The great purge is on! Baby boomers and senior citizens across Indianapolis - and the country as a whole - are unloading decades of accumulated possessions at an unprecedented rate. The reasons for this are two-fold: the economic crunch has encouraged many to attempt to liquidate upper-end possessions that may bring in a chuck of cash. Additionally, as boomers and seniors age, many see the need to fly away from the empty nest and find a smaller home or retirement community to call their own.
Recent statistics show that the size of the average American home has doubled to as much as 2,500 square feet over the past 50 years, and that number holds true from Carmel to Fishers to Brownsburg. Those homes are filled with large numbers of items that simply must go as the typical senior moves to a condo or other home that may be as small as 500 to 700 square feet.
While the option indeed exists for a couple or individual to hold a tag sale or offer an estate sale on their own, more and more are turning to estate sale and senior move management specialists. These professionals - like myself - serve in a wide variety of capacities specific to the needs of each individual client.
Often, boomers and seniors may be at a loss of where to even start as they begin to struggle with the concept of selling all of that glittery stuff. An estate sale or senior manager will then step in, help the client prioritize what must stay and what can go, and even develop a floor plan that will allow the desired possessions to fit into the available space of a smaller place.
That same Indianapolis estate sale expert will work with the client to determine a fair market value for the items that must be sold, and also ascertain what type of sale - be it an estate sale or otherwise - is most likely to produce the best result.
If an estate sale is decided upon, the specialist will work with either the senior client - or the family - to run the sale itself, marketing and advertising the sale and working with the customers on negotiations and check-out on the day (or multiple days) of the sale itself.
While the prospect of such an endeavor may seem daunting at first - especially with the idea of hundreds of people traipsing through the home or the property - a well-trained expert who has worked in such an environment for years, and who has the capacity to bring on qualified help, can make all the difference in reducing stress and ensuring a successful financial end to a "downsizing" move.