What to do with Unwanted Items after an Estate Sale

What to do with Unwanted Items after an Estate Sale

Estate sales happen for many reasons. Downsizing, relocation, there’s been a death in the family, someone purchased an estate, etc. These estates can be big or small, contain modern or timeless treasures but no matter how successful the sale was, there is still one question left to be answered. 

What do you do with all the leftover unwanted items?

The purpose of an estate sale is to get rid of all the unwanted or unneeded property of the estate. But, inevitably there are going to be items that have gone unsold during the estate sale. If you are in this position wondering what to do with the unsold items in your estate sale, then know you have a few options.


3 things to do with Unwanted items after an Estate Sale

Store them or leave them in the home

Estate sales occur in order to liquidate unwanted property. While the hope is that everything that has been put up to sale goes, that is rarely the case. For some, they want everything gone, but for others who want to clean out the estate a bit, leaving some unwanted items isn’t a totally bad option. 

If the estate will stay in the owner's hands and they have space, storing the items might not be a bad option. This way they can offer the items for sale later or through a different mode of sale. 

The other option is to simply leave the items. Selling a home already furnished can be beneficial for both parties assuming the items being left are of value to the new homeowner(s).


Donate the items

For many, they don’t need all the money from the estate sale, but mostly don’t want to see the property go to waste. For these people, donating the items may be the best solution. 

Donation centers can take a number of items. Clothing, appliances, toys, furniture, etc. It’s best that someone benefits from the item instead of them going to waste. Depending on where you live, some donation services will even offer free pick up. 

When it comes to donating however, it may be difficult to donate everything. Not every item can be donated and for some, if pick up is unavailable then they may not have a way to donate the items. 


Hire a cleanout specialist

Sometimes you don’t have a choice but to hire someone to come clean out the unwanted items, but sometimes this is best.

When hiring a cleanout specialist, or crew, they will pack up and haul away all of your unwanted items. Good, bad, big, bulky or small boxes of items, they can remove it all for you. 

This is a great option after your estate sale to quickly and efficiently remove all your unwanted items. With a cleanout specialist, you won’t have to worry about what to do with the unneeded items or won’t have to lift a finger to do so. 


A different approach to estate cleanouts

Hiring an estate cleanout professional can be a great asset, but the downside to hiring anyone to do a job is that it costs you money. The other downside is that most “junk removal” companies throw everything away. It’s a shame when perfectly good property gets junked simply because it needs to be gone. 

We understand that pain which is why we approach our cleanouts a little differently. At Sanford and Son, we donate as much as we can. Not only do we donate items when we can, but we occasionally will purchase items from estates that we can resell on their behalf. 

We do this so that 1) perfectly good items aren’t wasted and 2)our clients can get something back for their money. Now, this is not always the case. We aren’t in the business of buying everyone’s junk. But we try to approach things a little differently to better benefit our clients compared to the average junk removal company. 



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