How To Prepare For A House clearance
House clearance can be a difficult job, but satisfying and necessary at times. You can sometimes not avoid it, but being prepared for it can pay you dividends when you eventually need the services of a reputable house clearance company. Reading the information below will prepare you for this experience.
I have been asked by a reader of the blog to write about the topic of house clearances. I’m more than happy to oblige as it’s something that has interested me for a very long time and, with all the questions people ask me (for free), it’s nice to be able to put my knowledge into practice. Obviously, this is not an exact science; we don’t know what we’re going to find until we get there, and sometimes we won’t even then as some things can be almost impossible to price up prior to viewing. However, as with most things in life, if you think you know what you’re talking about, or at least give it your best shot – then the chances are that everything will go smoothly.
If you are planning on having a house clearance in the near future, then there are certain things that you should prepare for. Firstly, make sure that you clear out all of your valuable items and possessions from the property. If you fail to do this it will cause unnecessary stress for everyone involved. However, if you do plan on getting rid of all of your valuable goods, people tend to get very pushy when it comes to buying these goods at low prices or even giving them away for free.
For this reason, I advise that nobody be allowed into the premises during the clearance process except for family members who are helping out with the task at hand. This is because they understand how much attachment somebody can have to their belongings which makes selling it or giving it away to somebody else hard.
I understand that this is the most important step in the whole process as you are transferring your life possessions into somebody’s hands. So, I advise that before carrying out a house clearance you need to be emotionally ready to let go of all of your belongings so you do not become too attached and cause more stress for yourself than needed.
When doing a property clearance one needs to keep in mind that there may still be active electrical items that could be dangerous if tampered with by an unqualified person therefore these need to be handled very carefully. It is best advised that you contact your local council before considering removing them from the premises. Finally, general dust and dirt throughout the property can also constitute health hazards and should be contained before any clearance takes place.
House Clearance: A few things to keep in mind:
1. Having a good idea of what you want from the house clearance; whether that’s money or space to clear for another purpose, is key to knowing how quickly your property will sell as well as items worth keeping or not.
2. You’ll need to emotionally prepare yourself for removing all your belongings as it can be an emotional experience so being prepared beforehand with a plan is essential to help assuage this stress.
3. Ensure if there are active electrical items they have been handled safely by a qualified professional before starting out on a house clearance otherwise they may constitute a danger to anyone touching them.
4. If you are removing any hazardous materials ensure they handle these safely in the correct circumstances.
5. As items are removed from your house, place them in labeled boxes or containers that can be moved quickly and either put into storage or disposed of if necessary in advance of the clearance date.
6. Let us know what your requirements are regarding how long this will take for a house clear to happen so we can prepare in advance meaning our process will be more efficient and smooth when we get on site.
It is important to understand that there will always be potential health hazards during a home clearance due to old age or infestation by pests such as mice or insects among other things so wearing protective clothing is wise even though huge amounts of protection are not necessary.
Letting us know what your requirements are is easy, contact our office anytime and we will be in touch with you within hours to discuss your requirements and arrange a meeting at the site where we can assess this for you free of charge and ensure no surprises when we do the job.
7. Try not to leave it too late! A common mistake made by people who need a house clearance is asking for it to be done right away which causes problems because they may have more stuff than they thought they had so when we arrive on site they realise that there isn’t enough room in the van or trailer so it’s just another headache all around. This also means that we likely can’t get your house cleared that same day if you need it done quickly.
Why do I want to clear the house?
If you are wanting to clear a property because it has a lot of filthy and verminous stuff or you don’t live there anymore and you want somewhere fresh for when you move in or out etc then leave everything where it is, either sell it on eBay or donate it to charity. If it’s something that looks quite nice and in good condition, people will often buy this stuff on eBay so why not give yourself some extra cash back by selling some of the things that are worth money! Only take stuff out if its broken beyond repair otherwise stick with the rule “if it’s broken then leave it.” Make sure anything illegal is removed. This includes any firearms, drugs, pornography and anything else you wouldn’t be proud of the new owner of your former property finding (including half-finished DIY jobs or dodgy-looking electrical wiring).
Also if you are an estate agent looking to clean an apartment before the new owners move in then you are in need of clearance services.
Tips for house clearance preparation
Make a list:
Write down everything that is going to need to be moved out and ensure all items on this checklist are taken care of before the big day arrives. If you don’t want it anymore but it’s not rubbish then sell it as mentioned above or donate it to charity if applicable.
Get rid of anything worth money:
Check eBay for prices on some things so you know you’re doing a good job at clearing the house, for example, if an item has similar machine parts as yours do check how much they charge for the exact same item. If its something you’re not too sure about then take it to a local recycling facility or scrap yard for them to give you a quote as they will undoubtedly offer you less than someone who deals with these items daily (that will be explained later).
Make all rooms accessible:
Don’t leave anything in the room that is needed for equipment, furniture, or workmen to do their job, this includes removing any personal belongings from bedrooms and bathrooms. The only things that should still be in the property are goods related to living like kitchen utensils, crockery, and bedding (if applicable).
Start sorting out your junk:
Sorting out junk can take days but it has quite early benefits: it takes space and you can see what you actually have.
What should be kept and why:
Items that are worth more than £30, the car (if applicable), inheritance documents, sentimental items that can’t be replaced, tax-related records (prior to 2014), and birth certificates. The easiest way I find to keep track of everything is to take photos of them on your smartphone as proof of purchase or because they may come in useful later on, or both! If you want your relatives send them an email with a list to avoid any trouble later and put all those emails in a separate folder so once sold they can be deleted from the PC.
To give away or to sell:
Things like clothes , toys, kitchen utensils etc that are still in good condition can be given away or sold. That way they will stay in use and you’ll make a few quid out of it. Don’t give away items if they might have value to someone else – keep them for friends, family members or charity shops.
Make sure you know what’s included:
a) Brick-built sheds, greenhouses, and garages should not be included unless specifically mentioned in your agreement (so make sure you check the small print). If the latter is the case, include it on your list and contact a firm that offers garden clearance services.
b) Check whether any fittings such as flooring, radiators, and kitchen appliances are included in your house clearance – if they’re not then you should include them on your list.
c) Check whether there is anything dangerous (like gas cylinders, asbestos, or lead-based paint), flammable (like solvents, petrol cans, or other chemicals/cleaning products), or hazardous (like medicine cabinets, pesticides, or other poisons) inside the property that needs clearing.
Go through the whole house:
You don’t want to miss out on something important because it’s hidden behind another piece of furniture! Does this sound familiar? The last thing you need is to leave a complete mess for someone else to sort out when you’ve left the building!
Make detailed notes including the time you started the clear-out and a list of everything you’ve cleared out. This can be useful to any company clearing your things away after you if something goes missing or gets broken.
Have a final sweep through your home before starting to remove items from your home, then all that’s left is for you to start loading up the van! Remember, once the van is loaded it’s not coming back empty – so get rid of as much as possible beforehand!
House clearance preparation begins with the help of friends and family as soon as you know you’ll be moving.
You’re going to have a lot of work to do, so you will need all the help that is available. You will also want to be sure that everything goes smoothly and that there are no problems at any point during the process. That means making sure that everyone who is helping you knows what needs to be done when it needs doing by, and how they should go about doing it. With a little planning ahead of time, your house can be cleared in an organised manner without any hitches or concerns for safety or health hazards. Each room is different, but here’s what you’ll need to know about preparing for your house clearance.
Where this is not possible, you can get in touch with us for this clearance service and we’ll take care of it for you at a good cost
Shortlist for decluttering each room
- Remove anything that is hazardous or has the potential to be hazardous .
- Take out any items that are no longer wanted, needed, or useful.
- Organise belongings so they can easily fit into storage containers and boxes without overflowing them or making it difficult to carry them all at once.
- Get rid of everything else! Don’t forget things like clothes, books, linens, foodstuffs, and garage sale items (if applicable). You might also want to include all clothing that is stained or torn beyond repair in this category because it will only take up space in your new home.
- Complete the house clearance by cleaning every room. You can use your regular household cleaners or hire a professional team to do it for you.
- Hire a reputable house clearance company, which will take care of all recyclable items and trash removal while keeping sensitive information confidential.
- Clear space in your new home for family photos, mementos, etc., so they are not packed away in storage containers during the house move.
- Take advantage of free recycling opportunities wherever possible! That way, you’ll help save the environment while also saving yourself time and money.
Enjoy your newly de-cluttered home!
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