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Taking Care of the House After a Loved One’s Passing

January 18th, 2022 by tisner

As if the stress and grief after a relative passes away are not enough, there is sometimes the responsibility of the family to take care of personal belongings, investments, or, most often, the home.  Emotions can be very raw and that can make it difficult to think practically when the time comes to take care of a home and its contents. These practical tips should help the process go smoothly:

  • As soon as possible, secure the house:  check all doors and windows and be sure any valuables are safely stored away, preferably in a safe deposit box. Valuables now include anything that connects to the internet:  smartphones, tablets, and computers. 
  • Security is a must, and that could simply mean adding timers to lamps in different parts of the house to make the home look inhabited. Cancel newspaper and other regular deliveries, and have mail forwarded or check the mailbox daily.  Make sure the neighbors are aware of the death and ask them to look out for the empty home.  
  • Cleaning out the house may be difficult, and some want to start immediately after the funeral, while others may want to take their time.  In the case of larger families, set a date to begin, and have a plan in place so it is easier on everyone. 
  • Many families decide to have an in-house sale for items they will not be keeping. Set everything up in categories, and mark prices clearly; price them to sell!  If there is any speculation of something being valuable, have it appraised before you make a sale.   
  • If the house will need to be sold, contact a RealtorⓇ to help you get the house ready for the market.  Updates may be necessary for the best price, so be prepared to make changes to the home. 
  • On the other hand, some people have lived in the same house for fifty years, and never changed so much as the carpeting.  If you decide to sell as-is, your agent will know how to set the asking price.  While there are buyers who are specifically searching for a time capsule, they are not as common as those who want a turnkey house.

Many real estate agents have already served families in the same situation and can offer advice on many aspects of the sale, so ask questions when the time comes. This last chore can be a labor of love if you allow it, so honor your loved one with a smooth sale and closing of their estate.  

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

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