The Perfect House Clearance
Posted on 21 September 2016
1) Plan ahead
When you are about to do a house clearance, planning is a key factor for its success. If you want things to go smoothly, be prepared with a solid plan and organization: company, helpers, date, budget, everything. If you are doing the house clearance yourself, a good rule to follow is to have at least half a day for each room and two helpers per room. It may sound like a lot, but once you start you will see that time and helping hands are never enough.
2) The traffic light system will help you
Go through your belongings and decide what you should throw away, what could be sold, recycled or donated. Use stickers in different colours to make the process easier and be honest – if you don’t use an item just get rid of it.
3) Determine the quantity
After you have sorted out the items you will have an idea of how much stuff you need to deal with. This will help you estimate how much help you need, as well as the required time.
4) Clear the house
You are ready for the most important stage, so it’s time to get down to business. Follow the stickers and deal with your belongings.
Red sticker = keep
If you are doing a house clearance for a move, you either need to hire a moving truck or a removals company to transport the belongings you wish to keep.
Amber sticker = sell/donate
If you want to get rid of your items and they are in decent condition, you have plenty of options. You can sell them at a garage or boot sale or you can set up an online shop in eBay. There are numerous websites for selling all sorts of things. The other option is to donate them to a charity shop or a social enterprise.
Green sticker = get rid of
You have a few options when you want to get rid of some items. You can cram them in your car’s boot or hire a van and drive them to the local tip. You could also arrange a waste collection which is affordable but it might take a few weeks. You’ll also need to put everything outside of your house as they don’t collect items from inside the house. If you can afford it, why not hire a house clearance or a junk removal company? They will charge you based on the quantity of junk they have to clear. It’s also the easiest way to get rid of electrical appliances and upholstery as these companies have the license for waste carry and recycling.
Don’t forget that a big problem during a house clearance is identity theft. It happens more and more often nowadays when people are not being careful enough and they dump their personal documents and old paperwork in the bin outside their houses. This makes it extremely easy for an identity thief to steal your personal details. Be careful when you lift heavy items and either use a dolly or have some helpers. Injuries often happen during house clearance so don’t risk it.
Everyone who has gone through house clearance would tell you that it can never go as smoothly as you wish, but remember that following these useful tips will help you a lot. When you can’t afford to hire a house clearance company you need to organize the whole process on your own – stay focused and don’t get easily frustrated as this won’t be good for anybody.