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How to Safeguard Your Estate: Self-Appraising Your Belongings with Care

In the world of estate clearing, ensuring that your cherished possessions find new homes where they are truly valued is paramount. We understand that it's not just about the money; it's about the sentimental worth as well.

Caroline Maurice, decluttering and organizing a basement of a downsizing client in Burlington, ON

In this blog, we'll continue our exploration of self-appraising your belongings in a way that safeguards both your interests and your memories. We genuinely care about our clients, and we want to guide you through this process with confidence and peace of mind.


If you missed out first blog: 3 Steps to Self-Appraising Your Stuff Before You Sell It, Read it HERE


Protecting Yourself from Estate Predators


It's an unfortunate truth that not everyone has your best interests at heart when it comes to estate sales. Many individuals or businesses may try to take advantage of your vulnerability during this challenging time. Here's how you can safeguard yourself and your possessions:


1. Watch for Red Flags


Be cautious when you notice certain red flags during the estate clearing process. One such flag is when potential buyers cherry-pick items, focusing only on what they believe can fetch them a substantial profit. These individuals often leave you with a mess of unsold items to deal with, creating additional stress.


2. Avoid Time-Consuming Expert Visits


Having multiple experts assess your items, such as jewelry, furniture, or art, can be time-consuming and overwhelming. You may find yourself wondering who is genuinely on your side and where to find trustworthy appraisers. It's a daunting task to stay up-to-date with current trends and values on your own, so it is understandable to want to find the right help, but it can be hard to find.


Caroline Maurice, Co-Founder of Estate Concierge and Downsizing, appraising gold rings

3. Seek Out the Right Team


When choosing to work with professionals, it's crucial to inquire about their team's composition and experience. Are there certified appraisers with expertise in various fields? A knowledgeable and diversified team or network ensures that every aspect of your estate is considered with care and precision.


4. Embrace Openness


A trustworthy estate clearing service will ask you questions about your belongings, seeking to understand their significance and your knowledge about them. Being open and providing as much information as possible empowers us to help you make informed decisions.

Caroline Maurice, Co-Founder of Estate Concierge and Downsizing organizing a closet

5. Prioritize Value Over Appraisals


Sometimes, the sentimental or emotional value of an item outweighs its market appraisal. We respect that. We believe that what matters most is what an item means to you and where you'd like it to find a new home. Prioritizing the emotional connection can guide our efforts in ensuring your possessions are cherished by those who understand their worth.


We want to assure you that self-appraising your estate is not just about dollars and cents. It's about preserving the memories and stories behind each item. It's about ensuring that your cherished belongings find new homes where they will be genuinely valued.


Our commitment at Estate Concierge is to guide you through this process with compassion, care, and a focus on what matters most to you. Your estate is not just stuff; it's a lifetime of memories, and we're here to help you safeguard them.

Caroline Maurice, Co-Founder of Estate Concierge and Downsizing in Burlington, ON

If you wish to contact us about your estate clearing needs, CLICK HERE.


Caroline Maurice

Co-Founder, Estate Concierge & Downsizing


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