How to Tackle an Estate Clearance

When a loved one dies, the task of clearing out their home can be difficult and emotionally harrowing. People who are grieving may find it too upsetting to go through the person’s belongings and decide what to do with them. The process is time consuming, and it can be difficult to get it done within a reasonable timeframe. Unfortunately, this can lead to having a property sitting idle for long periods. During this time, the person who is responsible for clearing out the home may experience constant feelings of anxiety due to the difficult task they have hanging over them. Here are some tips that may help if you find yourself in this situation:

• Before you remove anything from the property, make sure that you are legally entitled to do so.

• If you are the executor, find and distribute specific bequests.

• Try to complete the clearing out process as quickly as you can. It is very unpleasant to have a task like this hanging over your head. From a financial perspective, the property will continue to cost the estate money until it is sold or rented. If you can, take time off from work and other commitments and try to get it done in one concentrated burst.

• Accept offers of help or ask for help from others. Having helpers can really speed up the process, and you will have emotional support at hand if you need it. Having someone with you to discuss what you should do with effects can help you to make confident decisions as well.

• If the proceeds of the estate are to be shared, make sure that you document all effects.

What to do with the effects:

• Carefully preserve precious heirlooms and memorabilia.

• Hire a skip or utilise the local council’s hard rubbish service if they offer one.

• Sell unwanted items that are too good to throw away on Gumtree or eBay, or put them on consignment at a Conventional Auction House. You could also consider having a Garage Sale.

• Excess towels and bedding are always welcome at animal shelters such as the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League.

• Some charities will collect furniture, bric-a-brac and clothing. Diabetes Australia is a good one to try.

Once you have cleared out the home, the next step is to prepare the property to be sold or rented. Make sure that it is clean, the garden is neat, and minor repairs have been completed. All of these tasks may be outsourced. If the property is to be sold, consult your Real Estate Agent for advice on how to present the property so that it will attract maximum interest and the best price. It is a good idea to ask them to look at the property while it is still furnished, as they may recommend that the home will present better if it is not empty.

If you don’t feel that you are emotionally able to clear out your loved one’s home, or you simply don’t have time, a Professional Organiser can complete the estate clearance quickly and efficiently. If you live in Adelaide, please give me a call to discuss your situation. As an outsider who is not emotionally involved with your loss, I can provide compassionate guidance on how to deal with the estate, and arrange it all for you.

Demolition and Site Clearance: The Importance of Planning For an Efficient Site Clearance Project

A site clearance project involves the machinery removal from a cleared site and the leveling and preparation of land for building or landscaping. Some materials such as the soil, stones and bricks can be recycled and reused in the new construction on the site. Others that cannot be reused such as vegetation are removed from site.

So Why Is Site Clearance Planning Important?

1. Proper site clearance planning will ensure that the safety of workers and other people in and around the site is assured. Exit routes and the supervision processes need to be made well in advance. An expert and his foreman should supervise the machinery removal process at all times.

2. During site clearance planning, the nature of debris and the extent and nature of contamination is established. Importance of the targeted site to the surrounding community will determine the level of safety precautionary measures to be undertaken before the project is undertaken and also the decontamination that will take place in order to assure the residents that everything is safe and the site is ready for development.

3. The time to be taken for site clearance can be estimated and this is important when applying for clearance from the local community. Clearance is important especially if the project is going to render some public roads impassable or may interfere with some utilities like clean water supply, electricity supply and sewerage disposal. The surrounding community is generally more accommodating when the project is estimated to take a shorter time.

4. Ensures restoration of the area amenities like water and electricity are managed effectively.

5. It is essential for safe machinery removal and specialized handling of any waste that is contaminated. Showing competency in your ability to properly dispose of waste and decontamination procedures will assure the public and stakeholders of the usability of the land reclaimed.

6. Planning also enables you to take into account any legal procedures required in the disposal of debris. If the legal requirements are ignored or are unknown or are not followed, the whole project may end up being delayed and even stopped. When the debris disposal plan has been made, it will be approved by the required authorities.

7. By planning site clearance, you establish the amount of work involved so that you can organize what needs to be done first. The site clearance is then undertaken in phases where when one section of the site is cleared the debris is cleared to another location where further sorting of the debris is undertaken to establish what is usable and what is to be disposed.

8. All equipment and machines for machinery removal of debris to be used in the project is established; land reclamation machinery and vehicles to be used in debris relocation is identified and put on the ready to minimize undue delays. Debris should be quickly removed from the site so as not to endanger the workers or any other persons on the site.

9. The costs involved in the project can be estimated with proper planning. This is essential for quotation purposes where a site clearance contractor will be able to determine how much to charge the client. Costs are established by looking at the nature of debris, amount of labor required, type of machinery to be used and estimated time the project will take as well as general difficulty of the job.

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