Tips on doing a house clearance

House clearances are most often necessary under emotionally challenging situations such as the loss of an elderly relative or loved one. Such circumstances often dictate that the pain and often inconvenience of going through everything that is not in the will would far outweigh the rewards. You can often be under extra time-sensitive pressure to clear a house for a sale, which lays to waste all intentions of dealing with things slowly and separating items. Fortunately there are some excellent house clearance companies in the UK that take that pressure off your shoulders. However, there are certain things to avoid and tips to take on board when arranging a house clearance.

  1. Check safe hiding places

It is very much typical of the older generation in particular to leave some cash lying around in the house in ‘safe places’ like jars, plant pots, biscuit tins, spare purses and wallets and jacket pockets. It would be silly to leave this cash to the house clearance company so do make the effort to check around before you make the call.

  1. Ask advice in the local auction houses

You can bet your bottom dollar that the local auction rooms in your area are familiar with house clearance companies good and bad, so it would really pay to make sure that you take advantage of their knowledge and experience before going ahead with a contract. Of course word of mouth from friends and family can come in handy too. You might even ask their advice on a couple of antiques you’ve found just to make sure you aren’t sitting on a goldmine!

  1. Get several quotes

Even after asking advice on recommended companies do get at least two quotes to make sure that you are getting a competitive price.

  1. Do some research on interesting items

If you spot anything that looks unusual and/or old then it is very worthwhile doing a spot of research. These days it is very easy to find out about most things on the internet and eBay can be particularly useful when it comes to uncovering sales precedents.

  1. Get rid of ‘hazardous’ goods and waste yourself

Anything classed as hazardous waste, which includes old TVs, refrigerators, oils, paints and the like are very expensive for clearance companies to dispose of, so they will charge a higher premium for their services if there are such items in the house. If there are a great deal of ‘hazardous’ items like these to dispose of then take them to your local household recycling centre. There are restrictions on quantities that can be accepted free of charge, so give them a call beforehand.

  1. Bear in mind the threat of identity theft

Finally, it is strongly advised to make yourself aware of the growing threat of identity theft before clearing out a house. Use shredders to destroy documents containing important personal details, but also be careful not to dispose of important copy that you will need at a later date.