Decided upon clearing a house? You may not know where to start. At Martins Removals we have put together some ideas of where to start with this process.
A house clearance is the process of removing all the furniture, belongings, and rubbish from a property. The task of clearing a house may seem intimidating, especially if the property is large or has been occupied for a long time. However, it is often necessary when someone moves house, downsizes, or inherits a property.
Here are some tips for a successful house clearance:
Step One – Planning
Before you start any house clearance, it is key to make a plan. We suggest by starting with the items and belongings you want to keep. This is a good starting point, as you can ensure that any sentimental or valuable belongings are kept safe.
From there, items that you can sell or donate. These items may be able to be reused by someone in need. Finally look at what you what you want to throw away.
Often, we suggest that it’s a good idea to create a checklist of all the rooms. You can create a list of each room and the items that need to be cleared and label items accordingly.
Step Two – Hire a reputable clearance company
Unless you want to do the clearance yourself, it’s a good idea to hire a professional clearance company. Look for a company with a good reputation and check their reviews online. Make sure they have liability insurance and are registered with the appropriate regulatory bodies.
Step Three – Consider recycling and donating
When clearing out a house, it’s easy to throw everything away. However, many items can be recycled or donated. This is not only good for the environment, but it can also help those in need. Clothes, furniture, and appliances can all be donated to charity, while metal, plastic, and paper can be recycled.
Step Four – Dispose of hazardous waste correctly
Some items cannot be thrown away with regular rubbish, such as batteries, paint, and chemicals. These items need to be disposed of correctly to prevent harm to the environment. Contact your local council or a hazardous waste disposal company for advice on how to dispose of these items safely.
Step Five – Allow enough time for the clearance
Clearing out a house takes time, especially if it’s a large property. Make sure you allow enough time to do the job properly. Don’t rush the clearance, as this can lead to mistakes and damage to items.
Step Six – Keep valuable items safe
If there are valuable items in the property, such as antiques or jewellery, make sure you keep them safe. Consider storing them in a secure location or hiring a specialist to pack and transport them.
In conclusion, a house clearance can be a daunting task, but with careful planning and the help of a professional clearance company, it can be done successfully. Remember to recycle and donate where possible, dispose of hazardous waste correctly, and keep valuable items safe. Good luck with your clearance!