Losing a loved one is probably one of the most devastating things that can happen to someone, no matter the circumstances. 

When you lose someone, you tend to remember all the beautiful memories you made, the marvellous experiences you shared, and everything that you two once had. 

In most cases, once you see objects that once belonged to your deceased loved one, you get vivid pictures of the numerous things you shared. 

That is why getting rid of such items is a great challenge, even the items that are no longer useful. Speaking of cleaning up useless junk in the deceased person’s property, many people usually find it challenging, maybe because they lack a plan. 

Well, here are a few tips to help you plan for a deceased estate clean up.

  • Set aside all vital financial Documents

Financial documents are one of the most important things belonging to a deceased person as it shows the legality of the person to his/her property. 

In essence, they are a security for all the items and finances associating with the deceased. Some of the common financial documents are; title deeds, life insurance statements, bank statements, stock certificates, among others.

You should look for all the financial documents in the name of the deceased and set them aside. 

Do this so that when the cleaning up is being carried out, the documents do not end up lost or being deposited in rubbish bins.

  • Look at every corner

People love privacy and keeping things to themselves, especially when it involves keeping the vital items that they do not want to end up in the wrong hands. 

Therefore, before starting the cleanup, make sure you cover every single corner of the property, maybe the deceased stashed something valuable somewhere. 

You should also go through his clothes to check whether he/she forgot two or three things in there before he/she passed on. 

This will include pockets in trousers, coat pockets, sleeves in shirts and much more. Doing so ensures that you have everything with you before the cleaning process.

  • Try To Find Photos and other Memorabilia

Photos may not be that important to other people, but to the family members, they mean the world. 

I mean, the best word to use is “irreplaceable.” They carry a lot of memories of how the deceased lived with people, the times shared, and much more. 

These photos could come in handy in the future to people who would not have gotten the opportunity to meet the deceased. 

Some of these people could be the grandchildren who would love to have a look at their grandparent who was once a loving, family person.

  • Sit as a Family and Talk

One of the most important parts of planning for deceased estate cleanup is consulting each other as a family. 

Here you will talk about a wide range of things. One of the things that need to pop up in such discussions is the creation of a list of the items that you would like to keep. 

Family members need to create such a list to ensure that only the useless junk is thrown away during clean up.

  • Get Help

The final part of planning for the deceased estate cleanup is looking for the appropriate cleaning company. 

Many companies offer deceased estate clean up, but not all of them are skilled in the practice. 

If you live in Sydney, Paul’s Rubbish Removal can help. We have provided deceased estate clean ups and rubbish removal services for the past 10 years. We understand how to filter and have items removed delicately.

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    Excellent service; quote given on the spot for major clean-up of household throw-outs. The team provides quick, efficient and courteous removal! Very satisfied customer.

    Les Thompson, Bondi Beach, Residential Rubbish Removal

    We needed a few boys to come down to the building site and remove large amounts of materials after the demolition. Paul was very friendly and gave us all the info we needed. We scheduled for him to come down on the same-day as it was an urgent job. Not only did he arrive on-time and got the job done, he very professional throughout the clean-out and managed his team very well. Top job mate!

    Shane W, Demolition & Hard Materials

    Paul did a splendid job with cleaning out our backyard. We had old fridges, computers, microwaves, timber flooring and heaps of other junk left over from our house renovation. Paul was quick to provide advice and how much it’d cost to get everything cleaned up. He arrived at a time which suited us best and left absolutely no rubbish behind. I can not stress how happy we are now that our family home is junk-free! Thank you!

    Angelina W, Mascot, Residential Home Rubbish Removal

    Wanted to say a big thanks to Paul and his team for sorting out our rubbish on such late notice. Paul provided a fast and affordable quote, arrived on-time and had our rubbish totally removed within the time-frame we had given them. Can’t fault these guys whatsoever!

    David T, Maroubra, Household Rubbish Removal

    You guys are great, I’ll happily recommend you. I just wished I had found you sooner. I felt your price was a little too low when you quoted… so I didn’t think you would do such a good job… well done for proving me wrong.

    Sherryl D, Strathfield, Office Rubbish Removal

    Paul, sensational job as always, love how easy you make it look. Definitely won’t hesitate in calling you again should either my family or friends need rubbish removed. Thanks again!

    Simon R, Bondi, Garden Clean-Up

    Dear Paul, My husband told me what a great job you did in the kitchen, I got home and found every bit of our demolished kitchen removed and I just wanted to write and say thank you for doing it so quickly, thoroughly and for cleaning up afterwards as well. I would have no hesitation in recommending you. We both felt your price was very reasonable too. Many thanks.

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