Furniture Removal for Maryland Estates

Furniture Removal for Maryland Estates

Over time, estates can accumulate a lot of furniture. Couches, beds, desks, tables, armoires, dressers, bookshelves, etc. And for many homeowners, this furniture is often stored rather than disposed of as time goes on. 

When it’s time for a homeowner to downsize, move, or a loved one passes away, the family is often left with an overwhelming amount of furniture to deal with. Some furniture is usually sold or given away, but oftentimes the estate owner is left to figure out what to do with everything. That is when a furniture removal company comes in handy.

We will explain the ins and outs of working with a furniture removal company to help you get the most out of the service. Feel free to contact us if you have questions, we are a local estate furniture removal company.


How Does a Furniture Removal Service Work?

Furniture removal takes the stress and work out of dealing with unwanted or unneeded items. This is especially helpful in times of grief if the estate owner is located out of town or if physically unable to handle the work themselves. 

The process of furniture removal is actually quite simple. 

  1. Call a local company or professional and discuss the details of what needs to be done
  2. They will provide an estimate. (Often times a company will come out to your location to get a good idea of what the job entails to provide an accurate quote)
  3. If the estimate is accepted, a day is scheduled for the company to come out. 
  4. The furniture removal team will come on the scheduled day and take care of everything:
    1. Moving furniture and carrying it to their trucks
    2. Hauling it the contents away
    3. Disposing or recycling of the furniture

The service is really pretty simple and convenient for estate owners or family members who want to help out. There’s very little that needs to be done from the customer’s standpoint but there are a few things that can be done to prepare for a smooth visit.


How to Prepare for a Removal Company Visit

Most companies are very professional in nature and careful while on the job but mistakes and accidents can sometimes happen. The wrong items can be taken, property in the home can become damaged, or things can become mixed up. Working with a professionally trained company will reduce these risks but so will taking some precautions ahead of time.

During the day of the project, most of the work will be done by the company you hire. However,  when the scheduled date of removal approaches, there are a few things you may want to do if you are available to do so. 

  1. Identify any important documents or valuables and set them aside so they do not accidentally get mixed in with items being removed. 
  2. Speak with family members and friends about items they want to keep.
  3. If possible, remove or set aside furniture that should not be hauled away by the removal company
  4. Mark off dangerous or restricted areas on the property that you do not want the team to go.
  5. Organize the estate’s contents to improve the efficiency of the removal process and to prevent potential confusion.
  6. Ensure someone is available to let the removal experts in

We understand that not everyone will have the opportunity to prepare or take precautions ahead of time and this is why we train our team to treat each property as if it is our own. If our team members see something of value we check with the owner to ensure it should be hauled away. We are also very meticulous and careful not to damage any property. We also understand that this can be a challenging time for many, so we make sure to be very courteous and supportive. 

If you have limited time to prepare, the best precaution you can take is to find a company that is going to provide you with the best service and care.


Picking a Furniture Removal Company

Most people will have a variety of companies to choose from in their local area. This is especially true if you live in a large city. With many options to choose from, how do you decide which company is best to work with? 

Let us provide you with a list that can help you identify what companies are right for you:


1. Do they provide the services you need?

The most basic requirement of course is making sure the company can even fulfill your requests. Find out if they are able to pick up the items and materials you need to be removed. As a bonus (or tie-breaker among a few great companies) find out what other services they offer. Some companies offer additional services or partner with other companies for things like demolition projects that could make decluttering or preparing an estate for sale much simpler for you.


2. Can they schedule you within your required timeframe?

This is another somewhat obvious requirement but is an important one nonetheless especially if you are on a time crunch yourself. Before spending time having an organization come out to provide an estimate, check to see if they have availability during the time you would need them.


3. Does the price fall within your budget?

Another important consideration is price. As much as us removal companies like to pride ourselves on service, we can’t deny that price is important when choosing a company. Believe it or not, but it is possible to find affordable furniture removal services. When getting an estimate you also want to ask if there is the possibility of additional fees. Some companies will send a bill hiring then the estimate if the job takes longer than they initially expected.


4. Will the company offer the customer service you require?

Everyone customer is seeking something different and every company does things a little differently. Do you want a company who will get in and out as quickly as possible? Is it preferred to work with a team who is pleasant and courteous? Are you dealing with a very emotional time and need someone who will be supportive and patient? 

This is not something people think of often, but the type of company hired will ultimately determine the type of experience you receive.


5. What is the company’s reputation?

Finding whether a company is truly reputable is not always easy to do online. However, if possible, it is important to do a little research to find out how trustworthy the company is. If you’re unable to find anything online, there are a few things you can ask the company to certify their legitimacy. 

First, ask for qualifications. They should provide things like their license and insurance. Second, ask where they dispose of the furniture. Legitimate companies will use dumping facilities while illegitimate companies could potentially dump your contents anywhere illegally. Third, find out if they are a full time company or if they do removals “on the side.” 

At the end of the day, it’s your call on who you want to hire for help. There are likely many reputable companies in your area. Finding the best fit for you ultimately depends on your wants and needs.

Furniture Removal for Estates in Maryland

If you are looking for assistance with furniture removal in the Maryland area, we can help! Are you preparing an estate for sale? Perhaps you or a loved one wants to downsize or declutter a current property. Maybe it’s simply time to clean out some of the old furniture that has been sitting around. No matter the reason, we can help with your furniture removal needs.

We aren’t just a furniture removal company, we are estate specialists. We understand the delicate nature of estate and bereavement cleanouts. If you are looking for assistance in the Maryland or DC areas, give us a call.


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We provide top-to-bottom Estate Clean Out and Liquidation services. We proudly service all of Central Maryland including Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Columbia, Catonsville, Towson, Bel Air, Pasadena, Parkville, Perry Hall, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County

Why Go with Sanford & Son Estate Specialist?

  • We're open seven days a week from 7am - 7pm.
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  • We offer fair pricing, attention to detail and an extremely professional demeanor.
  • We're liscensed and insured!

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