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Selling or dividing household contents after death?

We understand that the death of a loved one is a difficult time for everyone involved. In addition to the emotional impact, the death also brings with it practical matters, such as selling and dividing usable contents. Hereby ZSM House Clearance we want to help you make this task as smooth as possible. In this article we will guide you through various steps you need to take when selling home contents after death.

Who is in charge of the contents?

When a loved one dies, the... heirs responsible to determine what should be done with the contents. If there is a will, this document can indicate who the heirs are and how the property should be distributed. If there is no will, the law will determine who the heirs are and how the property should be distributed. It is customary for the heirs to make mutual agreements about the division of the contents, taking into account the wishes of the deceased and the emotional value of certain items. If a disagreement arises between the heirs, a notary or mediator can help resolve the conflict.

Determine the value of the contents

Before you sell the furniture, you must determine its value. There are different ways to do this, depending on the size and complexity of the contents. If you have a smaller home, you can easily estimate the value by checking the prices of similar items on websites such as marketplace and eBay to watch. If you have larger contents, it may be wise to hire an appraiser to determine the value of your contents.

Buying up household effects after death

There are different ways to sell your belongings. It is important to remember that each of these options has its own pros and cons. Below we will discuss the three most common ways of selling household effects.

Buying furniture through auction

Auctions are a good way to sell furniture, especially if the furniture is of high value. Auction houses have experts who can value the contents and determine the best way to sell. However, auctions tend to have higher costs than other sales methods, so it is important to consider these costs.


Marktplaats is a popular way to sell items. The advantage of Marktplaats is that it is free to place items. The downside is that you may not reach the best audience and price competition can be high.

Specialized sellers

If you don't feel like selling the furniture yourself, you can consider hiring a specialized seller. These sellers have knowledge of specific markets and can help you sell your home quickly and efficiently. The downside is that these sellers usually charge a commission.

Dividing the contents

After selling the contents, they must be divided among the heirs. This can sometimes be a challenging task, especially when there are differing opinions about the value of items. Below we will give some tips to make the distribution of the contents go more smoothly.

Make a list of all valuables

Make a detailed list of all the items you want to distribute. It can be helpful to draw up the list in consultation with the heirs, so that everyone knows which items are there and who is entitled to which item. It is also wise to include the value of each item so that you have an idea of the total value of the contents.

Discuss the distribution

Make sure that you involve all heirs in the decision about the division of the contents. It is important to listen to each other's wishes and needs and to work together to find a solution that is acceptable to everyone. If there are disagreements about the value or title to certain items, it may be wise to hire a mediator to help resolve the conflict.

Make a plan

Make a plan for the distribution of the contents. This could, for example, mean that you make a list of who gets which item or that you make agreements about rotating items between the heirs. Make sure you communicate the plan clearly to everyone involved and that everyone sticks to it.

Let's briefly summarize

Selling and distributing home contents after a death can be a difficult task, but it is important to do it in a careful and respectful manner. By determining the value of the contents and choosing the best sales method, you can ensure that you get a fair price for the contents. By involving all heirs in the decisions about the division and making a plan, you can ensure that the division goes smoothly and that no conflicts arise.

Hopefully this article has helped you with selling and dividing your belongings after a death. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service. We are always ready to assist you in this difficult task.

Request a free quote

Would you like to know what the costs are for it emptying a house after death? Then request a free quote. This is completely without obligation and you are not committed to anything. By requesting a quote, you will get a better idea of the costs involved in clearing your loved one's home.

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Help Center

Who has the right to sell or divide the deceased's belongings?

The right to sell or divide the deceased's belongings lies with the deceased's heirs.

How can I determine the value of the contents?

You can determine the value of the contents by hiring an appraiser, by searching for comparable items on the internet or by having the items appraised by an auction house.

Which items should I sell and which should I donate or throw away?

It is advisable to sell valuables and donate the rest to charities or throw them away.

How do I divide the contents fairly among the heirs?

The property can be divided in various ways, for example by drawing lots, through an auction or by mutual agreement between the heirs.