Posts in category "estate sales"

The Pros and Cons of Having An Estate Sale

Clearing out your parents or a relatives home can be very emotional. Then there is the decision of what to do with all the stuff. Do you give it to family and friends, call in a junk service, donate, or simplify burn the house down. Obviously, the last one isn’t an option. Estate or “glorified”... Read more »

How to Purge While Grieving

There comes a time in all our lives, when we have to clear out a relatives stuff. It could be a full house, an apartment or a room at a nursing home. Its extremely hard to have to make decisions when you are in the grieving stage. I have seen many homes sit for years... Read more »

Trash or Cash- What Is Your Stuff Worth

Times are changing. Those items that your grandparents and parents treasured aren’t worth the same anymore. Its the sad hard truth. The younger generations aren’t collecting and decorating there homes in a different manor. I rarely see decorative plates or figurines sitting on the shelves. With that being said, when going through an estate or... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 BeforeĀ  You Die”. This article is a... Read more »