Homeowners sell every six-to-seven years an average. Some homes are left behind as part of an estate, while others are rentals that are vacated regularly. And they all need clean outs.
[This post has been update and revised from a previous post published November 2016]
In today's economy, liquidating a deceased family member’s estate is becoming an increasingly common task. Because a large segment of the population in the U.S. is aging, the estate sale business is expanding. And because of the increasing life spans of Americans, the parents of baby boomers are often only passing away just as their children are beginning to retire.
Real estate professionals often find themselves in situations where they require a house clean out service. It is typically a time-sensitive situation, as well. Real estate deadlines can often require that property cleaning be done quickly, but sometimes the task can be a bit overwhelming.
No one likes to work in the rain. Or the cold. But prepping a foreclosed property for the market can happen at any time of year, including winter. And it can be a big job. Not only is there normal house cleaning to be done, but many time there are large amounts of abandoned property and trash that has be hauled out and disposed of.
Many of these properties are currently in various stages of preparation for eventual sale. Ultimately, most of them will require extensive work and cleanup before they can be sold. And cleaning abandoned homes does not rank high on any real estate professional's list of preferred chores!
The American population is quickly aging with almost 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day. Consequently, there are greater numbers of folks experiencing a downsizing in lifestyle or – unfortunately – are simply passing away.
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,.
For renters it can happen with each move they make which happens every 18 months on average. For homeowners, perhaps it is only once every six to eight years - which is the average time most folks in the U.S. sell their homes. But a real estate agent, or landlord, might find themselves dealing with clean outs and junk removal quite frequently.
And it often requires professional help.
First, we need to define what we mean by a house "clean out".
Simply hiring a cleaning company or individual contractor to come in and clean the floors, windows, baseboards, etc. is a common practice for Realtors and real estate pros. Sometimes it is a courtesy for the seller or buyer, other times it is an add-on service offered to a client.
However, when we speak of a "house clean out" it typically involves much more than dusting, floor cleaning and sprucing up a property. This usually involves heavy lifting, major clean up and hauling, and - oftentimes - major junk hauling. For this level of house clean out services it pays to be far more strategic and selective.
Too often, vendors and services are chosen simply based on cost. Because the nature of the real estate business requires agents having to invest so much up front before realizing any revenue from a sale, it is tempting to cut corners or always "go cheap".
But, of course, smart Realtors and professionals resist that temptation and opt for quality and expertise.
So here are five things to consider when choosing a house clean out/junk hauling service:
A quality removal firm will not give you an estimate over the phone for this type of work. They will come to your property and work with you to determine the scope and potential volume of debris that will be produced. An estimate should include all phases of the removal work including any fees for disposal.
Larger properties and certain foreclosure situations can generate debris in amounts that may require a number of scheduled pick-ups and removal over a period of time. In addition, depending on the location of the property and the nature of the sale, periodic clean-up may be needed for aesthetic and public safety reasons because of remodeling or construction.
Since many sales are time-sensitive and often have limited windows of time to allow for house clean out and junk removal, a company offering these services should be able to respond quickly, work quickly, and complete the task within the required time frame allowed. Flexibility and efficiency are hallmarks of a truly professional house clean out firm.
It’s one thing to pick up furniture, household debris and trash to be hauled off a local landfill. It's another thing altogether to have processes for placing usable items at local donation centers and recycling as much as possible. Junk King’s green profile and attention to recycling and donating at least 60% of all materials collected, makes the business a great house clean out service.
Your local agencies, as well as the Federal and State agencies, have specific requirements for the proper handling and disposal of various materials and substances. It is paramount that whoever is tasked with removing and disposing of household debris be knowledgeable in this area. Professional firms will make use of the proper disposal sites and methods, while recycling as much of the materials as possible.
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 a property has been abandoned or vacated hastily and there are large volumes of junk left behind. In a foreclosure situation this is often the case.
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 foreclosures, 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.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly foreclosure and estate clean out service so you don’t need to worry about cleaning out the home. Our hauling professionals will ensure that all furniture, appliances, carpets, debris or anything else is out of the home so that you can concentrate on making a sale.
Matt Verga and his wife, Maggie opened their Junk King hauling franchise in 2013. The pair operates in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties, California. These counties could be said to be particularly “green.” Marin County is full of wide open spaces, coastal beauty, and woodland.
Napa and Sonoma counties are justly famous for their vineyards and farmland. Being conscious of this beauty and being determined to be as "green" as possible, Matt works hard to ensure that recycling and reuse is a prominent aspect of his business.
Junk King was founded in 2005 to be fast, green, and customer friendly. "Junk King’s 'green model”'reduces landfill waste and reduces prices for our customers,” Verga says. In addition, the company’s commitment to charity allows the Vergas to donate items to folks in need.
Once you decide to outsource the trash removal part of your real estate deal, you need to determine which firm is the right one for the job. And while you can certainly find plenty of guys with trucks willing to do the job, choosing that alternative may end up costing you more than you hoped to save. This is why Junk King really is the firm of choice.
Junk King is the leading business to business junk removal service in North America and our real estate junk removal services take care of this clean out process for you. It’s one big task off your to-do list and it’s a big step toward getting your property ready to sell or rent.Speed, Reliability and Quality Service
We understand that as a real estate professional you need your homes to be pristine and you want to be able to list them as quickly as you can. We also understand that you appreciate hassle-free services and really can’t afford to have problems with a property. And your clients have enough to deal with when selling a home, so having the chore of junk removal handled by someone else is a huge bonus.
Junk King offers fast and friendly junk hauling with an emphasis on eco-friendly practices. We recycle or donate 60% or more of the junk we collect — including renovation debris, furniture and appliances, and even clothing and personal items. Real estate ventures can proudly call Junk King their green partner for real estate junk removal.
We are insured and offer post-escrow payment. Junk King handles junk removal services for real estate professionals across the U.S. and we are the highest rated service brand in the nation. You can depend on Junk King for speed, reliability and for the peace of mind that comes with getting your property ready fast.
Our team specializes in large waste removal and trash 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.