Is Property Cleanout Right For You

Is Property Cleanout Right For You

Do you have a property to clean out and you are wondering the best way to go about it? Are you considering if it’s worth it and wondering what your other options might be? In this blog post, we are going to discuss the various options available to you to help you decide for yourself what’s best. 

As Maryland’s premier cleanout company, we have worked with many property owners and understand their various needs. We will use this knowledge to help you make the best decision.


Comparing Property Cleanout Options

There is more than one way to clean out a property. Some require more work on your part while others might be more friendly to your wallet. Let’s explore the different options to discover what’s best for you.


Clean out the property yourself

Cleaning out a property yourself is always an option. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to rent a dumpster, gather friends and family and do their best to clean out as much as they can. This is the most labor intensive option and can sometimes take a very long time to completely clean out the property but overall it isn’t a bad option if you have time and the ability to do it.


Sell the home as is

The easiest route to take if you are considering selling a property is bypassing the cleanout altogether. In some cases selling a home with the property and furniture in it is an option. This option may make selling your home more difficult and gives the buyer more leverage in negotiations but it’s still an option that allows you to avoid doing a cleanout if necessary. 


Hold an estate sale or an estate auction

A more profitable alternative to a property cleanout would be to hold an estate sale and/or an auction. This will allow you to get rid of many items in the home while putting money back in your wallet. This is a great option if you could use the extra funds and don’t mind waiting around to prepare and host the sale. There’s also no guarantee that many items will sell so you may want to have a plan b in mind to get clean out the items still left.


Hiring a property cleanout specialist

Hiring a cleanout company lets you cleanout your property without having to do the work. This option allows you to get the job done quickly and efficiently. You won’t have to worry about how you will clean out the property, scheduling dumpster drop-offs and pickups, what to do with leftover items, ect. Some cleanout companies will even clean your outdoor areas and make minor repairs where needed.


Which is the best choice for you?

Your best option comes down to a number of things. Your timeline, budget, goals, wants, needs and preferences. If the property to be cleaned out holds a lot of sentimental value and you have the time and desire to slowly clean out the home, then consider doing it yourself. If time is of the essence or you are unable to do it yourself then consider hiring out the job. 

If you’re not sure of the best choice then call around to the various local companies to discuss their services, rates and expectations in more depth.


Reasons to hire a property cleanout professional

It’s best to start with the basics. Why do people choose property cleanouts to begin with? There are a number of reasons why someone might hire a professional cleanout company. 

We receive calls from a number of different people in different scenarios. There are individuals who have been handed down estates but can’t stay in town long to clean up the property. Commercial property owners who need extra hands. Elderly people who physically can’t do the job but want to downsize. Homeowners who are preparing their homes for sale. And the list goes on. 

It really comes down to if you need help. Are you capable of doing the job yourself? Do you have a deadline in which you need a quick turnaround? Is the job dangerous for nonprofessionals? Asking yourself these types of questions will help you decide if it’s right for you.


Choosing a professional Cleanout Company

Does hiring out the job to a specialist seem like your best option? When looking at local companies, it’s important to know that not all cleanout companies are the same. As you contact local companies make sure you understand how to identify the best fit. Don’t worry, we will provide you with some information to make the best decision. 


Junk removal is not (quite) the same as a property cleanout

The first thing to note during your search for the right company is that there is junk removal and there are property cleanouts. This can be confusing because some companies use these terms interchangeably. From our experience, most junk removal companies emphasize getting in and clearing everything out as quickly as possible. All of it is disposed of, no matter the item. Cleanout companies on the other hand tend to be more flexible with the client and try to recycle or donate as much of the items as possible. When contacting companies, ask about their process.


Find a company that understands your needs

Some jobs are simple and anyone can do them. For example, cleaning out boxes full of unwanted items from a garage is a simple cleanout job. Others sometimes take special care. For instance, high net worth homes or estates of deceased loved ones can need a more delicate touch and understanding of the client’s needs. Make sure the company you choose will provide the proper respect for your home and property.


Find a company whose prices are reasonable

This may seem pretty evident but pricing from company to company can vary greatly. When gathering quotes make sure to review the fine print. For some companies, the price quoted is what’s paid. Other companies will provide an “estimate” but may charge more if the job ends up being larger than they initially quoted. 

There are a number of cleanout companies that offer various services. Taking a little bit of time to find the right one can guarantee a better experience for you. 


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"No job is too big or too small for Sanford & Son"

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.
  • Sanford & Son Estate Specialist, Maryland understands the importance of your home and valuables. We work hard to take the best care of your belongings and make sure your space is rendered spotless.
  • We offer fair pricing, attention to detail and an extremely professional demeanor.
  • We're liscensed and insured!

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