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Inheriting a House: 5 Helpful Tips for a Smoother Process

Posted on: April 30, 2019 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage May 2, 2019

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If you’ve recently inherited a house after a loved one passed, you’re likely looking into options for what to do with the house. This can be difficult, because a house it not just a house. Whether you lived in the grew up in the home or just visited your parents as an adult, a house is filled with memories. This can make sorting through the home both stressful and emotional. We’re here to help make the process easier for you and your family. Read these 5 helpful tips for what to do when inheriting a house.

What to Do When You Inherit a House

  • Take your time: After inheriting a house from a loved one, you are likely overcome with many emotions. The grief of a family member or friend passing can cloud your judgement, leaving making a clear and rational decision difficult. Before deciding what to do with the house, take some time to process and think.
  • Continue to pay utility bills: While you are figuring out what to do with the house, it is important to stay up to date on the bills. This will not only make it more comfortable for you while you’re at the house, it will also prevent further problems.
  • Rent, sell or occupy: When it comes down to it, you really only have three options of what to do with the home. You can sell it, rent it out or live in it. All of these options are good ones, with each bringing their own benefits to the table. If you inherited the house to split with your siblings or other family members or there is still a mortgage on the house, it may be easiest to sell the house and split the income.
  • Sort through belongings: Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll have to sort through the house to remove many to all of the items there. Take your time with this step, because it can take an emotional toll. When sorting through, split the items into piles labelled “keep”, “donate”, “give away”, “sell” and “throw out”.
  • Ask for help: Never be afraid to ask for help with this process. It can be a lot for anyone to take on, and a little help can go a long way. This is also a good time to let friends and family members close to your loved one comb through the house and pick any items they’d like to keep.

Let a Storage Unit Rental Help with the Process

If you feel rushed to get the house rented out or sold, but are not ready to sort through all of the boxes, consider a storage unit rental. A storage unit rental allows you to slow down and sort through the items at your own pace. Contact us or visit our storage locations for more information about a storage unit rental.

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