It’s amazing how fast we amass belongings and all sorts of items that no longer are necessary. For many people, a new home represents a new start and so they want to clear out the old house ready for sale. Other situations that require house clearances are preparing a property for rent or clearing a property after the death of a relative, which in itself is one of the most stressful life events.
Whatever the reason, to clear out an entire house is a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Not only is there the physical work of sorting and removing everything but then what happens with all the stuff. It’s no surprise that a house clearance can feel like a heavy and stressful burden.
In this article, you will learn more about what house clearance services are and especially if they will take everything. The answer to which will be a load off your mind.
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What Are House Clearance Services?
If you’ve never used these services before it’s easy to get them confused with a simple removals service. In most cases, they’re not the same thing. That said many removal companies may offer both services.
When you move house, you’re taking everything with you to the new property. The items you’re moving have value to you and need to be packed and moved to your new property.
In the case of a house clearance, the items are being packed up, removed from the property, and then disposed of. It’s a little bit like if you scrap your car and the truck arrives and takes the scrap away. Your problem ends as soon as the truck drives off.
Do House Clearances Take Everything?
This is an important question particularly if you’re gutting a property for later renovation, or preparing for sale and rent, etc. There may be all sorts of white goods that are old and beyond use anymore as well as large electrical and gas appliances, all of which need stripping out of the property and taking away.
The bottom line is that if you hire a professional house clearance service they will be equipped with the skills, expertise, and tools needed to take absolutely everything you want to get rid of. This is one of the things that make using such a service so attractive.
What if I Want to Keep Something?
Having established that professional services will take pretty much everything doesn’t mean they will. It all depends on what you want.
If there are items in the house you wish to keep, then the team that you hire will put those to one side. However, you will need to clearly identify what those items are and communicate with the company that you hire to do the work.
How Much Does It Cost?
Like most things that depends on how much work is involved. A general rule is that the bigger the property and the number of items removed the greater the cost. It can be as cheap as a few dollars right up to several hundred dollars depending on the loading time and overall weight of the items being moved.
The best thing to do is to get in touch with the company you have in mind and speak with them directly to get a better picture of how much it will cost. They will be experienced in dealing with many different property types and scenarios and will give you a fair idea of what expense to expect.
Free House Clearances
Is it possible to get a free house clearance? In the removals industry, nothing is really free as there are significant costs that need to be met. So the principle here is that it depends on what’s in your house and how much value it has.
If you really are just throwing junk, then you will need to pay for it. If there are genuine items of value then possibly you may get a service with a discount or even free. One of the best ways to approach this is to have a garage sale first to generate income and then use that to pay for the rest of the clearance.
How Long Does It Take?
That depends on many factors. How big is the house? How easy is it to access the house with a big truck?
How much preparation will you have put into the clearance beforehand? Is everything going or do you need to identify some items that will stay?
Some companies will charge based on the time it takes to load the vehicle. You can expect it to take a minimum of half an hour to all day depending on the size and condition of the property.
Remember Safety and the Environment
Whatever you do, make sure you hire a reputable company that’s licensed to safely dispose of items from your house. The last thing you want is to drive past your stuff tipped down some side lane.
Make sure you use a company that’s tuned into recycling and will seek to not only dispose of items safely and in accord with environmental law but will look to recycle as much of the waste as possible. The best companies will offer documentation and a full audit trail for such purposes.
Take a Load Off
In this article, you’ve read about house clearances and also whether companies will take everything. Having read this article, you should feel much more informed and reassured by what services are available.
There is no doubt that these types of services can take a massive load of your house and mind all at the same time. The relief it can bring to an already stressful period in life is so worth it. Check out the other latest articles on our site that fit your lifestyle needs.