A house clearance can be a little challenging. The following advice, however, can assist make sure everything goes as well as possible if you’re ready for a challenge.
- Estimating The Time Required To Clean The House
- Select What To Retain And What To Eliminate
- Determine How Much You Have So You Can Tidy Your Place
- Make Plans For The House To Be Cleared Out
- Proper Disposal Of Your Documents
- It’s All Done
#1. Estimating The Time Required For House Clearance
Planning the time required to complete the house clearing will guarantee that everything else happens without a problem. A great rule of thumb for two persons handling a house clearance is to allow half a day for each room that has to be cleared out and for these reasons, a small garden counts as one room.
This may seem like a lot, but, like with most things in life, giving oneself sufficient time to complete a task greatly reduces the stress that goes along with it.
#2. Select What To Retain And What To Eliminate
The next step is to go through every item and select which items you and your family want to retain, which you want to sell or give away, and which items are only suited for the trash after you’ve set aside some time in your calendar for the house clearing.
If you have trouble saying goodbye, hiring a declutterer can be a smart option. Alternately, using the traffic light system is a straightforward method for classifying items in a house clearance. Go through the house room by room and name everything you observe using coloured tags like green for rubbish, red for items you want to keep and orange for items you want to sell to donate. Remember that the majority of stuff these days can be purchased brand-new in Tesco for less than the cost of a pizza, so try to be as brutal as you can and only apply the red stickers for items you will certainly need!
The next stage is to move items around the house such that those with the same coloured stickers are grouped in the same place once you’ve finished labelling everything and if you’re left with lots more green stickers than red, maybe you should find someone a bit more objective to help! Always begin by arranging the pieces with green stickers first. It doesn’t matter if you break them when moving them, and it will give you enough room to move the excellent stuff into after you’re done.
#3. Determine How Much Rubbish You Have Before Calling The House Clearance Service
Good work. The most challenging part is now finished. But first, you need to figure out how much stuff you have before calling to make arrangements to have it removed.
Thinking of a normal domestic skip might help you estimate volume easily. How many ordinary skips, the 6-yard kind that one typically sees outside a home construction site, do you estimate your belongings would fill? With this essential knowledge in hand, visit each area and record how many skips each sticker kind would require. Just make an estimate to the nearest half skip; you don’t need to be extremely accurate. Also keep in mind that objects marked with a green sticker or rubbish items can frequently be broken down to take up less volume, especially items like old flat-back cabinets.
Once you’ve completed this, total everything up to get an estimate of the overall volume for each category, then make a strategy for moving all the stuff.
#4. Make Plans For The House To Be Cleared Out
Now since you know how much of each type of red tag or items to keep, orange tag or items to give away or sell, and green tag or items that need to be thrown away, you can estimate the volume of each. Separating each out by:
A. Moving items from red tag to orange tag
The British Association of Removers is an excellent place to start if you need expert assistance. They offer helpful information on moving companies, including the contacts of companies that are local to you. You won’t deal with fraudulent companies because members are controlled and must comply with certain requirements.
You may also rent a van and do it yourself. This can definitely save you some money, but the negative is that moving things may be very difficult, and how neatly you pack and load your belongings can greatly affect whether they arrive at their new place intact.
B. Items For Donation And For Sale
The top online marketplace for selling unused household things is eBay. There is a ton of advice about using eBay here, but keep in mind that purchasers love to enquire, whether you’re selling a Van Gogh or a comic book! As a result, be ready for a very loaded inbox.
The easiest way to sell larger goods is generally through a neighbourhood auction house or second-hand furniture store. For names of local businesses, look in your local newspaper or the phone book. If you want an estimate of value before delivery, email the business ahead of time with a couple of digital images.
Most items are donated to local charities, with the possible exception of furniture and electronic equipment that lacks a valid fire safety certificate.
Last but not least, the Furniture Reuse Network, a UK-wide network of social enterprises that seeks to maximise furniture reuse, is worth a try if you’re thinking about donating furniture.
C. Throwing Away All The Rubbish
Do It Yourself – Just like with traditional removal, if you have the time and energy, you can get rid of your junk by yourself. Depending on how much there is, you can either pack it all into your car’s trunk, rent a van to transport it to the nearest landfill, or phone your local authority to set up a bulky waste collection. Remember that council collection usually takes a week or two to organise and that they usually only come from outside the property.
A type of middle ground solution is to hire a skip. You fill the skip when it is left outside the building. If parked on the road, skips are subject to a flat-rate fee and require a skip permit and maybe a parking penalty from the council. The size of the skip, the price of any permits, and the cost of any parking suspension all affect prices significantly. Look up the cost of a skip in your neighbourhood.
Companies that clear and eliminate waste: The simplest option is to get in touch with House Clearance Glasgow. They are experts in house clearance in Glasgow that will remove everything you need to get rid of, from a single item to several truckloads, from wherever on the property. They arrive within two-hour arrival periods, price based on the amount of rubbish removed, and reuse and recycle materials whenever possible. Check their Junk Clearance Price List.
#5. Proper Disposal of All Documents
In the UK, identity fraud is a concern that is getting worse, therefore you should try to safeguard yourself by handling sensitive information with care. Consider purchasing a shredder and shredding any bank documents, credit card receipts, or medical data you desire to eliminate.
Be careful not to discard any documents that you might need in the future. This is especially true if you are clearing out a dead relative’s home. Keep all legal records until the estate has been resolved. Speak with the property’s executor or lawyer if you have any questions.
Wellbeing and security
It’s likely that you will move a significant amount of dust if you move a lot of things in a house that hasn’t been touched in a while. Always leave a lot of windows wide open before you begin, and if you’re removing goods from an attic or cellar, you might want to purchase a dust mask.
When carrying large objects, exercise extreme precautions. Kneel while maintaining a straight back. To prevent incidents caused by miscommunication and holes in the walls of the house, always plan how to lift an object and where to move it before doing so especially if someone else is carrying it with you.
#6. Hire Clearance Specialist
If you were able to handle everything, you deserve to relax with a cup of tea and your feet up. I hope you didn’t accidentally clear out the kettle and a cosy chair in the process! If, however, reviewing this guidance has left you feeling tired, call us or make an appointment online right away to finish your house clearance.