The following is a list of questions to ask when hiring an auctioneer.
Often, there are sensitive family issues surrounding an auction, You should always feel comfortable with, and
certainly trust your auctioneer. We recommend asking your potential auctioneer about all of these, even better is
a written proposal explaining the auction process, terms, responsibilities, etc.
- Are you licensed under the state of Wisconsin to perform auctions?
- Is a written auction proposal that completely explains the services, including
an auction budget, a timetable, sellers responsibilities, and the Auctioneers responsibilities
- Are there any hidden costs that won't be in the auction budget?
- Do you use a buyers fee, and if so how are the proceeds of the
buyers fee being used.
- Who will know the results of my auction and are these results strictly confidential?
- Can you provide a list of references that you have conducted auctions for?
- Do you belong to the local state and national auctioneers association? The Wisconsin and National
Auctioneers Associations are committed to the advancement and professionalism of the Auction industry.
They provide training and seminars, ethical guidelines, continuing education for licensure, etc. Be sure your auctioneer is a member.
- How will you advertise my auction?
- On the internet / social media
- Newspapers (locally/multi-state/nationally)?
- Mailing lists?
- Specialized collector lists?
- What happens if something gets damaged?
- How soon after the auction will I receive my payment?
- What is involved with setting up for the auction and who is going to
What does this setup cost?
One note on consignment percentage,
be sure to consider who
will achieve the best price for your item(s). While it is very common to
search for the lowest percentages charged to sell your item(s). Keep in mind
that if Auctioneer A sells your item for $75 and charges you 15% you get $64
back, If auctioneer B charges you 20% but sells your item for $85 you get
$68 back. Often just one more bid increment can make up for what seemed like
a better deal. Just as in anything else in life, you get what you pay
for. Be sure you're not selecting the cheapest, but the best auctioneer you