our knowledge, experience and marketing abilities will bring top prices for everything we sell. Our entire focus as a business is on estates and major downsizings.

What does an estate liquidator do?

An estate liquidator carefully organizes, sorts and evaluates every piece of personal property in an estate, writes appealing auction catalogs, takes professional photos and markets to interested bidders both locally and around the world. Our extensive experience with a wide variety of objects yields top prices and leaves no stone unturned when maximizing the value of what’s in a home. We know what people want, how they want to buy and how to reach those buyers. We also have the manpower to handle jobs big and small, from selling items of value to donating or disposing of what is left.

How do I learn more about Burns Auction’s services?

You can call, text or email us at any time. We will reply promptly and provide you with information about our estate auction and cleanout services. We take pride in our responsiveness to your needs. Consultations are totally free.

What are the biggest challenges faced by people trying to clear out an estate?

The challenges are two-fold. Those handling an estate feel a tremendous burden to do right by the loved one they have lost. They want to honor their loved one’s memory by ensuring that person’s worldly possessions are handled respectfully, and the value of those items is maximized.

Most people handling an estate of a loved one also feel pressure to get an estate liquidated so that a home can be sold, and so that the process of grieving can move forward. Add to this the surprising amount of detailed work that goes into estate liquidation and individuals or families can quickly become overwhelmed. Working with an established and professional estate liquidation and estate auction company like Burns Auctions can significantly reduce the stress related to total estate cleanouts – while maximizing the financial value of a loved one’s possessions.

What should I look for in an estate liquidator?

Some critical factors to consider include checking online reviews, confirming accreditation with the Better Business Bureau, asking if the estate auction company holds an Ohio auction license in good standing, assessing certifications such as membership in the Certified Appraiser’s Guild of America, and confirming that the provider has commercial property and liability insurance. Asking for references from past clients and looking at examples of previous auctions that might be similar to yours is also a good idea. Most companies also offer a free consultation, which will allow you to meet in person, and will also give the estate auction company a sense of your needs and objectives.

When do I call in a professional?

Burns Auction offers free consultations. Call us and we are happy to come out to assess your needs. The sooner in the process you call us, the more we can help. Do not wait until many items have been thrown away from the estate – some may be very valuable. Do not try to hold a yard sale on your own – how do you know you’re pricing things right? Don’t even try to start organizing without some advice from us. We can help! A consultation will allow us to set expectations, give you a sense of what you have, and also provide a road map for what your sale and clean out could look like. Trust me, it’ll take some weight off your shoulders.

How do I get paid from the estate liquidator after my estate liquidation is complete?

Burns Auction sends checks on the 10th business day following each auction. We pay promptly and offer a complete breakdown of each item’s selling price, commissions and fees and any other important information. As auctioneers licensed with the state of Ohio, we adhere to strict professional and financial standards for how payment and final settlements are handled.