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Clearing Out the Estate
Clearing out an estate after a friend or family member's death
can be exhausting and emotional work. You need to go through all
the belongings and determine what is useful, what is valuable and
what needs to be thrown away. You can either do this by yourself or
hire an estate sale agent. For a fee or commission, estate sale
agents handle the sorting, distributing and auction for you.
Here are some tips to determine whether an estate sale company
is reputable and professional:
- Any estate sale company should be licensed, which means they
have legal authorization to provide their services.
- Good companies are usually bonded. This is a form of insurance
where a third party guarantees that the company will honor
contracts and agreements.
- A reputable estate sale company will also provide references
upon request and feedback from previous clients.
- No company should charge you for the initial interview and
inspection of the house.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers
Another option for clearing out the estate is the not-for-profit
National Association of Senior Move Managers. This national
association specializes in helping older adults and their families
downsize and transition to new environments as well as in managing
an estate after a death.
To find a NASMM member in your area, visit nasmm.org.