Experience the joy of giving.
When you donate your items through the Estate Pros you receive more than a tax deduction, you experience the joy that comes from helping others. Not only is this beneficial to your local community, as those in need receive furniture, clothing, and other items but it also helps the environment as we assist in keeping useful items out of local landfills. It’s a win for everyone!
What is a personal property donation?
Estate or Personal Property donations are a means of contributing personal property items such as furniture, artwork, decor, jewelry, vehicles, etc. to a 501(c)(3) charity or organization in order to support their cause while receiving a tax benefit in return. You can do this for your own personal property, or on behalf of a inherited estate, etc. Estate donations usually contain far more items than your typical clothing or book donation and are intended to get rid of as many household contents as possible. In most cases, completely emptying the home is the desired outcome of an estate donation.
Why do most people donate their personal property? In short, estate donations are a terrific way to disposition your items quickly without the hassle of trying to sell everything. They are the best way to dispose of your items quickly while guaranteeing the return value in the form of a tax deduction. Not to mention how many individuals and families you can help with much needed items! In addition, you will also be helping to protect the environment by keeping these useful items out of landfills. It’s a win for everyone!
Who typically needs to donate?
People commonly looking to donate their personal property are:
- Looking to help those in need.
- Seeking a tax benefit.
- Needing to declutter or dispose of items without the hassle of trying to sell everything.
- Assisting with an estate after the death of a loved one.
- Retiring and selling a home so they can move to a more manageable residence.
- Moving and downsizing.
Where do estate donations take place?
Estate Pros donations most often take place inside a residence – single family homes, condos, apartments, etc. However, the Estate Pros often help people empty out office buildings, warehouses, storage units and more. No matter what the scenario is, the Estate Pros have you covered!
Estate Clean Out Services: How does it work?
When you donate your items through the Estate Pros you receive more than a tax deduction, you experience the joy that comes from helping others. The Estate Pros will review your items and determine what is donation eligible. We work with a number of local charities and will coordinate the scheduling and pick up of all donation eligible items from your home and have them removed. The Estate Pros will provide you with all the documents you will need to claim your tax deduction including an itemized evaluation of your donated items, IRS Form 8283 and donation receipt. We will then coordinate of the removal of any left over items via trash pick up (if requested). Receive a tax deduction and experience the joy of giving, it’s a win, win!
Why use the Pros to help with your donation?
All of our appraisers rely on the standards and guidelines set forth in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), which contains Congressionally-authorized valuation standards. We make the appraisal process as easy as possible, handling all items with care and conducting our work with compassion and professionalism. Our scheduling is flexible, and our assignments completed quickly and accurately. Our experts will work with you from the initial free consultation to the complete execution of your appraisal and everything in between. You don’t need to lift a finger, we take care of everything for you!
When should you complete your donation?
Timing is everything in life, and so is the scheduling of your donation! Most people look to schedule their estate donation around the same time they are selling their home. These are the three scheduling scenarios that usually work best:
BEFORE LISTING THE HOME FOR SALE
Typically for overly cluttered or hoarder homes in which your realtor has suggested you empty.
JUST BEFORE THE SALE CLOSING
You have a buyer in place and have secured a purchase agreement. The Estate Pros conduct the estate donation and cleanout, emptying the home within a week or two before closing. The closing occurs and you turn the keys over to the new homeowner.
JUST AFTER THE SALE CLOSING
The home is sold and closed on, you’ve secure a predetermined move out date post closing (leaseback or rental term). The Estate Pros conduct the estate donation and empty the home within a week or two of your move out date. The house is clean and empty. You can move out and turn the keys over to the new homeowner.
How to prepare for an estate donation and cleanout
Having a well thought out plan is important to having a successful estate donation. Here are some preliminary steps to consider before donating.
- Take an inventory of the home. A thorough inventory and search of the home will begin preparing you for your donation.
- Remove any personal or sensitive items that you don’t want to donate. If it’s something personal or valuable that you don’t want to donate, removing or securing it is essential.
- Photograph the contents. A cataloged reference, either in photo or in video format, can serve as documentary evidence of the donation should it be necessary.
- Try and stay organized and create lists if necessary.
- Partially organizing and cleaning up the home is helpful.
- Throw away as much of the trash or unusable items as possible. An initial decluttering will make the donation process much easier.
- Know what you want to donate. Clearly identifying the scope of your project to the Estate Pros will make the donation process a lot smoother.
- If you have prior appraisals for any of your items, let the Estate Pros know, we can assess these evaluations for accuracy and use them to determine potential final appraisal values.
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