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By David, Oct 14 2019 10:00AM

Moving home is usually an exciting time. A new place to live, perhaps a better garden, a new location and a fresh start! It’s all going so well until you realise it’s time to start getting organised for the dreaded house move


Many people don’t know that this process doesn’t have to be stressful. If you’re an estate agent who is waiting on a seller to hand the property over under vacant possession; or even a buyer, waiting to move into a new property, things can be tense. This is because everything is down to the seller to ensure the property is left in a good condition by the deadline.


With so many different things to think about, many people find themselves thinking ‘I wish I could just get someone else to do the move for me’. Well guess what? They can... we can! Here are a few things that we, at Clear and Clean House Clearance do, to make a house removal as stress-free as possible for everyone involved.


1. Avoid up-front fees


When you’re moving home, there are so many fees involved! It’s a good idea to avoid as many up-front fees as you can. We know what you’re thinking, ‘that’s nearly impossible!’… but our removals package makes this really easy for you. We don’t charge a single thing, not even a deposit until your house hits completion. Meaning that we can conduct your whole house removal whilst you can focus on the sale of the property. Then, when your house sells, you have the cash to pay us.


2. Don’t do everything all at once


As with most situations, it can be stressful to leave things until the last minute. This is why we stagger our removal period over a period of time. Rather than waiting until super close to the deadline day, we start early by coming in to pack boxes and get things organised. Depending on the size of the removal, we’ll do this for as long as we need to.


Then, when move-out day comes, everything runs smoothly for clearing the property. We then return to clean the property and leave it in perfect condition for vacant possession.


3. Organise a box of ‘essentials’


When you’ve boxed so many different items, it can be tricky to remember where everything is located. So, when you get to your new home, you’re having to rummage through every box looking for the things you need.


This is why we always prepare you a ‘care package’ containing things like phone chargers, toothbrushes, spare clothes, towels, plates and cutlery.


4. Plan where everything will go


It is so easy to just put the things you don’t want in black backs and pay someone to take them to the tip. But have you ever thought about how much you’re contributing to landfill, and what exactly that does to our planet?


We help our clients stop over 552 tons of unwanted items from going to landfill every single year. We take the things you don’t want and either recycle them, donate them or pass them on to charitable upcyclers. This is a really positive thing to do if you’re deciding which items to keep from a loved one who’s passed away. We have great relationships with charities, recyclers and up-cyclers, and the removal of the items from your property is all included in our removals package.


Whether you’re a homeowner who’s selling their property, or an estate agent looking to refer some clients to a trusted, Gloucestershire-based company, get in touch today. Give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 and we can have a chat and see how we can help.


By David, Oct 9 2019 09:05AM

Moving home is usually a stressful and emotional time. Whether someone is selling/letting their property due to a change in circumstances, a family bereavement, or whether they’re just finally saying goodbye to their childhood home; emotions are normally at a high.


Many home sellers will hire a team/man with a van to help with the move. But when dealing with a sensitive situation, such as bereavement or losing a family home, it can be hard to deal with commercial companies. This is because they have an inventory to work by and to them, your client’s house is just another house to clear.


On the other side of things, many home sellers won’t have the funds to invest in a clearance right now. So, they’ll try and do everything themselves. We’re here to tell you exactly how partnering your Gloucestershire-based Estate Agent with Clear and Clean House Clearance will make your client’s lives easier and save them a lot of time, stress and up-front cash.


1. Extremely personal approach


As mentioned above, most clearance companies/van hires take on every house removal as just another project. This will mean a normally impersonal approach, which can be difficult when leaving a property with fond memories or clearing a loved one’s previous belongings.


The main thing that makes us unique from all other clearance/removal companies, is that we truly focus on the client and their needs. We tailor every single house clearance to each family/individual and by the time we leave, we’re very much considered a part of the family.


2. Specialities in sensitivity and difficult situations


We recognise that no house move is straight forward. We have years of experience in dealing with extremely sensitive and difficult situations. We’ve spent a long time working with hoarders, bereaved families and more, ensuring that they are fully supported through the whole process and that they don’t feel alone.


3. Exceptional quality of work


We’re known for being the company that goes above and beyond to get the job done. Your clients won’t need to hire a cleaner/van/removals company because we’re three of those in one! Once we’ve cleared the property, we will always return to clean it back to pre-sale standard, ready for vacant possession.


An Estate Agent we work with actually recently received an email thanking the team (us) for leaving the property in such immaculate condition. It meant the new owners could move in more or less straight away, something which was totally unexpected by all parties.


4. Added perks


Towards the time of the move-out date, we even put together a little ‘care package’ for clients. This is usually a box which contains essentials such as phone chargers, plates, cutlery, spare clothes, towels etc. All those things that you don’t want to be rummaging through boxes for, directly after moving.


5. We’re completely green


Our business is modelled around looking after the environment. By Estate Agents referring their clients to us, they’re doing more than their bit for the environment. We avoid taking unwanted items to landfill at all costs, resorting to other options like recycling, donation, upcycling etc. Every year, our company stops over 552 tons of waste from going to landfill. You and your clients can be a part of that.


We also securely dispose of sensitive data such as bank statements in what we call a ‘confidential offload’. Or if a client prefers, they can enquire about shredding services. The removal is truly theirs and we’ll always try and accommodate their needs.


6. Pay nothing until house completion


Yes, you read that right. We don’t charge clients a single penny until their house completes. There is no deposit and no added interest. We get that moving home/selling a home can be expensive in terms of fees. So, that’s why we try and do our bit to help ease your client’s cashflow.


7. We have a genuine passion for helping people


Adding to the list of other things you probably won’t get with a man with a van, is genuine passion. We love meeting new people, hearing their stories and seeing how we can tailor our service to help them in any way possible. Every clearance/removal we do is different, and we love a new challenge.


If you’d like to have chat to see how a two-way referral partnership could work between us and your Estate Agents, get in touch today. You can also hear about the incentive packages we put together for each Estate Agent referral! Give us call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086, and we’ll go from there.


By David, Oct 3 2019 11:03AM

Valuers, surveyors, solicitors, estate agents; there are so many different parties involved in a house sale, we understand why a seller may be reluctant to involve any more. But what if that one last company took a huge amount of pressure off the person selling the house? So much pressure, that when it came to clearing everything to move out, they didn’t have to do anything?


At Clear and Clean House Clearance, we have lots of specialities. We work closely with lots of estate agents around Gloucestershire who love referring us to their clients who are selling/letting properties. We help their clients ensure their property is clear, clean and ready to go back on the market. And their clients don’t need to worry about a single thing.


Here are some of the perks of estate agent’s clients using a house clearance company when a property is going on the market.


1. Cost Management


We get that getting a property on the market is expensive. Whether a client is letting/selling, there are lots of fees involved. That’s why we:


a) Don’t charge an up-front payment/deposit

b) Don’t charge anything until the project is complete


So your clients can pay us once their house sale has completed.


2. A strong environmental focus


Lots of the population are starting to make more of an effort to look after our planet. If this is you, or your client, you may worry about using a house clearance company who will take your unwanted items to landfill.


Well you certainly don’t need to worry about that with Clear and Clean House Clearance. Our whole ethos is ‘green’, and we’ve dedicated the structure of our business to avoid landfill. We take other measures such as recycling, donation, upcycling etc. So, you can rest knowing that your/your client’s house move isn’t contributing to landfill.


3. Less stress


Moving home is well-known as one of the most stressful experiences in someone’s lifetime. The solicitor is organising the finances, the estate agent is looking after the sale. Let us take care of one of the most stressful parts; the clearance. We’ll take care of everything and the seller can be as involved as they like to be.


We’ll also conduct the clearance over a period of time so the seller can see everything coming together; rather than waiting until moving day to see things start to progress.



4. A supportive & sensitive approach


For many, the sale of a property isn’t always an exciting time or by choice. We work with many families who are going through difficult bereavements and who have no choice but to sell their loved one’s properties due to mortgage costs. We also help a lot of hoarders declutter, something which is normally a difficult and emotional experience for them.


Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we have many years’ experience in providing specialist support with a sensitive approach. We are welcomed by our clients and quickly become a member of the family, helping them work through whatever obstacles they need to overcome. This level of service has proven to be invaluable to our clients and it’s service that you certainly wouldn’t receive from a ‘man with a van’.


5. Everything is under 1 roof


You won’t need a moving van, cleaner or skip because we are all 3. All our quotes include clearing the property, removing all items (with the environment in mind) and cleaning it afterwards. You won’t need to worry about organising the logistics of getting multiple different professionals involved, because everything is under 1 roof. Pun intended!


6. Flexibility


Commercial moving companies work to tight timescales, inventories and unfortunately sometimes like a personal approach.


We offer a huge amount of flexibility so clients are always made to feel that they can change their mind with what items they’d like to keep or have removed. We always ensure that you’re left with what you want.


7. Added value


When we work on a project before it goes on the market, it can add a lot of value onto a property. Once of our recent clearances added a massive £20,000 onto a property’s value.


The fact is, properties sell for more when they’re clear, clean and decluttered. Especially when it’s to a professional standard.


If you’re an estate agent who’s keen to start referring your clients to a friendly, efficient & extremely professional family-run house clearance business, give us a call today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We have lots of great, two-way referral partnerships and we’re looking build even more.



By David, Sep 26 2019 01:54PM

If your estate agents has never considered reaching out and partnering with another, like-minded company, you may be unsure why you’d want to. There are lots of different benefits to partnering with another organisation such as reaching a new audience and giving your clients some additional value.


When deciding what kind of brand to partner your estate agents with, it’s important to ensure your purposes and visions align. Otherwise, what’s the point?


One of the most popular types of partnerships for estate agents is a house clearance company. Your clients need their house cleared; and we clear houses. It’s that simple.


Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we already have some flourishing partnerships with estate agencies around Gloucestershire, but we always try and accommodate more. We’re here to tell you exactly why partnering with Clear and Clean house Clearance is good idea, for you both you and your client.



1. Environmental focus


With the focus on climate change only getting bigger, most companies are trying to show to the world that they’re doing their bit. Did you know that the average home-move in the UK creates 16.8kg of CO2 emissions? That’s the same as keeping a lightbulb on for over 53 days. Shocking, we know.


That’s based on a normal house move, using multiple cars and still undertaking regular trips to the tip etc. Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we do everything within our power to avoid taking items to landfill. Our whole business structure evolves around the environment. Instead of taking items to the tip, we will take them to recycling centres, up-cyclers, charity shops or donate them to third world countries.


Your company can take great satisfaction in knowing that by referring clients to us, you’re hugely helping cut down the contribution to CO2 emissions in every single house-move/clearance.



2. Added value



a. Complete trust


We have a reputation for reliability and trustworthiness. We frequently return valuable items (such as money/jewellery) that had been forgotten about, that we stumble upon when clearing a property. We are good people who want the best for each and every client.



b. No up-front fee for clients


Yep, you read that right. We’re a very trusting company and we get that a house sale can be an expensive time; what with solicitors' fees, agency fees etc. We provide a quote at the start of the project and don’t take any payment until it’s completed. Not even a deposit.



c. Reliable and trusted partner


There’s nothing worse than making a company recommendation and not being confident in their ability to deliver. Especially if these are long-term clients that you’ve neutered through multiple house sales. You only have to check out our recent customer reviews to know that this won’t ever be the case.


Estate agents love working with us because they know the job will get done and their clients will get looked after to an incredibly high standard. This type of partnership is truly invaluable.



d. Guarantee that the property will be ready on time


We know that lots of people are involved when a house is being sold. We know that completion dates get moved around and we also know that not every house sale is straight forward. People work, people have to sell houses during difficult times and not everyone has the time to clear a property ready for completion.


If clients don’t want the stress of doing everything themselves or are concerned about getting the property cleared in time, we will ensure that it’s ready. Not only do we clear the property for the client, but we return and clean it so it’s ready to go back on the market, or to be passed on to the next owner.


So no one has to stress about the deadline day.



e. Specialities


We’re unlike other house clearance companies. Over our many years in the industry, we’ve maintained a strong focus on our client approach. We have a huge amount of experience in dealing with sensitive house clearances such as hoarders and bereavements.


Our traning ensures that we're providing a high level of support to those going through difficult circumstances. Something that we’re told, time and time again, has made a huge difference in many family’s lives.



3. We refer back to you


Although we work with lots of other businesses like estate agents, we also have a huge proportion of direct clients too. Many of these clients are still in the clearing stage and haven’t yet chosen estate agents to sell/let their property. In this instance, we will always make recommendations to our estate agent partners, in whichever area the client is in.



Why partner with Clear and Clean House Clearance?


As we mentioned above, partnerships are a great idea for any organisation, as long as they’re partnering with a brand whose purposes compliment their own. There is so much value to be added to both of the organisations partnering; but also, the clients of the companies too.


We know that your clients choose you for a reason, because they trust you to do the best job. We want to add credibility to their whole experience. So, they know that when your organisation makes a referral, it’s one they can trust.


Overall, we’re incredibly passionate about helping people and about doing the best job we can do with their home. If you’d like a chat about how a partnership could work, and how we could help you and your clients, give us a call today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We’ll have a chat, see how our brands align and go from there.




By David, Sep 20 2019 08:19AM


In our last blog post, we touched upon estate agents developing a partnership with house clearance companies. We explained the usual process for searching for and finding a house clearance/removal company that you can rely on. It got us thinking that we should expand a little more on the things to look out for when making a new partnership.


If you’re partnering with a company whose expertise differ from your own, it’s hard to know what skills/qualities to look out for. We’re here to tell you all the things you should expect when picking a house clearance/removal partner for your estate agents.


1. A strong team


Houses come in all shapes and sizes. A house clearance for a small, one-bedroom flat will normally require a substantially smaller team than for a 5 bedroom-detached house.


Having a team of skilled professionals is important to ensure there are always enough people to get the work done.


2. Friendliness


Dealing with selling/buying/renting property is a stressful time. There can also be an added layer of distress if the house clearance is in sad circumstances, e.g. death or divorce. It’s important to partner with a house clearance/removals company who is able to put your mind at ease with their friendliness and professionalism – so you know they’ll provide the best service to your clients.


From the very first phone call, they should be able to give you confidence in their ability to take your client’s project under their wing. House removals/clearances/decluttering can be a stressful and emotional time for some. It’s important not to overlook the importance of a sensitive, friendly approach, which is what we at Clear and Clean House Clearance are known for.


“Dave and his team were amazing at a very difficult time, clearing our family home of 48 years. They were professional, thorough and very sympathetic. They made the whole experience painless and reassuring that we had chosen the right company. I would not hesitate to recommend them.”


3. Reliability


Partnering with a house clearance/removal company with an outstanding track record is so important. What’s a great way to check for reliability? Check their website/social media accounts for real life reviews. Take note of what people are saying about them and ask yourself if you value that in a potential partner.


4. Compare their values


Do their values align with, compliment or add to your brand’s values? For example, here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, our main ethos is ‘green’. It’s to do everything we can to avoid landfill, even it’s much more work than necessary. We recycle, upcycle and donate items to charities. No one forces us to do this, but we take great pride in doing our bit for the environment.


“Dave and his team helped my 85 year old mother move home. They couldn't have been more helpful, considerate and caring. They also helped remove items big and small that needed to be sent to charity or up-cycled. Mum was delighted with them and would highly recommend.”


5. They have other partnerships


Don’t be put off if a house clearance/removal firm has other partnerships. This shows they’re trustworthy and that others are keen to partner with them.


6. Passion


You can tell by someone’s tone of voice how passionate they are about something. Also check their website, blog and other forms of content they put out to the world. Using an organisation who are passionate about what they do will ensure they get the job done properly.


Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we absolutely love what we do. We’re a long-standing, family-run business who have been helping people with their removals/clearances for years. We are no strangers to going above and beyond the call of duty to help our clients and we never will be. We love our jobs and we will always do the best we can to make sure our clients receive the best service possible.


We’re more than confident that we excel in all of the above areas and make perfect partners for estate agents. We’re used to working in partnerships and even end up referring our own clients to the estate agents we work with.


If you’re based in Gloucestershire (Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Gloucester or surrounding areas) and are looking to work with a house clearance/removal business like ourselves, then give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We can have a chat about how our brands can align and take things from there.




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