References, FAQ's & Auction Schools
Below you will find some kind words from families that Kevin Burchett, Auctioneer,
was happy to assist.
LOCATION: The Haimerl Center, Columbus, Oh.
"The purpose of this letter is to recommend Kevin Burchett, as an outstanding Auctioneer. He was recommended to us by a fellow Lion, (name withheld), who owns three antique shops. Kevin auctioned our antiques & personal items, and needless to say, we are very pleased with the results of this auction."
"He and his staff were honest, articulate, and prepared the items to be auctioned in a professional manner. We did not attend the auction, however, the evening before the auction we were invited to view all of our items (in the gallery)."
"My wife's mother had a very bad experience with a dishonest Auctioneer years ago, and my wife was reluctant to obtain another. Because of the results of our recent business relationship, she now joins with me in recommending Kevin Burchett to anyone considering an auction."
"I can assure you that Kevin will handle your items with care. You can trust him to get the maximum amount for you at the auction."
Edward A. Green
Ohio Lions District 13, Administrative Assistant
GROVE CITY, OH.
LOCATION: The Haimerl Center, Columbus, Oh."Thank you for the success of the auction you had for me. I find that you have been honest, reliable, helpful and courteous. You are a good Auctioneer to do business with. Thank you."
Sophia B. Hartley
LOCATION: Owners backyard.
"I had the occasion to use Mr. Burchett as an Auctioneer to sell my household property when I moved out of my home. He was very personable and cooperative, efficient and careful in looking after and selling the various items. All in all, I found him to be an excellent professional in the job he preformed for me."
Harry S. Goldstein, Retired Federal Judge
LOCATION: Owners backyard."Thank you, Kevin, so much. You made this whole affair easy and fun. Best of luck..."
Rate Howell, Law Professor
Frequently Asked Questions
New to Auctions? The following answers may help.
HOW DO WE DECIDE UPON AN AUCTIONEER TO SELL OUR ITEMS?
If you were choosing a cosmetic surgeon, would you want a Doctor that has done 3 procedures? 6 procedures? 25? ..Kevin Burchett has conducted or participated in more than 500 auctions in the past 5 years. That's approximately 3500 families or sellers just like you! That's experience!.
WHOM, BESIDES THE AUCTIONEER WILL HANDLE MY PARENTS ANTIQUES, AND THE CASH PROCEEDS FROM THE AUCTION?
Kevin employs, serious minded, well presented professionals from within the industry. Everyone handling your merchandise is a knowledgeable dealer in antiques or an Auctioneer. Kevin does not employ "TEMPS", furniture movers or trash haulers to handle your antiques, or your cash.
IN SOME AUCTIONEER'S ADVERTISING, THEY MAKE THE CLAIM TO HAVE THE LOWEST COMMISSION RATE. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?
When selling your assets or a loved ones Estate, one must be result oriented. The kind of advertising making this claim can be found in any industry. You can buy a meal in Columbus for $2.99, and you can probably buy a new car for about $9000. But, experience shows you can expect a proportionate result. You cannot buy a quality meal for $2.99, or a new Cadillac for $9000.
A well advertised, nicely displayed and professionally managed auction, by a reputable full-time Auctioneer, is the best insurance for producing successful results.
HOW IS AN AUCTION DIFFERENT FROM A TAG SALE OR A GARAGE SALE?
At an auction, everything will be sold. At a tag sale, often, only the items that are seen as 'under priced' sell to the first interested party. An auction employs enthusiastic and competitive bidding to secure the highest possible price for your merchandise. More importantly, only an Auctioneer has licensing and bonding requirements monitored by the State of Ohio. The State of Ohio does not require testing, background checks, or specify procedures for handling your money in a Trust Account or in a timely fashion for persons holding a garage or tag sale.
HOW QUICKLY AFTER THE AUCTION DO WE GET PAID?
Kevin Burchett writes checks to his sellers (after 10 business days), from a Trust Account held with PNC.
WE HAVE 35 YEARS OF ACCUMULATION. COULD IT ALL POSSIBLY SELL?
Very few items are not sellable. In today's collectable market, there is a niche' for nearly every item. My being involved in over 100 auctions per year keeps me abreast of collecting trends and cutting edge collectibles that will be tomorrows antiques.
I ONLY HAVE A FEW ITEMS TO SELL, NOT ENOUGH FOR AN ENTIRE AUCTION. IS IT WORTH IT?
An increasing amount of our business is from partial estates. That is, individuals downsizing, or selling just a few antiques. Your items can be easily added to an upcoming Auction, where the costs can be shared with other parties in your similar circumstance.
SHOULD WE START CLEARING OUT, OR THROWING AWAY THE TRASH FROM MY MOTHERS HOUSE?
STOP! We have seen families throw away some of the best items that the estate could have offered. Statements like, "Oh! You should have seen the ones we threw away!', or, "We didn't think anyone would want that", are heard many times every year. It was the experience of one of my peers, that the family made more money on furniture from the 'burn pile' than what was left to sell in the home.
WHO WILL COME TO MY AUCTION?
From antique dealers stocking their stores to homemakers decorating their houses. Your sale will be advertised in the Columbus Dispatch, on the internet, at other public auctions by way of flyers, and if warranted, in national trade publications.
YOU ARE ADVERTISING SIMILAR ITEMS TO MINE IN AN UPCOMING AUCTION, CAN I CONSIGN TO THAT AUCTION AT THE LAST MINUTE?
Thanks to our email notification program (nearly 3000 email address's), 'piggybacking' like items is possible if that auction is not already too large.
HOW SOON AFTER MY FIRST CALL, CAN AN AUCTION DATE BE SELECTED?
Appropriate time must be allotted to allow for premium promotion of yourmerchandise. Each and every auction is a different case with its own time parameters. Individualized attention to your needs will be discussed and often a sale date decided upon immediately.
DO WE SUPPLY ANYTHING LIKE: TABLES, CHAIRS OR FOOD?
We try to make your auction a positive and stress-free experience. We bring everything necessary to display your property in a way that promotes a safe, expedient and comfortable sales atmosphere. We do have approved & licensed caterers/vendors that offer a varied menu at no additional cost to you.
Can't find your answers here? Please feel free to email any further questions to us or you may telephone us directly at 614-866-8668. KMBauction@aol.com Free Consultations.
I recommend looking into all these web-sites before deciding upon an auction school. Furthermore, I would be glad to hear from any students of these fine schools inquiring about a potential sponsorship in the State of Ohio's apprenticeship program.
Click on the schools name to go to that web site.
The Walton School of Auctioneering Kevin attended this auction school in Medina Ohio, as well as his friends, Chris Marlowe and Jeff Baird. This web site gives you an idea of an auctioneers potential earnings and the average Auctioneers degree of education.
Mendenhall School of Auctioneering Another outstanding school. They have been teaching auctioneering since 1962. Auctioneering products and classified ads on this site.
The Missouri Auction School Founded in 1905, "The "Harvard of Auctioneering" - Newsweek Magazine; "Missouri Auction School is the biggest and oldest trainer of Auctioneers"- The Wall Street Journal
Nashville Auction School Recognized for on-going education. In July 2004 they joined forces with the National Auctioneers Association and merged their AuctioneerClass.com program into what is now NAA Online Education.
Reppert School of Auctioneering Now owned by the Kruse family of Auctioneers (one of the largest auctioneering firms in the world). The Reppert school opened in 1921. They are an active force in this business!
World Wide College of Auctioneering In business for over 70 years, their students have gone on to win many Auctioneering contests.