If you’ve found yourself responsible for a house clearance, then firstly, you have our condolences. Most of the time a house clearance will only be necessary after a loss, and we know just how much of a difficult time that is for you. But while house clearances are rarely an enjoyable experience, it is necessary. It can help speed up the process of probate, help find items listed in wills, and give a sense of closure too. But it’s not something you want to drag on, or to be more difficult than it has to be. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make a house clearance go smoothly.
Make a Plan
Before you even set foot in the house to start clearing, it’s important that you come up with a plan. Start by working out roughly how much time you will need to clear the house, and anyway you can make sure you will only focus on house clearance. We know how easy it is to get distracted, so make sure you stay strong! As a guide, it’s recommended that you allocate at least 12 hours for a full clearance of each room in the house. This might sound like a lot, but it means you can be thorough and minimise stress. Once you’ve planned out your timings, make sure you have some help – at least one other person will keep you motivated.
Separate Unwanted Materials From the Treasures
Now that you’ve got the planning done, it’s time to start with the house clearance. We know that it can be intimidating to stand in a house with no idea where to start, but don’t worry. Pick a room, and go through every single item in it, separating them out. At first, just split them into a ‘keep’ pile and a ‘to go’ pile. The aim here is to work out what items need to be kept for distribution in the will, which items may be wanted by family, and what is not wanted and can be sold, donated or recycled. A good way to do this is to mark every item as you go with a different coloured label. You could go one further and put each coloured item in a certain place – like all blue labels go into the spare bedroom, while all the yellow labels go into the living room. This will avoid confusion later on, and will make it easier for a house clearance company to ensure they only take the right items away.
A typical property will contain a lot of different recyclable materials, so you need to separate these out. Even if you’re not doing the recycling yourself (more on that later), making sure everything that can be recycled is separated from refuse is essential. You can also prepare some of the items for recycling – like shredding documents and paperwork before giving them to a clearance company. If you’re handling the recycling yourself, make sure you take all items to the correct facilities, or donations to charities. This can be a lot of work, especially if you’re clearing a bigger house, so if you think you need it, we recommend following our next step.
Get Some Help
If you’ve ever packed up an entire house to move, then you know just how much there will be to go through. And once you’ve separated out the things you want to keep, you might be left with a pile of items you don’t want, but could still be useful for someone else. Rather than make a hundred trips to your local dump, we recommend you get some professional help in. House clearance specialists (like us), can help you in recycling and donating unwanted items, removing them from the property and handling all of the details for you. This makes the whole process much easier on you, and a much smoother experience.
At Home Care Removals we are experts in hour clearance. Our teams are fully trained and licensed, covering Camberley, Surrey and surrounding areas. We work closely with you to help you with any house clearance, big or small, handling every aspect from sorting to recycling for you. If you would like to know more, just get in touch with us today.