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How Does a Professional Organizer Handle Valuable Items?

by Vickie Dellaquila, Downsizing & Hoarding Expert
February 26, 2016

Question: My mother is having a professional organizer help her clear the mess in her house. But she is worried about how the person will handle any valuables or antiques that are found on-site. How does that work?

Answer: Professional Organizers usually carry liability insurance and many are bonded. Be sure to ask them for a copy of their insurance policy, if they are bonded, and for references.  At initial consultation valuables and or antiques are will be discuss as to what will happen to them.  Most professional organizers have a list of resources for valuables if you are interested in selling them. I always report any valuable right away to an adult child or POA (Power of Attorney) especially things that they did not know were there such as cash. Ask the adult child and client what they would like done with them. I also like to photograph any valuable found that is unknown (the date and time stamp will be on the photo). Trust is very important for the client and their family to feel when working with high value items.

Vickie Dellaquila is western Pennsylvania’s only Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® Inc. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life®. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move.

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