Selling at auction

Our sales provide the quickest and most efficient way of selling in the area. If you are thinking of selling, whether it’s a single item or an entire house contents, we are thoroughly prepared and professionally experienced to help.

If you have something to sell you can bring it along to our salerooms in Lower Lake, where we can appraise it with you, and assuming you decide to go ahead, you can leave it with us for a subsequent sale.

We are open every week day to accept items for sale, except saledays and viewdays

Our valuation days are Mondays and Fridays 9-1pm and 2-5pm, no appointment necessary.

We can also arrange to visit you at home, free of charge and without obligation, to provide appraisals on items too large or awkward to bring to us. Please contact us for an appointment.

You can also request a valuation by email. Please send a description with images, sizes and any other relevant information to auctions@burstowandhewett.co.uk

House Clearances

We regularly deal with entire house clearances for local firms of solicitors and for private individuals, executors etc. If a probate valuation is required we can attend the property to produce a type-written document. This lists the main items of individual value (usually over £100), and a lump sum for the remainder, which is suitable for submission to HMRC. The cost of producing a probate valuation is £100 per hour, most valuations taking around that time, minimum charge £100.

For house contents we would arrange to visit with our own staff and van, and remove any items of saleable value for auction, following which we can either instruct our house clearance agent to deal with the remainder, for which there is a clearance charge, or you can contact a local charity. Please contact us for further details.

Seller’s commission is 15% +vat on the hammer price. There are no other charges such as lotting fees, photography or insurance, and no charge if your lots don’t sell. There may be a charge for transporting items to the salerooms, minimum charge £15 +vat. Any transport charges will be deducted from the sale proceeds.

Auction Catalogues

Auction catalogues are uploaded to the website approx 7 days before the sale. We can send pre-sale notifications to you by email or by post, and a catalogue will be sent on request.

Results are uploaded to our website at the end of the sale day, or you can call to obtain your results.

Settlement cheques are posted 14 days after the sale day, provided we have been paid for your items.

Bank transfer of funds can be arranged with the accounts department.

If you have items that are unsold, we can re-offer them for you at a lower reserve in a subsequent sale or collect the lots. If the seller wishes to collect the lots rather than re-offer them, they must be removed from the premises within 14 days of the sale. If we have not received further instructions within 14 days of the sale, the lot(s) will be automatically re-entered with a 30% reduction of the reserve price.

Unsold lots from the picture sales will not be automatically re-entered in the next sale.  We usually recommend taking them away and re-offering in a few months time.

View our terms and conditions of sale