As published in the Savannah Morning News - 28 July 2012
Possession paralysis, surprisingly, is real.
David Ekerdt, a gerontologist with the University of Kansas, was in search
of answers. He and his team wanted to
know whether the sheer volume of possessions that seniors acquire over decades
become an obstacle to late-life downsizing.
Specializing in senior move management and real estate services, I know how
physically and cognitively daunting the process can be for my clients.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 14 July 2013
with hoarders – oh my! Part III
For the last two weeks,
we have looked at various hoarding characteristics, levels of hoarding, and
discussed the dilemma we find ourselves in when a hoarder must be moved to a
downsized home or to assisted living.
Most often, family members, estate attorneys or financial planners
contact me to help them with cleaning out a home, moving the occupant and
ultimately selling it. Sometimes the
elderly parent or occupant is still living there, but in dangerous and
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 7 July 2013
with hoarders – oh my! Part II
Last week we cracked open a door on the
subject of hoarding and I mentioned there are many types. The toxic hoarders, requiring Hazmat suited
professionals to do everything but tear the house down, are thankfully few and
far between. Today, we will explore
problems associated with hoarding and the levels of hoarding that we face in
the real estate and move management business.
In the last 5 years, with
foreclosures and short sales being a significant part of our real estate world,
we Realtors® have experienced trashed or neglected homes, some with animals
left behind, and many that require professional clean out.
As published in the Savannah Morning News - 30 June 2013
with hoarders – oh my!
Hoarding has become a popular
subject, written about in magazines and is even the focus of television reality
shows. This is the first of a two part series,
as we explore hoarding from a real estate and move management perspective.
It is often a source of
embarrassment for the person who suffers from this disorder, and is always
frustrating for the family members who spend their lives trying to “fix” the