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Estate Shipping and Moving Part 1 of 2

Posted on Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Estate moving occurs at one of the most stressful time in your life. Not only have you lost a loved one, there are often time and money constraints associated with disbursing the possessions.

While some of the items may be thrown away or donated to a local charity, there will be many items that you will want to save. Some may go to a relative that lives in town, while other items will need to be moved or shipped to a new city. Often times the different city may be outside of the United States. Here are few things to consider when you are shipping an estate.
When do you want to ship the items?
While family members are discussing what items that each family member would like to receive, it may be less expensive to move everything into a storage unit, rather than continue to pay rent on an apartment. If may also give you time to fix up a house that you are getting ready to sell. Once you have determined what each family member would like, a shipping company can ship the smaller items. A moving company will be able to move the larger pieces of furniture.

Look for a company that can offer both shipping and moving, as sometimes it will be less expensive to freight a small amount of furniture and other items verses moving a small amount of furniture.
If you are moving the items and need international shipping, look for a company that has experience shipping internationally. Many countries have items that are restricted or prohibited. There is also heat treated wood that my need to be used for international shipments, and international paperwork that will need to travel with your shipment.

If you need help with moving an estate or estate planning, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston.
We can help you pack, move, ship and unpack the estate of a loved one.

Tags: Estate Moving

Moving a Persons Home After the Funeral: Do You Know What to Do?

Posted on Thu, Dec 26, 2013

You may look at moving a persons home after the funeral and think "Okay, so, um, now what?"

Finalizing the affairs of the deceased loved one takes patience and care. This is especially true if the individual has a large family or large circle of friends who have requested items from the estate. It's not enough to know what to do when someone dies--finalizing an estate can take several weeks or longer. One big part of this process is moving and distributing the individuals property.

 If tragedy happened today, would you know what to do?

Secure the location.

 When someone passes away, there are many questions about the property. If possible, the safest way to handle the deceased persons estate is to wait until after the reading of the will. This legal document is a good guide to use when packing and preparing someone's estate. In the meantime, secure the location by locking the property, removing any pets and notifying the necessary utilities of the situation.

Think about the timing.

Preparing a loved one's personal items and property for packing is heartbreaking for the surviving loved ones. Packing everything up immediately after funeral may not be the best route. Use sensitivity when determining when is a good time to begin the process of moving. Before you begin this process, make sure you have located all necessary documents like funeral and burial plans, safe deposit information, legal agreements and retirement statements. Allow yourself time to collect all of the necessary information.

Determine which items are personal property and which are to be moved.

 You may also wish to give some items away or sell items to pay for the cost to offset the cost of funeral arrangements. However, you should know the legal requirements of selling property in your state. It's best to consult a knowledgeable attorney before beginning.

Divide property clearly.

 If you plan to send your loved one's property to several locations, make sure the items are divided properly. It is a good idea to make a detailed record or make notes about what property you're sending and to whom.

Consider hiring a professional moving company.

 Handling a loved one's items can be an emotional challenge for families and friends. You may need to request help from a professional company sensitive to your current needs. The company you choose should have the ability to move both large and small items.  Furniture may need to be blanket wrap moved, or loaded onto a pallet and shipped via freight with curbside delivery. Smaller items may need to be boxed. If you are shipping numerous items, freight shipping may be your best option.

 If you are shipping chandeliers, consider contacting a company that can build a custom box or custom crate for you to use during the shipping process.

We understand how tough moving a loved one's estate can be. Let us help you; contact us. We can help walk you through this process and deliver your property safely and soundly. 

 

Tags: estate shipping, Estate Moving

More Tips to Reduce Stress During Estate Shipping

Posted on Tue, Dec 17, 2013

The settling of an estate after a loved one passes away is often stressful. It can be overwhelming and extremely emotional. Not only are you dealing with the death of a family member or friend, chances are you’re likely to be moving through the various stages of the grieving process. All of this  while planning everything from the categorizing of household items,  the appraisal and  selling many  items.  This will also entail  packing and the many other duties required before you can begin the real process of estate shipping.

The strain of anyone’s passing is a delicate situation and should be handled as such. Remember that everything from antiques and jewelry to personal documents should be handled with the utmost concern and sensitivity. But beyond that, your loved one’s keepsakes and mementos should also be treated with the care they deserve. With this in mind, here are some suggestions to assist in the process:

  • Order boxes and supplies to ensure that all  works of art, china collections, etc., arrive damage-free to their final destination. Do the same for any small items so that they are not misplaced during the packing process.
  • Divide all areas of the home so that they become preludes to a final destination for all items left to the estate. Mark each room with titles like “consignment,” “donation,” “move with estate,” etc. Make sure all boxes within these areas are labeled accordingly. This process will be much more helpful than simply pushing objects to various corners of each room.
  • After sorting of all goods are done, call in a reputable appraisal company if there is any concern regarding value of items left in the home.The value of items should be determined before shipping so that appropriate coverage can be assigned. A certified appraiser would be very helpful.
  • Do not fully pack delicate and fragile items. This is important to note if you hire a company that will want to be certain the items are packed to their standards. Keep in mind that glass will often be bubbled and double-boxed, art is packed in custom-built boxes or crates to size, and antiques are often boxed, crated or blanket-moved. Furniture can be either blanket wrapped moved, or delivered via freight shipping.

    Using one company for the entire packing and shipping process will help decrease your stress level.  Look for a company that can pick up, pack and ship all of your items.

    If you have questions or concerns about estate shipping, we’re here to help. Please contact us today at 713 266 1450.


 

 

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Tags: Estate Moving

Options in Managing Estate Moving

Posted on Thu, Oct 31, 2013

When a loved one passes away there are so many things that have to be done, including managing the estate if you are the executor. It is even more difficult if you or the rest of the heirs live across the country. Managing estate moving doesn't have to be too burdensome. In fact, there are options when planning that can make it easier to manage during this difficult time.
 Multiple Locations.
     You should not have to worry about the various family members or heirs not  being local. Look for a company that can not only pack up the entire estate but can ship to multiple locations, which saves you a lot of headache as the executor. Even those living abroad can be a recipient since estate moving company’s ship nationally and internationally as well.
   
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• As you do your research, ask about your various  shipping options to multiple locations.  A blanket wrap move may work best for some locations. For other family members, think about freighting   furniture. This is when you move a small amount of furniture across  country on a shipping pallet. The pallet with the furniture can be delivered to your curb. As an alternative method of delivery, the furniture can be  shipped to a receiving warehouse, unloaded and then brought inside the home as a white glove delivery.
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• Storage Availability.
     Many times it takes quite a while before the disposition is decided. In  these cases, look for a moving/shipping company that has the ability to move estate items into storage until things are settled appropriately.
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• Liquidation.
     Some heirs have no room or need for certain estate items but that doesn't mean that they have to lose out on any compensation that the items would bring. Consider using a company that can liquidate items through   eBay Listings. Let the company that you choose do all of the work for you. As long as the item is valued at more than $100 it is probably worth listing the items on eBay. The company that sells your items simply will take a percentage of the sale.  This way you do not have to hold estate sales. All you have to do is choose the item or items and then let someone  else take care of listing, selling them and then shipping the item that
was sold.


While looking at the services provided above, you should be able to find one company that can provide all of these services for you and your family. We suggest looking for a company that can handle everything from fine art and furniture to antiques and glass. Losing a loved one or friend is hard and by letting a professional moving/shipping company help you with your estate moving needs, you can focus on other issues as the executor. To talk more about this, or any other type of shipping for an estate, please feel Contact Us in Houston, TX at pack n send.

Tags: estate shipping, Estate Moving

Questions to Ask When it Comes to Estate Shipping

Posted on Thu, Oct 17, 2013

 

When a loved one has died, often one
of the last things you want to think about is what to do with the deceased
person’s belongings. If the person left behind a detailed will, deciding who
gets what items may not be a problem. Even then, if relatives do not live
nearby, shipping the items across the country can be a struggle. If you need a
company which will do estate shipping, it is important to know the
answers to a few questions.

Do I have to worry about packing the
items?

Sometimes it is nice to have a
company pack-up the estate of your friend or family member. Packing your
mother’s paintings or wrapping up your aunt’s coin collection might be too much
to handle just after the person’s death. Knowing you can deal with the physical
reminders of the person later can be a great comfort. If you can find a company
which will pack-up the items instead of having you responsible for the
packaging of your loved one’s effects, this can be a great burden off your
back.  

Are they experienced shipping
fragile items?

Many times, people leave behind
fragile and sentimental items. It can be incredibly comforting to know a
company knows how to properly package the tea set your great-great grandma
brought over from France in the 1800s and which has been passed down to your
grandma and now you. Make sure the estate shipping company knows how to handle
fragile items and how to package them to guarantee safe passage.

At Pack-n-Send, we are experienced
in all these areas. We will pack-up the entire estate. We are experienced in
packing and shipping fragile items. We can even ship portions of your loved
one’s estate to different locations both nationally and internationally.  Contact us to safely pack and ship your loved
one’s estate.

 

 

Tags: Estate Mover, Estate Moving

Estate Moving- Houston Co Offers Advice

Posted on Mon, Feb 06, 2012

Breaking up a loved ones estate can be difficult and often challenging. 

We are able to offer a few tips on locating the correct company to help with moving your loved ones items.

 Look for a company that can pick up, pack and ship.

 Check and see if the company you choose will offer you different levels of service?

 You may want to do some of the packing yourself to save money. Ask if the company can deliver boxes and supplies so that you can self pack. See if they can also offer you advice on self packing. Make sure that they offer a pick up service for the items that you pack on your own.

 On the other hand, if you prefer to have a company handle everything from  start to finish, we suggest asking some of the following question:

 Can the company offer packing as well as crating services?

 Does the company specialize in handling high value and delicate items?

 How does the company handle art work sculptures and other high value items.

 Does the company ship furniture and refrigerators with the same care that they use for antiques?

 Can the company offer you shipping alternatives such as:

 Palletizing with door to curbside delivery.

 Blanket wrap moving with inside delivery.

 Small package delivery.

 Make sure whatever company you choose will offer full value coverage.

 We know that every estate move is different and will present unique situations.

 For more information about estate moving, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Estate moving Houston, Estate Moving