It always amazes me how much stuff is left in a home after you feel like you have taken care of everything you want to move. For most people, stuff just accumulates to fill the space you have, and the longer you live in a home the more you accumulate... sometimes to the point it becomes debilitating just thinking about dealing with it all.
Here's the good news... you don't have to do it alone or rely on family and friends! There are services out there to help you. If you live in the Twin Cities, one of these services is Empty the Nest.
I first posted about 'Empty the Nest', wall-to-wall home clean out service back in 2012 as a way to clear out a home quickly and on a budget... perfect for cleaning out an estate home. But it's for more than that... it is also perfect for downsizing or any kind of move where you don't plan to take everything with you.
In their own words...
When your movers are done, it’s time for Empty the Nest! We clean out your home, wall-to-wall, to ready it for its next family. We are here for you, your parents, family and friends. We donate used clothing, household goods, and non-perishable food left behind to area charities, and give you their donation receipt. We save materials from the clean out and disperse them to recycling resources to limit waste in overloaded landfills. And to limit the cost of our services to you, we sell the used furniture and unique items you no longer need.
A friend used them this summer to finish cleaning out her mother's home. First family members took what they wanted and they had their own estate sale, then she called Empty the Nest.
In her own words...
I just finished with Empty the Nest. They were professional, compassionate and thorough. I would highly recommend them.
When Sharon first came out after our sale, she said "I don't usually say this, but you don't need us." I had her give me an estimate anyway and for $450 they emptied the storage room, took several boxes of Christmas decorations and some photo albums that we selected a few pictures from, the full garage (items that didn't sell at the sale as well as assorted tools, pots and 'garage stuff'), 2 mattress/box spring sets, several chairs and a couch.
They do not take hazardous materials (cleaning supplies, aerosol cans, etc.) but they did box them up for us.
They swept the garage floor when they were done and finished in 3 hours.
There is nothing like a personal endorsement from a person you trust!
Just wanted to let you know.
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Downsizing Realtor