Settling an estate, downsizing, researching one piece you think may be important…

Should you do it all yourself, do you want to?

Think not only of whether you could do it all yourself, but whether you should and whether you want to. Even getting the best price for a single item can involve some complex decisions. If you’re handling an entire estate, the potential problems multiply.

Where do you start?

A good place to start is with our Personal Property Checklist.

You may be surprised at how many issues and concerns there are to consider. You may also be surprised to discover how easy it is to get help.

Personal Property Checklist

We'll evaluate your property.

You'll get a detailed report when we provide a written appraisal.

Arrangements for moving and storage; we'll transport everything that can be sold to our secure facilities.

Find buyers for items to be sold.

We will properly advertise your items.

We'll auction your items.

Donate or Dispose.

Leave the house ready for realtors and prospective buyers.

'Care, Kindness, Patience, and Professionalism'

Pete T. / 2017 Consignor

Dear Linda,

First and foremost, thank you so very much for the care, kindness, patience, and professionalism you provided my sister […]. She returned to Florida a content individual, satisfied and thankful for all your services.

Secondly, please give me some times/dates when you could visit me again […] to determine if there are any items/articles, etc. that you would like to present at auction. I will gather items together that we discussed earlier, making for a brief visit.

How may we help you?

Please feel free to contact us at Winter Associates, Inc. 21 Cooke Street, Plainville, CT 06062 or by telephone on 860-793-0288 or via email at [email protected]

Contact Us

Personal Property Checklist

We’ll evaluate your property.

Whether the property consist of a single item or an entire household, you may need professional guidance to find out what it’s really worth. A knowledgeable and reputable appraiser can give you the information you need when you’re trying to decide what to keep and what to sell.

When we’re finished, you’ll know what’s marketable and what isn’t. You’ll also know what your household items, as well as any especially valuable pieces, are worth. If we need more information, we’ll put our research skills at your disposal. Our museum and decorative arts backgrounds assure you of an expert assessment.

You’ll get a detailed report when we provide a written appraisal.

The appraisal report will list your items and their values.

If your items come to our auction facility, we’ll generate a pre-sale inventory of the items, and it will be followed up with full catalogue descriptions and once sold we provide a full accounting of all sales.

Arrangements for moving and storage; we’ll transport everything that can be sold to our secure facilities.

The goal: finding people you can trust to handle valuable pieces with care, and people you can rely on to arrive when they say they will. You may also need advice on how or if you should store valuables, and if you should have fine arts insurance coverage in place when moving or storing items.

We can also arrange to ship items that you’d like distributed to family members or friends.

Find buyers for items to be sold.

Our goal is getting the best possible price for whatever you decide to sell. When many or particularly valuable items are involved, an auction can be the best solution since it attracts qualified buyers who must compete for desirable items.

We will properly advertise your items.

Online and print, international to local, advertisements, press releases and direct mail announcements are sent to our large pool of the right collectors and dealers who will compete to provide strong prices for your saleable pieces.

We’ll auction your items.

We carefully research, catalog, photograph and display your items to their best advantage in attractive room settings in our modern, well-lit auction gallery. You will be notified of the auction date and invited to attend.

Donate or Dispose.

You’ll need to make arrangement for those things that aren’t sold or distributed to family and friends. Do you have the time to sort it all out? To discover who will accept the donations? Arrange for proper disposal?

Items that are less valuable or unsaleable can be placed in tag sales, donated to charity (tax receipts collected for you) or disposed of by the most appropriate means.

Leave the house ready for realtors and prospective buyers.

While you’re in the process of selling, distributing and disposing of an entire household’s contents, you need to pay attention to how the house will appear to prospective buyers. You’ll also need to make sure that it’s empty and “broom clean” in time for the closing.

Personal Service

Even under ideal conditions, these tasks are difficult and time consuming. So much so, that some details can get lost in the shuffle. Small but important things, like getting tax receipts for donated items, can be overlooked, and even under the best of conditions, emotional stress can take a heavy toll on your ability to remain organized and objective.

We can meet with you at your home or at our office. With the benefit of our many years of experience we can provide the information you need to make good decisions and make what can seem to be overwhelming tasks much less daunting. Our goal is to leave you with the knowledge that you made the right decisions and with the satisfaction of a job well-done.