Spring cleaning, preparing a house for sale or de-cluttering are among the reasons you might require house clearance services. What does the process involve and what can you do to make the most of the experience?
Brendan O’Shea, founder and managing director of Just Clear, has this to say about how house clearance works: “If you decide the house or your home has too much stuff in it for you to clear out easily, a house clearance firm can do the job quickly and easily.
“Speak to the firm beforehand to arrange a convenient time for them to come, and make sure the price they quote you is inclusive—i.e. they cover the loading, sweeping up and recycling costs associated with the job.”
The firm will need to know about parking arrangements in your area, and it’s a good idea to provide a rough guess of how much rubbish needs removed and what it is. Find out how the firm charges too—does it charge by volume, as this will often work out the most cost-effective option.
Recycling and landfill policies
Reputable house clearance firms will specify their green credentials—i.e. telling you what happens to the items they remove from your home. Look for firms that minimise how much they dump in landfill and recycle as much as possible.
Brendan adds: “If you’re clearing a house you have inherited from a relative, it might contain something of commercial value. Just Clear carries out chattel valuations, so if there paintings, furniture, jewellery, ornaments or other sh objects, we can find out for you what they are worth and then take them to a local auction on your behalf. It often astonishes people what turns up in homes and always remember that one person’s junk might be another one’s treasure.”
Think the house you’ve inherited contains valuable items? Phone us on 020 3130 0008 for more information.
Furniture and WEEE
How does house clearance work if you have a lot of furniture and/ or electrical appliances to dispose of? There are conditions attached. Sofas, for example, can be reused by charities or sold second-hand as long as they have the fire safety label attached. Electrical goods and appliances such as laptops, computers, freezers, printers, fridges etc., need to be picked up by a firm that is complaint with the WEEE regulations.
Brendan says: “TVs and computers have, in the past, been among the most difficult things to dispose of in an environmentally responsible manner because of the lead they contain. Often they were exported to other countries for disposal, landing them with hazardous waste.
“But we work with the Kent-based company, SWEEEP Kuusakoski, which has a furnace for recycling cathode ray tube screens. It’s an emission and waste-free process, and its avoids hazardous waste being shipped out of the country. We use SWEEEP Kuusakoski for all our electrical disposal.”
House clearance can feel like an overwhelming job. But once the house has been cleared, you’ll be able to sell the place quicker if needs be or simply enjoy the luxury of space!