Let’s face the reality! We all have lost our loved ones at some point of our life. We know it’s traumatic, but a reality as well. You can’t keep everyone with you forever, just as you can’t keep each of their belongings with you! At some point of time, it’s practical to let all the material stuff go, and just let the sweet memories remain!
A loss of a relative or friend often leaves you in charge of their property and belongings. Apart from the nostalgia, there can be loads of things to take care of. The maintenance, legal formalities, other heirs, etc. Not everything can be handled efficiently single handed. And especially, whenever a property is involved, it needs lots of legal procedures. And most of the time, people choose to sell the property. The reasons can be many, or it may be the best solution under the given circumstances!
Recommended procedure to follow with the deceased’s property and belongings before selling:
Ok, so, did you think selling the property was all you had to do, and you’re done? Actually no, there are more responsibilities on your shoulders before getting to the selling part! Read about those below and know the best way to tackle them:
- Depersonalisation of the place —The house has just lost its owner! There may be memories everywhere! Photos, albums, frames and so much more! You may love to keep back some of their memorabilia with you, which is great! But other personal items, sadly though, you’ll have to let go.
- Decluttering the house — It is natural that the property you intend to sell has furniture and accessories in abundance. This needs decluttering before selling. You’ll require separating the useful ones (that can be sold with the house) and the ones which should be given to charity or dumped. For better convenience, hire a specialist to carry the task of deceased estate house clearances efficiently. Tim and Tina ensure that each of the items in the house is listed and decluttered as per your instructions. They even provide a temporary storage place for them in case you are in a dilemma (to sell or keep) about some stuff!
- Clean and stage the house —A place unattended to will have unkempt lawns, large cobwebs, dust, dirt etc. You don’t want to scare the buyers with this spooky image! Get it cleaned by professionals for a presentable look that could impress the buyers. Stage the house to lure prospects.
- Auction or agents — The next is the final step! The sale has to happen — either through an auction or an agent! Decide the same after a discussion with other heirs involved or simply ask your lawyer. Whatever the way, ensure the house gets its proper worth, and you get your rightful share!
A deceased property sales and management call for added care and attention. Since there are lots of legal formalities, emotions and other peoples’ affairs involved too. A little slip can cause a lot of trouble. To avoid any issues here, think realistically and always work as per legal terms.