House Clearance for Beginners
Posted on 19 September 2016
The term house clearance is not known to everyone as most people think that is just house cleaning. A good house clearance involves cleaning too of course, but it’s much more than that. A house clearance means removing all sorts of clutter, rubbish and old belongings that you don’t use from your house. The areas you can clear out include: bedrooms, living room, storage room, garage, garden shed, basement, attic, kitchen. People tend to store more than they throw away and this becomes a problem relatively quickly. If you have noticed the piles of old stuff that you don’t need in your home anymore, it’s time to plan a house clearance. The first time you do one it could seem like a really daunting task, but don’t worry – once you go through the entire process you will be so satisfied with the results that you’ll ask yourself: Why didn’t I do it sooner? The basics of a house clearance depend on the reason for doing it. If you simply want to get rid of the clutter and you don’t have a house move or tenants arriving pressuring you, you can take enough time to do things right.
To begin with, remember that a house clearance is best done by a house clearance company. These professionals know how to lift heavy furniture, what can be recycled and how to clear out all your rooms within a certain timeframe. However, if you want to do the clearance yourself, you need to make sure you have enough help, a good plan and the right equipment. The things you need include:
• two people clearing out each room, if you want to do the whole house simultaneously
• at least two dollies – you can rent them or ask a friend to lend you one
• plenty of bags for the items you will throw away, sell, donate or recycle
• stickers in different colours to label each item (keep, throw away, sell)
• moving blankets
• commercial cleaning products to treat the areas after you remove the items
Armed with this equipment and with enough assistance, you can start the house clearance. Choose a warm day in spring or autumn. It’s best to do it at the weekend when more of your friends or relatives can help you out. Open the windows wide as the rooms will get quite dusty from moving the items. Make sure that you know what you are going to do with each item before you move it. Your old upholstery, children’s toys and magazines? Old clothes and electric appliances? If you haven’t thought what you are going to do with them, leave them where they are. Be careful when taking out old stuff and dumping them on your front yard or on the pavement. Even if you only leave them there for about an hour you can be fined for that. A disadvantage of doing a house clearance yourself is that you get no insurance for it. If you break an item or damage your house you won’t be covered. Another disadvantage is that you cannot ensure a quick clearance. If you don’t have a deadline this may not be a problem, but the piles of items rolling around during the process will be. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into before you start, read plenty of information and make a plan. Don’t try to do everything on your own and discuss with your family how everyone can help out.