For real estate professionals, dealing with house clean outs is not uncommon. Unfortunately, there are times when the need is for an estate clean out, which can be challenging.
The reality of life is that there are a number of unfortunate events that can require estate clean out services. It has been shown that the most common reasons for liquidating estates are downsizing due to major lifestyle changes, a divorce, overwhelming debt or bankruptcy and, sadly, the death of a parent or other family member,.
In fact, because of the large number of “baby boomers” in America, the population of the U.S. is quickly getting older with almost 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day. As a result, there are also greater numbers of homeowners who are either experiencing a downsizing in lifestyle or are simply passing away.
Estate Clean Out Services Needed for a Difficult Task
While estate clean outs are typically required due to the death of a homeowner, there are many other situation where people will suddenly need help cleaning out their properties. These are the ones who find themselves liquidating assets as part of a divorce settlement, or simply moving to take on a new job.
Yet, regardless of the reasons for needing clean out services, the task of cleaning out furniture, appliances, household goods and other items can still be challenging.
Consider this statistic: In the U.S. the average home is about 2,500 square feet. And most of that space is typically full of belongings of one type or another.
This is especially significant when the reason for removing and cleaning out a property is the death of a loved one. More often than not, an elderly parent or grandparent will have accumulated years of belongings and quite possibly filling both the house and the garage. This doesn’t even take into account rented storage units, or storage sheds on their own property.
Separating and cleaning out all of this can be overwhelming for a family or a real estate professional.
Estate Clean Out Services: What to do Before You Call
It’s estimated that in the U.S. there are approximately 14,000 estate liquidators. This is the professional usually called upon when an estate sale is needed. According to the American Society of Estate Liquidators, members must meet certain education or experience requirements, and abide by a code of ethics. But it is estimated that most liquidators have no formal training. Essentially anyone can set themselves up as an estate seller.
Take the time to research and vet your prospective estate liquidator. This is an event that only occurs once at the end of someone’s life and the situation is usually stressful enough already without having to deal with a non-professional.
If you are in a situation where you will need to have an estate sale, there are a number of key points you should know. Here are some tips to help you or your client manage this stressful task:
Find and keep any important financial documents
If it hasn’t already been done, you will want to locate any will, trusts and related documents. This might include such things as burial trusts, life insurance policies and related documents, real estate deeds and titles. Family members should obtain recent bank statements, any stock certificates, 401(k) records, tax returns and receipts.
Keep photos and other memorabilia
While these items are really of little or no value to people outside of the family, they are irreplaceable for family members. Preserving these easily misplaced and lost treasures is important for the grandchildren and others. They can, like all of us, find these pictures, scrapbooks, albums, etc. to be a physical and tangible link to family members they have lost or even never have had to opportunity to know.
Consider donating or selling clothing
Unlike photos and other memorabilia, most clothing has little value, unless it’s vintage clothing. These are items that typically date from the early 1960s and before. Consignment shops can sometimes be a source for gaining some revenue from old clothing as well as eBay or yard sales. Donating usable items is a great way to further the usefulness of these items, too, and can be handled for you by others.
Be sure to look through everything thoroughly
Many people tend to put things in unlikely places, or forget that something valuable has been left in a coat pocket or the back of a desk drawer. While it’s unlikely that there will be money under grandma’s mattress, it can be deceptively easy to miss important or valuable items that were stored in unusual locations. Take the time to look through everything thoroughly. For example, the pockets in clothing, drawers, high shelves, every container, etc.
Getting Help is Important During Estate Clean Outs
The work can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. Some of the tasks are simply monotonous and lengthy, such as sorting through paperwork. Other tasks require physical exertion such as cleaning, moving furniture and possibly hauling items and debris. This is where the services of a professional estate clean out service such as Junk King can be invaluable.
While it is not expected that a debris hauling company is going to dust and vacuum , a professional firm will ensure that the site is left in a state that is safe and clean. This is especially important when the property has has to be vacated hastily and there are large volumes of junk left behind. In many estate clean out situations this is often the case.
Often, the house is going to be sold, and one critical aspect to selling the home is ensuring that it is cleaned up and looking good for prospective buyers. Specifically in the case of estate sales, ensuring that all the previous tenant’s property has been removed from the home prior to putting it up for sale makes a big difference.
Whether you are a real estate agent, or a homeowner that is handling your own sale, you know that getting rid of all that junk can be a hefty job. Not only do you need to haul heavy items out of the home, you also need to ensure that the home isn’t damaged in the process.
When You Need Estate Clean Out Services Call Junk King
Whether you are handling an estate sale, are downsizing, or dealing with the daunting and formidable task of clearing a deceased relatives home, place of business or any other property left behind, we can help you through.
Our estate clean out services are used by landlords, attorneys, banks and homeowners who need to dispose of unneeded and unwanted items, junk and clutter that might prevent or slow down the process of handing over an estate.
You want a company that will be punctual, patient, and respectful while treating you with care. Whenever possible, we will donate as many items as we help families transport items that belong to departed family members. With years of experience in helping our customers with estate clean outs, we understand that when a loved one passes away you don’t need to worry about cleaning up their apartment or house.