As you prepare for the sale, know it will be emotional.
Having to execute an estate sale after the death of a loved one poses physical, mental and emotional challenges.
Thankfully, a recent post by WCP, titled "4 tips for dealing with the emotional side of estate sale planning," offers some practical pointers to help you stay strong and make wise decisions as you work through the process of preparing for an estate sale.
What are these tips?
Planning an estate sale is a big responsibility.
You will need the support of your family, friends and even professionals—like an estate planning attorney, pastor or counselor.
They can provide guidance to help you navigate this difficult, emotional time.
Second, prepare for memory lane.
Even without heirlooms and trinkets triggering memories of your lost loved one, waves of grief can wash over you at any moment.
Some items will bring painful memories or feelings of regret.
This is normal.
There are also good memories.
Focus on these.
Third, take your time.
You may have a deadline, but plan for the estate sale properly.
Choose wisely what to sell, what to keep, and what to donate.
You do not want to make the wrong decisions.
Regret is a terrible emotion, and one you want to avoid.
There is a fine line between closure and finality.
Do not rush through the process.
Finally, seek help.
Let me be frank.
You probably know nothing about running an estate sale.
That is okay because there are people who do.
An estate sale service can help you with pricing, staging, and scheduling.
By following these four suggestions, you can minimize the pain and maximize your efforts when it comes to planning the estate sale for your deceased family member.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.
For more information about estate planning in Overland Park, KS (and throughout the rest of Kansas and Missouri), visit our estate planning website and be sure to subscribe to our complimentary estate planning e-newsletter while you are there.
Reference: WCPO (May 9, 2016) "4 tips for dealing with the emotional side of estate sale planning"