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Unsuccessful Estate Sale? Here's What to Do with All That Stuff

Estate sales are a helpful way to clean out a property and liquidate the assets inside. Although estate sales can be a financial boon to the people who hold them, it’s common for there to be items that are left behind. If you hold an estate sale and find yourself with items that just wouldn’t sell, you have several options, including using a storage unit in Mountain View to keep the clutter out of the way. Here are some solutions you can consider for leftover estate sale items.

Talk to the Estate Sale Company

If you used an estate sale company to facilitate the sale, then they may be able to help you manage the leftovers. Some companies offer cleanout services, in which they take away the remaining items in your home. They may also have special arrangements with hauling companies in order to clean out your home for you, for an additional fee. Some estate companies will also transport items to other locations, such as a storage unit, on your behalf.

Donate It to Charity

If you have items that are in good condition, particularly things like furniture, then a charity may be happy to take it from you. Some larger charity organizations, such as the National Kidney Foundation, even offer home pickup services. Other groups, like Goodwill, accept deliveries at their locations. If you want to give the items to local organization, check with local churches and nonprofit thrift shops to find out if they accept the items you have and if they can arrange for a pickup.

Put It in a Storage Unit

Just because you don’t have room for something now doesn’t mean you won’t in the future, so keep items left after an estate sale in a storage unit until you’re sure what you want to do with them. You might be surprised to find out another family member eventually wants them, or you may decide you want that furniture or box of china after all. Putting the items in a storage unit gives you flexibility to decide what to do next without keeping the clutter around.