Household Transitions Helping You Move Out and Move On

Household Transitions Helping Move Move Out and Move On
Collectibles and china displayed for sale

By Ed Camp

We’ve all been there in one way or another.

There’s a major change in your life that means you have lots of stuff you no longer need: The unfortunate loss of a loved one; downsizing into a retirement community or assisted living facility; combining two households into one. For whatever reason, in the end you have so many household items that you just don’t need, but don’t want to just give away.

Some household and kitchen items can be donated to non-profit agencies and you can deduct the value off on your taxes. But family antiques, valuable collectibles, fine china, heirloom silver and original pieces of art have value and can be sold to someone who will appreciate and cherish them. The extra income from the sale of these items can be helpful, too.

Establishing the value of items, advertising and organizing a sale may sound like a good plan, but is also a lot of work. That’s where a household transition service can make the difference. How it works is pretty simple. You choose the items you want to keep, remove them from the house, and then turn the house over to the service. The service handles everything else.

What does “everything else” mean? The service evaluates the items as much as possible to determine the value. Then, the service will convert the home into a “retail store,” of sorts, to merchandise and display the items. That means preparing the merchandise for sale by cleaning and making minor repairs. Each piece is priced and a sales team conducts the sale. Included in the service are marketing tools that they know work to drive traffic and interested buyers. In return, the service takes a commission on everything sold, which is usually negotiable based on the amount of goods. It differs from an estate auction because items are priced, not bid upon by customers.

One reason why it’s such a good idea to use a household transition service is that they have no emotional attachment to the household goods and have incentive to get the best possible price. After you turn over the house filled with goods, you walk away and wait for the check. In fact, it’s a great idea not to show up during the sale for a number of reasons, some of them emotional!

Finally, anything that isn’t sold can still go to your favorite charity. The service normally sets that up and meets the non-profit for pick up.

If you feel you are drowning in household goods, investigate how a household transition service can help.

Ed Camp is the owner of Next Chapter Estate Sales and Household Transitions and a native of Madison, NC. He left a 33-year career in shopping center marketing and management, including seven years at Hanes Mall, to continue his interest in estate sales and senior transitions. For more information, visit


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