Auction - Donate - Dispose
It's All Done By Us!
Responding to our customers' needs, Prigge Auctions offers complete home and business cleanout services and, yes, that includes hoarders.
Removal of debris and non-sellable items; deep or light cleaning; and some minor repairs are part of our services. Most homes and business property must be turned over to a new owner in "broom clean" condition which means everything off the floors and walls, everything out of the garage, closets, shed, attic, basement; no scrap lumber in the rafters, no household hazardous materials including cans of paint and stain, automotive fluids, garden chemicals, etc. In other words, no owner possessions, big or small, are to be left behind. Attempting to sell a home that is not in broom clean aka, in "AS-IS" condition, sends these messages:
1) There is something wrong with the house.
2) There WILL be something wrong with the house very soon.
3) The home has been neglected for a long period of time.
4) Buyers should offer substantially less than the asking price because of what they see.
Even if your home will be purchased as a "tear-down" someone has to pay for the removal of items inside the home. The contents left behind just can't be plowed into the earth. That cost will be considered in the offer made to the seller.
Why are we different than having others who call a cleanout a "bag and pitch" party? Because we know what NOT to throw out!
Anything we find of value is contracted for auction.
Recognizing value is our business, we look to auction items we find of value so you can rest assured we are not going to throw anything away we can sell. This comes back to you as a true benefit as the auction results may defray or surpass our cleanout costs! Remember, the items we find remain your property - we just auction them for you.
Realtors and attorneys love our service because it helps sell homes and close estates faster. Executors who live out of the area find us crucial to closing estates because they can manage the estate from their home knowing we are on the job. Plus, all can rely on us because we are a local company that thrives on referrals. Having a problem-free final walk-thru by a new owner pays "peace of mind" dividends at the closing table where it really counts!
THREE COMPANIES IN ONE
1) An auction company that has 27 years experience of knowing what has value and what does not. Items of value are consigned and sold at your auction.
2) A cleaning company which employs cleaners with over 20 years of experience. Plus, we can arrange at competitive rates additional services for carpet cleaning, landscaping, heavy window washing, and/or refuse removal.
3) A strong cleanout company that can tackle big items such as attics, garages and crawl spaces; appliance removal; and even paint and most household chemical removal.
Rates are based on two employees per hour. Our fee is $55.00 per hour per two employees. All supplies including boxes, cleansers, garbage bags, etc., are included at no extra charge. Nearly all cleanouts require dumpsters and those are billed to you from us at our cost. Standard size dumpsters come in 10, 20 and 30 cubic yard sizes. Jobs requiring carpet cleaning, landscaping, plumbing and electrical can be handled with no problem, also.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FIRST
FREEZE! Call us before you start disposing of things or giving away anything... to anybody.
As much as you may want to dig in and start throwing things out, it pays to make an appointment with us first. Not doing so can cost you more money, not only in lost auction revenue but in increased cleanout hours.
It takes longer for us to do a cleanout when items are pulled out of cabinets, crawl spaces, closets, etc., and put into boxes on the floor or into rooms we need to work in. Moving things from shelves means double handling which translates into more hours needed by us.
Here are some points to remember when considering options and making comparisons:
1) We are NOT a franchise company. We are a sole proprietor company that’s been serving northern Illinois since 1990. In fact, owner John Prigge is personally on-site during the selection process of your cleanout and makes a final inspection before completion.
2) Items that are not sellable but may be eligible for donation can be handled by us, also. Receipts to owners are provided for tax purposes. Your greatest benefit? Fewer bulkier pieces in the dumpster greatly reduces the need for additional dumpsters.
3) Under client approval, we can on-site shred identity theft sensitive documents found at the cleanout location. This eliminates the worry of where obsolete, yet, private tax and bank statements, medical records, and work-related files eventually end up.
4) We can e-mail and text in-progress and job completion photos to clients to keep them visually informed of our work. This is a great service for out-of-town family members who need to know how things are going - also at no extra charge.
5) We do not use your home as a billboard for future business for our company by planting our signs in your yard, drape our company banners over dumpsters or wear t-shirts with our name blazed upon them. We respect your privacy and know there are times when you do not want the whole neighborhood knowing exactly what we are doing for you.
6) We avoid keeping dumpsters on your property overnight to reduce the chance that others may drop by to either climb in and help themselves or throw illegal substances into your dumpster.
7) Simply, we're cheaper than the franchise junk removal companies you always see advertised.
How can that be?
First, everything we touch is your property, not ours. It may look like junk to you but when we find something to sell, we sell it for YOU. It never becomes our property to sell for us.
Second, our cost for a 30-yd. dumpster is approximately $475. (Rate varies by disposal company) The junk removal trucks only carry a 15-yd. dumpster on board and charge $498 to fill it with a load of normal household and garage contents.
The comparison: It costs $996 and two trips to fill what we are charged $475 for.
Reminder, the franchise companies charge by the trip no matter how poorly their truck is packed. In our 27 years of experience, we have never had a cleanout of a home that took just one 15 yd. dumpster. Just a normal household garage holds a minimum of 20-yds of refuse.
Plus, you get our years of experience in knowing what to dispose of, donate and auction.