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Is an auction or estate sale a good plan for your circumstances?

Adcock Auctions, an affiliation of Adcock & Associates Real Estate & Auction, provides full auction services for clients in Lee, Moore, Cumberland, Harnett, Wake, Durham, Chatham, and Alamance Counties. We are here to serve you and provide the information you need to make an informed decision.

An effective, well-marketed auction may be the ideal solution if you are envisioning downsizing, relocating, selling a home or estate, or parting with possessions you have accumulated over the years.  Please review this information, then contact Adcock Auctions by email, or by calling 919-880-4168 to talk further and to discuss the ways we may be of service to you.

Yes! Marketing your home is one of the most important auction services we offer. Our team will consider your property, the market, and the likely potential buyers before creating the most efficient marketing plan for the auction. This plan may include any or all of the following: advertisements in local papers, internet marketing (email, websites and social media), direct mail, flyers, and signs. On the day of the sale/auction we also use directional signs to capture the attention of people passing by.

Once the marketing plan is in place, the client pays for all advertising upfront. The auction team uses the funds to implement the marketing plan.

We recommend listing the house on the market a few days prior to the sale to bring more exposure to the auction. Listing the house will make more people aware of the sale and bring more potential buyers to the table. We can assist you with the listing process through our real estate services division.

The only thing you need to do is to remove anything from the house you do not want included in the sale (personal items you want to keep, important papers, etc.) We’ll handle everything else, including sorting, cleaning, organizing, and preparing items for sale. Do not clean, sort, or rid the house of ANYTHING prior to calling us. Often people want to clean before inviting the auction company in, but this is unnecessary. Items you view as trash are often treasure to someone else. Let us take this burden off your hands.

We understand most individuals are apprehensive about having their home (or the home of a loved one) open to the public. Our clients have our assurance the items they want to sell will be liquidated in an efficient, professional, and worry-free manner. Our staff ensures expensive items are appropriately secured and all items are monitored during the sale.

The most successful auctions are ones that are well-marketed, ensuring a good crowd of interested buyers. The more time you can provide, the more effective the marketing will be. In a perfect world, three months would be ideal, but we will do everything we can to work within your time frame.

If an item is needed for day-to-day living, it can be sold at auction for a profit. Common, everyday items can be sold instead of being donated or thrown away. Many sales where there are few, if any, collectibles still generate a significant income.

People are often surprised by what items sell successfully at auction. Even mundane household items can be sold for a nice profit. The key is to bring in a good crowd of interested buyers using effective marketing. The more people you have competing to buy an item, regardless of what it is, the higher the bidding will go.

While some family members do keep photos, personal papers, or special collections, what remains is often astounding. Years of inheriting and collecting often results in many expensive and sought-after items being sent to auction.