Plenty of situations may require you to clean out your property on a large scale. Perhaps you are moving across the country for a new job, or perhaps someone has passed away unexpectedly. Whatever the reason may be, cleaning out an estate can be a complex job.
Most homes average 2,500 square feet, and while that may not seem like much on paper, it is a lot of space in terms of belongings. In most estate cleanouts, the home was owned by an elderly person who may have saved decades' worth of belongings. Renting a dumpster is a great way to sort through things at your own pace, without having to risk being fined by the city for leaving things out for city pick up. Here are a few handy tips to help your estate clean-out project run smoothly.
The first thing on your list should be to collect all legal, financial, and vital documents. Store them in a secure place to avoid accidental disposal.
As much as your heart may want to preserve everything that your loved one has collected over the years, it is not actually realistic. Instead of throwing out everything, invite your family members to make a list of items they want and distribute them accordingly.
Check Unlikely Places
Every so often there are hidden treasures in the most unlikely places. Check through any clothing, furniture, or other items before pitching them into the rental dumpster. You never know where a person has placed a valuable and subsequently forgotten about it.
Before hauling things out to the dumpster, make sure you take the time to set aside anything that has sentimental value. Pictures, videotapes, and even small keepsakes may mean the most to family members.
Often, many items are still in good working order and can be used by someone else. If some items are unwanted by anyone in the family, consider donating them to charity. Not only will this save them from the dumpster, but will save you money on disposal fees while assisting others.
We’ve broken down the most common cleaning chores and compiled them in a handy checklist for you to work your way through, split into room-by-room sections that allow you to complete your cleaning either in one weekend or by tackling one room every day for a week.