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The Caring Network

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on March 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Supporting older adults as they move from a family home to Community or retirement housing is very rewarding for Caring Transitions owners, but we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our professional network. Caring Transitions takes great pride in our local and national relationships. We have cultivated a professional network of realtors, caregivers, attorneys, funeral directors, hospice partners, guardians and housing adminis...

Home Downsizing to Sell

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on February 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Most of us recognize that homes that are correctly priced tend to sell quickly, while those that aren’t often languish on the market. Of course, there is more to consider than price when placing a home on the market. Among those factors, it is important to evaluate the overall appearance and condition of a home.If you are one of many home sellers who wonder why the house down the street just sold at an asking price similar to yours, while yours r...

Family Advice from the Senior Living Experts: “Begin the Conversation Early”

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on January 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Guest Blog by Adele Lund, Director, Community & Business Relations, Laureate Group “I’ve had the pleasure of working with thousands of adult children as they navigate the transition of a loved one from their home of many years to a senior community or care facility. I have observed that when a family hasn’t had an ongoing dialogue with their parent about possible changes in the future, siblings often form different ideas of what would be ...

Securing Valuables

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on December 5, 2015 at 5:35 PM
Once you make a decision to move or store some of your belongings or even remodel your home, it is important to evaluate whether any of your personal valuables could be at risk for damage or theft. If you are one of the thousands of people who will move  next year and have not yet considered how to organize or protect your valuables, the following suggestions may help you secure important papers, small valuables, coins, jewelry, passpo...

The Five Things We Can Learn From a 70-Year-Old Home Buyer

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on November 12, 2015 at 11:33 AM
Mature home buyers between the ages of 69-89 (the Silent Generation) make up only 10 percent of the recent home purchases in the United States according to the National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report. What are the motivations of this age group to purchase real estate at this time in their life and what do they desire as home owners? SRES® conducted an interview with a 70-year-old home buyer to fin...

Communicating with Older Parents

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on October 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Often times family members hesitate to talk with their aging parents about common topics of concern such as changes to health, transportation, home care, legal and financial issues as well as retirement housing.   Geriatric professionals suggest it is much better to have these parent conversations sooner rather than later. It is often too late to make informed decisions or be sensitive to everyone’s point of view once a personal or medic...

The Caring Transitions Move Calendar

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on September 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM
A company sponsored relocation can be a great moving experience, especially when your company has provided a personal coordinator to assist you with every step. But, for those who may be moving on their own or coordinating a move for an older parent, relocation logistics may be overwhelming. Caring Transitions® is designed specifically to support your family much the same way a corporate relocation counselor does. We offer the professional help...

"Green Moving" Practices

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on August 2, 2015 at 10:11 AM
At Caring Transitions we also encourage consumers to consider “green moving” practices as they prepare for your next move or relocation:  Packing materials: When consumers shred documents in preparation for a household move, they can place the paper shreds in cloth, paper or plastic bags that are already in the home. Seal the bags and use the entire package as protective packing material instead of toxic “peanuts” or bubble wrap.  The bags and pa...

What Families Should Know: Online Auction Fraud

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on July 9, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Over the past few years increased activity in online sales has also attracted those elements interested in committing fraud. According to the FBI’s latest report of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), approximately one in every four complaints involve online auction scams. Learn more about what the The FBI recommends to help protect yourself from online fraud.

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Estate Sale Professional

 Posted by Noel Cajudo on May 29, 2015 at 9:43 AM

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Estate Sale Professional

When seeking an estate sale company, the following questions may help you hire the right professional for your task.

#1 – How long will it take to set up a sale in my home?

The amount of time needed to set up a sale may depend on the quantity and condition of your possessions. Obtaining an estimate is important. Ask your estate sales representative how they perform their estimates. Companies should not guarantee the total value of your sale, as the success of the sale is subject to the amount of traffic and competitive bids received during the sale. These factors which are often influenced by weather or the number of competitive sales that fall on the same day or weekend.

Caring Transitions® has the ability to provide a free, electronic, in-home estimate for all of your projects. Our “Project Accelerator” estimates are based on the size of your home, the volume of goods and the services you require.

#2 – What is your commission structure?

All Estate Sale companies base their fees on a percent of the sale. Percentages in the U.S. range from 30% to 60%, depending on services provided and the overall estimated value of the sale.

Hiring a company that offers the lowest percentage does not mean you will make more money. A skilled professional, who can advertise directly to a list of interested buyers may in fact increase your overall profit, even while charging a higher percentage.

Caring Transitions® commissions include services to  categorize goods and stage your home, price your items, provide any necessary research or professional resources for high value items, set up the sale, advertise, optimize our EstateSales.net membership, take promotional photos, provide tables and other merchandising fixtures, set up displays, schedule employees to manage the sale, secure permits, arrange for security, place signage, send invitations to known buyers,  provide oversight and traffic control during the sale, manage financial transactions and provide a final reconciliation and accounting of sale items.

#3 – Are there fees besides your commission?

Many companies charge an administrative fee to account for miscellaneous items such as travel and sorting/cleaning inventory. Credit card fees may also be billed separately, although not all providers are able to accept credit cards.

Caring Transitions®  may charge an administration fee or a “minimum” fee.   Minimums are common for professional organizations, especially, as mentioned above, when the value of the sale is expected to be low and labor is expected to be high.  Caring Transitions does accept credit cards in order to encourage larger transactions.

#4 – Are you insured, trained and certified? Is your staff?

The Estate Sale industry is unregulated and can be a haven for scam artists and unethical companies. It is important to understand how providers are qualified to serve you. Many companies do not have regular staff, but hire contract workers or friends to help with a sale.

Caring Transitions® has completed a rigorous corporate training program in addition to our own field expertise.  We employ regular W-2 employees, all of whom are corporately trained and subject to a security background screening. Staffing will be discussed with you as the size of the sale is determined. Our office is also accountable to a parent corporation and must meet all professional standards including liability insurance, worker’s compensation, corporate oversight on legal matters, industry training and independent industry certification.

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