Downsizing. It means different things to different people.
For some, the downsizing process begins once the kids leave home. There is no longer a need for a large family home, and many adapt to a simpler lifestyle in a home that matches their needs.
But for many others, the family home becomes a place of storage. It holds memories … and stuff. Lots of stuff.
Then comes a day when everything changes. Mom and dad suddenly need help. If they are going to remain in their home, they need to create a living environment that can provide safety and security. And they need it now.
Diving in yourself is always an option. But it’s difficult at best. Every item you pick up has meaning. Do you keep it? Do you get rid of it? And if you’re loved one is around while you do it, you may have an argument during the process too.
The downsizing process is often determined by how much stuff you have. The more stuff, the more help you may need. And if you have high quality items, antiques, you may also have different needs.
Fixed Price Sale
Want to get it all out of your home quickly? With this option, a dealer will come to the home, look over the contents and offer you one fixed price for the entire lot. It’s an effective way of cleaning out a room or even your entire home quickly, but it won’t ensure you’ve received the best price possible for every item.
Placing items in auction houses or consignment stores allows you to receive the highest price possible for the item. However, most auction houses and consignment stores take a heavy cut of the item once it’s been sold. It can also take a significant amount of time to get the item sold. This process is usually limited to a few select pieces in the home that have a high value.
Don’t negate the effectiveness of online sites. Craigslist is a great way for listing individual pieces and connecting with buyers from all over the world. eBay has a similar feature. If you’re looking to sell specific items – books, figurines, china – individual forums and listing sites can often offer you a place to get top dollar for your items.
Sales of this nature can range from the family hosting it over a weekend to a professional taking charge and ensuring the proper price for everything inside. This option can be emotional and draining on a family already facing crisis. To watch family memories being sold for pennies on the dollar can sometimes be difficult at best. If this is the best method, hiring a professional has its advantages as they will take over the most difficult part of the process, allowing you to spend your time on what truly matters.
Working with a professional can provide you with a wealth of resources for an on-site sale to move everything in the home. They understand everything from proper pricing to appropriate display. They have the ability to staff the sale and track the monies. They can also handle disposal for remaining items, including donations with possible tax deductions.
Sudden changes can bring on more than a whirlwind of emotion. They can leave you overwhelmed with all you have to do. Our goal is to provide resources for you when you need it most. Have a question? Just ask.