Our client was left to deal with a house under probate. The house was furnished as if it was still being lived in. The cupboards were full, all the wardrobes were full and even the Christmas tree was still up. The clients were elderly with no means of handling this massive job on their own. They needed the property cleared and in a fit condition to be sold to settle the estate. They had no idea where to begin and were starting to panic as the deadline loomed ever closer.
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The fact that everything was soaked through made it all very heavy. The fact that the rooms were so vast meant a lot of carpet was to be removed. They all had to be cut into liftable rolls and walked, sometimes considerable distances, to the trucks. The building was without heat or power so temporary generators and rigs were brought in.
We removed over 22 truckloads over a four day period and removed all kinds of items as part of the building had been used as a kids’ nursery. Lots of catering equipment were also disposed of as well as lots of furniture.
Once we were finished, the building had a fighting chance of drying out before going on the market to be sold. It has since been turned into a magnificent hotel which resembles nothing of the state we found it in. The value of the lead stolen probably wasn’t worth a great deal but the damage it did was incredible.