The ultimate house clearance guide
The ultimate house clearance guide
House clearances often become necessary under stressful or difficult circumstances. Whether it's because of a bereavement in your family, or a change in circumstances, or you have simply become overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home and need to reclaim some space back, we all need a little help sometimes.
What is house clearance?
House clearance is a domestic service that involves cleaning a part of or all of your home. Whilst most clearing jobs people will undertake in their lifetimes are small and manageable, there are sometimes jobs that become too big for one person to manage on their own. That's when it's time to call in the house clearance specialists.
The following are a few situations when you might need the services of a professional house clearance team:
- You have become overwhelmed by clutter
- You want to create new space
- You need to clear a family member’s house
- You are renovating a house
- You wish to make your home ready for sale
- When you are moving out
- After the bereavement of a family member
Clearing a house is a job that can take a great deal of time and a lot of perseverance. In each of the cases mentioned above and many others, the job of clearing and sorting can be too time-consuming and challenging to manage single-handedly. A professional house clearance service such as Waste Clearance Mid Lothian will take the burden from you and save you the physical and mental strain that is often involved in such extensive clearing.
How to undertake a house clearance
Getting a house cleared is usually quite a simple process if you have competent and experienced professionals at hand. But finding the right service provider is key to achieving a good outcome.
How do you get the best price?
To get the best price and service, you will need to get at least 3 different quotes from different service providers. A reputable and responsible company will provide you with a free, no-obligation quote, no problem.
Make sure it's an accurate quote though based on correct information that you have given them. To get this you will need to be completely honest with the company about the size and nature of the job. Wherever possible, take the house clearance company to the property to view it for themselves. This will enable them to gauge how long the job may take them and how complex it may be. Some house clearance jobs are straightforward and don't contain any difficult spaces to access or hazardous materials to dispose of, whilst others are more complex and dangerous to deliver. A professional house clearance service will be able to tell you in advance what they think the complications will be, how long the job is likely to take, and how much the service will, therefore, cost you.
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You are likely to need to pay a deposit to secure your booking, with the remainder being due on completion of the task.
How do you know you're going to get a good service?
It is important to compare the service offered, and not just the price. This is important because there are many companies out there who claim to offer a professional service but who are in fact rogue companies who may offer a cheap quote but then illegally fly-tip your rubbish, leaving you open to prosecution and a fine.
To avoid being caught out by one of these rogue operators, look for these five signs of a reputable and professional house clearance business:
- Positive reviews from previous customers on independent, recognized websites such as Checkatrade.
- Registration as a licensed waste carrier with the Environment Agency.
- Up to date insurance including trade public liability insurance.
- A prominently displayed registration number and VAT registration number if applicable.
- A credible website which shows the company has experience and knows what they are talking about.
How long will the job take?
How long the job takes will vary according to how big the house is, how much clearance is needed and how complicated or hazardous the job is. A simple clearance of one room can take as little as a couple of hours, but a more complex and dangerous job can take up to a week.
Can you clear a house by yourself?
As already stated above, clearing a house can be a back-breaking, tedious and mentally exhausting task, and not a lot of people are willing or able to put that much emotional energy and physical effort into it. Sometimes, the job is also hazardous in which case you'll need experienced professionals to handle it.
You will need professional cleaning and safety equipment, a van large enough to carry the waste, and the process doesn't end when the rooms are cleared. You will have to think of a suitable and responsible way to dispose of the waste. Professional house clearers do their best to reuse and recycle as much of the waste as possible, only using landfill as a last resort.
Tips for a smooth house cleaning service
Always make a comparison between different quotes and ask for a written quote. Never settle for what has been said over the phone.
Never pay in full, up front, for a clearance service. First, inspect the property, and if you think that the job meets your expectations, then make the final payment.
Make sure you put any valuable and sentimental items aside. Go through the property first and ensure you have taken any important items that you would like to keep. Have the debates with family members about what should be kept and what can be taken by the house clearers before they arrive. It can really delay a process if you need to stop every few minutes to discuss whether something should be kept or thrown away.
If you are doing it on your own, you must be careful about your health. Make sure you wear masks and have proper ventilation in the house.
And finally, don't put off clearing your house because of embarrassment. Professional house cleaners are not there to judge, but simply to help. Their job satisfaction comes in seeing the difference it can make to a person's life to be released of the burden that a house full of waste and unwanted belongings can bring. So always ask for help if you need it.