If you’re getting ready to take on the task of downsizing or liquidating a parent’s home, you might be feeling stressed.
That’s absolutely normal.
Preparing for estate auctions or sales is a lot of work. And having to make decisions about what stays and what goes can take a real toll on your emotional energy.
There are things you can do to make the process a little easier and ensure that your energy doesn’t get completely deleted.
Read on to find out.
Preparing Emotionally for Estate Auctions and Sales
No one really wants to think about it.
But for most of us, we reach that inevitable time in our lives when we have to clean out our parents’ home. This is especially difficult if the parent has passed away.
So to lessen the emotional stress, you’ll want to strongly consider the following:
1. Don’t Underestimate How Long It Will Take
If you have the luxury of knowing that your parent(s) will be moving, it’s best to start planning now. Sorting and clearing out possessions can take weeks or even months. Particularly if the home has been occupied a long time.
If your parents are still alive, start working with them to declutter. Recognize that it’s an emotional process for them.
And for you.
Talk things over with them and other family members to keep the lines of communication open.
That way, you’ll have a better idea of what can be donated, gifted or thrown away while minimizing hard feelings.
2. Take A Break
We can’t stress this one enough. Especially if your parent has passed away suddenly and you’re in a time crunch.
Remember that you have a life outside of the liquidating/downsizing process. If you want to be at your optimal operating capacity, be sure to take a step away when needed so that you can regroup.
Otherwise, you run the risk of burn out.
Try getting out of the house for a while. Grab a nice dinner, go for a walk to get some fresh air, hit the gym to burn off the stress.
Or if you need something more low-key, take some time to meditate or watch some feel-good TV. Try to find a comedy or something light so you can forget about the task at hand for a while.
3. Hire Professionals
Once you’ve cleared out the items you wish to keep, it’s time to enlist the help of professionals for the items you wish to sell.
It’s tempting to think that you can find the value of every item and then sell it on the internet. And in theory, you can. But it’s going to take a tremendous amount of time and energy.
With an estate auctions and sales company such as Prestige, you’ll get professional appraisals for antique jewelry, other antiques and anything else that might be worth something. They’ll also know what’s valuable enough to go to auction.
Plus, they come in and handle it all at once — saving you time and precious emotional energy.
Hiring professionals is well worth the expense.
Make It A Little Easier on Yourself
Even if you’re feeling energized and ready to start clearing things out, letting go will always trigger some pain, regret or sadness.
It’s part of the process.
Be patient with yourself and others as you handle this monumental task. Feel free to contact us.
Prestige Estate Services hires only professionals who know how to make the process go smoothly.
Prestige Estate Services Sarasota/Tampa
941-893-3431 or 1-844-EST-SALE