How Much Does An Estate Cleanout Cost

What Is The Cost Of An Estate Clean Out?

The inquiry how much does an estate cleanout cost is perhaps the most frequently asked question that N. Vitale Disposal receives.  Our NJ customers contact us all the time to ask us what we charge to clean out an estate. For this reason we’re going to try to answer this question for you.

Let’s start by explaining exactly what an estate cleanout is.  Estate cleanouts are essentially the removal of all items that are part of an individual’s estate.  This could include:

  • Personal Belongings
  • Real Estate
  • Physical Assets
  • Intangible Assets
  • Collectibles
  • Furniture

For the purpose of this page here, we will focus primarily on a person’s personal (tangible) belongings.

When Are Estate Clean Outs Done?

Estate cleanouts are done in several different scenarios.  Many times, an estate cleanout can be a very touchy and sensitive subject.  Especially when the circumstances of an estate cleanout is due to some sort of unfortunate event it can be particularly difficult for the individuals involved.

However, that is why most people would hire a trash removal company to handle an estate cleanout.  These types of junk removal projects are much too difficult to handle on your own.

Estate cleanouts are done primarily for the following reasons:

  • After a death
  • Following a divorce
  • When a business needs to be liquidated
  • During some sort of major move or overhaul or properties

Services Performed During An Estate Cleanout

Estate Assets Identification Process

During the estate assets identification process, benefactors of the estate usually need to identify all assets.  Close family members are usually involved in the process as well.  However the very first thing that needs to be done is to identify assets and decide how to either dispose of them or remove them. 

Cost is determined on the amount of work during the estate cleanout.  Sometimes multiple things need to be done depending on the individual situation.  Once this is determined, a price can be set for the process.

What Is The Size Of The Estate Being Cleaned Out?

The size of an estate will play a huge roll in the total cost of the cleanout.  For larger estates, the process tends to be much more extensive and complicated. 

With larger estates, you can imagine that there are more items to deal with, sort through and allocate. However, an estimate can be determined by email, text, in person or on the phone. 

If you would like an estimate, you can begin by submitting images of the property for the estate cleanout or invite us for an in-person quote.  You can submit images online to N. Vitale Disposal Inc. here if you want us to give you a quick quote for your estate cleanout.  Additionally, you can conveniently text us images of the estate or give us a call at our number which is 973-216-8365.

Additional Information On The Cost Of Your Estate Cleanout

You may have thought that that is it.  However, there are other matters to be determined during an estate cleanout.  Cleaning out the estate is just one part of the process!

Finding and sorting through any paperwork and documents of importance is pertinent.  These important documents are crucial to have and to locate and they can include any of the following:

  • Deeds
  • Wills
  • Titles
  • Birth Certificates
  • Insurance Information

All of this and more has to somehow be dealt with during your estate cleanout.   But you can easily reach out to N. Vitale Disposal Inc. to ask us any questions that you have. Sometimes it’s easier to estimate prices in that way since each estate cleanout has unique circumstances and costs.

Renting A Dumpster For Your Cleanout

Another option that you have, if you would like to go at it on your own, is to rent a dumpster with us. We rent out dumpsters to people all over Northern NJ who are doing estate clean-outs and other types of junk removal services.

If you are ridding items of a small estate, this may be the best choice for you. The prices for dumpster rentals range from $325 for a 1 ton (5 yard) small dumpster to $575 for a 3 ton (20 yard) dumpster. Additionally, we have a few sizes in between and dumpster rentals are for a 14 day rental period.

Should I Dontate Or Haul?

Besides simply wanting to know the cost of an estate cleanout, many people also have questions regarding making donations. Although this is a personal decision, we are here to offer our guidance.

In many situations, low cost items that create bulk could potentially cost more to have hauled then if you chose to donate them. While not all items are candidates to be donated, the items that are might be worth donating rather than junking. Read more about donating here.


Rest assured, N. Vitale Disposal Inc recycles whenever we can. During your estate cleanout, we will sort through and separate any items that can be recycled. We care about the environment and want to do our best to support it.


We truly hope we have answered some of your questions regarding the costs of an estate clean-out. And if we have not, please give us a call and we can give you an estimate.

The N. Vitale Disposal Inc. family hopes you now know how much an estate cleanout costs and that you choose us for your junk hauling project.

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