Estate storage comes at a crucial time. A death in the family is always difficult to deal with. Besides the emotional circumstances associated with a loved one dying, there is often a pile of legal stuff to deal with. Typically there could be a household of furniture and other items that you need to find storage for. If you are the administrator of the deceased estate, you are the person responsible for the assets that the deceased may have left behind and it is advisable to know what you may be in for during the next few months.

It’s essential to keep any material assets, such as furniture and decorations, secure until you know where they’re going. Typically, the deceased’s residence is now unoccupied and therefore unsecure. Leaving these assets in the home is asking for unwanted attention from burglars. It’s therefore crucial to find proper estate storage for all your loved one’s items.

This is where using a estate storage at a self storage facility could provide the answer to the question of where to keep these items until the estate is wound up and the entire process has run its course.

What Happens Next?

You as the executor of the estate need a letter of administration from the local Probate Registry which will give you the authority to deal with this estate. This can take anywhere from three to 6 months to obtain.

Once you have received the letter of administration it can take another six to twelve months to tie everything up, depending on how complicated the estate is. This is a long time to wait, so it’s important to place the items in the estate storage as soon as possible.

You will have to make decisions on what the best way forward is when dealing with the deceased possessions and planning how to dispose of them according to the will.

It is complicated dealing with the legalities and for a large estate, it is normally left to solicitors. But this is costly, so a small estate can be wound up by an executor for a few hundred pounds.

What Does the Will Say?

The probate process is when the deceased estate made up of property, assets, and possessions, are handed down to the beneficiaries that are listed in the will. These beneficiaries will inherit whatever is in the estate, and are normally family, friends, spouses, or charities.

Sorting out Valuables and Belongings

Contacting the beneficiaries to collect their items will start the process. If there is a property listed in the assets, the goal is to get the furniture and other movables removed before it can be sold or rented out. It’s needs like for which estate storage becomes so useful

Once all these items have been collected and removed you will have a clearer idea of how much you need to pack up.

Clothing, kitchen appliances, and books are often the items that need to be packed and placed in estate tstorage. Packing up the garden implements, tools, and garden equipment can be a daunting task. The same applies to the garage if it has been used as a place to store away any unwanted items.

If the disposal of these items has not been authorized yet, they can be placed in self storage and kept out of the way.

5 Reasons to Use a Self Storage Facility for a Deceased Estate’s Possessions

As the legally appointed executor of the estate you have a responsibility to make sure that these are safe from theft or damage.

  1. These items will be safe from vandalism and theft in a self storage facility. The security available at the deceased’s property may not be up to the standard of the sophisticated security systems that a good self storage facility offers.
  2. The heirs of the estate should be concerned with the safety of their inheritance so the fact that you have secured their goods in a self storage facility will please them.
  3. Valuable items such as photographs, jewellery, antiques, artworks, and other furniture are especially vulnerable to theft, and can be stored safely in a unit.
  4. You can use the estate storage unit as a base from which to prepare any of the goods for sale once the beneficiaries have taken their items away. It will give you time to market the goods, and at the same time you will not feel rushed to just accept the first offer that comes along.
  5. You as the executor have the authority to choose which storage facility is best. When you are faced with a house full of possessions that need secure storage you can be assured that they will be safe while you attend to other estate matters such as selling the property, or getting it ready for renting.

Why Use Stop & Store Lowestoft for Storing Your Belongings

  • Our storage facility is fully secured with CCTV which is monitored 24/7 and intruder alarms. Our units are clean and secure. You can be confident that when you store your belongings in our facility, they will be safe from theft.
  • Our booking system is simple. Once you have paid using our online booking system, we send you your individual PIN and you gain access to your unit.
  • Our units are easily accessible for convenient loading and off-loading. We even offer you a trolley to make your task easier. We have stackable plastic boxes for hire which will keep your belongings safe from vermin.
  • Our units vary in size from 12 sq. ft. to 200 sq. ft., so there is a size to suit your requirements.
  • Whether you need short or long term storage, we can assist you. We do not require a deposit, there are no hidden costs, and if you move your goods in or out during the month you pay a pro rate.
  • Please check what our customers have to say about us in their reviews on our website.

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