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Hello Veronica

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I wanted to extend my profound thanks for the time you took with me giving tips about how to clear my Dad's condo (unable to have a sale) - you were most helpful and reassuring.
Thanks again,

Joanne Fletcher, Toronto


Hello Veronica -

I sending a big thank you for the wool that you generously donated. I delivered it to my former high school, where staff teach students to knit, and donate their projects to a women's shelters and the Salvation Army. They were very thankful and appreciated the wool and needles. The women's shelters are also grateful for the knit items.
Sincerely,

Irma Dillinger


Dear Veronica -

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for your hard work, dedication and enthusiasm.
Your organizational skills, extensive knowledge and experience were evident leading up to our contents sale and were proven very effective on the days of the sale. The number of people who attended was absolutely incredible. We have never seen so many people!!!
You and your team are so easy to work with. I admire your integrity, honesty and your timely deliverables. I was able to go to work every day knowing everything was in your capable hands.
Thank you and I trust we will be in touch again.
Sincerely,

Claudia Montini, Etobicoke


Dear Veronica -

I want to thank you on behalf of the executors of my late brothers estate for the amazing job you company did, staging and selling the contents. As executors one of the most daunting task was comprehending how we would ever sell all the contents in a 2900 sq ft executive home and then clear it out so the new owners could move in. Well, you did it! Your team totally cleared the home out so it was "broom sweep" and ready to move in. You completely exceeded our expectations while delivering a high level of professionalism and respect for my brothers possessions. You also surpassed our expectations by generating 15% more revenue than what we were hoping for. I highly recommend your company to anybody and would gladly be a reference for The GREAT Estate Sale any time.

Ron Demers, Milton



Veronica Harding and her team at The Great Estate Sale were extremely knowledgeable, efficient and professional in providing contents-sale services in a timely manner. Working under a short timeline, Veronica managed a complete contents sale and left the premises in a pristine condition. I would not hesitate to recommend Veronica and The Great Estate Sale to any one in need of their services.

Richard R. Evenson
Evenson Bundgard LLP Lawyers


Dear Veronica -

Thank you for all your assistance on my matter. Your knowledge, expertise, and professionalism went a long way towards making a very complicated sale so much easier. I would happily use your services in the future and would be pleased to recommend you to others.
With thanks,

Megan Connolly - Connolly Law


"I have used The Great Estate Sale for estate work in the past and was very pleased with their services".

John A. Murray, B.A., LL.B.


I can't thank you enough for looking after my clients on Cedarbank. Your knowledge and expertise really went along way with the success of my client's auction. The whole weekend event went so smoothly and when it was finished I was very impressed with how your crew left the premises in a broom swept condition. Thank you again for all your much needed assistance and I will be so pleased to pass your name onto future clients.

Karen Millar, Broker


As a Real Estate agent, I met Veronica who handled an estate sale for a deceased couple whose property I was listing For Sale. What was very clear to me was the care & respect that went into the preparation & sale of their personal possessions! What truly struck me was the honesty, professionalism and dedication that Veronica brings to her handling of people's personal things--as though they were her own things or that of a dear relative or friend. I have no doubt that this couple would have hired Veronica, if they had been here to make that choice! Often when I am selling a property, there is a need to sell personal property, de-clutter & downsize! So I am very pleased to know that The Great Estate Sale is there! As I have experienced in Real Estate, it is more complex than putting a sign in the lawn ... Veronica has in-depth knowledge & skills when it comes to "taking care of organizing & selling" your personal items. Veronica makes a tedious & complex process look easy & gets the job done in a timely manner, so you can move forward - so take a deep breath, relax & call Veronica. I have built my Real Estate practice by aligning myself with companies like "The Great Estate Sale" to ensure that my clients are well treated in every aspect of managing their home & possessions ... this is a "TRUST" that I do not take lightly. Need I say that I have no reservations in recommending "The Great Estate Sale" to anyone!

Patricia Williams


Hi Veronica:

Just a quick note to thank you and your staff for all the work on my aunts estate. After the home was staged for a contents sale, it was like a showroom, with a price tag on every single item. Really appreciated the fact that you included our family for their input on certain items. You took a burden off our shoulders and we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of money that you made for us. Many thanks.

Geoff Gitan, Ultimate Toronto
www.UltimateToronto.com


Hello Veronica:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I wanted to extend my profound thanks for the time you took with me giving tips about how to clear my Dad's condo (unable to have a sale) - you were most helpful and reassuring. Thanks again.

Joanne Fletcher, Toronto


Ms. Harding,

Your warm personality, willingness to help, genuine caring are all too rare in the world of for-profit private businesses. It is clear to me that you love your job, you love your clients, and your skills and personality easily demonstrate why you are a leader in your profession. I can't recommend your services highly enough!

Iain McBride RSW
Case Manager, Urban Health Team
South Riverdale Community Health Centre


Veronica, you and your team did a fantastic job, sorting through all of our treasures to find those to put into the sale. You showed me you have a great eye for what will sell, and know just how to price them. I was delighted that the vintage camera equipment sold for great prices. Even though you were not familiar with some of this equipment, you did your homework and developed a successful strategy to sell them. I was delighted when I returned to the house to find it totally empty.
Thanks for all your hard work.
Best wishes for future successful sales.

Anne Clavir


Thank you so much for doing such a great job for us. We really appreciate all your hard work, kindness and patience! It was a pleasure meeting you--we will highly recommend you to all our friends!
Warmest wishes,

Pamela and family


Most often the circumstances that lead us to need an estate contents sale are sad and stressful. As family, we find ourselves having to deal with all the practical issues of a loved one's death or their move to a care residence. Often decisions have to be made quickly.

How fortunate, then, my husband & I were to find Great Estates, owned by Veronica Harding. Working on our schedule & time restraints (we live 3 hours away), Veronica & her crew took care of every detail, from first meeting & consultation to final clean- up for the contents sale at our Mother's home.

Everyone was warm & compassionate, professional & hard- working. They were respectful of the sentimental value of our treasures & very knowledgeable of the monetary value.
Veronica works with a high level of integrity & strong ethics, and has obviously hired people with the same values. Great Estates has a huge following of loyal customers, and combined with the great advertising Veronica did, our sale attracted fantastic crowds of shoppers!

My husband & I were so pleased with Great Estates, Veronica Harding & her staff and the results of the sale, that we used their services again at our aunt's home.

From time to time, we've heard "tales of woe" about other estate sale companies for various reasons. We were fortunate to have chosen Great Estates and without hesitation, are pleased to highly recommend Veronica Harding & her "GREAT" company!

If any prospective client wants a direct reference, they can call me. Happy, stress-free sales this summer!

Sarah


I love these estate sales! It's like a multi-family street sale all in one place!

Marie-Josee


In my experience, Veronica Harding is the best at what she does. You can trust Veronica to be fair and honest when either hiring her to liquidate your possessions, or when purchasing an item for yourself.

Timothy


As an eldercare planner, my clients need to know their parents are treated with respect, whether I'm helping them select a retirement residence, moving their furniture in, or introducing a real estate agent to handle the sale.

Everyone worries about what to do with those possessions that aren't moving with them - the china cabinet items Mum treasured all her life, the beloved furniture pieces, the memory-laden elements of a family's history.

For the past 10 years I have relied on Veronica and Mo at The Great Estate Sale to engage with my clients, quickly identify what's valuable, honestly appraise and fairly price the family possessions. They work very hard to present everything in a home setting that maximizes the sale experience, inviting only selected buyers and maintaining the strictest control and security during the sale. The home is left in broom-swept condition and ready for the former owners to make way for a new family of residents. The very few times I've had to use other estate companies, usually in other cities, only highlighted the efficiency and compassion of Veronica and her team.

I'm happy to speak to anyone who is considering The Great Estate Sale's services at any time.

Pat M. Irwin, BA, CSA/CPCA™
President, ElderCareCanada
www.eldercarecanada.ca


Dear Veronica (The Great Estate Sale),
We wish to express our sincerest gratitude to you and your staff for your tremendous efforts in the sale of our grandmother's estate. Living a distance of 400 kilometers from our grandmother's apartment, and her sudden need to transfer to a nursing home, it seemed like an impossible task to deal with her apartment contents. We were so relieved to have found your company! You were extremely efficient right from the start: from organizing all of the advertising, cleaning and sorting out the apartment contents and holding the sale itself - all without any help from us - you truly are a remarkable service. After having met you once, it was evident that you know this business well and you put our minds at ease as you tackled this task with expertise. Without a doubt, we could never have done this job ourselves - especially living so far away and with the time constraints that we had to deal with. We would highly recommend your company to anyone who requires peace of mind in dealing with such a stressful stage of life. We know you put a lot of hard work into our sale, but you made it look effortless. Our sincerest thank you, once again, to you and you staff for your expertise and hard work!

With great thanks,
Sincerely,

Paula and Colin Belanger


Dear Veronica and Team:
I wish to convey my feelings of gratitude and appreciation for all your genuine hard work in making the sale a successful one. On a business level you surpassed my expectations and I was impressed with your organizational skills and hard work and dedication in "getting the job done". Thank you for your expertise.

You lived up to your words by providing me with a "stress-free alternative by coordinating the sale in an utmost professional manner. It was a pleasure to meet you and your wonderful and dedicated team.

You listened and met my needs with compassion and respect and delivered a confident solution wrapped with trust. For that alone, you made me feel it was OK to part with my treasures of so many years.

I have no regrets and wish to thank you all for helping me walk forward. I appreciated the conversations and your positive attitude. You are a warm and genuine lady.

A. Cadere, (now in San Francisco)


I want you to know how much I appreciate the truly exceptional work that you did in selling the contents of my Mother's home.

Your good work started with your perception that value existed in the rather unusual "technical" contents of this house. Where most would not even bother to understand - you saw these items as "something very interesting" and "worth your attention."

I was impressed that you do not take on any contract casually. You, and your associates, went through the house twice -- quite thoroughly -- and you clearly gave significant thought to the requirements -- before accepting the job.

When you went through the house, you quickly pointed out the items that were most interesting, and you provided many very helpful suggestions (including your suggestion to check with other family members for other pieces of an old dining room set - which turned out to be worth our effort). You saw value in many items that WE only perceived to be junk!

The fact that you could bring such a depth of experience, and wealth of established contacts, gave my whole family confidence right from the start.

Beyond your own research resources, you were able to consult with a wide range of experts (tool and die makers, rare book dealers, movie set suppliers, and others) so you could establish the most realistic price points for each item. In fact, I was quite astonished at how much care and attention you gave to make sure that each item was priced correctly.

I was even more impressed when you, and your crew, started work on organizing the house for the sale! What an incredible flurry of activity! Everyone knew exactly what to do -- and they set to work with earnest! Each item was treated with care and respect. China was cleaned, silverware was polished and old furniture was brought back to life.

My Mother was so happy that you found the $20 bill lodged in the back of an old cabinet; and I was very pleased that you carefully put aside a number of letters, and other personal items, that you discovered during your preparations.

I was also amazed that your crew undertook the enormous task of going through the large heap of items that we had discarded as "junk" - and rescued (and even reassembled) these items for the sale!

Throughout the process, you made everything so much easier by being available to answer any questions. I definitely appreciated your very prompt responses to each of my telephone calls and emails.

The sale itself happened exactly on schedule. You clearly did your best to ensure we obtained the best possible price for each item - and I know my Mother appreciates that so many items found such good homes:

  • the dining room table to a newly married couple who had just moved to Mississauga;
  • the train set to a lady for her new step-son who loves trains;
  • the wedding dress and metal chairs to a lady that buys props for movies; and
  • the fridge, and numerous kitchen items, to a refugee family new to Canada.
Additionally, I was so pleased at the care and compassion you showed with the unsold items -- which went to such worthy charities, including:
  • Unsold clothing dropped off to a women's shelter;
  • Unsold sheets/blankets/towels delivered to an animal shelter; and
  • 3 trips to Goodwill Industries.
And you didn't stop there!

You cleaned, and washed out the fridge before sale. You even cleared out the kitchen cupboards.

At the end of the work, the house was clean, the remaining junk was put (as we requested) in the garage; and you even placed the remaining items (of value) neatly together.

You completed the project by providing a very helpful written report on how the sale progressed, and on the final disposition of the contents.

It is absolutely certain that, should I ever get an opportunity, I would readily and whole-heartedly recommend your fine service to anyone!

My sincere gratitude!

James Lemire


Veronica always does such a great job at organizing these content sales!

C.G.


Even though the house I needed to clean out wasn't worth her bother, Veronica was nothing but incredibly helpful in setting me up with the right people I needed. I was quite pleased in dealing with her and would not hesitate to recommend her.

A.L.


I am so thankful that my lawyer referred me to Veronica and her wonderful staff, who worked with me during the short time I was in Toronto.

The Great Estate Sale patiently sorted through mounds of stuff, finding many personal items, photos, money, jewellery, even an updated will. They even washed dishes and crystal to make them shine, vacuumed the carpets and made the beds. They completely transformed the house into a show room.

Veronica and her staff took away a lot of stress and handled everything, from set up to the sale to the removal of unsold items.

Everyone involved in this company showed caring, compassion, integrity and honesty and I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs a content sale, estate sale or in need of downsizing.

Anne Fitz, B.C.


I was faced with the prospect of clearing the complete contents of my aunt's house after she passed away. Along with the legal aspect as Power of Attorney and executor, the task of clearing out the entire house was overwhelming, as I had very little time after the funeral and no contacts in Toronto. To further complicate things, I did not live in Canada.

I feel fortunate to have found The Great Estate Sale. From our very first telephone conversation, I felt comfortable and in "good hands" as she was confident and forthright. Veronica explained that I should concentrate only on what I wanted to keep and not to worry about anything else. This cut my work to less than half.

Once Veronica and her staff arrived at the house, it became obvious that her "staff" all shared the same passion for their jobs. Sorting through the house contents was like an assembly line. They found all kinds of items that I had missed that they asked me to check through, to keep or to sell. When I returned home, Veronica continued to contact me through, Email, phone and mail.

I've never heard of a service like The Great Estate Sale before, but I am certainly impressed with the passion and effort that The Great Estate Sale put into their work. With our aging population, estate and content sales will be a much needed service.

A HUGE thank you from the bottom of my heart for a job well done, I could not have done it without you.

Jennifer J., Atlanta Georgia


My heartfelt thanks to Veronica and her "crew" for a job well done, under very difficult circumstances.

S.T.


I was referred by a colleague who was extremely happy with the result of The Great Estate Sale, who had conducted a sale a few months prior.

I was in shock after losing my soul mate and life's companion.

Two house content sale companies and a used furniture dealer would not help me. Although the content of the house were minimal, The Great Estate Sale accepted the sale. Throughout the entire processes, I was treated with care and compassion.

If you have an estate to clear, I would highly recommend Veronica from The Great Estate Sale to help you.

M. Cryer, London England


After speaking with a variety of people, I was at a cross road at what to do with my brother's house contents after he died.

I felt the estate contents must be worth something, but the professionals in the business told me it would be best to donate it all.

I found The Great Estate Sale over the Internet, so I was skeptical. After meeting with Veronica and her staff, I was put at ease. My wife and I never met anyone who loved their job. We were hooked when Veronica mentioned that she could not believe people paid her to do something that she loved to do so much. The Great Estate Sale staff clearly share the same passion.

From my research, most companies in this business only want higher end antiques and collectibles and are not interested in anything else. Veronica was able to educate me in the "used" furniture market and obviously, she knew her market.

We weren't expecting a large return for the contents as our motivation was to remove it. Therefore we were ecstatic to see a cheque for a substantial amount of money at the end.

The Great Estate Sale are true professionals. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing to clear out a complete estate.

L.R.Oliver, NFLD


Losing my partner to an untimely and unexpected death was one of the most difficult I've had to endure. Trying to clear out 25 years of memories was emotionally draining. I was finding it difficult to cope with the 30 day closing date, after the house sold.

Veronica and Mo, you are wonderful and caring people. A special thank you to Marilyn and Bev who patiently helped me sort what to keep and what to let go of. Both of you are angels. To all the rest of the staff, a big thank you!! Everyone connected with The Great Estate Sale appear to share the same passion as the owner. It is obvious, everyone loves their jobs.

Kudo's to The Great Estate Sale. With their help, I've finally been able to move on with my life.

B. Haydon, London, Ontario


After 60 years of marriage, I lost my husband. I was totally lost as my husband did everything for me. We did not have children and had no relatives in Canada.

The Great Estate Sale was referred to me and I am forever grateful. I had no means or resources to dispose of my home contents as all our friends were all in their 80's. Veronica explained everything to me, spent time answering all my phone calls and questions. I never felt pressured or ill at ease at any time.

The Great Estate Sale took complete control, which resulted in a huge burden being taken off my shoulder. I was equally surprised when I was notified the amount of money that my contents generated, especially for the fact that the items dated back about 30 years.

I would not hesitate in recommending The Great Estate Sale to anyone needing to clear out their estate contents. I could not have done it without your company.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

A. Franklin, Richmond Hill, Ontario


MEDIA Mentions

In addition to the many client testimonials, we have been mentioned many times through news articles and other media for our exceptional level of quality and customer service.

The Comfort Life, 16 Best Decluttering Tips
"A great estate selling company in Toronto is The Great Estate Sale."
http://comfortlife.ca/16-best-decluttering-tips.php

Your Home, Downsize with The Great Estate Sale
"Harding sells everything from a soap dish to your granny's rocking chair â all in a Friday-Saturday sale."
http://www.yourhome.ca/homes/newsfeatures/article/513745--downsize-with-the-great-estate-sale

29 Secrets, Say "I do" to Vintage Rings
"Sites like The Great Estate Sale (thegreatestatesale.com) list weekly estate sales throughout Ontario and allow you to sign up for e-mail newsletters so youâll always know if there's one happening in your area"
http://29secrets.com/sections/relationships/say-i-do-vintage-rings

Best Care, Moving & Organizing
"(The Great Estate Sale) has been in operation for over 20 years specializing in the resale of household goods and furnishings"
http://www.bestcareforgta.ca/moving--organizing.html

Toronto OLX, How to Sell Complete House Contents of a Home or Estate
"The Great Estate Sale has been in operation for over 20 years, specializing in the resale of complete house contents and estates by conducting in-house sales."
http://toronto.olx.ca/how-to-sell-complete-house-contents-of-a-home-or-estate-iid-25271863


The Great Estate Sale on YouTube
The Great Estate Sale has been mentioned in different YouTube broadcasts for its professional services in residential liquidation. Here are a few of the videos from Ultimate Toronto focusing on our services in the GTA area.

This is a video showcasing our placement in Google searches, showing exceptional positioning for organic search placement.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzKiwcZyav8

This video is a small spotlight feature focusing on the services we provide to our customers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM55SdimoEE

Here is a video demonstrating an Estate Sale which we had arranged.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlXENF7lXCU