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By David, Jun 18 2019 10:06AM

New clients always have so many questions when they first get in touch with us. And they’re usually the same questions each time. We love getting to chat with you because we’re also able to provide you with a unique quote too! But we understand that sometimes, when browsing our website, or during un-sociable hours, you may just like to find the answers to your questions online.

This is why we’ve created a series of FAQ blog posts. To answer your questions! Here is part 3. And remember, if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What happens to the items I want to keep?

When we’re ready to conduct a house clearance, it’s time for you to decide on the items you’d like to keep. You can either pick the items and remove everything yourself, or group everything together in boxes, pop it in the corner with a sheet over and we’ll deliver the items to you later for just fuel cost.

What happens to the leftover items in my house?

Once you’ve decided on everything you’d like to keep, everything else can be left as it is. Some people feel the need to sort everything prior to our arrival. As helpful as this may seem, please avoid doing this. We have to go through everything and segment it into categories. So, if everything is bagged when we arrive, we’ll still need to unbag it all.

Once we arrive, as mentioned above, everything will be segmented into categories. Everything that can be recycled will be taken to local recycling centres. Everything that is in good enough condition to be donated will be take to charity shops or donated to a local charity who sends packages of household items to underprivileged families in Africa. Other items such as furniture, will be donated to charitable upcyclers who will give them a new lease of life.

How much waste to you take to landfill?

Taking items to landfill is very rare for us and very much a last resort. Over the year, we stop 552 tons of waste from going to landfill.

Are you licensed?

We are a fully licensed house clearance company. Meaning, you can be assured that we are a professional company with your best interests at heart.

Are you insured?

Being an expert house clearance company, we are fully insured. This means that both us and our clients are protected in the event of an accident. You can be confident that we will undertake your house clearance properly and professionally, disposing of items in the correct manner. This means avoiding fly-tipping and eliminating the risk of you being fined.

If you’ve browsed the last few FAQ blog posts and haven’t found the answers you’re looking for, or have further questions, please get in touch with us on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We’ll also provide you with a free, no obligation quote for your house clearance. Remember, if this is your first house clearance and you’re a little daunted; don’t worry. You’re not on your own and we’re here to help every step of the way.

By David, Jun 14 2019 09:12AM

Whilst we were writing our recent FAQ blog post, we realised just how many questions we get asked on the daily that would be useful to share. So, we kept some of them back to create a part 2 of the blog post to help you out even more.

Whether you’re conducting a house clearance because you’re moving on, are tackling hoarding or a loved one has passed away, the process can be very daunting. You may also be nervous because you don’t know what to expect.

Whilst we encourage you to pick up the phone and give us a call with any questions you may have, it’s also a good idea to take a look at the below, just incase we cover anything you may not have thought of. So here goes part 2 of House Clearance FAQs:

Does a Clear and Clean House Clearance include cleaning the property after the belongings are removed?

Yes, it does. After we segment and remove all items within your property, we will return and clean it. This includes cleaning carpets, cupboards, skirting boards etc. We’ll get the property ready for ‘pre-sale’ or for whatever it has in store next.

Do Clear and Clean House Clearance work with Decorators?

If your property requires re-decorating or freshening up at the end of the house clearance, we are used to liaising with decorators in order to complete the project. Just let us know who you’d like to use, what they need to do, and we’ll happily work with them.

Are you environmentally friendly?

‘Green’ is very much Clear and Clean House Clearance’s ethos. Our way of working has been developed entirely with the environment in mind. We are thoroughly committed to providing a sustainable service for our planet.

Now is more important than ever to do as much as we can for the environment. We never buy non-recyclable cleaning products. In fact, we rarely buy cleaning products at all because we always salvage them from house clearances and then recycle the waste afterwards.

We do everything in our power to avoid taking items to landfill. Items are recycled, upcycled and donated to fantastic causes. This obviously takes a lot of time and work, but we do it to ensure we’re doing our ‘bit’.

We stop approximately 552 tons of waste going to landfill per year.

Do I need to bag everything up for you?

The answer here, you’ll be pleased to hear, is no. Lots of people think they’re being helpful by pre-bagging the items that need clearing before we arrive. However, we have our own processes and we need to be able segment everything individually to ensure we’re doing the best for the environment.

What do you do with the items I don’t want?

All of the items you no longer require will be put to good use. Anything that still has some life left in it, such as furniture, will be taken to be upcycled. Anything deemed good enough quality will be donated to charity shops or donated to a fantastic cause that takes items out to Africa for poor families. And almost everything else will be taken to a recycling centre and segmented properly.

We still think there’s plenty for you to learn more about. So, keep an eye out for FAQs part 3 soon. And if you have any other questions, or you’d like a quote, feel free to get in touch on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.

By David, Jun 3 2019 02:58PM

A recent study found that people move home an average of 1.8 times in their life. That’s really not a lot when you think about it. But you don’t have to be moving house to clear a property. You could have lost a loved one who’s estate is your responsibility to clear, be taclking hoarding and so on.

Our point is, a full house clearance happens so unfrequently in our lives, that many people don’t know where to start when they’re faced with the challenge.

When clients first get in touch for a quote and a chat, it’s safe to say the word that best describes them is ‘daunted’. They have so many questions, aren’t sure where to go, who to trust or what to look out for when it comes to help with a house clearance. It’s our job to make them feel at ease by explaining everything they need to know.

A recent influx of calls made us realise that it’s probably about time to publish an FAQ blog post so people can see their questions answered online. So here we are. And remember, if we don’t cover a question that you’d like to know the answer to, be sure to get in touch!

1. How much does a house clearance cost?

This is very much like asking ‘how long is a piece of string?’ or asking for a quote from your hairdresser before they’ve had chance to assess your hair. Each house clearance quote will vary due to the size of the property, the waste to be cleared and the number of staff needed. You can give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 for a chat and a free, no obligation quote.

2. How long does a house clearance take?

Again, this is dependent on the work to be done. When we provide you with your quote, we’d give you an idea of the amount of hours/days we’d need to block out in order to clear the property. If you’re working towards a deadline, don’t worry. As long as we’ve got the space to fit you in, we’ll get you all moved out by the time it’s arrived.

3. Do I have to be involved?

You can be as involved as you like. Usually people hire us to manage the project ourselves so they can get on with other things. However, in some circumstances, you may like a more hands on approach. For example, we have a lot of experience working with hoarders and conducting a house clearance very sensitively.

4. How do I know who to trust?

You should look out for licensed House Clearance companies and ensure they have insurance too. This is the best way to pick a reliable company. Also, you can check out the company’s online reviews. Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we’re a trusted, well-respected family-run company with years of experience behind us. We’re fully licensed and insured and have many positive online reviews to prove our reliable and efficient work.

Look out for part 2 of this set of FAQs which is coming soon. Remember you can contact us at any time for a quote or with any questions you may have.

By David, May 27 2019 09:00AM

Many people see recycling as an additional household chore. They see it as an extra bit of rubbish that they need to organise and sometimes don’t have space for. The truth is, every material that goes into landfill that could’ve been recycled is damaging our planet and will continue to do so for years to come.

We think that the mission of our generation is to raise awareness of the damage that landfill is causing, and encourage everyone to stop contributing to waste culture.

You may be thinking ‘easier said than done’, but did you know that research suggests it only takes 21 days to form a habit? So 3 weeks of changed behavior and you could start to see your new, environmentally friendly ways, as a part of your daily routine.

Here are 6 tips to put an end to waste culture when conducting a house clearance:

1. Stop producing waste

It all comes down to stopping actually buying the things that are producing waste.

At Clear and Clean House Clearance, we make it our mission never to produce waste. So our clients can always be assured their waste/rubbish/belongings will be removed and disposed of/donated/recycled in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.

2. Use big ton sacks

Rather than multiple black bin bags that are made from plastic, and therefore will contribute to methane pollution when decomposed; use ton sacks instead which ensures we aren’t contributing to global warming.

3. Recycle

It’s all about re-using/re-purposing things rather than letting them end up in landfill. Ensure you recycle every single product that can be recycled to prevent it ending up in landfill. This ensures it will be reused/turned into something else.

We have excellent relationships with recyclers and recycle 100% of everything that pick up which is recyclable, which means we literally go out of our way to be help the planet.

4. Donate

Things that you think have no value may hold value to someone else. Make donations or use our services to help with your house clearance because we work with organisations who send our donations out to third world countries to be reused.

5. Upcycle

Think about all of the trees that are continuously being cut down to make brand new furniture. If you’re fancying a change, consider either upcycling your furniture, or finding a piece of already upcycled furniture. Then you can be sure you aren’t contributing to the demand for brand new furniture.

Likewise, when needing to get rid of furniture, think about donating/selling it to an up-cycler who will give it a new lease of life, preventing someone else down the line from purchasing new furniture.

We have good connections with local upcyclers who ensure that furniture gets put to fantastic use for more years to come. This transferal of furniture from your house to them is included in the cost of the house clearance.

6. Buy recycled products

Make a special effort to purchase products that are made from already-recycled materials. Then when you recycle it and re-purchase a recycled product, you can be confident that you’re doing a huge amount for the environment.

We salvage good quality cleaning products and other items from house clearances. Then we ensure they’re recycled when they’re empty.

As being environmentally friendly is our ethos, we plan every clearance around the safe disposal of whatever materials we collect from your property. Over the space of a month, we recycle/donate an estimated 15 tons of generic bric-a-brac, 8 tons of metal which gets broken down, 4 tons of wood, 4 tons of furniture which gets donated/up-cycled and around 15 tons of paper which goes to recycling. That’s over 46 tons a month which we prevent from going to landfill. That’s 552 tons a year.

If you’d like a free, no obligation quote for your house clearance, be it full or partial, be sure to give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.

By David, May 22 2019 12:00PM

With the increased focus on being ‘green’ over the last few years, organisations (and individuals) such as ourselves, are trying to do their best to sustain our planet. With every house clearance that we undertake, we ensure we are always keeping the planet’s best interests at heart.

As science is getting more advanced, we are continuously learning what damages our planet and subsequently, what alternative actions we can to switch to, to prevent any further damage. Over the years, we’ve adapted our house clearance method so we’re more and more environmentally or ‘eco’ friendly.

A huge contributing factor of global warming is the release of methane into the air, which happens when certain materials (like plastic) decompose in landfill. We, as a nation, are trying hard to minimise the amount of methane being produced. And now, with the younger generation getting on board willfully, we can expect big change in future years. Every little change helps, but really, we need to see mass-change all over the world, starting from now. We believe this comes in the form of education and truly ‘doing your bit’ and making the effort to help.

We’re here to show you how we at Clear and Clean House Clearance are ‘doing our bit’ to help the environment.

1. Our Ethos

Our whole ethos is about being green. We think this is the most important part as we aren’t just being eco-friendly when we can or when it suits us, we actually base our house clearance methods around the environment. The environment has been considered in every part of what we do, and we only act in its best interests.

2. Recycling

A huge part of being environmentally friendly and reducing the production of methane is actually recycling plastic instead of throwing it in the waste bin. This is why one of the biggest (and most time consuming) parts of a Clear and Clean House Clearance is the segmentation of materials. Everything is separated using our colour coding regime and then we recycle absolutely everything that we can.

We have built fantastic relationships with recycling centres over the years which shows our life-long dedication to helping save the planet.

3. Salvaging cleaning products

It’s very rare that we buy cleaning products. We will normally salvage them from house clearances, so we aren’t continuously buying plastic.

4. Time & Money

You may have read about cafe chain, Boston Tea Party in the news recently. They have completely banned single-use cups, meaning unless you bring your own, buy a reusable cup, or pay a deposit, you can’t have coffee to-go. This has cost them £250,000 as they’re down 25% on their annual takings. But they’re happy they’ve made the right decision for the environment.

What we’re doing here at Clear and Clear House Clearance is very similar. It would be so easy for us to arrive at a house clearance, pack everything into one van and take it to a landfill site. We would finish jobs so much quicker and fit in more time to work with more clients. But we don’t, because we understand how much of an impact this landfill would have on the planet in years to come.

On a monthly basis, we stop around 46 tons of materials from going to landfill. That’s over 552 tons a year. These are items such as generic bric-a-brac, bed sheets, pillow cases, towels etc. This is because we take the take the time to carefully segment house clearance items and recycle/upcycle/donate absolutely everything that we can.

If you’re looking for a house clearance company who genuinely cares about its clients and the environment, then you’ve found the right one. Give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 for a chat alongside a free, no obligation quote.

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