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Moving on after the death of a loved one is never easy. While it is okay to allow yourself enough time to grieve before thinking about their property, waiting for too long can have negative effects. Clearing out the house and going through the precious memories can contribute to the healing process. This article highlights some key tips that can be helpful when clearing out an elderly relative’s home.

Know Where the Important Documents Are

Before you start clearing out, locate all important documents. These include items such as the will, investment documents, important receipts and insurance documents among others. Collecting the documents early is essential because once you start clearing out the house without a plan, you may throw them away by mistake. It will also prevent the documents from landing into the hands of someone who shouldn’t have access to them.

Know the Legal Requirements

Once you have the documents, talk to a lawyer. You could use your deceased relative’s lawyer, your lawyer, or someone new. If it’s a new hire, check the credentials and reputation carefully. You could also educate yourself. Get acquainted with the will execution process and other legal procedures.

Involve Other Family Members

When you finally start clearing out the house, don’t do it alone. The process can be emotionally draining and thus you need someone by your side. Also, you should involve other family members so as to give them the opportunity to pick the valuables they would love to keep. You can call some close friends to help out too.

Work Systematically

A good strategy is to work from room to room, sorting out everything in four groups – what will be thrown away, what you will keep, what you will sell, and what you will give away. When you work in order, you will get things done fast without getting stressed out. If you are dividing the belongings among a number of relatives, give everyone a fair chance to pick what they want. For what you will sell, you can post the items online, have a yard sale or sell them to people you know.

Consider Self Storage

With self-storage, you can keep a lot from your loved one’s house even when you don’t have enough storage space in your house. You can hire a unit to store what won’t fit in your house until the day you move to a bigger place. Also, you can store the items you will be selling in a unit until you find a buyer. Simply check out nearby storage facilities such as Safestore that offer life event storage. Safestore is a storage company in the UK offering personal storage units for those who are moving, bereaved, renovating, travelling, decluttering and just anyone who needs extra storage space. When choosing a storage facility, check the terms, security and safety, and the reputation of the storage company.

Get Professional Help

For tough tasks such as cleaning the house and transporting the heavy items, consider hiring a professional. A professional house cleaner can do some house cleaning to prepare it for the next occupant. For the heavy lifting, getting a professional will keep you from injuring yourself. It is also essential as it minimises damage. Finally, if you will be selling some unique items, consider getting someone to value them for you so that you don’t end up selling them for less than they are worth.

Clearing out an elderly relative’s home can be a tough task, but you should do it willingly as it is the last honour you will give this person. Start early to ensure you have enough time to go through everything.


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