Clearing a property ready for sale is an important part of winding up a deceased estate. We can arrange a specialist clearance company to visit the deceased`s property, itemise, value and sell or dispose of unwanted items. The house can then be cleaned and perhaps repaired or decorated ready to be put on the market or sold. For further details call our estates team on 0800 612 6105 or 020 8150 2010.
We have specialist knowledge in house clearance and have experience in valuing chattels for probate processes. We are able to provide you with a detailed valuation of furniture, electronics, white goods and other general household items. We also professionally value expensive items such as jewellery, art and antiques.
This will be immensely beneficial to you during a probate application, allowing you to easily complete inheritance tax forms and include supporting documentation. You`ll be able to include an official valuation on letter-headed paper to avoid any queries from HMRC. This is a necessary requirement for all individual items that are estimated to be worth over £500.
Executors and administrators tend to use clearance companies for convenience. Sometimes they simply don`t have the time to do it personally or they may live too far away. Other times, bereaved relatives simply find it too distressing.
A professional clearance firm can arrange for the sale, recycling, charity donation and disposal of all unwanted household items. They may purchase chattels from you directly or arrange for goods to be auctioned or sold. These monies can then be used to offset their fees. Items will be disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way and many companies promise that at least two thirds of items will be recycled or re-used. Transport can normally be arranged too for items that you wish to retain.
Cleaning and Security
You may wish to consider additional services to make the property more appealing to perspective buyers or renters or ensure its security if it is likely to be empty for a long period of time. Many clearance firms will offer a full cleaning service where you can have walls washed, carpets deep cleaned, bathrooms scrubbed and gardens cleared.
You may want to consider extra security or fitting new locks now the property will be empty. To prevent burst pipes, you could consider draining the central heating and water tanks and checking over the electrics. You`ll find that a specialist clearance firm is likely to offer this too, along with many other services to ease your burden.
Tips for Choosing a Clearance Company
If you`ve decided to use a team of professionals to handle the household goods and chattels choose a licenced waste carrier. This will help to ensure that goods are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
It is better to use a company that specialise in probate. You`ll find they are more knowledgeable with regards to valuations, procedures and more sympathetic to your needs. Finally, use a firm that will quote a fixed fee so you know exactly how much it will cost. Some clearance companies charge by the hour and can add on extras for transport and waste disposal etc.