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Question DetailsAsked on 5/30/2011

Advice on emptying house...

Are there any members in the Baltimore area who had experiences with emptying and selling their parents' home? Are there any charitable places who will pick up furniture? Estate/auction places who will take stuff and sell it? My mom passed away a year ago and I am finally emotionally ready to do this - the sooner the better. I can't bear going into my parents home anymore, it's too tough for me so I must, unhappily, try to disassemble it and close that chapter on my life. Thanks for any advice.

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I live on the opposite coast, but I had a similar issue a few years back. I ended up contacting a local hospice. They provided a service where they did an estate appraisal for everything in the house, provided a tax receipt based on the appraised valuatiion, and then completely packed up and took EVERYTHING in the house. What they could sell went to their furniture and thrift shops, and the rest went to other charities or to the dump. It solved the problem and left the house completely cleaned out ... including garage miscellanous, cupboard trash, ... everything gone. Plus it went to a good cause. You probably have a local hospice or other charity that has a similar service.

I wish you the best. It's a hard thing to deal with.

Answered 9 years ago by jvs


Hi, I live in the lehigh acres fla here and i ihave been doing fundraisres here for The Love ofHaiti EarthquakeVictims and collecting all clothing and dishes and nonperishable items here for them now see if there is a drop off location in your area for this cause and there you will get rid of a lot okay. and goodwills in the area there as well okay you have alot of places that will come and pick the items that you dont need or just post a sign of cleaning out house and all must go and there you have it is all free and watch all go fast okay .goodluck my dear and take care there form love

Answered 9 years ago by LOVE



I'm in a somewhat similar situation to munchkin. My sister and I need to empty our old house in the Boston area (it's on the Boston list). Actually my sister does - I live on the west coast, but she doesn't live that close either.

We have rooms filled with mostly old papers (documents and old mail, not newspapers), books, school assignments, old appliances, old toys and games, packaged and canned food, kitchenware, etc. etc. Also, there's junk that needs to be taken down from the attic, and LOTS of junk in the garage. Basically a house where the owner kept almost everything. Nothing rotting, just tons of junk possibly hiding a few valuable items.

I really like the hospice/estate appraisal idea, but the house isn't ready for that yet. Instead, I'm thinking it might be a good idea to hire some people to just sort out and categorize the items first. Hopefully they could haul away a bunch of broken appliances, and put all the papers in one place so my sister could haul them back home and sort them at her leisure.

I'm not sure which category this goes in: movers, housecleaners, garbage collectors ?

Anyways, that's what I currently have for a strategy. Anyone have a better idea, I'm happy to see it.


Answered 9 years ago by crankyinmv


Hi Munchkin,

You might try hiring a professional organizer to help with this process. I've included a couple of recent Angie's List magazine articles related to this topic.

Take care,

Paul from Angie's List

Answered 9 years ago by Paul from Angie's List


I just stumbled on this website. don't know how old these questions are and who is still reading but I live in NJ. My stepmother and father lived in CA before their deaths. Sisters and step-brothers are scattered around the country and we needed to empty out the CA house. We all met at the house for a week, went through everything - closets, drawers, clothing - pockets of clothing - to see who wanted what and then there was still an entire house to empty out. We tried calling an estate sale company who came and said there wasn't enough of value for them and they gave us the name of another company called CARING TRANSITIONS. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this company was and since then I have discovered that it's national. It might be a franchise - not sure. It is exactly what everyone on this page is looking for. We were in the San Diego area and the owner of this franchise's name was Anthony. He came to the house to meet with us and look at what was there. Within two weeks, he shipped things to us that we wanted to keep and only charged us the postage (nothing for his time to gather and pack things) he organized the contents of the house, advertised and held and supervised a house sale. He had antique dealers come in and buy specific things of value. The proceeds of the sale went to my stepbrother and essentially off-set the charge for Anthony's services. When he was done, the house was completely empty. Anything of value was sold. Things that were still pretty good were donated to various organizations. Things of no value were taken to a dump. We family members took what we wanted and walked away and he took care of everything else. He was smart and totally competent. It was wonderful. Check to see if there is a franchise near you. It was the answer to our prayers.

Answered 8 years ago by langgons

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