Paying for Care Home Fees

Why not release the true monetary value of unwanted items within your home to help?


The decision to move your loved ones into residential care can be difficult. Understandably, there might be fears from the person in question and their family regarding whether or not it is the right option and how they will cope moving out of their home.

As much as no one wants to think about getting older and requiring care assistance, it is something we must all consider at some point, whether it be for a loved one or yourself. This shouldn’t be made more stressful by worrying about the fact that you may not be able to afford the necessary care. 

Of course, you want to provide the best care possible for those you love so that they are able to enjoy their later years in comfort. However, this can be a costly endeavour, and with the average cost of care in the UK being anywhere between £35,000-£60,000 per year, you may well find yourself wondering how you'll afford such an expense.

Selling assets can be a really good way to dispose of unwanted items whilst also offering quick and easy financial gain, so long as you sell through a reputable business. This process is also known as asset liquidation, and it can be particularly beneficial when looking to accumulate a specific amount for important payments such as care home fees. 

At Dawsons, we fully understand the difficulties that arise from such a conundrum. We offer a solution specifically designed to help take the weight off your shoulders, and to help you realise the true value of items you are considering selling. 

Dawsons provides access to a global shop window. Every month we hold multiple auctions which are streamed live online reaching an audience of over 10 million known buyers across the world. Our bespoke, in-house marketing creates a highly competitive bidding environment that ensures the maximum return on all the items taken to auction for our clients.

A Victorian Elkington and Co. silver canteen in fitted mahogany three drawer case with Garrard & Co inset label

Sold for £2,900

The Dawsons team are here to make it easier for you, whether it is your first time selling at auction, or you are well aquainted with the auction world. From paintings, decorative art, antiques, furniture, Asian art and collectables, to jewellery, silver, gold coins and watches, our personable valuers have expertise across a variety of fields and are here to answer any queries you may have - we are here to help.

You can book a complimentary valuation with one of our expert Valuers, via video call, in person at our Berkshire saleroom or London valuations office, and where required, via private appointment from the comfort of your own home.

Alternatively, you can submit an online valuations form, which is available here.

Van Cleef & Arpels - 'Butterfly clip' brooch set with grey mother-of-pearl and diamonds

Sold for £4,100


Case Study

In March 2022, we were called to a Bungalow in London as the elderly owner was going into a care home, and her family desperately needed to raise funds for care home fees. Sadly there was nothing of any commercial value in the whole property, until we went into the final room, and hanging above her bed was a Renaissance painting.


Follower of Filippino Lippi (1457-1504), a depiction of the Madonna and Child with attendant angels

Sold for £255,000


Our valuer immediately recognised it as being something special. After extensive research, it was attributed to the 15th century Italian artist Filippo Lippi. The painting drew global interest and after a heated 10 minute bidding battle, the gavel came down at £255,000. The family were delighted as they were able to provide a much better quality of care to their relative.


You too could be living amongst hidden treasures, so why not discover what your valuables are worth?

For a complimentary valuation, please do get in touch with us today.

We would love to hear from you.

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