An estate cleanout can be needed for a variety of reasons and the task often falls to a real estate professional. While it's challenging, it doesn't have to be hard.
Not every event that requires estate clean out services is a sad one.
In the United States there are still a large number of "baby boomers" - those born between the years of 1946 and 1964. In fact, 76 million Americans were born between 1946 and 1964 and by 2020, 25 percent of employees will be at least 55 years old.
As of July 1, 2016 (the latest date for which population estimates are available), baby boomers (those aged 52 to 70) comprised 74 million residents in the U.S. It's estimated that almost 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. This means that there are rising numbers of homeowners who are choosing to, or have to, downsize their lifestyle.
In fact, statistics show that the most common reasons for liquidating estates are downsizing due to major lifestyle changes. Aside from needing to decrease expenses, these reasons include divorce, overwhelming debt or bankruptcy, and the death of a homeowner.
Estate Cleanouts Can Be a Difficult Task
Most estate cleanouts are needed after a homeowner passes away. If the home is going to be sold, as they often are, then the services of a real estate professional is involved. And, quite often, the cleanout of the property falls on the Realtor or agent. While the death of the homeowner is a common scenario, there are other situations where people need help cleaning out their properties.
For example, there are many instances of couples who must liquidate their assets as part of a divorce settlement. Sometimes a family makes a decision to move unexpectedly so that one of them can take on a new job. And, on a less sobering note, some older couples simply decide that they want or need to "downsize" their lifestyle and need help with the estate cleanout side of the process.
However, whatever the reasons for cleanout services, the task of removing furniture, appliances, personal belongings, and various household goods is typically a challenging project. Which is why many people leave it to their real estate professional.
The sheer volume of items can be overwhelming. According to recent statistics the average home in the United States is around 2,500 square feet. Given that this includes an average of three bedrooms, two family or living rooms, and a number of closets and possibly an attic, there's plenty of space for belongings to accumulate.
More often than not, older homeowners will have accumulated years worth of personal and household belongings. In addition, it's likely that both the house and the garage is full of stuff! On top of this, there can be basements, storage sheds and even rented storage units.
For real estate professionals, simply figuring out how to separate and clean out all of it can be a bit overwhelming.
Using an Estate Liquidator for Your Cleanout Project
There are close to 14,000 estate liquidators in the U.S. These are the professionals that are often called upon to manage and conduct estate sale when needed. If you are going to sell all or some of the household and personal belongings from an estate, it is important to ensure you have reliable and competent services from your estate liquidator.
In preparation for an estate sale, there are some key tasks that should be done before items are cataloged and priced:
- Consider donating clothing Most clothing has little value, unless it's vintage clothing from before the early 1960s. Donating is a great way to provide useful clothing to others in need and it can be handled for you by others.
- Keep photos and other personal memorabilia Because they are irreplaceable for family members, preserving these can be important for grandchildren and others.
- Find and keep any important financial documents Make sure that family members have located and secured any wills, trusts and other legal documents. These might include burial trusts, insurance policies, deeds and titles.
It's important to inspect everything whether the homeowners are still around or have recently passed away. Because people tend to put things in odd places, or forget where something important has been stored, valuable items or documents can be inadvertently lost in an estate sale.
It can be easy to overlook important or valuable items that were stored out of sight. So, make the effort to look through everything thoroughly.
Getting Rid of Junk Items From Your Estate Cleanout
As a real estate agent handling an estate cleanout, you know that getting rid of all the "junk" items left after an estate sale can be a huge task. It's likely that there will be heavy items to haul out of the home and it's important that the home isn’t damaged in the process.
Often, because the house is going to be sold, one critical task before selling the home is making sure that it's clean and repaired before being shown to prospective buyers. And, when it comes to the aftermath of estate sales and typical estate cleanouts, it also means making sure that all of the previous owners belongings have been removed.
Estate cleanouts in particular can be both physically and emotionally overwhelming, especially for family members. For a real estate professional tasked with the cleanout, the stress can be relieved substantially by hiring outside help. And a professional estate clean out service such as Junk King can be a great choice. Especially when it comes to moving furniture and hauling other large items and debris.
As a professional firm, Junk King will ensure that the property is left safe and clean, which is especially important when the property was vacated suddenly and large amounts of junk where left behind.
Our professional and insured junk disposal team will show up at the home and we call 15 minutes before we arrive on site. We’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your items take up in our truck. You just point and we haul your junk items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).
Call Junk King For Estate Cleanout Removal Services
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.
Our team specializes in large debris removal and furniture hauling. We can be on location in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at (707) 744-4254.