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You’re Decluttering. How Can You Tell if Items Have Value?

There’s too much clutter at your parents’ house. A cluttered and disorganized home can increase stress, the risk of a fall, and make it easier for the dust to collect. Dust triggers allergies and even asthma in some. You’re helping them clear through the things, but you’re not sure how to determine if items have value.

Don’t Underestimate an Item’s Worth

Elder Care Drexel Hill, PA: You’re Decluttering. How Can You Tell if Items Have Value?

Sometimes the most useless item can be valuable. Don’t assume something that isn’t attractive or seems to have no value in today’s society is worthless. While people may no longer use ice cream forks and prefer spoons, you can find sets selling for hundreds on antique sites.

That vase that you’ve never find attractive could be from a popular pottery company. It could be very valuable. That’s why it’s important to check first before giving something away.

Websites Can Help You with Estimates

You may not get an exact estimate regarding an item’s value, but you can get an idea. Look up the item online and see if anyone has it for sale. Antique sites are most helpful here, but auction sites like eBay can also help.

When you’re searching, look for items that are in the same condition as yours. That gets you started on determining what has value and what doesn’t.

Hold a Garage Sale or Sign Up for a Table at a Flea Market

To sell the items of value, you may have the best luck at a flea market with decent traffic. People may try to talk you down in price, but you don’t have to accept it. You can stick firmly to the price you’ve placed on the item. You can also take names and tell the people that you’ll consider the offer and let them know.

Check for Hidden Items Before You Donate or Trash Items

If you find something doesn’t have value, do a thorough check of it before you give it away or toss it. You may have heard news stories about books having cash hidden inside them, paintings that had valuable paperwork hidden under the frame, or dressers with fake bottoms that have cash or valuables tucked inside.

With an organized, tidy home, you’ll want to make sure your parents don’t start cluttering it again. To do this, consider hiring elder care aides. Caregivers come to your parents’ home to help them with tasks like housekeeping, laundry, and organization. An elder care representative can go over prices and services with your family.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care in Drexel Hill, PA please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.

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