Helping you clean-out an estate.
Estate clean-out with Uncle Johnny’s. 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, trying to sort through their possessions and make sense of it all can be a difficult process as well. People 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.
Often times you don’t know what all the items are; heirloom, collectibles, or just trinkets your loved one didn’t ever throw away. Paper files require time and dedication to go through. Although nothing can make the process any easier, there is something you can do to make it more manageable.
Gather the important items
Examples of important items you may encounter during an estate clean-out are things such as;
- Insurance policies
- Family photos
Estate clean-out documents
The first thing you should do is to locate all the important papers, items such as life insurance policies, Will and Testaments, 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 when planning an estate clean-out, is that many of us hide valuable 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 boxes, check inside shoes. Even pantry and closet items might be home to hidden treasure stashed there by your loved one.
Priceless Items from estate clean-out
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.
Analyze before junk removal
As you sort through items, you might be able to tell what is worth donating or selling and what isn’t. Possessions acquired some time ago can change significantly in value. If you are unsure if an item is heirloom or collectable 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.
How much does Estate Clean-out cost?
Uncle Johnny’s Junk Removal offers home clean out services for flat rates based on load size. Our trucks will fit up to 6 cubic yards of furniture, appliances, office equipment and much more. Pricing listed here are rates for our Beaverton estate removal service as of 02/03/2022 and are subject to change. Call for current pricing, 503-567-9668