I have attended hundreds of auctions through the years but, until recently, had never organized one. Our business had existed for many decades and a sale was going to empty many buildings of stored “goodies” as well as liquidating our sales and service operation. We had concerns about continuing to service our customers while preparing for the sale, about getting everything out of the buildings in time, about getting rid of as much as possible to minimize cleanup, and, of course, maximizing our return. As it turned out, Frank, Wade, Ed and their crew did an outstanding job of working with us to make sure all our concerns were tackled.
We were able to service our customers until just a few days before the sale. Everything in our buildings was removed in plenty of time and almost all of it sold, so we had very little cleanup. Most importantly, I believe we received every bit as much return for our equipment as we would have from anyone else, including folks like Ritchie Bros.
If you are contemplating having a machinery auction in Michigan, I would suggest you take the time to talk with Leist Auctioneers. We were very pleased in our experience with them and think they might benefit you also.