After losing a loved one, you may be faced with handling the estate. This includes dealing with the contents of your relative's home. If you are unsure where to begin with the cleaning and liquidating process, here are a few steps you can take to help make everything go smoothly.
Rent A Dumpster
It's a good bet that there will be a lot of items that need to be thrown away. The contents of the refrigerator and pantry may need to be thrown out, and there may be furniture that can't be salvaged or sold. In some cases, there may be a considerable amount of trash that needs to be taken out. A dumpster can make it easy to get all these items disposed of without filling up the home's trash cans. Discuss the size of the home with the dumpster rental company to determine the best size to meet your needs.
Rent A Portable Storage Container
As you go through each room of the home, you may find items that should be given to relatives or brought to your home. A portable storage container makes it easy to set all these items aside as you clean out the home. A portable storage container can be placed in the driveway next to your dumpster. This makes it easy to sort trash and items that should be kept. Once the storage container is filled, you can make arrangements to have it moved to your home or an off-site storage facility. If you use an off-site storage facility, you can have the container brought to your home whenever you are ready to unpack.
Consider Your Method Of Sale
For items you wish to put up for sale, it's important to think about how you want to sell them. You can have a traditional estate sale or yard sale to get rid of unwanted items, or you can post pictures of the items on social media. Another option is to partner with a local consignment shop to sell some of the items. This is a great option for vintage clothing and furniture that might fetch more money if the right buyer is found. If you do decide to make your items available for sale on social media sites, be sure you have a plan in place to protect yourself during the transaction. You may want to arrange the exchange in the parking lot of the local police department, fire department, or library to provide an added sense of security and safety.
For more information, contact a company like Tri-State Disposal.