Estate Cleanout Service
When you find yourself in the situation of having to handle unwinding an estate it can be daunting—from hiring estate sale experts, sorting and removing items, donating things, cleaning, repairing the home and property and getting it ready to be sold, there seems to be an unending list of things to take care of.
When the estate is that of person who has lived a long life they likely have a house full of stuff accumulated over decades of living. Some of these things may be valuable in a monetary sense, some may have sentimental value, still others may be of no imaginable value to you but may have some to someone else. And the first thought when faced with a property full of a jumble of all of these kinds of items, is what to do with all this stuff? How to begin?
There is no way around it, but the first place to begin is to evaluate all of the items, to determine which have salable value, which should be kept and which can be let go. All stakeholders involved in this decision should be involved, and this makes for a slow process potentially. This part of the process should not be rushed, as tedious as it may be. Once it has been decided what should be kept of might have some value the actual market value of those items. There are companies that will advise on the price of certain items but be careful to only hire those that have some third party certification and references.
After the junk has been separated from the valuable and sentimental items, it has to be decided how it will be handled. This can mean either donating things or more commonly selling them. If you decide to go the donation route, there are scores of organizations that would be happy to give well cared for and items a new home. Deciding to donate instead of sell can be a good way to 'pay it forward'. That said, selling items is also a viable choice. Estate sales are also known as tag sales, since traditionally the price of an item is demarcated on tags. Organizing an estate sale can be overwhelming as well, especially if there is a large estate with many items, and thus can be outsourced as well. The same rules apply to hiring an estate sale professional as apply to hiring a estate appraiser, good reviews or references and some kind of third party certification.
Finally, after everything can could be has been donated, sold, displayed or stored, there will be some percentage of the estate that will be left behind to be disposed of, the junk and the mess. Just as item appraisal and the estate sale can be outsourced, so too the removal of the junk. Calling in a professional company to handle the junk removal can really help. First there may be things that have not sold or that you could not donate that can indeed be donated or at least recycled. Junk removal companies are experts in finding the right place for the stuff that people do not want. This does not always mean simply picking things up and sending them off to the landfill. Besides that, there are all manner of logistical challenges that professionals take off your hands, finding some vehicle that can accommodate the items, loading things up, driving to the a place that will take it, paying whatever fees they want to get rid of the stuff, it can be a huge headache.