What some Executors think might take a weekend, the task of clearing out a house almost always takes much much longer.
It can become an overwhelming and even an emotional job, especially if you personally knew the deceased person who has an estate to clear out so you can place the Estate residence on the market and get it sold. Every item being sorted can become arduous as you believe there might be emotional attachments with the article or item for someone, somewhere. The longer it takes the more emotions can get heightened by family members and beneficiaries pondering the detination of each item sorted.
While groups of these people surrounding you debate almost each and every item, the time it takes grows greatly, and your stress and time investment grows as well.
In the time it takes to declutter, sort, and clear out the contents and furnishings in the home, many costs continue and the total amount for them starts to grow and they can add up quickly.
Executors will often try to do everything themselves, or surround themselves with additional family or friends to assist. This is with the intention of saving the Estate money. In reality, their good intentions are actually costing the Estate money.
As an Executor you are an administrator, not a labourer, and certainly you should not be a free labourer. The rules suggest you are not able to reimburse yourself from the estate for your time spent.
It is financially and emotionally responsible for an Executor to seek out Professional Assistance, and have the Estate cleared out as soon as possible !