There are no words to describe how losing your loved one feels like. Even while you are grieving, you’ll need to stay strong, console some of your family members and participate in the funeral arrangements as well. What’s more, you’ll have to deal with other technical and potentially daunting tasks such as a deceased estate clearance.
What is a deceased estate clearance?
Typically, a deceased estate is a term used to describe the belongings of an individual who has passed away. Such possessions may include money, assets, and property. In a lifetime, a person can potentially collect lots of possessions. Some can be of relatively higher value whereas other types of possession may merely be functional.
This only implies that if you find yourself charged with the responsibility of organising a clearance for the deceased estate, there are higher chances that you’ll get a little overwhelmed with the sheer volume of the available possessions. Just be sure not to make one of the eight common mistakes when dealing with a deceased estate.
The process of dealing with the deceased estate can not only be a daunting task but one that is exhausting, both physically and emotionally. In this particular post, we want to discuss in excruciating details, how to prepare for a deceased estate clearance. It is best to carry out the estate clearance as soon as possible as this will save you financially and emotionally.
1) Search for the legal as well as financial documents
Due diligence should guide you toward searching for financial and legal documents in every nook and cranny. People are known to stash their cash in some of the strangest places, including the bottom of the drawers, under the mattress and even inside crawl spaces! Some of the most critical documents you need to locate include the Will, birth certificate, life insurance policy, brokerage, and bank statements, property deeds, stocks, and bonds among others. These are extremely essential documents which will allow you to sail through the probate process with minimal fuss.
2) Handling of the will
After going through the will, you’ll get to know and identify what valuables are for which family members. It is highly advisable for you to be aware of this before you begin the demanding task of sorting and clearing items. You’ll want to know if there are other family members who are entitled to a portion of the items. In such a case, it could mean that there are other members you’d have to share the experience with. As always, this should not be the time to argue over who takes what. Instead, see it as an opportunity to work, mourn together and celebrate the life of your departed one.
3) Sorting of items
While there may be a few highly valuable items to be sorted out, there are equally lots of unwanted items that you’ll need to get rid of. After the death of a relative, the distribution of their estate is put in the hands of the executor. Once the probate has been granted, assets can be shared in accordance with the terms of the will. But, where the problem always arises is on dealing with the fairly smaller items such as furniture, pictures and perhaps pieces of jewellery. You’d want to sort these items early enough to avoid any wastage. You can own a few of the most valuable items, donate, sell, recycle or dispose of any items of the deceased property accordingly.
4) Cleaning all the required areas
This is another task which can be exhausting. Thankfully, you can seek the help of a reputable waste removal company. You’ll need the insides of the cabinets, kitchen, bathrooms and any other place cleaned. Other places that may need cleanup include the garden and the backyard. If you didn’t know, the backyard and the garden can grow long very fast, implying that you’ll have to act fast to trim the trees, clear the bushes and remove the stumps. It is imperative to note that there are equally lots of potentially hazardous wastes that you’ll come across during the cleaning process. These could range from unused medication, harmful chemicals to asbestos materials. Simply put, your best bet toward having a seamless cleaning project is to hire a reliable cleaning company.
5) Storage of valuable items
Ideally, you should be in a position to get rid of every type of item which you were not able to accommodate in your home. However, this is not always the case. There is always the problem of essential items which you intend to cash on but only for the right price. This implies that you may need to keep them until you are able to sell them for a fairly acceptable price.
As you may have seen, there are lots of processes and activities that need to take place before seeking for a service for deceased estate clearance. The job can be a daunting one. This is why we are the right choice when it comes to all types of rubbish, waste and trash removal. Paul’s Rubbish Removal has been helping residents and businesses with quick and cheap rubbish removal for over a decade.
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