4 December 2019
The best way to plan a house clearance
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House clearances can be both time consuming and expensive. Unfortunately, most house clearances often come from a bereavement. If you have just lost a loved one, then the last thing you want to be doing is clearing their house. It can be a really expensive process if you choose to use a specialist house clearance company.
These companies will take everything for you and they sell on what they think will make a profit. In most cases, this is unnecessary and can easily be done by yourself. As the UK’s largest man and van clearance company, we have several solutions to help you out. Here we have outlined the ways to organise a house clearance to help make things easier, quicker and as cheap as possible.
Where do I start with a house clearance?
Doing a house clearance is often a difficult and time consuming task, especially if you were particularly close with the person whose house it was. If the person was elderly, it is likely that they have decades worth of belongings for you to sort through. It may also be the case that you live a significant distance away from the house in question. In this case you may want to get it done as quickly as possible to avoid having too much time off work and too much travelling back and forth.
First of all, you need to have a look at what is in the house. There may be items that have sentimental value to you. If there’s several family members or friends of the deceased around, then you will want to divide up any sentimental items between yourselves. It may be that these have already been allocated in the will, leaving you less to worry about. Once you have sorted out the items that you and others want to keep, you will need to work out what you are doing with the rest that is left over. Can you move them yourself? Will you need a van to remove them? Are they going to be of use to anyone else?
Recycling unwanted items
It is likely that the majority of the items that are left can be reused or recycled. Any unwanted antiques, works of art or jewellery should be looked at by an expert to ensure you are getting the right price for them. Many house clearance companies may try to rip you off with items like this. It’s much better to get them priced by an expert and try to sell them yourself.
Any unwanted furniture can be donated to a charity or you could try to sell it. It is a good idea to utilise local Facebook selling groups, eBay and Gumtree. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Clothes and books can be donated to your local charity shop – some even offer a collection service, which could make things easier for you.
How can Clearabee help with a house clearance?
When it comes to the waste removal, Clearabee are here to do all of the hard work for you. We will strive to make the whole process a lot less stressful for you and your family. Once you know what you want to get rid of, just give us a call. We have several options for you that will work for a house clearance.
First of all, we have our man and van service. This service means the least work for you; you can leave the items you are getting rid of where they are and we will remove them. As long as they are not in a loft, up unstable staircases and the area is safe, our team will be happy to do the hard work for you. We are also able to take WEEE products on our vans and will dispose of them properly. When carrying out a house clearance you are likely to come across a lot more waste than you first expected, especially if you have a lot of cupboards to empty. Our team will be able to get rid of most waste, making this your best option for a house clearance.
If you have a large amount of items, then hiring a skip might work out well for you. First of all, you will need to make sure that you have room to place the skip on your property or on the road. Then, you will need to look into a skip permit. At Clearabee, we offer skip hires and collection. You will have up to fourteen days after the skip has been delivered to empty the premises. Once your skip is full, you will need to call us to arrange a collection. You will need to think about what you are throwing away with a skip. There are many items that can’t actually go in a skip, such as electrical items (WEEE), hazardous items (eg. tins of paint) and fridge/freezers.
Alternatively, if you don’t have room for a skip or can’t acquire a permit, then our skip bags may be an ideal solution for you. We’ll send the bags out to you. Once you have received the bags, you can fill these up at your own pace. There are three different sizes available, so you can pick the one that is best for your needs. When you have filled your skip bag, you just need to call us to book the collection. Our friendly team will come round to remove your rubbish for you. You can then choose whether to keep hold of the skip bag for another collection or send it back to us.
What do we do with your waste?
At Clearabee we are committed to saving the planet and we divert more than 95% of waste that we collect from landfill. We will ensure that anything that can be recycled will be. This includes electronics (WEEE), sofas, mattresses and furniture. All of the waste that we collect will be taken to a local Waste Transfer Centre where it is sorted. We use 600 sites nationwide, so there is always one locally. If you have any questions, you can just contact us and we will be happy to help.