According to the late American poet Emily Dickinson, cleaning out a home after an elderly loved one has passed is the “solemnest of industries enacted upon Earth”. It’s an inevitability most of us are going to have to face at some point in our lives, and it’s definitely not an easy process. Having a parent or loved one pass is physically and emotionally draining, and many people feel the need to cling onto a remnant of that person’s life. Cleaning out the home of a loved one after they pass is a necessary evil, but it can also help you achieve closure.
It can feel close to impossible to go through your aging parent or dying relative’s things while they are still alive, but if you can help it, don’t wait until the last moment to get the ball rolling. Often, there’s a lifetime of paperwork to go through, treasured photos, souvenirs and family heirlooms, and a whole host of other personal belongings- both precious and not.
Unfortunately, you won’t know what’s useful or important and what’s not until you go through everything piece by piece. If you wait until they pass away, your emotions will be extremely raw and you may have a difficult time managing these emotions. Additionally, after your loved one passes you will be dealing with wills, lawyers, and funeral arrangements and you might be too overwhelmed to act.
If your loved one has already passed or is close to passing, prepare yourself and have all their documents in hand prior to cleaning out the home. Set aside time to sort through every detail, do their final tax returns and ensure that no assets go undiscovered. This tedious process may require you to seek help from a professional.
In addition to smaller assets, you may find the need to sell a life long home as well. If you need to put your loved one’s home on the market, you’ll want to consult a local Realtor experienced in probate sales. In addition to the experience they provide in marketing a home that was occupied for several decades, these Realtors also specialize in providing compassionate advice to the families of the deceased, aiding in a successful sale of a home filled with a lifetime of memories.
Accredited Estate Appraisers
Once you have solicited the advice of both a probate attorney and a Realtor, it will be time to clean out the belongings of your loved one. Some items may be given to close relatives and friends, while some may be deemed worthless and may be tossed. Find out what they’re worth first. If necessary, hire an estate appraiser to value antiques, furniture, and jewelry. They can also give you some very valuable advice on the dissolution of property through an auction, estate sale or consignment.
Finding attorneys, estate sale companies, Realtors, etc after a loved one passes is overwhelming. If possible, find a local company that supplies many or all of these services. This type of company will employ many of these services in-house, and if they don’t, they can give you guidance on referrals.
Senior Living Service Group is a team of Eastern, MA elder care experts who have witnessed time and time again the painful process of referring a client and or their family to multiple professionals in order to access the resources needed to manage a move or sale of a home they love.
Given the sometimes delicate nature of what we do, compassion is at the heart of everything we do. We understand the roller coaster of emotions that a family is likely to experience, as well as the urgency with which, at times, you must act.
Our highly skilled and experienced team blends the art of caring with the science of their expertise in their individual fields.
Some of the services we provide include:
- Real Estate Buying and Selling
- Clean-Outs/ Professional Organizing
- Packing and Moving
- Antique Appraisals
- Estate Sales
- Family Mediation
- Legal Services
- Financial Services
Contact us today to see how we can help you.