Testimonials

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I'm Grateful to Barbara and Her Team

"My parents had their home built and lived there happily for 17 years. Then, a series of events resulted in my Dad moving to assisted living while my Mom landed in a different rehab facility. Once they vacated the home, it fell to me to get it cleared out and ready to sell. Barbara and her team were truly a lifesaver in this project. While I only had a vague idea of what was in the house, and no idea as to what to do with all of the stuff, Barbara and her crew came in and were able to sort through the house, separate trash from treasure, and bring in the resources needed to empty the house of furniture, clothing, and decades worth of accumulated items.

During this process, the team found my Dad's high school ring, socks filled with rolled coins and credit cards that were scattered throughout the home. Most special of all was a strand of pearls that was the one thing my Mom let me 'borrow' for my wedding day, and which I had never seen since. I have no idea where they found it, but I was thrilled to have this necklace located and not lost in the process of clearing out the house. They finished in a couple of weeks, a project that would have taken me and my husband several months to accomplish. I'm grateful to Barbara and her team for caring for a lifetime's accumulated treasures just as if it were their own home's contents."

Ann Jeffersonton, VA October 23, 2018

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The Staging Helped Sell Our House

"We did sell the house and I have no doubts at all, it was because it was so beautiful. Everybody who came through just said 'how beautiful the house was.' That had so much to do with all of you and all of your hard work, so thank you again! You and your team were wonderful to work with.

I cannot thank you enough."

Gretchen Reston, VA August 21, 2018

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Could Not Have Done It Without Her

"When my sister-in-law became seriously ill while in the middle of selling her house and moving into a retirement community, I was thrown into the middle of going to settlement and clearing out and packing up her house of over 40 years, all while figuring out and dealing with her medical care. Barbara and her crew took so much off my shoulders.

She went through household items and belongings, organized them into groups to be sold, donated and trashed. She coordinated with an auctioneer for the items to be sold and coordinated a truck load of furniture to be put in storage. She has a network of people who buy special items, like coin collections, cameras, etc. Her crew hauled bags to be donated to various charities and constantly kept me informed of the status of all items, all the while being very considerate of my sister-in-law's needs and feelings.

Months later, after my sister-in-law died, Barbara helped us clean out her vacation home and staged it for sale. Barbara and crew are worth every penny and I could not have got through this rough experience without her."

Suzy C. Staunton, VA May 22, 2017

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Artfully Guided Our Parents

"It is difficult to find the words to express our gratitude for the care and attention that Barbara and her crew exhibited while assisting my wife's parents through an extremely trying chapter in their lives. We live out of state, and most of the preparation, as well as the physical move, was directed by her.

Having to relocate from their home of 46+ years into an assisted living apartment at the age of 90 — and with dementia — was sometimes more than their patience and understanding could bear. We know that this is 'what y'all do' — but you 'artfully guided' them through the minefield of what to keep, what to give to charity, and what to submit to auction.

Helping them to understand just what would fit into their new home, as well as overcome the sense of loss they must have felt as they had to select which treasures to keep and which to discard, requires the experience and empathy of seasoned professionals.

From the packing to physically moving to unpacking and establishing a new lifestyle in unfamiliar surroundings — Barbara and her crew share a special responsibility during this awkward transition for many older folks. We gratefully thank y'all, and highly recommend your care and guidance to any family facing similar circumstances."

Theresa & Jim Picayune, MS April 13, 2017

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Downsizing & Moving On

"What a relief it was when Barbara and her crew took over my downsizing and packing. The move-in was a joy. Sharing experiences with the staff made the whole process go quickly and more pleasantly. They were professional and respectful as well as efficient. The whole process was completed faster than expected. I would definitely recommend them."

Carol Burke, VA February 24, 2016

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Working Smoothly Together

"Barbara has been a great help in clearing out my father-in-law's home. We were inexperienced with the process and emotionally drained from caring for him. Barbara helped in deciding what was the best way to handle all the items. There were a lot of belongings, and when the house sold quickly it needed to be expedited. It was nice to have Barbara and Margaret work closely together and keep things moving smoothly. Thank you for making it work!"

Pam Ellicott City, MD July 31, 2015

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Truly a Blessing!

"We were faced very suddenly with having to relocate our elderly Aunt from living in an apartment for almost 20 years into Potomac Place, an assisted living facility. We were out of state and in poor health and could not oversee or do the job ourselves. We did not know anyone in the area. We had to downsize; we needed more services than just moving.

Barbara presented her services and was truly a life saver. She is a very take-charge, organized, no-nonsense person who at the same time is compassionate, dedicated, and conscientious. She performs her services as if she were your family member; she is reliable and trustworthy. She stays in touch and is responsive to your needs. She moves quickly and has the resources to get it done. She is thorough and detail oriented. Barbara does little things as well as big chores and makes recommendations for needs she thinks may help your loved one. Barbara and her team were truly a blessing when we needed one most!"

Peggy St. Louis, MO November 19, 2012

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Exceeded My Expectations

"My client, an enthusiastic collector, lived in a 100+ year old home and her transition situation was a case of borderline hoarding to much needed downsizing.  My homeowner was very pleased with Barbara and the services provided by Overwhelmed How Can I Help, LLC.  I would absolutely use and recommend their services again!"

Elizabeth Ann Realtor®, Keller Williams November 19, 2012