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By David, Mar 19 2020 10:22AM


We’ve spoken about house clearance processes before. We’ve also spoken about how to find the perfect company to help you with your clearance. But what are the next steps? Now we’re sharing the things that we tell our own clients before their clearance, to give you an idea how to prepare.


1. Decide on your involvement


We support lots of different types of people with house clearances. From families who want minimal involvement and would like us to take care of everything, to long-standing hoarders who require our sensitive support; the level of input you have is completely decided by you. Just let us know and we’ll accommodate your needs.


2. Choose the items you’d like to keep


If possible, try and choose the items you’d like to keep and either remove them, or place them in the corner of a room with a sheet on top of them. We can deliver them to you later if you require… and we’ll only charge for fuel.


3. Don’t pre-organise things


Yep, you read that right. Lots of clients (with the best intentions) try and organise the items for clearance ahead of time to try and help us. However, this usually causes us more work. Our ethos evolves entirely around the environment and as part of our compulsory procedures, we sort through every single item and decide on whether it goes to a charity shop, upcycling centre or recycling centre. Although we really appreciate your intentions, please avoid doing this to save us time and help the planet.


4. Let us know any local charities that are close to your heart


If you feel particularly passionate about a certain charity and would appreciate us involving them in the clearance, let us know. We pride ourselves on personalising each and every house clearance and where possible, we’ll try our best to honour any requests such as this. This can be particularly comforting if you’re clearing a loved one’s property who’s passed away.


5. Don’t panic


We know that using a house clearance company who you’ve not used before can be a little daunting. But we can’t reassure you enough that we’re a kind, personalised, family-run business who just want to help people. We conduct house clearances through Cirencester and surrounding areas of Gloucestershire and are well-respected through these areas. For some extra reassurance, take a look at some real reviews from real customers who’ve recently used us.


6. If you have questions, let us know


If you’re worried about something or would just like to get answers to any questions you have, give us a call. You can call us at any time, on any day, and if we’re free, we’ll always pick up the phone. If for some reason you can’t get hold of us, there’s lots of information on our blog/FAQs page that may answer any questions you have.


7. Keep us updated with changes


Whether your completion date has changed, or there’s a sudden influx of severe weather, things don’t always go to plan with house moving dates. If this happens, don’t instantly panic. Give us a call and we’ll try and help you work around it. We try to be as flexible as we can and will always try and accommodate your needs, even if they’re last minute changes.


If you’re looking for a house clearance company in Worcester, Gloucestershire or surrounding areas who has you and your family’s best interests at heart, then give us a call today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. You’ll speak to our Director, David, who will be more than happy to have a friendly chat and give you advice/a free, no obligation quote.


By David, Mar 12 2020 01:22PM

Believe it or not, organising a house clearance requires some project management skills. But if you’ve never organised a house clearance before, where do you start? How do you compile a checklist of things that need doing if you don’t know what those things are?


We’ve been helping with house clearances across Worcester and surrounding areas for longer than we can remember. We thought it would be useful to pass on some of the essential things you need to consider when you’re organising your own house clearance.


You could be a landlord having to clear your tenant’s belongings, a family member who has just sadly lost a loved one, or you may be taking the exciting step of moving abroad and clearing your property before doing so. Regardless of your circumstances, this article should help in getting you started.


1. Confirm the moveout date


If you’re clearing a property, chances are, you’re getting ready to sell or let it out to someone new. In order to start planning your house clearance efficiently, you need to get an idea of the date that you’re working towards before you hand over the keys. We know that these dates don’t always go to plan, but if you’re starting to think about clearing your property, you’re probably quite close to the move.


Also, it’s worth questioning whether you can clear the property any sooner. Just because the move out date is March 4th, it doesn’t mean you have to wait until then. If you have the facilities to move sooner, that will leave more time in case anything doesn’t quite go to plan.


2. Make list of everything you’ll need and how much it’ll cost


If you’re new to house clearances, you may be flying a little blind as to how much it’ll cost you. There are lots of things to consider when clearing a property by yourself, some of these important considerations are:


• Hiring a moving van

• Fuel for the van

• Ensuring you have someone who can legally drive the van

• Hiring people to help with the heavy lifting

• Hiring a rubbish skip

Purchasing a skip license

• Rubbish tip license

• Hiring a cleaner

• Purchasing of cleaning products

• Purchasing of boxes

• Purchasing of packing tape

• Asking friends for help

• Ensuring all services are licensed and insured

• Hiring painter/decorators if needed


Not only will you need to source and find these services yourself, you’ll need to coordinate timings so that their tasks complement each other. For example, it’s no good a cleaner arriving before items are cleared, because they won’t be able to do their job fully. Likewise, it’s no good hiring a van if you have no one to help you get things into it. Don’t underestimate the amount of organisation a house clearance requires.


3. Keep a diary


With all the different services you’re using, do yourself a favour and keep a diary to remind you who’s coming and on what date.


4. Start packing with plenty of time to spare


If you know you’re soon to be clearing a property, it’s never too early to start packing. If you’re still living in the property, start packing non-essential items far in advance. Separate things you don’t want to take with you from the items you’d like to keep. We’d advise you to do this room by room to keep things organised, and also to label things carefully (for your own sanity later on).


5. Look for charity shops accepting donations


If you’re clearing someone else’s property, or are generally down-sizing, you probably won’t need to keep all items in the property. Additionally, a lot of the items you don’t need will probably still be fit for use. Rather than contribute to landfill, source some local charity shops and check that they’re accepting donations. A trip or two to the charity shop can help the planet and also make a difference to someone else’s life.


6. Confirm dates & times


You may have booked services far in advance, or you may just be worried about being let down; either way, it won’t hurt to just ring and confirm dates and times a week or so before your clearance day.


7. Have a plan of action for clearance day


If you have the luxury of being able to clear your property over a period of time, things may be more relaxed for you. However, if everything is happening on the same day, you’ll need a plan of action.


Everyone should know what they’re doing, where they need to be and at what time. Making sure that things runs smoothly will ensure that the property is complete on time and you can hand the keys over to whoever needs them.


8. Take photos


Once everything is complete the property has been cleared and cleaned, make sure you take lots of pictures. This will ensure you have evidence of the quality which you left the property in.


9. Hand the keys back on time


If you have a deadline for handing the keys to the new occupant/estate agent/whoever, be sure to keep that time in mind. If you’re running slightly behind for whatever reason, it’s a good idea to keep them as informed as possible.


10. Save time, effort, stress and money


If all of this sounds like a lot of effort, have you considered using a professional house clearance company? In many cases, people who are clearing a property have careers/busy lives too. Meaning it can be hard to find the time to get everything done, let alone the finances.


We’re a professional, family-run house clearance company based in Gloucestershire. We undertake all sorts of house clearances through Cirencester and surrounding areas on a daily basis.


Our house clearance packages all include organisation of the items in your property, full clearance and professional cleaning. We’re 3 services in 1, so you get the best value for money. We’ll fully coordinate your house clearance, liaising with other services/family members where necessary. We’ll also segment all items that you no longer require and take them to charity shops, recycling centres and so on. Our mission is to avoid landfill.


We also work with clients if their property is in our area, but they themselves don’t live there. We can liaise with neighbours, estate agents etc. to get things sorted and then send you photographs of the completed property.


We have years of experience providing a kind, caring and efficient house clearance service to the people of Gloucestershire. We have an array of testimonials to prove it too.


If you’re new to house clearances, or you just have a few questions, please give our Director, David a call today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. He’ll happily chat you through our process and give you a free, no obligation quote to consider.




By David, Mar 2 2020 12:35PM

When it comes to house clearances, we’ve got the skills, experience and customer testimonials to prove that we’re experts in our field. We undertake house clearances across Worcester, Cirencester and all areas of Gloucestershire, but what you may not know about us, is that although our specialism is house clearance/removals, a part of our package is also cleaning. This means that our clients don’t need to hire separate cleaning, rubbish skip and van services… because we’re all 3 in 1.


We conduct cleaning to a professional standard so that properties are ready for vacant possession. With that being said, over our many years in the industry, we’ve developed some fantastic house clearance cleaning tips that are both helpful to you and kind to the environment. Here are some of them:


1. Get a reusable mop


Re-using a wet mop can lead to all sorts of hygiene/disease issues as the mop still retains the bacteria from the last time you cleaned. Buying throw-away mops aren’t good for the environment because they just pollute the planet by ending up in landfill/the ocean. Purchasing a reusable mop which you can wash in your washing machine is a great way to keep floors clean and stay environmentally friendly.


2. Use scented disinfectant


Disinfectant is a must if you’re cleaning a property. It’s a great idea to buy scented disinfectant to make your home smell pleasant as well as look sparkling clean. Additionally, a lot of the scented disinfectant you can buy are dilatable; meaning they last longer so you’re buying less plastic.


3. Use a lint roller to remove dust


We’ve all been there, you’ve done a full dust of your home, you’re just ready to put the duster away, you turn around and bam, the dust has settled again. A great way to avoid this (as much as you can) is to use a lint roller to collect the dust so you can be sure it’s not going to settle on your surfaces.


4. Use vinegar


We know what you’re thinking, vinegar?! But yes! Vinegar can be a great cleaning product for removing water stains, cleaning coffee makers and also shower heads. You’ll also save on buying more plastic cleaning products by using something you may already have in your cupboard. Be sure to do some research first to make sure you’re using the right type of vinegar on the right products.


5. Use a squeegee on your carpets


If you’re thinking of buying new carpets, why not try and give them a new lease of life before taking a chunk out money of your savings? You can use a cheap ‘squeegee’ (a window cleaning tool) to pull any dirt/hair out of your carpets and then follow this by giving them a good clean/hoover. We’ve seen unbelievable results online of people using use these low cost tools to transform their carpets.


If you’re moving home, clearing your house or decluttering and are a bit overwhelmed, why not let us help you? Call David for a chat today and he’ll let you know how we can help and answer any questions you may have.


By David, Mar 2 2020 12:22PM


It can be easy to get into a bit of a rut after Christmas. The evenings are dark and cold, there are leftover sweet treats in the kitchen cupboards and you still haven’t managed to clear out unwanted belongings to make space for new Christmas gifts.


Many people find it difficult to get motivated until the evenings start getting lighter and the weather becomes less bleak. It’s at that point that the term ‘spring cleaning’ starts rearing its head again – reminding you to remove the clutter that has built up over the last few months.


Now that March is swiftly approaching, if you’re looking for a reason or inspiration to declutter, look no further. Here at Clear & Clean House Clearance, we’ve been clearing and cleaning houses for many years. Over this time, whether we’ve been undertaking house clearances in Cirencester/Worcester, it’s fair to say we’ve picked up on many reasons that decluttering is not just good for the mind, but the body too! Here are some of those reasons:


1) It helps mental health


As the saying goes, ‘clean house, clean mind’. There are all sorts of studies out there that aim to prove that cleaning helps with your mental health. For example, one study found that ‘mindfully washing the dishes’ reduced nervousness by 27% and improved ‘mental inspiration’ by 25%.


Many people find that a spring clean makes them feel more positive in their day to day activities and general outlook on life.


2) Increases productivity


Following on from the last point, once you’ve accomplished the task of spring cleaning your home (or decluttering in general), the endorphins released from the physical activity can make you keen to get more productive tasks done.


Whether you’re working from home or are heading to the gym, you’re likely to feel more able to tackle the day ahead if you’ve already got off to a good start.


2) Makes you more active


You could be trying to get your daily steps up or just keen to move more in general, moving from room to room, decluttering, dusting and cleaning is a great way to get some physical activity completed.


4) It can improve your mood


Being productive can easily put you in a good mood. Especially when you’re living in the midst of your productivity. If the sun is shining, the windows are open and you’ve got your favourite music playing, that can lift your mood even further.


5) It helps with allergies


When Spring rolls around, lots of the allergens that may have gone into hibernation over the winter start creeping back out again. A spring clean can mean keeping your home clear of any dust/pollen etc. that may be lingering ready to mess with your sinuses.


6) It can help you sleep


If you’ve had a productive few hours of physical activity during your spring clean, you’re likely to be more tired when it’s time for some shut eye; therefore, you should sleep better. In addition, there’s the added benefit of the cleaner environment making you less stressed and more relaxed.


7) There are less hazards


We work with a lot of hoarders throughout Gloucestershire and the biggest difference we see after a house clearance is that there are far less risks of injury. This is because the clutter that was building up and causing slips/trips/falls risks has been removed, and any dust/dirt has also been cleaned.


There are so many incredible health benefits of doing a ‘spring’ clean at any time of the year. If you’d like some help decluttering or need some stronger hoarding support, give us a call today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We work sensitively with people like you every day and we’d be more than happy to help you make your home more liveable.


By David, Feb 25 2020 12:45PM

Our main ethos as a house clearance company is being kind to the environment. As a business, we undertake house clearances through Cirencester and other areas of Gloucestershire. But no matter which location, most people choose us due to our sensitive approach and strong focus on the environment. This is something which is very close to our hearts.


Through our many years in the industry, we’ve realised that some people don’t want to make daily eco-friendly changes because they think it will difficult, expensive and pointless. Over our last few blog posts, we’ve illustrated exactly how easy it is to make simple, long-term eco-friendly changes to your household. Sticking to our promise of bringing you more ideas, here are some more easy changes you can make.


1) Swap plastic food bags for reusable ones


As we’re sure you’re aware, plastic is currently filling our landfill/oceans and it’s so unhealthy for the environment. Consider switching your one-use plastic food bags for reusable food wraps, or even a lunch box! If you take a sandwich to work 5 days a week for 48 weeks of the year, that’s 240 instances of plastic per year that you’re preventing from harming the environment.


2) Swap napkins for reusable cloths


We’ve all been there; children’s parties, Sunday lunches, Christmas dinners; dish out some paper napkins and dispose of them later, simple! Rather than throwing away napkins that are going to be harmful to the planet, invest in some reusable cloths that you can wash and avoid throwing away. They look nicer and you’ll save money too!


3) Buy items in bulk


It’s inevitable, it would be quite an effort to avoid all instances of single-use plastic – though we may try. When you do buy these items, it’s a great idea to buy them in bulk because the individual packaging is actually reduced when you purchase products this way.


4) Swap ready meals for homemade cooking


We’re sure that most people have experienced a ‘microwave meal’ phase at some point in their lives. Whether it’s the full meal, or just a bag of seasoned potatoes, all of that plastic adds up. Buying raw ingredients and having a go at making your favourite ready meals/snacks it a fantastic way of saving on plastic. You’ll get more for your money with extra vegetables for an additional meal and your overall packaging consumption will decrease. Plus, as you can control what’s going into your meal, you have the option to make it healthier… which is an added benefit.


5) Swap your plastic toothbrush for a more sustainable one


The US reports to throw away over a billion toothbrushes per year. Just think of all the plastic that’s making itself at home in each landfill site. Swapping to a more environmentally friendly toothbrush is a good way to stop contributing to this.


We aren’t talking about a radical change. Using a toothbrush which you can replace its head can make a big difference. Or even switching to bamboo brush can help.


You may be as passionate about the environment us, or you may be trying your hardest to start making more of an effort. Regardless of where you sit on the environmentally friendly scale, the most important thing is that you’re here, reading this article in the hope of making a difference.


If you’re looking for a company that can help you clear your home in a way which is efficient towards the environment, we conduct house clearances (and removals) throughout Worcester, Gloucestershire and surrounding areas. We are always more than happy to have a chat if you have any questions and give you a free quote. Give David a call today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.


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