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Preparing To Clear Out A Deceased Estate

Preparing To Clear Out A Deceased Estate

If you have been asked to clear out a deceased estate, you will probably be overwhelmed by the task. It may seem like there is no way to handle it effectively and efficiently. However, clearing out an estate can be easier and less stressful with some planning and preparation.

Hire a Skip

When you’re clearing out a deceased estate, the first thing to do is hire a skip. A skip is a large waste container holding up to 3 tons of rubbish or junk. You need to make sure it’s big enough for all your items, and there’s enough room for them all in there without getting crushed against each other as they fill up with rubbish.

You should also ensure that an approved council has checked your skip safety. This will help ensure that nothing dangerous is being thrown into the bin; if any broken glass bottles are present, they will have been removed beforehand so as not to cause harm when they hit bottom!

Finally, once everything has been put inside and sealed off from sight, then close off access points with heavy-duty plastic sheeting, so no one gets inside without permission. This prevents unwanted visitors from trying to access areas where people may be hiding things like jewellery which might otherwise go missing unnoticed unless someone had known about their existence beforehand.

Get some Help

If you’re going to clear out a deceased estate, it’s important to get in some help. Don’t do it alone! It’s also not a good idea for kids or spouses to take over this part, especially if they’re not used to dealing with death and grief. Don’t let friends or family members do this either; they may see themselves as helpful, but they’ll only make things harder on yourself and each other. 

Remove all Valuables First

The first thing you should do is to check whether or not the deceased left any valuables. If they did, ensure that you keep these items safe until they’re passed on to their heirs.

Next, look through all of their documents and personal belongings in order to determine if the estate executor can keep any valuable items. You may also want to photograph each item before removing it from its original location so that you have an accurate record of what was taken away with your client’s body when cremation occurs.

Check with local authorities about bylaws for removing rubbish; some places require a permit before disposing of rubbish!

Contact the Beneficiaries

Before you can start clearing out a deceased estate, you need to know who is entitled to what. If no living relatives want their property, then it will go to the state where they died. If there are still living relatives who don’t want the items in question, those items go back into your estate.

Take Photos

  • Photos of the contents are useful for insurance claims, and beneficiaries can also use them to make sure they have everything they need.
  • Photos of the contents may also be helpful in probate proceedings if you don’t have access to them at the time of death.