If you are cleaning out your elderly parent's house because they are getting ready to go into a home, there are a few things you want to do so you can get the most money possible out of the items inside the property and so you can get rid of everything quickly.

Estate Sale

Advertise an estate sale to get people to come in and buy the items that you aren't saving. You don't have to haul everything outside like you would with a traditional garage sale, and instead you can get rid of items quickly. Just put a price tag on all of the items that you want to sell, and then have a time when people can walk through the house. This can help you get funds to pay for your parent's care.

Donation Boxes

After the estate sale, you want to donate as much as possible. This is going to help by giving you a donation to claim on your taxes, and it's going to allow you to get rid of a lot of items quickly. After the sale get rid of everything that needs to be donated by dropping it off at the local shelter or place where items are needed, or call to have a donation center come pick up the items for you. See what items are most needed at local shelters to make the most use out of the items.

Roll-Off Dumpster

After everything has been sold and donated, have a dumpster dropped off to get rid of the rest. A small roll-off dumpster will be an easy way to toss all of the junk and debris, and then the dumpster company will come and haul all the trash away for a flat rate. You can have the dumpster for several days if needed to go through all your parent's things, and you can dump what doesn't sell at the estate sale or what you can't donate. For more information on roll-off dumpster rental, contact a company like TCM Sweeping and Disposal.

If going through all of your parent's household items and trying to sort through everything seems overwhelming, start with these options. You can get out all the items you know you're going to want to keep for them or for yourself, and then you can use these different tactics to get rid of the items that you have no use for or that are taking up space. Once the house is empty and clean, you can sell it.