Selling the Home of Someone Who Has Died

Selling Distressed Property in Post-Coronavirus America
October 22, 2020

We don’t like to think about it, but the fact is that many of us will face the necessity of selling a loved one’s home after he or she dies. The process can be stressful on several levels. 

The legal process can be long, difficult, and expensive.

The most obvious part of the process of selling the home of someone who has died is the legal process in which

1) your loved one’s taxes and other debts are paid, and
2) His personal possessions and property are given to the people he wanted to have them. This can take months or years, and generate hefty legal fees.

Going through personal effects can be time-consuming and emotionally draining.

Sorting through personal belongings revives a host of memories. You’re sorting through kitchen items and you see your mom’s cookbooks. Suddenly you’re recalling her favorite recipes, her signature dishes, and her specialties that she made only for holidays. What started as a simple task of sorting morphs into a bittersweet and tear-filled stroll through a host of memories. 

Situations like this are part of the grieving process. They are necessary. They are healing. But, they are hard. And they can take a very long time, especially if your loved one lived in the home for 50 years and wasn’t inclined to get rid of anything. 

How do you distribute the special keepsakes to everyone who wants them? Should you try to hold an estate sale? Does the home’s value warrant all the time and effort you will need to put into the process of selling it? These questions are hard to answer when you’re grieving.

Getting the home ready to sell is a big job.

Even after the legal issues are settled, the process of selling the home can be daunting. There are so many questions to answer. 

  • What do you do with all the stuff that no one wants?
  • Where will you find a service to clean and disinfect everything?
  • What should you leave in order to stage the home?
  • How will you pack and move the items you want to keep?
  • Do you know what type of deed was registered on the home?
  • Is the deed free from all encumbrances?
  • Should you have an appraiser come give you a realistic estimate of the home’s value?
  • How will you pay for all of the up-front costs?
  • How will you make sure that everything gets done when it needs to be done?

The COVID19 pandemic adds another layer of difficulty to the process.

Thanks to COVID19, if you’re selling the home of someone who has died, you now face the additional stress of finding cleaners, contractors and packers who will work efficiently, treat your home with care, AND protect you, your loved ones, and themselves from illness. 

We can answer your questions and provide the professionals you need while allaying your COVID19 concerns. 

At LifeCycle Transitions we offer an array of cleaning and de-cluttering services performed by trained associates who understand your situation. Our customized services–Life After Death and Realtor Match–provide detailed information about how to handle an estate. We even offer a transition service that pays for legal fees associated with probate. 

If you have questions about selling the home of someone who has died, please contact us at (877) 273-7810 or at lifecycletransitions.com for a free consultation. We are an all-in-1 transition specialist company. We can guide you expertly through the whole process and efficiently attend to all the details so that the home sells quickly for market value. Throughout the process, our associates wear protective coverings and exercise social distancing to help keep everyone safe.

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