Will the value of my possessions cover the cost of sorting and clearing out my home?

Sorry, but in all honesty in the 8+ years I have been sorting houses I have not come across one home where the value of the items within has covered the costs of sorting, clearing, rubbish disposal costs and a comprehensive clean of the home.
Often the quality items in a home are taken by family members or are part of bequests.
Recently, we sorted and cleared a retirement unit in Burwood (cleaning was not involved) and the proceeds from the auction house compensated the client for around 85% of the cost of our service.  A great result, but there were many quality items in the unit.
My client was pleased and surprised.  Many items she expected to gain high prices did not, but some unexpected items sold really well.  It is often the unexpected items or items clients would have thrown out or donated that can be worth money.  I often tell clients, “don’t look at what one particular item sells for but the total amount, because the more items you can send to the auction house, the better the end result will be.”
In many cases the best option is to send items to auction, but on other occasions if there is only one or two items worth selling, the costs of transporting the items to the auction house might eat up any profit, so we then assess if selling online or to a dealer would be best.
allsorters do not buy items – I am very strict on sticking to our business core, i.e. what we specialise in which is home sorting.  This provides transparency for our clients.  We are not valuers but through experience we know what is sellable and what is not – we leave assessing the value of items up to the auction house specialists.
Sending items to auction also provides transparency, documentation and peace of mind for executors.
Take care …

Mary J Harnan BBus, 3a home sorting specialist
Aging Specialist, ICD  |  CD Specialist, ICD  |  Hoarding Specialist, ICD  | Expert Member AAPO 
Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of clients. I regularly speak about 3a decluttering, downsizing & my 3F’s for letting stuff go