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Estate Sale of a Loved One's Home can be Challenging

Estate Sale of a Loved One's Home can be Challenging

Estate Sale of Loved One’s Home can be Challenging


The death of a relative is always hard on a family. Not only do you have to weather the emotional turmoil when someone you love passes away, but you also have to deal with the real-world details – like selling your relative’s home. Selling the home of someone who passed away recently is similar in many ways to selling any other home, but there are some extra considerations. Knowing the potential hurdles of the estate sale will make the process easier.


Here are some tips:


1. Transference of real estate after death

The first thing that needs to be done is to ensure the executor has been given authority to liquidate the real estate. We like to recommend a qualified real estate attorney.


2. Pay the bills

Mortgage, utilities, and maintenance – be sure to let all parties know if services are no longer required, i.e. landscaper, cable, internet, house keeper.


3. Collect all the necessary documents

  • Will
  • Freeze your relative’s credit and contact all creditors, including the three major credit reporting agencies (avoid identity theft)
  • Investment documents
  • Insurance documents
  • Homeowner’s policy
  • Bank account documentation


4. Change The Locks and Mail Delivery


5. Go Through Everything in the Home

Ideally you will clear out the home altogether – and have it staged professionally for sale – or at least take out all the personal belongings and only leave behind enough furniture to aid in the sale.


6. Get the Home Ready to For Market and Acquire a Reputable Real Estate Agent

The house may be quite dated, it may also have damage that has gone unaddressed for a long time. A good deep cleaning will probably be necessary. You will need to bring in a reputable real estate agent.


7. Did The Owner Die in The Home

Be prepared for the buyer to ask if the death took place in the house. In some states, you may have to disclose whether a death occurred in a home. Your Real Estate Agent should be able to assist with this.


8. After Estate Sale Tax Consequences

When selling an estate one of the most important financial considerations will be dealing with taxes. Check with your CPA. Having a massive unexpected tax bill is never fun.


The emotions associated with the passing of a loved one, along with the massive amounts of paperwork, can be a difficult time for everyone involved. The entire team at Life Simplified are trained, not only in decluttering and packing to prepare for sale but also in compassionately handling the emotions that go along with this difficult time.


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