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By David, Apr 23 2019 10:00AM


When you’re at the start of trying to clear a property, for whatever reason, the task ahead can seem long, daunting, stressful and time-consuming. There is such a lot of effort involved in house clearance, that it definitely seems like a marathon, rather than a sprint. And when you’re doing it on a deadline, that normally only adds to the stress.


We work with a huge variety of clients, from those having to clear deceased estates, to those who are dealing with end of tenancy properties. No matter what the circumstance, one thing always remains the same; they don’t know where to start.


So, we’re providing you with a few tips to help you get ready for your house clearance.



1. Plan your process


We say this because we work very closely with estate agents and they strongly believe a house sells better when everything has been cleared. So don’t be too hasty in getting the agents in to take photographs. You’ll have better results if they’re taken after the clearance when the property looks cleaner, bigger and better-presented. This can add value to the property too.


2. Decide what you want to keep


A huge (and sometimes extremely emotional) part of conducting a house clearance is separating with items that hold emotional value. We call these ‘personals’ and usually take the form of photographs and other things that hold sentimental value. The first part of the process will be for you to decide on the items you’re keeping.


Once you’ve picked the items, you can remove them from the property. If they fit in your car, great. If not, it’s time to call a favour from a friend or start some research to hire a van.


If you’re using Clear and Clean House Clearance, just place the items in the corner of a room, earmark them (usually by putting a sheet over them) and we will deliver everything to you later on, only charging for fuel.


3. Leave everything else


Obviously, this certainly doesn’t account for if you’re conducting the house clearance yourself, then you’ll need to start segmenting the items for disposal and making arrangements for its removal.


However, when you’re using our services, it’s super helpful for you to leave absolutely everything as it is. Some clients think they’re being helpful by bagging things up for us, but the reality is, we then have to unbag everything to segment it ourselves. Even if you think you’ve segmented to the best of your ability, what you class as ‘charitable’ or ‘recyclable’, may not be the same as us, so we always need to make sure we segment the items ourselves with our own colour-coding system.


You may not feel like you’re being helpful when you leave everything in the property but trust us when we say that it’s the most helpful you could be.


4. Don’t panic about us


Many new clients are apprehensive about using a House Clearance company and we understand. This is why we have ensured our approach is extremely personable and tailored to your own experience. Over our many years in the industry, our reputation is the thing that’s kept our brand strong.


If we come across anything which we deem as valuable, we will always get in touch to ensure you meant to leave it for removal. Just last week we collected over £4,000 from one house clearance and handed it straight back to the property owner. We’re good people with good intentions.


Also, if you’re concerned about the environment, our whole ethos surrounds the safe and considerate treatment of our planet. With the focus around recycling and avoiding the use of materials like plastic never being bigger, we avoid landfill as much as we can to ensure we are contributing as little as possible to global warming.


Our clients always say that our kind and sensitive approach would be extremely difficult to find elsewhere. We’re experts in our field and pride ourselves on doing the best job possible. You can check out our reviews online and also call us for a chat/quote on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.


By David, Apr 19 2019 07:00AM


No matter what the reason for conducting a house clearance, whether it be a deceased estate, end of tenancy or getting ready for sale; it tends to be quite a stressful process. Even if you have a team of family and friends behind you ready to help on the inevitable ‘moving day’ or deadline, the run-up can be difficult to manage calmly.


There are so many different processes that need to be undertaken; notifying utility suppliers, clearing, cleaning, getting the property on the market; and each one has a variety of tasks within themselves that need taking care of.


One of the more costly and stressful parts of a house clearance is hiring a moving van. Not only do you have to find a reliant van hire company, pay for it, pay for fuel, find someone to drive it, deal with the anxiety of driving it safely, but you have all of the other jobs to do as well. Jobs like packing the belongings, loading the van, unloading it etc.


Careful planning is so important if you’re conducting your own house clearance, and sometimes, when you work, have children and other commitments, it can be difficult to fit it all in. This is where we at Clear and Clean House Clearance come in. Here is a comparison of using a professional house clearance company vs hiring a van.


Prior to the house clearance


Professional house clearance


All you have to do is call us, get a quote and book us for your required time. Then you select the items in the house that you’d like to keep and place them in a corner of the room with a sheet over them. We will collect them and return them to you later. Then you can temporarily forget about it, go for coffee or visit family whilst we’re undertaking the whole house clearance.


Hiring a van


Firstly, you’ll spend a lot of time researching the best van hire company to use and seeing if their dates match up with yours. Then you’ll have to pay for the service (taking into consideration additional fuel costs), find someone who is eligible to drive the van who is the right age, has the right qualifications, has been a qualified driver for a certain amount of years etc.


During the house clearance


Professional house clearance


You can sit back and relax or get on with other tasks that you need to complete. We will sort the clearance of the house and then segment the materials. We have great professional relationships with scrapyards, charities, furniture upcyclers and paper recyclers, so we salvage and donate a lot of items we find so they can be given a new lease of life. We’ll then take the segmented materials to be disposed of properly, avoiding landfill. We always try and dispose of items properly so that we aren’t contributing to landfill.

We’re just sticking to our ethos and trying to save the planet.


We usually bring 2-3 team members who are professionally trained. Meaning there are more than enough pairs of hands to get the job done.


We provide an extremely sensitive service too. Disposing of items with precious memories can be difficult and we always cater for this; doing everything sensitively. You obviously wouldn’t get the same level of service from van hiring.


Hiring a van


You’ll need to segment all materials into wood, waste and paper and then get everything into the van.

You have to book a van into the tip 1 day before with proof of residency. You’re allowed 1 tip journey per day. Then there’s the manual work of unloading the van and disposing of it in the correct areas in the tip.


If you’re doing most of the clearance alone, that’s a lot of manual work for one person who may not necessarily be trained in manual handling. Additionally, if your friends are helping and they aren’t trained on how to carry heavy items properly, there’s the potential of them being injured. Plus, most people feel obliged to ‘pay’ their friends somehow, whether it be cash or a curry.


After the Clearance


Professional house clearance


After the clearance, we head back to the house to conduct general cleaning tasks and get things back into order. We can even liaise with decorators if necessary. We then hand the property back over to you when it’s ready.


Hiring a van


After the disposal of the rubbish, you may think the hard part is over. But then you need to return the van safely back to its depot and get back to the property ready to commence the cleaning process, which can take much longer than it would if professionals were doing it.


We think the main thing to consider is weighing up all the costs. Hiring a van may seem like the ‘cheaper’ option; but by the time you’ve hired the van, bought fuel, made several trips to the tip over a few days, paid your mates in cash or beer and other costs that can be associated, we think you’ll be surprised at the cost in comparison to a full house clearance team.


If you’d like a free, no obligation quote from Clear and Clear House Clearance, please feel free to give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 for a chat.




By David, Apr 10 2019 03:38PM

With global warming on the rise and the lack of reduction in the contribution to landfill, we think it’s safe to say that our current generation are realising that they have a responsibility to future generations. The responsibility is to raise awareness of global warming and put a stop to actions which are accelerating it. We can do this by reducing the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill.


Landfill is bad for many reasons:


Greenhouse gases


When landfill decomposes, it causes the production of methane which contributes hugely to climate change. And it’s scary that enough methane is produced in average landfill to run a power station.


Leachate


When rain hits landfill, it ends up creating an offensive ‘liquor’ called leachate which contains lots of toxic salts which can contaminate our land.


Toxins


Landfill will contain materials/toxic chemicals that harm the environment when broken down over time.

A lot of the time, up to 50% of items that end up in landfill ends up being paper that could have been recycled. If the paper had been recycled, it could’ve been put to good use in saving energy/resources/trees etc. And this is currently seen as the biggest area of saving the environment that we can help with. So here are 8 tips on improving recycling habits:


1. Do your research


One of the biggest barriers to recycling is people know being aware of what they can and can’t recycle. It’s a good idea to check out your local council’s website to check a list of the things you can choose to recycle instead of throwing away. And then it’ll become normal everyday practice after doing it a few times. It’s only easy when you know.


2. Pre-plan


It’s a good idea to have a dedicated recycling bin or carrier bag near your bin that you can pop your recyclable items into. This will stop recycling cluttering your worktops and encourage you to recycle more.


3. Take something out every time you leave the house


If you don’t have the space for a dedicated recycling bin inside your house, remember to take something out with you every time you leave. If you’re going on the school run, popping around your neighbour’s for a cuppa or heading to the post office, just take the items out with you to pop in the bin.


4. Keep on top of your bin days


Having an accessible recycling bin will mean that you’re never tempted to pop recyclable items into the waste bin which will contribute to landfill.


5. Get into a routine


They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. What’s 3 weeks? Absolutely nothing. Get into the strict habit of recycling for 3 weeks and that will hopefully set the foundations for a whole life of recycling ahead.


6. Do your research


Like anything, learning why you’re doing something will make you more passionate about it. Not only that, but if you are starting to feel passion, you can easily encourage friends and family to start recycling too by informing them of the important reasons why.


7. Buy recycled products

Buying recycled products and then recycling them again can be a fantastic way to help the planet.


8. Donate more

If you’re throwing away items that can’t be recycled, consider whether than can be donated. Charity shops/upcyclers usually cry out for donations. And this way, you’re doing your bit to avoid the contribution to landfill.


At Clear and Clear House Clearance we are extremely passionate about saving the planet. That’s our whole ethos. For a free, no obligation quote from a company whose whole ethos is about doing good for the planet, call 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.






By David, Mar 29 2019 08:00AM


One of the many things that daunts people when facing a large house clearance is not knowing what to do with the ‘rubbish’ left over. Due to time constraints, many people stick with the easy option of putting everything in black bags and taking them to the tip. Although this may seem like the easiest way, it’s by far the least economical. Most people don’t like doing it but feel it’s their only option given the time they have.


We’re here to tell you that this isn’t the only way and we can show you how. We think the main thing to point out now is that yours and our idea of ‘rubbish’ is totally different.


Here are 3 things we do with the things we pick up from house clearances:


1. Upcycling


That old, dusty cupboard in your back bedroom? That 1950s armchair that’s a little bit weathered? That large dark wood dresser that you can’t even remember your grandparents’ house without? We would never class any of these things as ‘rubbish’. We take items with potential like these from your property and straight to our connections with charitable up-cyclers.


Not only will the item get a new lease of life and go to a charitable cause, but it prevents further contribution to landfill. And you won’t need to lift a finger.


2. Recycling


When faced with the reality of having to clear a whole property on a timescale, in amongst other priorities, it can be easy to get daunted. As mentioned above, many people will go for the easy option and simply take everything to the rubbish tip. Normally because they don’t have time to go through everything and categorise it.


As part of our house clearance process, one of the first steps for us is going through the property and segmenting the leftover belongings. A huge proportion of those belongings will be further segmented into paper/metal/glass/plastic/wood etc. and then taken to recycling centres.



3. Donating


As we said above, what you see as rubbish isn’t always what we see as rubbish. We salvage up to 90% of items from a house clearance. A lot of the items you may have taken to the rubbish tip, we will donate to local charities. We also do a lot of work with charities who take donations out to countries in Africa.


You can rest easy knowing you aren’t contributing to landfill, your/your loved ones’ belongings are living on and also benefiting a fantastic cause.


Our clients always say the best thing about this process is that we do it at no extra cost. Many house clearance companies will charge you extra to segment, recycle and donate leftover belongings from a property. But not Clear and Clean House Clearance.


We want to help you whilst helping the environment.


If this sounds great to you and you’d like a free quote with no obligation, give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We look forward to hearing from you.


By David, Mar 20 2019 09:00AM


There’s no way of getting around it (or so you think). Moving house/conducting a house clearance, no matter what the circumstance, can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Between the organisation, the manual work and the time it takes, clearing a property is difficult.


Many people rope in their friends, pay them with a curry and manage to get most tasks completed in some form of orderly manner. But the stress, heavy lifting and emotional attachment to some items can sometimes take its toll.


Things are specifically hard when you’re having to clear the property of a loved one who has recently passed away (advice and guidance can be found here). Many people are unfortunately in a rush to sell a property when a loved one has died, as they can’t afford to maintain mortgage payments. So they’re forced to face the harsh reality of clearing their family member/friend’s property, much sooner than they’d have liked. We see this a lot. And this is where Clear and Clean House Clearance come in.


We have an overwhelming amount of experience in dealing with ‘deceased estates’. We not only provide house clearance, but a sensitive, person-centered approach which help families all over the region. Here is how we help make the process easier for our clients:


1. Help with personal items


Firstly, we ask you to choose the items you want to keep. We call these ‘personals’. When a loved one passes, in amongst their belongings, there’ll undoubtedly be items that family members would like to keep in order to remember them. This is probably the most emotionally-difficult part of the process for our clients, but we try to make things as easy as possible.


If you can’t manage to take the items from the property yourself, we ask you to box them, cover them with a sheet and place them in the corner of a room. We will then collect the personal items and deliver to them you later.


2. Segmentation


After the personals are dealt with, we can begin our process. We go through the property and segment the belongings leftover. One of the main things that people find upsetting about clearing a property after someone dies, is that their belongings will be thrown away. We make sure this isn’t the case if it doesn’t need to be.


We have excellent relationships with local charities, recyclers and up-cyclers to ensure that all belongings that still have life left in them can go on to live longer. We also have relationships with scrapyards to ensure that we aren’t contributing to landfill. This usually gives our clients a lot of comfort.



3. Donation


Once we’ve segmented the belongings, we will then clear the property and take the segmented items to be donated to their chosen destination.



4. Cleaning the property


Once the property is clear of belongings, we will begin the cleaning process including skirting boards, floors, cupboards and more. We can even liaise with painter/decorators if needs be and coordinate the whole process.


It’s a good idea to get the above complete before the house goes on the market and even before getting the estate agents involved. This means that the house will be clear, clean and uncluttered for photographs and viewings, making the space look bigger and more attractive. It’s all about doing things in the right order.


Once we’ve completed everything, the property will handed back to you in a clear and clean state to go on the market. Your loved ones’ valuable possessions will be delivered to you and the other belongings will have been donated to great causes, avoiding landfill and ensuring someone out there will get some more use out of them.


If you’re unfortunately having to clear a loved one’s property after they’ve passed away, or in another circumstance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 for a free, no obligation quote.



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