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Asking for Help

Barry Gordon, August 25, 2012


Facing any move can be overwhelming, and generally requires support - a lot of it. Most of us struggle with the challenge of too much to do and not enough time to do it. Sorting, cleaning, and packing up a house is a full time job. But what about prepping it for sale, getting an agent, deciding on a new residence, and preparing your home to maximize its return? It cannot be done by one person alone, but who’s out there to help? Who’s offered to help and how much is too much to ask?

Friends and family will be ready and willing to roll up their sleeves to help, because they want to. But are they as able and available as you need them to be? It is important to find balance between the tasks at hand and realistic expectations for support, without negatively affecting your relationship with friends and relatives as well as their own lives.

Wondering How much is too much to ask?


  • Commute Time: Do they live close by? Maybe a couple hours in the evening would fit. If they live a long drive away, it might be best to host them for a weekend of helping.

  • Current Obligations: Everyone strives for a balance between work and family life – even when they aren’t moving! Families with young children are on the go, all the time. So be sure to give them jobs that are manageable, this way they can be completed within your time frame.
  • Physical stamina and well-being: It goes without saying that you should only ask those who will not be physically strained by the process. Taking on only those tasks that you can do without overdoing it.


There are not only the physical, but the emotional aspects of a move to consider. It is difficult to sort and pack a life time of memories – this takes time and needs focus and support.

Let a Transition Specialist do the Heavy Lifting

Getting a house into sell and move condition is part Art and part Science. It maximizes efficiencies, saves on cost, and allows homeowners to use their support systems where they’re really needed.

Written by Barry Gordon

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