Biggest Estate Home Clean Out MistakesSelling or renting an estate home is different. That’s because there’s a relational and sentimental attachment to the property. You might need to make changes for it to be attractive to potential renters or buyers. For instance, it’s possible you’ll have to consider flooring replacements for carpet. If it’s outdated and/or dingy, that carpet will have to be removed and replaced. But that isn’t all that’s usually in store.
It’s a situation many of us will face one day, if we haven’t already: A relative dies or goes into a nursing home, leaving the survivors to figure out what to do with all the nice things left behind. Or, before you arrive at that point, you or your parents may decide to dispose of most of their belongings and downsize in a big way. Most people expect to see some financial return when they sell off belongings they’ve accumulated over a lifetime, but not all will. The challenge is figuring out which belongings have value and where to sell them. —U.S. News and World ReportYou might also have to deal with old fitness equipment and that itself will present some challenges. The point being, it can’t just be cleaned up a little. It’s got to be in its best presentable condition so you can rent it out or sell it. That requires a substantial amount of elbow grease. It also means being pragmatic and willing to let go of this and that. Here are the most common and biggest estate home clean out mistakes people make:
- Not having enough help. You’re going to need at least two sets of helping hands to get this done. It’s definitely not something one person can do alone. And, it’s also for emotional support. It’s best if you have friends or coworkers help because family will only stir more emotion. For the best results, hire an experienced estate home clean out service.
- Forgetting to disinfect. It isn’t enough to clean up and declutter every room, you’ve also got to disinfect every single surface in the house. The more freshness there is, the better. You need it to be completely clean from top to bottom, as well as inside and out.
- Avoiding repair work. It doesn’t matter how small an issue or problem is, it will be noticed by potential renters or buyers. And, the fact you attempted to ignore small repairs will lead to a lot of concern and objections. Just don’t skip repair work because it’s going to be a big problem.
- Leaving personal items behind. The house should be cleared of any and all personal items. No matter what they are, none of these can remain in the house. Even things like decor should be taken out of the house.
- Refusing to update. This is where most people struggle. They don’t want to put any money or resources into an estate home they’re going to sell. But, it’s absolutely necessary to do this to make it appealing to buyers.