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Tips for Dealing with Your Parents’ Home After they Pass


The loss of your parents is like no other. It’s made even harder by the fact that you’re immediately asked to make some major decisions about funeral arrangements, debts, and much more. Even if you’ve gone through the loss of one parent, losing another is different. Now you not only have to see to it that their final wishes are carried out, you also have to distribute their property and make arrangements for their home.


Dealing with your parents’ house is emotional. It may be the house you grew up in. Even if it’s not, it’s likely a house you’ve spent at least a few holidays at. Your parents may live across the country, but their home is still likely filled with furniture, photos, and other things you know and have an attachment to. 


Now, unless you or one of your siblings is moving into the home, you have to pack it all up and distribute everything. It can seem overwhelming, and it’s almost always going to involve some moments of high emotion. If you now have to deal with your parents’ house, here are a few tips to make the process a little easier as well as what Junk King Plano can do for you.


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Take Your Time if You Can


Don’t try to force yourself to go through your parents’ things right away. Take a few days or, if possible, even a few weeks after the funeral. If your parents were paying on a mortgage or were renting an apartment, you may have a more pressing financial situation you have to deal with. That can add pressure to get things handled right away. However, you can still take a couple of days to process. If they owned the home, you can wait for as long as you like, though you may not want to let the house sit for months. 


With an apartment or other rental property, you can likely work out something with the landlord. Often, you have to pay the last month’s rent when you move in, so your parents may have already paid for an extra month. If that’s not enough time, the landlord may allow you to pay for an additional month in order to get everything in order.


With a mortgage, it’s a little different. Unlike other debt, the estate isn’t responsible for paying off the mortgage. That’s because many estates simply don’t have the financial assets to do so. You’re not required to take on the mortgage, either, unless you co-signed on it. If one of the heirs wants to purchase the home, there are specific laws that will help them transfer the mortgage. However, if you plan on selling the property, you can work out the proper steps with the mortgage company to continue paying monthly until the house sells.


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Get Help


Looking at your parents home and everything in it can be overwhelming. That’s why it helps if you have at least one other person with you. Whether it’s your spouse, your grown children, your siblings, or a close friend, having someone help you work through the house can be invaluable. There are a few reasons why having someone with you during this project is helpful.


First, you’re not alone with your parents’ possessions. You may already feel alone now that you’ve lost one or both of your parents. Handling their estate without support will only make this loneliness worse. Second, being with someone else who is grieving your parents can help. You can share stories of the different things in the home and reflect on your favorite memories.


Third, they can help keep the process moving. You may get overwhelmed from time to time by important family heirlooms and other things, but your sibling or spouse may not feel the same attachment. Together, you can help each other continue to sort through things, even if one of you needs to take a break.


Don’t be afraid to lean on others during this time, too. You don’t have to do it all. For example, if you’re going to put the house on the market, reach out to professional cleaners, painters, and other experts. When you’re ready to get rid of stuff you don’t need, Junk King Plano can help. Sometimes having someone take over these projects will help you slowly start to let go of the house if you’re having trouble doing so.


Try to Avoid Storage Units


One thing many people do to avoid dealing with their parents’ possessions is to pack them all up and put them in a storage unit. The plan is to go through all of the stuff later. While you may have the best of intentions when you move things into storage, you may find that you never actually follow up. Six months go by, then a year, and you’re still paying a monthly fee for the storage unit. 


You may also think about simply moving all of your parents’ furniture and other things into your basement, garage, or attic. This does give you more time to sort through it without adding any extra monthly bills, but you do run the risk of falling into the same trap. You may end up storing a lot of old furniture you have no intention of ever using. Keeping things you have an attachment to isn’t wrong, but you do have to make certain you do have space to do so.


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What Do You Do with Everything?


That leads to the big question: what do you do with all of the furniture, appliances, and other possessions? The first thing to do is to consider what your parents wrote in their will. They may have left specific instructions for some things. However, most people don’t list out who gets every plate or knickknack. That’s often left to the executor or, more often, for the entire family to discuss. 


If you have siblings, there may be things they would like to have. Even if they don’t need things such as furniture or appliances, they may have children who have just moved out and are in need of some of those things. You might also have cousins, friends, or even co-workers who could make use of some items you don’t know what to do with. Your parents would love to know that some of their possessions are going to those who need them.


Donating things is also an option. There may be a local charity that could make use of some of your parents’ furniture, clothing, kitchen accessories, and other items. These organizations will make certain anything you donate to them is passed on to those who truly need it.


Another option is to have an estate sale. If your parents had things that you believe are valuable and that others might buy, having a sale is a great way of passing on these things and making a little extra money to help with the other costs of the estate. 


Call Junk King


What do you do if your parents had some stuff that was old, broken, or simply no longer usable? If they had lived in their house for years, it’s very possible the basement, attic, or garage is full of junk. That’s when you should give Junk King a call. Our crew can help you remove everything you don’t need from your parents’ house, apartment, condo, or other space. We’ll do all the hard work, including moving everything out of the house, so you don’t have to worry about moving heavy furniture. 


Junk King doesn’t just throw this stuff out. If you have anything that’s usable, we’ll donate it to one of our local partner organizations. We believe in redirecting things away from the landfill, and that starts with reusing things that are still in good condition. We’ll pass on appliances that still work, furniture that’s still usable, and anything else that someone might need,


For those items that aren’t usable, we’ll try to redirect them to a recycling facility. There’s a lot of junk that ends up in the landfill when it doesn’t need to. Much of what we throw away is actually recyclable or has some recyclable components in it. We’ll get all of it to the correct recycling center.


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What Does Junk King Take?


We will haul away just about anything. Old furniture, busted appliances, hot tubs, yard debris, construction waste, trash, old boats…if it’s something you need to get rid of, we can likely put it in our truck. The only thing we cannot handle is hazardous waste. That’s a danger to our crews, so we’re not able to haul it away. However, we may be able to connect you with a hazardous waste company that can deal with it for you.


Call Junk King Plano Today


Dealing with the loss of a parent is difficult, but getting rid of junk shouldn’t be. When you’re ready to clean out your parents’ house and find things that need to go in the trash, give Junk King a call. We’ll quickly get rid of the trash without breaking your budget. Reach out today at 1-888-888-JUNK or text us at 1-737-888-5865 for a free, no-obligation quote.

Junk King Plano
910 10th St. Suite 800
Plano, TX 75074
Hours: M-F: 7A-6P, Sa: 7A-4P, Su: 8A-3P

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