Posts in category "estate sales"

How To Handle Your Parents Stuff

One day we will all have to deal with the loss of our parents. Its the cycle of life but something that none of us want to think about. Unless your parents are living in an assisted living facility or nursing home, you will have to deal with their stuff as well. If they are... Read more »

Tips For Clearing Out A Family Home

Losing a loved one is hard enough but then when you are left with a house or condo full of stuff, suddenly your stress level rises to a new level. Depending on the size of the home or amount of stuff, it can take weeks or months to plow through it! These days, no one... Read more »

Don't Trash Grandma's Stuff; Call In An Estate Professional

I was asked to do a consultation last week at an estate property downtown. I wanted to be prepared so I asked my usual questions to the realtor – any antiques or estate stuff to sell? She told me it was “old lady” taste. I met with the client, the nephew handling the estate and... Read more »
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Downsizing The Family Home; When Should It Be Done

Last week I had a client ask me when he should start to downsize his mom’s home in preparation to move to assisted living. I said-tomorrow. Its a big process no matter the size of the home. When someone has lived in their home for years, stuff builds up. Even in the cleanest and most... Read more »

Family Clutter, How To Say No

A friend of mine was stressing out because she didn’t have room for her mom’s china. She already had her grandmothers china. My question to her was- Do you like/want it? Do we feel an obligation to take our families stuff? The good, the bad, and the ugly. Is it part of the mourning process... Read more »

Handling An Estate; It Takes A Village

Lately I have been working on a few projects that include clearing out estates. There are two types of estate jobs. One in which the person has passed away, and the other in which the person is moving to assisted living. Regardless, this is a very emotional job. I know many people who have let... Read more »
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Organizing Your Estate Papers

It’s a horrible and tragic thing to lose a loved one. Its even worse when the family has to spend time piecing together the estate paperwork along with clearing out the family home. The Wall Street Journal featured an article in 2011 called “The 25 Documents You Need Before  You Die”. This article is a... Read more »

So You Got A Good Deal; Do You Really Need It

I was out with some friends this weekend. One of them started telling me about all his “treasures” that were sitting in an out of state storage room. Thank God it was dark and he couldn’t see my eyes popping out of my head. I listened to him brag about all the stuff that he... Read more »

Knick Knacks; A Realistic View of What They Are Worth

During a home clean out or a massive purging process, you always find them. Yes, I am talking about knick knacks, decorative items, and misc things. Alot of these treasures tend to get buried in the past. Sometimes they stay packed from move to move. And now you are ready to sell them. Because they... Read more »
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Purging after a passing; How to get through it

At one time or another in all our lives, we will have to clean out a home that belonged to a loved one or a friend. It  can be paralyzing to the  loved one that is responsible for the project. I am hearing more stories of people letting houses sit. One lady told told me that... Read more »