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Selling a Home After the Passing of a Loved One

It’s always tough for the family when a loved one passes away. Not only do they have to deal with the tidal wave of grief, but there are also practical things to sort out, such as selling property. Some of the tips below will help you through the process, presented by Guardians Self Storage.


In most cases, you will have to go through a legal process called probate before you can put the house up for sale. Before an executor is appointed, a will must be admitted to probate.

The process begins by filing the original will and a probate petition with the court. Once jurisdiction is complete, the court will issue a decree granting probate. A document called a letters testamentary, which gives the executor the authority to administer the estate, is issued next and is the final stage in the process. You can find several probate law firms in Beacon, New York.


Some of the most important things you should consider repairing before selling include:

  • Kitchen appliances: Make sure they’re all in good working order and fix any leaks.
  • Cabinets: They should open and close smoothly and be free of water damage. Replace any broken knobs or handles.
  • Sinks and faucets: Ensure there are no leaks and all drains run freely.
  • Bathtubs and showers: Drains should be free of clogs and showerheads fully operational
  • Walls: Fill in any nail holes. Painting is a cheap way of refreshing a home.
  • Floors: If pets lived in the home, steam clean the carpets and replace them if torn.

These are just some repairs you need to look at around the home. If you’re not confident about carrying out any of the work yourself, consider hiring a handyperson in the Beacon area. You may not have the time or money to carry out repairs, in which case, consider selling the house as a fixer-upper. Highlight the property’s best features, such as location, size, and unique layout, while also remembering to be honest with potential buyers about any issues with the property to avoid any legal claims.

First Impressions Count

Curb appeal determines whether potential buyers will think it’s welcoming and well maintained. Curb appeal techniques include:

  • Clean windows
  • Install Window boxes
  • Replace old hardware on doors and give the door a new coat of paint
  • Install outdoor lighting
  • Add color by creating a new planting bed
  • Replace gutters and downspouts

There are many other inexpensive ways of adding curb appeal, as discussed by DIY & Crafts. Some are more time-consuming than others.


Home staging refers to preparing your home to sell to potential buyers by enhancing its appeal. Home staging techniques to create an experience for homebuyers include:

  • Pay more attention to the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen.
  • Declutter and remove personal belongings.
  • Clean, clean, and clean again.
  • Remain neutral by painting over any garish colors.
  • Add some well-placed flowers and plants.
  • Open the blinds on all windows to let in natural light.

Get Back to Grieving

Selling a house can often be stressful, especially if it belonged to a loved one who’s recently passed. Follow some of the steps above for a quick sale so you can get back to grieving.

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