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Clearing an Estate property - where to start?

Dealing with an Estate Clearance

There are many ways to disperse and clear an estate. Variations on the following three are the most common.

  • The family arrives after the funeral and clears the estate amongst themselves. The huge job is made workable by many hands all pitching in.
  • Second Hand Dealers are invited to cherry pick the best and the hard work is handled by the family.
  • Over & Above Moving and Secondhand Avenue are called in, items are sold, the property is cleared and the complete job is done, with just one contact person.

Each of these methods has benefits and negatives. Let's take a few minutes to look at them in turn.

The Family Clear-out

Some families work together in a positive way which gives time for family to bond and grieve.

However, not all families work well together. The clearing out of the home can be a very tense and challenging time. Emotions are raw after a funeral and old hurts can surface. Offence can be caused by one person seeming to be gaining an advantage. Rubbish needs to be disposed of, charities called to collect, cleaning the property.

If the clear-out is going to be a positive event and there are lots of people to help, then this method is very practical. Little money is passed into the estate as items are mainly dispersed amongst the relatives.

Second Hand Dealers

When the relatives are not interested in the contents of the estate, the Second Hand Dealers are often contacted. Offers are made for the items the dealers specialise in and they cherry pick the best items.  The executor of an estate then deals with the work of clearing out the rest, plus all the cleaning up. Large amounts of time are required to coordinate the viewings and collections by the different purchasers. Time is also required to dispose of the non-salable goods.

Some money from the sale of goods is paid back into the estate.

If time, physical work, coordinating and chasing up of people suit you, this can be a good option. Remember, you'll need to allow time for removal and disposal of rubbish, arranging charities to collect unsold or unwanted items, and also cleaning the property.

The Over & Above Moving and Secondhand Avenue Solution

Secondhand Avenue is the sister company of Over & Above Moving and specialise in buying and selling high quality second hand items. Once we've worked with you to understand what needs to be done and what is available for purchase, Secondhand Avenue make an upfront offer and payment for the complete contents of an estate. If you would like multiple offers to ensure you're receiving a fair price, the team happy to arrange that. 

We then do all the work of clearing out and marketing the contents. You are not tied to the telephone or waiting for people to come who never turn up. This method of estate dispersal suits people who do not live in the area, families who wish to avoid conflicts and people who do not have the large amounts of time required to do the job piece by piece.

Even if the family wants a hands on role in clearing an estate, Secondhand Avenue will still make a great offer on what is not needed.

Essentially it's a partnership made in heaven to carry out all the tasks associated with house clearance as follows.

Secondhand Avenue:

  • Makes and offer and purchases the household of items. 
  • Collects the purchased items. 
  • Catalogues and sells the items through online channels such as their website or TradeMe. 

Over & Above Moving:

  • Arranges charities to collect items that aren't able to be sold. 
  • Ships any specified or requested items to family members if they're unable to collect their desired pieces. 
  • Removes and disposes rubbish from the property.
  • Cleans the home. 
  • Home staging and dressing the house for sale can also be arranged. In this instance, Secondhand Avenue won't collect the purchased items until the house has sold, making the process more cost effective. 

We understand there are no one-size fits all solutions, so we'll talk with you and find a way of making this difficult time easy.

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