At some points throughout life, we must deal with very difficult circumstances: a loved one’s passing, a dramatic change in living arrangements, unexpected financial difficulties, and more. Preparing to liquidate and clear out an estate (the contents, the house, land, and property) can seem overwhelming at first and become even more onerous over time.
A lifetime of memories – and belongings
When you need to clear out an estate...
An estate is comprised of many things. First, you have the land and physical house, but it’s so much more than that. You also have the contents of the house: cherished family heirlooms, fine art, and collectibles, bulky furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes, everyday essentials (cleaning, toiletry, and office supplies) …the list goes on. And that’s just inside the house! What do you do with that boat, RV, car, grill, flower pots, and patio furniture?
You may be tasked with responsibilities you’ve never faced before. If you are dealing with an attorney, be sure you have requested all the resources that are available to you to help you understand your obligations. Even without legal complications, there may be family dynamics that must be considered when deciding what goes where. Many Senior Move Managers® and others who get involved in such situations are using an online tool called FairSplit to inventory and divide belongings.
We can connect you with experienced local professionals who can help you understand all of your options for physically clearing out the house, whether it’s a traditional estate sale, an online auction, or a combination of several local services. Local professionals know the most viable current options for the contents of the home.
Most larger households require a variety of channels to disburse belongings appropriately. Friends and family can be a great resource, but many people find they save time, money, and energy by enlisting a professional organizer or moving manager who has the expertise and manpower to complete the job efficiently.
Options for organizers, online auctions, estate sales, and junk removal/recycling are plentiful, as are services who offer whole-house cleanouts. How do you decide what is right for you? There are trusted professionals in your community who are committed to helping people with estate close outs. We make it our business to find reputable businesses and individuals who are in a position to help.