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How Can I Clear My House Quickly?

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Whether you have inherited a home or selling a house to pay for care, you will need to clear it.

For those with time on their hands, it is easy to plan the clearance.  But before you outsource this task to a house clearance company, locate all personal documents, such as life insurance, mortgage documents, funeral plans, insurance documents, Wills, property deeds, bank statements, Birth/death certificates and passports.

Here at Property Saviour, we offer a free house clearance service should you decide to sell your property to us.

Whether you are looking to sell or rent your empty home, we’ve put together this article on how can you get rid of all the clutter and get your things moved out as soon as possible. 

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What to do When Moving House?

The first thing you need to do is go through your items and work out:

  • Which items do you really need?
  • Which items can you sell on eBay or Facebook Marketplace?
  • Which items can you giveaway – again, Facebook Marketplace and The Freecycle Network are great places to start.
  • Which items can you donate to your charities?

Once you have gone through the above exercise, you have a clear idea of what you need to move, sell or giveaway.

Can you tackle this on your own, or would you prefer friends & family to help you out?  Maybe buy them pizza and ask them to spend a day together.

Here’s a golden rule:

Never throw away any documents. Losing important documents, such as Title Deeds to the property, can lead to complicated problems and affect the valuation of the property.

You would need to collect lots of card boxes of various sizes, bubble wrap and lots of tape! 

It is worth checking with local Supermarkets to see if they have any cardboard boxes.  Or you’ll have to buy them off eBay.

As for the move itself, these are the options to consider are:

  1. Man with a van service
  2. Removal companies,
  3. Self-storage, 
  4. Skip hire,
  5. House clearance companies.

Man with a Van service

Rather than hiring a van from the likes of Enterprise, other van hire brands are available,  it works out cheaper & more effective to hire a man with a van service.

They can help you with loading & unloading and rates are quite reasonable as they are self-employed.

A great place to find these are in your local area Facebook groups. Another place to look is AnyVan.com.  It seems to be a comparison site, and having used one of their drivers worked out well for us.  Check if they have relevant insurance first.

Removal Companies

Removal specialists are great at what they do.  But before you hire one, check out their reviews.

You can outsource moving house to them.  Removal companies provide boxes and crates at an extra cost.  They also provide a packing service, which can be handy for difficult-to-move furniture.

On the day of the move, you’ll need to ensure everything is packed into boxes, labelled and ready to go.

Provided that you have donated any surplus furniture to charities, such as the British Heart Foundation who offer a free collection service, your actual move can be completed in one van load.

This is the most expensive way to clear your house, and costs can easily run into thousands.

How Can I Clear My House Quickly?
On the day of the move, you'll need to ensure everything is packed into boxes, labelled and ready to go.

Self-Storage

If you don’t have the keys to your new place yet but are ready to start clearing it out, you may want to consider using a self-storage facility. This can be a temporary home for your possessions while you wait to move into your next property.

Most self-storage companies charge on a weekly or monthly basis. Prices depend on the size of the unit, its features, and amenities. You can expect state-of-the-art security systems and boxes and containers to be available.

Skip Hire

Organising waste removal should be a top priority when preparing for a move. Getting rid of unnecessary items makes the packing process much simpler. First, check with the council what you can throw into your bins.

Councils also offer a bulk-item collection service for a nominal sum. 

Before you hire a skip, it is worth checking if a licenced waste carrier will take away your rubbish.  They should provide proof of disposal.  You’ll need to ensure that they don’t dump items, as you could be fined.  Their charges work out cheaper than a skip.

Skips come in many sizes, from 2 cubic yards to 20 or more. Make sure that there’s enough room for the skip on your property, or investigate the option of obtaining a permit from the local council to place it on the pavement. This process can take up to 2 working days.

The only ‘problem’ with skips is that the neighbours will fill it for you overnight!

You can keep the skip in the same spot for two to three weeks, so it’s best to get a larger one to avoid having to rent another one if more space is needed. This way, everything can be kept in one place and will be removed in a single trip.

What’s more, many skip hire companies are committed to disposing of the waste in an environmentally friendly way.

Specialist House Clearance Companies

Perhaps you don't plan to take anything from the property with you. It could be a house left to you in someone's Will, or you got it through probate, and you want to sell it or rent it out. So, how does house clearance work in this case?

Using a house clearance service to clear the house!
Stay away from house clearance companies, as we help Executors and homeowners on an almost daily basis with lost deeds - and having to apply to register a property.

Using a house clearance service

We don’t recommend a house clearance company for several reasons:

  • Their approach is to clear the house of everything – and this could include all those important documents.
  • The cost can easily run into thousands of pounds – and in hoarding situations tens of thousands of pounds.
  • Their removal techniques, to try and salvage as much metal from the property as possible, can wreck your house.  They will remove old radiators, boiler and hot water heating tank without draining down the property.  This results in leaks that destroy plaster resulting in severe damp, mould, wet rot, destroying floor board and wood joists.

Stay away from house clearance companies, as we help Executors and homeowners on an almost daily basis with lost deeds – and having to apply to register a property.

Using them will almost certainly lead to delay, frustration and a substantial financial loss, as you can only register a property with a possessory title.

Whether you are selling an empty bungalow or a detached house, we are here to help.

By selling to us, we can make you a cash offer and a free house clearance. You’d be welcome to check for any documents, even if you wish to return a week or two later.

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