Our experience cleaning out estates has made one thing evident: nobody wants to have to clear out the home of a loved one.
Cleaning out an estate is hard work. Not only are you dealing with grief over the loss of a loved one, but trying to sort through their long gathered possessions and make sense of it all can be a difficult process as well. Most of us tend to accumulate a lot of things over the years. It can be overwhelming and daunting to consider how to go about cleaning out the property of a loved one, not to mention the emotional state caused by going through such a task.
There are likely a lot of items to go through. Often times you won’t know what all the items are; maybe they are heirloom or collectibles, or just trinkets your loved one didn’t ever throw away. Cabinets of paper files require time and dedication to go through.
Although nothing can make the process any easier, there are something you can do to make it more manageable.
Gather the important items
The first thing you should do is locate all important papers, items such as Will and Testaments, life insurance policies, Trust documents, deeds and bank statements. Anything relating to real or personal property including financial documents and tax returns should be set aside and secured for the probate process.
An important thing to keep in mind, is that many of us hide valuables like cash and jewelry in unlikely places. When you are sorting through items pay attention to all of the details, check the pocket of clothing, look at the bottom of the laundry basket, check inside shoes and old boxes. Even pantry and closet items might be home to hidden treasure stashed there by your loved one.
Monetary items are not the only things worth looking for. Family photos and mementos can be invaluable to many members of the family. Sometimes these items can be the most important in the house.
As you sort through items, you might be able to tell what is worth donating or selling and what isn’t. But possessions acquired a long time ago can change significantly in value. If you are unsure if an item is an heirloom or collectible or maybe just a souvenir of a nice vacation, you should consult a professional before you trash or donate it.
Sell, Keep or Donate?
If the house has a lot of furniture, knickknacks, antiques and other decor items, it is probably a good idea to hire an appraiser. They can give you an estimate of the items in the home and you can decide if you should go forward with an estate sale, sell items individually or just donate them.
AZ Junk Estate Cleanout in Phoenix
The best thing you can do to make the task more manageable is to get help. You can ask family and friends to help you sort through household documents and items. But many of the tasks such as moving hauling and loading items can require a lot more help.
This is where AZ Junk can really lend a hand. We will focus on the cleanup and clearing out of the estate so you can focus on what matters most.
How Much Does Estate Cleanout Cost?
Az Junk Removal offers home cleanout services for flat rates based on load size:
- 1/8th Truck Load is $125
- 1/4 Truck Load is $200
- 1/2 Truck Load is $350
- Full Truck Load is $500
Our trucks will fit up to 20 cubic yards of furniture, appliances, office equipment and much more. Pricing listed here are rates for our Phoenix estate removal service as of 12/06/19 and are subject to change. Also see our dumpster rental page for more information on this DIY service. Call for current pricing, 602-799-4181.
Call Today to Schedule an Estate Cleanup
We have over 10 years experience cleaning up properties. Contact us today and ask for Brad Thomason – Owner.602-799-4181
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