House clearance can be a difficult and demanding task, often bound up with the emotions associated with the house, the objects within it, and perhaps its previous inhabitant.
Proper preparation and the assistance of a professional house clearance company can help ease the process and ensure the experience is as stress-free as it can be.
We have outlined some valuable tips below to help you make it as easy as possible to prepare for a house clearance.
What is a house clearance?
A house clearance is the process of removing all of the household items from a property and is therefore usually on a much larger scale and more complex than a standard rubbish removal.
A house may need to be cleared if you’re moving home, or perhaps have a property you want to prepare for sale. The need may also arise in more sensitive circumstances, such as if you are an executor clearing a home after a death, or supporting someone with a hoarding disorder to get them the help they need.
Planning a house clearance
Here are five tips to help you get the most value from your house clearance.
- Decide what is to go
The first step is to determine which items are to be cleared and which items are staying. This process can take longer than initially thought, especially when items with sentimental or emotional value are concerned, so give yourself plenty of time.
- Separate your stuff
Separate items you want to keep, gift or sell, and those which are to be disposed of. Divide them into different rooms or at least different piles. Attaching colour-coded stickers gives extra clarity – red for ‘keep’, orange for ‘sell/donate’, and green for ‘bin’.
Over the years we have developed an efficient process, but there are some things that a client can do to aid a quick and easy house clearance. These include disassembling large items like tables and beds for transportation, keeping electrical and electronic items together as they require special disposal, boxing up smaller items, and neutralising the risk of sharp or dangerous items e.g. kitchen knives, breakable glass, or heavy tools, by wrapping them in paper or cloth.
- Research your clearance company
When you decide to book a clearance service, research the market carefully. Price is always a key consideration but in addition, you should always check their waste carrier licence, ask for a reference or check them out on Trustpilot to ensure you are choosing a reputable team, and request confirmation that their employees are properly insured against any damage caused to your premises.
It is important to be aware of illegal operators – homeowners can be fined up to £400 if they pass their waste to an unlicensed waste carrier which is subsequently fly-tipped.
Using a professional house clearance service will help simplify what can become a complex process. If you’re planning a DIY job there can be a long list of things to consider such as a van or skip hire, opening/closing times of local Household Waste Recycling Centres, who can help you lift and carry – not to mention carving out the time from your weekend.
By hiring an insured, licenced, and reputable company like us at Just Clear, you will have the peace of mind that everything will be taken care of.
- Consider the environment
Is the environment important to you? Thought so. We are Just Clear are unique in our industry for our ‘zero to landfill’ promise – we make sure that every item we work with is disposed of usefully and without waste. By hiring us you can be safe in the knowledge that you will receive a service that is not only safe and simple but sustainable.
If the house has a lot of furniture that has to be removed, we can recycle this through good causes. Please remember that it is important to keep the fire label attached to sofas – under UK safety law these labels must remain in place to enable them to be utilised somewhere else.
- Communicate clearly
Good communication is a vital part of the house clearance process to avoid any confusion. Create a list of your requirements with as much detail as possible – this will enable the company to provide an accurate quote, prepare their team, and set aside adequate time.
House clearances vary in scale and the size of the house is not usually an accurate indicator of the amount needed to be taken away. It is ideal if you tell the clearance company how many bags and boxes must be taken away, or even better if you prepare a list of specific items to be removed and highlight special pieces that require extra care.
The information on this list will be even more important if you will not be there when the company comes to the property, so be sure to tell them if you plan to be on-site or not.
All the items that you have identified as wanting to keep should be removed from the vicinity or clearly labelled to avoid misunderstanding.
Four steps to a hassle-free house clearance
Using our house clearance service couldn’t be easier and can be summed up in four simple steps.
- Get Your Quote
Let us know what you have to be collected. We only charge you for what you have!
- Our Friendly Team Arrive
We let you know when we’re arriving and give you a two-hour window in which we’ll arrive.
- We Just Clear Your Items
Our team will clear everything that you want us to, from wherever it is!
- We Recycle Everything That We Can
We either re-use, re-purpose, or recycle your goods. We do our best to send zero to landfill.
Let us help further
Here at Just Clear, our service doesn’t just end when the last box leaves your front door. We offer the valuation of goods and chattels using our professional panel of RICS accredited valuers, who will ensure you get the maximum value for each estate.
We’re also able to look for the documents and valuables that make up an estate, speeding up the probate process.
Contact us today to learn more
Whether you are burdened by old furniture, appliances, and electronics or struggling with a property during probate, please get in touch to find out more about our house clearance services. Please use our contact form or call us today on 020 3130 0008.