Starting out on a house clearance can be very stressful. Balancing family’s wishes with making sure that everything gets sorted out can be difficult. But it needn’t be. Make the best of it by following our house clearance tips below.
Tip # 1: Leave plenty of time to sort through and label everything.
In our experience, people often have a lot more contents in their homes than they had previously thought. With this in mind, make sure to leave plenty of time (usually days, not hours) to sort through everything and decide whether it’s to be kept or disposed of. Don’t forget the loft, garage or shed and use an easy to remember labelling system (like colours) as you go through the contents to show which items are to go where or are to be disposed of.
Tip # 2: Work out how you will move everything
Once you’ve been through everything, it’s time to work out the best way of moving the items you want to keep and dispose of the items you don’t want to keep.
If you don’t want to move heavy furniture items yourself, or there’s just a lot more than you can manage, choose a reputable removal company (did you know we do removals too?) and ask for a quote for moving the items.
For the clearance of items you don’t want to keep, you might consider hiring a van to take items to the tip (remember, some vehicles are now not allowed in council tips) or taking items in the car. But sometimes there might be too much for you to handle. It’s time for another of our house clearance tips # 3….
Tip # 3: Ask the experts – Organise the clearance
Ask the experts. Good house clearance companies will come and give an obligation free quote. They usually charge by weight of items to be disposed of and time taken to clear the property.
In general, a house clearance company will be better value than a skip hire firm as you can usually fit a lot more in a van than a skip. The house clearance company will also do all the heavy lifting for you and ensure that any items that can be recycled will be recycled. DC Waste work with charities and the local community in our efforts to ensure everything we take gets recycled.
Tip # 4: Make sure you’re covered
Reputable house clearance companies are licenced waste carriers and will ensure that all waste taken is disposed of legally and responsibly. You can check if a company is licenced on the Environment Agency website. Once the clearance is complete, the company will issue a duty of care waste transfer note as evidence that the items have been handed over to them. Keep it for your records.
Now that you’ve read our house clearance tips you’re well prepared to take on the job. If you need any help, give us a call on 07870 459 737 or send us an email. We’d be happy to help.