Owner Brette Bates and her team of experienced assistants have worked with hundreds of people who have downsized. Testimonials say it all, as evidenced by these two from happy clients:
Thank you for the quick turn around on the results of the sale. You sold over 80% of what we had! What a great job! It was great working with you and I appreciate your patience as I worked through this very emotional process.
Caroline, May 2018
"Bethesda Downsizing did an extraordinary job in planning, preparing and executing the 3-day Estate Sale for us. Their meticulous approach assured that the entire effort came off without a hitch. Their marketing efforts produced large turnouts each day and the attentive staff participated actively in the very successful sales effort. And they were a delight to work with throughout.
Bethesda Downsizing and Estate Sales, LLC is a licensed and insured estate sale company based in Bethesda, Maryland, that offers estate sale and downsizing services to anyone moving out of a home. Our experienced team does all the work for you - from cleaning out the attic and basement, setting up and handling all the details of your sale, and managing the post-sale process (donation and clean-out). Our team has over 30 years accumulated estate sale experience. Our job is to take the stress out of your move! Whether you are downsizing, transitioning into assisted living, putting your house on the market, or settling an estate, Bethesda Downsizing can help!
We are not only estate sale specialists, we are also downsizing consultants who will help you find people and companies to help you go through the many pre-sale steps, such as movers, Realtors, repair and remodeling specialists, and others. Whatever your reason for having an estate sale, we help take the stress out of the process! Visit www.bethesdadownsizing.com to learn more!
We know books can accumulate over time and become a huge weight on your shoulders. We try to make selling and hauling them quick and painless, so we always follow these four simple steps: 1) Gather your books and contact me to discuss your project; 2) I'll review what you have and make you an offer; 3) You'll get paid and I'll haul the books away the same day; 4) I'll donate the ones I can't use and you'll receive a tax receipt if you want one.
Of course, I"m looking for books in good to very good condition. I can't do anything with books that have water damage, mold, or torn pages and bindings. I can use some books with torn dust jackets, but the value is far lower than a book with an intact dust jacket. The same is true if the dust jacket is missing. Also, I can't take books from a smoker's home. Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to get the smell of the smoke out of the books.
I take children's books for donation. The resale value for children's books is usually very low. But, if they're in good condition, I often donate children's books to title-1 schools, and they're given directly to kids whose families can't afford them. I will take all your books. Any books I can't use I will donate. If there is no resale value in your collection, I will still take out a carload (about 22 boxes). I will normally give you an estimate, pay you, and haul away all the books the same day. If it requires multiple trips, we'll figure out another date that works for both of us.
"If you like book shopping and don't like paying a lot of money, this is the place for you. I was very surprised at how good the selection was; and all between $1 and $4! You can't beat getting a half-dozen books in good condition for $12. Oh, and did I mention it goes to charity!"
— Carpe Librum Customer
Cheryl Larson has a team of organizing professional through the entire DMV, from Annapolis to Alexandria and west to Reston, each of whom is knowledgeable, patient and personable yet professional as they work with people of all walks of life. They serve seniors as well as vacation home owners who need help preparing transitioning their homes from the busy summer months to the quieter months of winter. Cheryl's team also tackles the challenges associated with hoarding and excessive collecting. Rates start at $70 per hour for a 15-hour project, or $65 per hour for a 25-hour project.
Chevy Chase, MD