Painful reality. I can't help everyone

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Casual Uncluttering LLC

It's a painful reality of my work that I can't help everyone. More important, it's unethical for me to help everyone - if I come to a project and I don't have the skills, experience or resources to take on the job, I'm obligated by my professional society's code of conduct to refer the potential client to someone else.

 

Hoarding situation "before"
Hoarding situation "before"

But it HURTS. It is often the case that my referrals aren't effective - the client can't afford me or anyone else, the client isn't really ready to get sustained help but was hoping for IMPOSSIBLE quick fixes, the project is of such a large scope or on such a tight deadline (or dauntingly both) I'm not convinced the work can be successfully accomplished within the constraints.

 

I interviewed such a prospect a few days ago. I still feel guilty for "I can't."

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Courtney Cooper
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I applaude you for the patience you must possess to be a professional declutterer!  All you can do is help the ones you can :) 

May 08, 2017 10:14 AM #1
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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I understand the guilty feeling when we have to say "no,"  but it is true that if we cannot help, we need to say so. You did the right thing.

May 08, 2017 10:15 AM #2
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Lauren Williams - it takes a courageous person to say no to something they can't do for ethical reasons. It's always about doing the right thing for all the right reasons. Your services are greatly needed and it's not easy what you do. I commend you. 

May 08, 2017 08:59 PM #3
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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To go where many of us fear to go. I applaud your professionalism Lauren Williams 

May 08, 2017 10:05 PM #4
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Pick you jobs and where you can help most. Got it.

May 15, 2017 11:23 AM #5
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