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By David, Mar 14 2019 08:00AM


New to having to clear your home? Never done this before? Not sure what to look for in a house clearance team? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.



There are so many unlicensed house clearance companies and ‘Facebook fly-tippers’ out there. It can sometimes be hard to know which companies are genuinely professional and which aren’t. That’s why we’re dedicating this week’s article to help you understand what to look for in a professional house clearance team.



We’re telling you what you can expect from us, Clear and Clean House Clearance, as a gold standard.



1. A friendly service



We value each and every one of our customers. You can expect a warm, friendly, genuine team who are a pleasure to work with. We're warm, genuine, trustworthy and will put your mind at ease.



2. A personal service



We appreciate that no 2 individuals are the same. The same can be said for house clearances. We provide a unique, person-centred approach to all house clearance projects. The project is focused around the needs of yourself and this will form the base plan of how we conduct the project.



We work on small to large house clearances, end of tenancy clearances, deceased estates, hoarders’ properties, garden/garage clearances, nursing home clearance and more. This hopefully gives you the confidence that we’re equipped with the house clearance and personal skills to complete your project to exceed your expectations.



3. Fully licensed



This is one of the most important points. We’ve written before about the risks of using an unlicensed house clearance company. If your belongings are fly-tipped and there is documentation that leads back to you, you could face up to a £50, 000 fine/12 months’ prison sentence.



4. Insured



Again, this is an important one. A professional house clearance company should have public liability insurance. This will protect them (and you) against any accidents/damage during the project.



5. Proper disposal of waste/ethical values



We always ensure that we do more than our bit for the environment. One of the key parts of our clearance process is segmentation. After this, we use our relationships with various charities, recyclers, upcyclers and scrapyards to ensure the avoidance of landfill. That’s our ethos.



6. Uniformed staff



A lot can be said for a professionally dressed team. Our team always look smart, consistent and are proud to wear their uniform. The uniform ensures that all employees are equal and equipped to undertake their job to the highest standard.



7. Not just a ‘man with a van’



We think the most important thing to recognise when you’re hiring a professional house clearance company is that we aren’t just a ‘man with a van’. We’re an ultra-professional service, with years of experience, who very much pride ourselves on the personalised experience we’re able to provide to every single customer.



We’re not just there for the removal, we’re there for the initial assessment/quote, segmentation, removal of items and everything in between.



If you like what you’ve read, have a project you need assistance with and would like a free, no obligation quote, give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.



By David, Mar 5 2019 10:00AM

There are times in life when things will get on top of you. During these times, your ability to get on with daily tasks such as cleaning, removing waste etc. will seem unthinkable. This can happen if you’re suffering with burn out, have a bad work/life balance, are going through a bereavement, struggling with mental health etc.


During these times, things (items/belongings/waste) can build up and up and up until before you know it, you’ve become a hoarder. Hoarding is an illness and there is help available to deal with it. See one of our previous blog posts for more information including NHS guidance.


We always say that “a clear house is a clear mind”. Therefore, if your house is cluttered, your mind is cluttered.


Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we are well-accustomed to working with hoarders. We’re aware of the emotional attachments to items and the mental strength it takes to even consider combatting the problem. We work sensitively with our customers, as little or as much as they like to ensure they’re getting the support they need during a difficult time.


Many people don’t realise the risks that gathering clutter in your home or garage poses. We’re going to tell you about some of them in the hope that if you’re struggling with hoarding at the moment, it points you in the direction of the start of your journey to decluttering your home/garage.


Reasons to declutter your home/garage:


1. Avoid vermin


Clutter that’s scattered around your home and garage can attract vermin. Things such as boxes/fabrics will attract the vermin and they can make nests and ruin any potential valuable/sentimental items you have stored.


2. Avoid slips, trips and falls


Having boxes of clutter scattered throughout your home or garage can be a huge falls risk.



3. Helps cleanliness


It’s very hard to clean a home which is cluttered. Lack of regular cleaning can cause hygiene and health issues.



4. Create more space


As we said above, a clear house is a clear mind. Plus it gives you space to do things you wouldn’t normally do due to space restrictions.



5. Decide what’s important


Sometimes, you can feel emotionally attached to lots of objects. Over time, you can lose track of which objects hold more importance. Decluttering can help you decide which items are actually the most important.



6. It looks more presentable


If you’re trying to sell your home, estate agent pictures will be so much more attractive if there’s no clutter and lots of open space, making the property look bigger.



Some starter tips for decluttering your home/garage:



1. Work room by room


Having a whole house and/or garage to declutter can be daunting and is a big task. Our guidance would be to tackle one room at a time and don’t move on until that room is finished.


2. Decide which items have strong personal/sentimental value


Start by boxing the items which you would never, ever consider getting rid of. Then you can decide what to do with what is left over.


3. Seal boxes


If you really don’t want to get rid of some items and you’re storing boxes, start with ensuring that the items are boxed and taped properly. Especially boxes holding fabric. Then place these boxes on wood, off the floor. This should detract vermin as much as possible.


4. Remove what’s left


Coming to terms with getting rid of the leftover belongings from your home is hard. But now having to physically remove/dispose of them yourself is even harder. Everyone has emotional attachments, and this is normally the most difficult part of the process.


How Clear and Clean House Clearance can help


If the thought of going through the above process alone is difficult, we thought we’d let you know how we help.


• We work with you as little or as much as you need, working sensitively to help you decide on the belongings that you’re keeping/removing from your home/garage.


• Once you’ve decided what the essential items are, you can leave the rest to us unless you’d like to be involved.


• We’ll first go through and segment all leftover belongings. The really great part about using our service, is that many people can’t cope with the fact that their belongings will just be thrown away.

However, we salvage as much as we can. We segment all items and use our relationships with charities, up-cyclers, recyclers and scrapyards to ensure that all of your items that can be salvaged, will live on. Also helping reduce landfill.


• We then remove the segmented items so they can go on to their new homes.


• We provide sensitive and emotional support through the whole process, letting you be as involved as you’d like to be.


If you’re looking to start the journey of decluttering your home/garage, get in touch for a free, no obligation quote. We look forward to hearing from you.






By David, Feb 27 2019 10:20AM

Tenants leave rental properties for many reasons. Many leave on good terms when it’s time to move on, or their circumstances have changed. However, unfortunately for many landlords, there are often tenants who leave on bad terms, for reasons such as rental arrears, noise/nuisance or simply keeping the property in a bad way and not abiding to their tenancy agreement.


Sadly, we work for many landlords who are in the latter position. Normally, the tenant will have been evicted, rent hasn’t been paid and the property is in a dyer state. Fortunately for those who find Clear and Clean House Clearance, we are experts in this sort of work and can take so much time and stress off landlord’s hands, getting the property in the perfect condition to rent out again.


Here is our 4-step guide on sorting an end of tenancy property when the tenant has been evicted:


1. Speak with your estate agent


If you haven’t already evicted your tenants, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your estate agent who (dependent on your agreement with them), should be able give you advice and issue the eviction notice for you.


If you’re a private landlord, you’ll need to be careful to ensure you’re abiding by the correct legal processes. Find more information here.


2. Consult a licensed House Clearance company


Clearing a property at the end of any tenancy can be stressful, especially if the tenancy has ended badly including mess. Clearing time to sort the property following a bad tenant can be difficult and stressful. So, why not get a professional to sort it for you?


In most circumstances, if the tenants are being evicted due to property damage, lease violation etc., the notice period can be as little as 14 days. This gives them 2 weeks to obtain their items. Giving you time to do your research, get some quotes and book the best house clearance company for you.


3. Time to clear the property


Once the tenant has left the property, it’s time to start clearing. This can be a daunting task if you’re tackling it alone. However, if you’re using a professional house clearance company such as ourselves, you won’t have to worry about anything.


We will arrive on the agreed date, head into the property, segment the items left behind and clear them from the property. You also have the assurance that we will dispose of/donate all items accordingly. We work closely with scrapyards, charities, up-cyclers, recylcers etc. to ensure that we are contributing to the reduction of landfill.


4. Getting the property back to re-rental state


Once all of the leftover belongings are removed, it’s time to get the property back to pre-rental condition. Again, this can be time-consuming and involve a lot of hard work.


If you chose to work with Clear and Clean House Clearance, this stage would include cleaning the carpets, bathrooms, kitchen, cupboards, skirting boards and more, to a professional standard. If the walls are in a bad condition, we can even liaise with decorators to re-paint them.


Once this is complete, we’re ready to hand the property back over to you and your estate agent to start the rental process again. It’s as easy as that.


We take great pride in our work and ensuring all of our customers are more than satisfied. If you’re dealing with an end of tenancy property by eviction at the moment and don’t know where to turn, get in touch with us for a friendly, no obligation quote and we’ll see how we can help you. What have you got to lose?


By David, Jan 3 2019 08:00AM

Clearing a property can be extremely stressful. Between the pressure of working to deadlines, the cost and choosing what to do with the items being removed, it’s no wonder people avoid moving homes for so long.



When speaking to clients, some tell us that they weren’t aware companies like us actually existed. But are always so grateful that they found us. Alternatively, some people choose to just hire a van, rope in a few friends to help and do it all themselves. But they don’t realise that there are other costs/implications aside from just the van hire.



We thought we’d bring you an interesting article all about professional house clearance company VS hiring a van.



Disposal of Rubbish



House Clearance Local



We have professional relationships that we’ve built over time with scrapyards, charities, furniture upcyclers, paper recyclers etc. Your waste will be distributed between them, before disposing of anything unneeded. Waste is always separated by material and disposed of appropriately and economically.



VS



Van



When using a van, you have to remember to book into the tip 1 day before and you’re only allowed 1 trip per day. All of the waste needs to be segmented as wood, waste and paper. Your waste will go into landfill, which is continuing to destroy the planet.



Team Size



House Clearance Local



We always have a team size of 2 (sometimes 3). And can provide 2 teams if needed. This is to ensure all manual work is carried out safely, but also ensures that the project is completed to the best of its ability. The team are reliable, long-term employees who all hold the values and ethos of House Clearance Local.



VS



Van



Most people manage to persuade a few mates or family members to help and treat them to a curry/few beverages. There’ll be a lot of manual work from people who aren’t necessarily used to regular manual handling. This may result in injury.



Cost



House Clearance Local



The quote we give clients is inclusive of absolutely everything involved. Depending on your needs, it will include house clearance, donation to charities, economical disposal of waste, cleaning and more. Everything will be completed by our team, so you won’t need to do anything.



VS



Van



Most people associate van hire with one cost; the actual the van. What they don’t consider is time, fuel cost, the fact they can only take one trip to the tip per day, their day rate for time, ‘thank you’ gestures to friends and more. Although the van may seem like the cheaper option, for your time, the additional costs and inconvenience, is it really worth it?



We’re used to working sensitively. We work on probate and deceased estates, nursing home clearances, for hoarders and more. So if you’re worried about something personal, please get in touch for a chat and we can take things from there.



If you would like a chat and a free, no obligation quote from a team that are totally dedicated to what they do, then please get in touch on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!






By David, Dec 27 2018 08:00AM

We’ve all heard of the phrase ‘doing something by the book’. It means doing something properly, the way it should be done. No short cuts. When investing in a product or service, another commonly used phrase is ‘you get what you pay for’. This is typically true in our business.



We work on various types of projects, from general house clearance, to nursing home clearance to probate and deceased estates. We have a large knowledge base for every specialty of house clearance that we cater for. This has been picked up from years in the business and genuinely caring about our clients and their needs.



Sometimes people tell us they’ve found someone cheaper to see if we can match their price. Every single time we’ve had this happen, it’s been down to one thing. The ‘competitor’ they’ve found with the cheaper fee is completely unlicensed.



This immediately returns a question of ‘what does that mean?’. So we’re here to tell you what it means exactly and why you should stay clear of unlicensed house removal companies.



1. Fly Tipping



If the company you’re using is unlicensed then what they’re doing will be classed as ‘fly-tipping’. Your belongings could be dumped on a corner or down a country lane and then it’s then the council’s duty to clear this up.



If they find any documentation that points to where the dumped items came from, you could face a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment. It’s a criminal offence.



These unlicensed ‘companies’ have earnt the name ‘Facebook Fly-tippers’. This is because they have been known to advertise to remove belongings for cheap, then dumping them in the countryside. It’s actually now an offence to not check whether your removal company is licensed.



At House Clearance Local, we have excellent relationships with scrapyards, charities, furniture upcyclers, paper recyclers etc. So your goods will always be disposed of properly.



2. Public Liability Insurance



A professional, licensed house clearance company like ourselves will have public liability insurance. If the company is unlicensed, it’s unlikely they will have this.



It’s to cover us (and you) against incident, accidents or damage in the process of undertaking the house clearance.



It’s not essential to have public liability insurance as a house removal company, but every professional firm should have it.



Imagine part of your property got badly damaged by the team during the house clearance. Who would cover that cost? Exactly. If the firm is insured, then their insurance will cover it.



3. Piece of mind



If you’re thinking of going down the cheap (and illegal) route of using one a company that is unlicensed, you should be aware of the risks. You should know what to expect if there is an accident or your waste is fly-tipped. We’re sure this will make you feel uneasy and stressed during this period.



Using a professional, fully-licensed house clearance firm gives you reassurance from the start that things will go smoothly. And if, for some reason, that they don’t; both you and the company will be covered by insurance.



So many people aren’t unaware of the implications that using an unlicensed house clearance company can bring. We’re always doing what we can to warn people not to fall for the cheap prices. It goes back to the saying, ‘you get what you pay for’. If something is too cheap to be true, it probably is.



For a free, no-obligation estimate quote or some advice, please give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.




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