July 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // RALEIGH, NC – The estate sales industry, traditionally dominated by mom-and-pop operations that cater to regional clientele, is seeing an emergence of successful franchise businesses with wider-than-local ambitions. One such business, Blue Moon Estate Sales, the leading estate sales franchise in the country and pioneer of the new niche, has launched an aggressive initiative to further expand its national footprint.
With 11 locations currently open and operating in four states – including North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey and Texas – company plans call for having a total of 20-25 locations by the end of this year and 50-75 by the end of 2016. Five locations have already opened since the beginning of the year.
“When you combine America’s aging baby boomer population with the passing of the World War II generation and a mortgage debt-fueled financial crisis that people are still recovering from, the result is more estate sales and a phenomenal opportunity for self-employment,” said Debra Blue, who co-founded Blue Moon Estate Sales with her son, David. “We look forward to further standardizing the industry and offering our services to even more communities across the country.”
A retired physician, Debra Blue got into estates sales after buying and selling antiques for nearly 30 years, because she saw the economic and demographic trends that would make the industry grow. In 2009, she and David launched Blue Moon Estate Sales, which rapidly became the most active estate sales business in Raleigh, North Carolina. Shortly after in 2013, they began optimizing the numerous processes in the business and made it a reproducible and reliable franchise company.
Today, Blue Moon Estates Sales has helped hundreds of families with its residential, commercial, and moving liquidation services, providing an organized and professional way to ease the complicated and overwhelming burden of selling a personal estate. From determining a convenient time line to sweeping up after the sale, Blue Moon does everything. Other services include, but are not limited to: a complimentary and extensive evaluation of the home, appropriate pricing from antiques to everyday items, categorization and staging of the home, marketing, hosting and staffing of the sale.
“Many people find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. They may be downsizing, dealing with the death of a loved one or moving to an elderly community. Our goal is to manage their estate sale in a professional and caring manner while using our proven system to get them the most profit,” said Debra.
Debra said the company is looking for energetic, caring people who want to help those in need while enjoying the rewards of owning their own business. “With a flexible schedule, low startup cost and very low overhead owning your own estate sales franchise is right within your reach,” she added.
The initial franchise fee is $25,000 for a population base of 300,000 with ongoing royalties of 5% of gross sales. This fee includes extensive training, marketing materials, and customized IT work.
Launched in 2009 and franchising since 2013, Blue Moon Estate Sales is the leading estate sales franchise in the country. The company’s estate sales specialists help clients through every step of the estate sale process to ease the stress and workload of an event few people ever plan for. With 11 locations currently open and operating in four states, Blue Moon Estate Sales has already helped hundreds of families with its residential, commercial, and moving liquidation services. For more information, please visit www.bluemoonestatesalesusa.com.
SOURCE Blue Moon Estate Sales