House Clearance Guide

House clearance guide

Do you sometimes look around your home and sigh at all the mess surrounding you? Or perhaps you are selling or buying a new home, and you need a magic wand to get rid of everything in the house so you can start again.

Well, the magic wand might not be possible, but a complete house clearance is. But how do you even start a project like that, especially if there are lots to clear out?

That is exactly what we will be discussing in this guide: how to complete a home clearance in five easy steps.

Decide what you want and don’t want

Before you plan any practicalities of your junk clearance project, you first need to decide what you want and don’t want to keep. This will reduce time when you actually get round to the waste removal part of the task.

Be aware that this part of the process is usually the longest and isn’t as easy as it first appears. It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in nostalgia or debates with loved ones about what to keep and what junk to ditch. Here is the time to be ruthless. If you haven’t used something in over a year, then unless it’s got clear sentimental value, or will genuinely come in use in the future, then put it in the junk pile.
When you do find things you want to keep, make sure you put them somewhere safe. The last thing you want to do is find out you accidentally threw something important away because you forgot to put it somewhere safe.

Estimate how much is being thrown out

Once you’ve figured out what is in the waste collection pile, then start estimating how much you think is actually being thrown away. This will be important for deciding on how and when you will do your rubbish removal. If it’s only a few items it can be pretty quick, but if you’ve got more, then it may take a professional house clearance service to do it, or if you do it yourself it could take a few trips and several weeks to deal with.

There are many ways to measure how much stuff you have to dispose of, for example, you could do it by the number of items on the list, or you might look at the number of rooms which need to be cleared out. Or you could even estimate based on the number of rubbish bags, or skips worth you’ve collected.

Having this information will help you to decide which kind of house clearance approach you take, whether you’ll have time to do anything yourself, and how long it might take (whether you do it yourself, or get a professional service in).

Work out how much time you will need and how much you have

Again this will depend on how much you’ve got to dispose of; one or two items can be dealt with very swiftly; but the more you have the longer it will take. The type of waste disposal you have to deal with will also influence the outcome. If all of your items are quite similar then you should be able to dispose of them simply in one go, but if you’ve got loads of different types of materials, then you may need to spend time dividing them up to make sure the rubbish disposal is done responsibly.

If you know what you need to get rid of, and how much you’ve got you can then estimate how long it might take, especially if you’re doing it yourself. However, this is only part of the equation: you also need to know how much time you’ve got to actually do it. For example, even if you know your junk removal should only take a few hours, that’s still not much good if you don’t have that time to spend doing it. If you have a particularly busy work schedule or a huge number of family commitments, then you may not have time to do any of it, no matter how little time you think it will take.

This will then take you on to the next point: deciding how to dispose of your junk.

Work out how to dispose of it

There are so many ways to complete a home clear out that it’s essential to consider them all before you decide on the best option for you. Some of the options include skip hire, professional rubbish clearance, selling items, donating possessions to charity, or taking items to the tip or recycling yourself.

First, be aware that you may not use just one option. It may be that you use a combination of different approaches because you’ve got a lot of different types of materials to dispose of. Alternatively, you may want to just use one method if it suits you better. For example, if a lot of your junk is old possessions that you just don’t want anymore, then this can be given to charity or sold quite easily.

However, if, for example, you need builders waste clearance done, then you will probably need a service that specialises in builders waste removal, due to the potentially hazardous materials being disposed of. Similarly, if you have materials from your home office clearance they may involve electrical equipment that also needs to be disposed of in a specialist manner.

If you decide to take on the job yourself, then make sure that you are prepared, both in terms of time and equipment. Remember that household and garden waste removal can be dangerous, so unless you only have very little to clear out, are very fit and fully prepared to take on the task, then strongly consider hiring a professional.

In terms of professional services, this could range from hiring a skip to booking a formal waste collection service. Your decision will be very important for how quickly and easily the process is. You will also avoid any potential injuries by letting someone who is trained do it for you.

Get the job done

However you choose to dispose of your household junk, you need to make sure you get it done somehow. Don’t do all this preparation work for nothing. If you have decided to do a home clearance, commit to it and get it started as soon as possible.

If you’re hiring a professional clearance service then make sure everything is prepared for them to come and collect. If you’re hiring a skip, do the disposal in batches, so you don’t overexert yourself. When you are taking waste to your local recycling centre or tip, be sure to hire an appropriate vehicle. And if you are selling or donating items, see what you can do online to make the process easier.

And finally, make sure you protect your data. If you are disposing of personal documents, then check there is no sensitive information. Shred whatever you can before you dispose of it, and always be vigilant on this point, as data security today is more important than ever before.