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By David, Aug 7 2019 02:22PM

‘Green’ has always been our ethos. We are incredibly passionate about the environment at Clear and Clean House Clearance. One of the many reasons that our clients love us, is because we do everything in our power to prevent contributing towards landfill.


Many people choose to undertake their own house clearance and end up simply taking everything they don’t want to the rubbish tip; regardless of whether it’s fit for purpose or not.


In fact, many of our customers say that they’d have just used landfill had they not used us. Because it was easier.


We’re always shocked by this. We're keen to spread the word of how easy it is to do good by the environment. So, we’re telling you how:


1. Stop buying plastic


Whether you’re buying new cleaning products or black bags, simply stop buying plastic. Scour your cupboards for existing bottles of cleaning products and use refuge sacks instead. Also, some cleaning product companies like ecover have refilling stations where you can take your bottles back to be refilled, rather than buy new ones.


2. Donate


If there are things you really don’t need anymore, it can be tempting to put them all in one black bag and just throw them away. But what a waste! Separate the items in good condition and take them to a local charity shop… or even see if you can sell them on local Buy & Sell sites!


Charity shops are always after donations & you get some satisfaction that your belongings will be living on.


3. Upcycle


Fancy yourself as a bit of an artist? If there’s some furniture you’re ready to get rid of, give it a new lease of life! Grab some sanding paper and some paint and get working. If not, ask your friends and family; you’d be surprised the talents some people have. Then you can either sell it on, or make room for what looks like a brand new piece of furniture!


4. Recycle


We are often left gob-smacked at the number of items taken to landfill that can be so easily recycled! Make use of your council bins and separate anything that can be recycled from the normal rubbish.


If you run out of room during a clearance, there are lots of recycling centres you can take items to!


5. Use an environmentally friendly house clearance company


Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we built our whole organisation around the environment. As part of the clearance process, we do all of the above to ensure that none of your items contribute to landfill. Over a year, we stop 552 tons of rubbish from going to landfill.


Once we remove and deal with unwanted items, we return to clean the property so it’s fit for whatever you need it for.


So, rather than breaking your back and wasting time and precious energy clearing a property by yourself, get us involved. We’re a local, trusted organisation who will always do their best to help in any given circumstance. If you’d like to know a little more about costs, give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 and we’ll provide you with a free quote.


By David, Aug 2 2019 09:14AM

Every week we welcome new clients who, the week previously, weren’t even aware house clearance services like us existed.


There are a few times in life where you may be needed to undertake a large house clearance, such as when a loved one passes away and you need to clear their home to sell; if you’re tackling hoarding; if you’re relocating and taking minimal items with you; if you’re moving home and starting fresh etc.


It’s always said that moving home is one of the top 3 most stressful life experiences. And majority of the time, a full (or partial) house clearance can be even more stressful.


Lots of people either aren’t aware that our service even exists; or they think it’s likely to be so expensive, it isn’t worth enquiring. This often leads to people going down the route of doing the house clearance themselves or hiring unlicensed, uninsured companies to help, at great risk.


We’re here to tell you why the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ really is true when it comes to house clearance. And also, that… it really may not be as expensive as you think.


1. Avoiding fines/jail time


Many people will turn to local Facebook ‘Buy & Sell’ sites to ask for recommendations for someone to clear their unwanted items. When you choose to go down the route of using cheap waste removal companies, there are huge risks involved.


Some of these companies have been deemed as Facebook Flytippers. This is because they won’t be insured/licensed and will happily take your items away… and dump them in a nearby field/open space. Then, when a report is made to the council, if they find anything that leads back to your identity, you could face huge fines and potential jail time.


2. Clear licensing and insurance


It is your responsibility to check that any waste/house clearance company that you use is licensed and insured. Using a legitimate company will ensure both parties are protected against accidents/injuries, items are removed properly and you can trust that the job will get completed ethically.


3. You won’t be contributing to climate change


Whether you use a cheapy waste removal company or do a house clearance yourself, chances are, it’s easier to take your unwanted items to the tip. This contributes hugely to landfill, pollution gases and climate change.


If you use a licensed house clearance company like ourselves, who have a ‘green’ focus, you’re guaranteed that your unwanted items will be recycled, donated and upcycled. Meaning we will do everything in our power to avoid taking waste to landfill.


4. Avoid injuries


Sure, it may seem cheaper to book a few days off work and do everything yourself with some help from your friends. But will it really be worth it when you end up injuring yourself from heavy lifting/tripping and falling?


Clear and Clean House Clearance have professional staff who are trained in manual handling. So, they know how to do a house clearance professionally and most importantly, safely.


As we said above, when you think of hiring a company to do a house clearance, the cost really may not be as bad as you think. You’ll need a specific quote because prices vary dependent on property size, items to be cleared and the time it’ll take to complete. So, feel free to give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We can have a chat and we’ll also provide you with a free, no obligation quote.


By David, Jul 24 2019 11:15AM


Having a big clear out is good for the soul… not to mention good for your storage space! Whether you’re trying to declutter in general or doing a house clearance; one of the biggest annoyances of having a clear-out is knowing what to do with the things you don’t want.


It can be so tempting to buy a set of black bags and take a few trips to the tip. But this way, you’re contributing towards landfill which is damaging our planet daily.


We’re always shocked when we ask clients, ‘what would you have done with all these unwanted belongings had you not used Clear and Clean House Clearance?’; and they tell us they’d have gone to the tip or used a waste removal company off Facebook.


So, we thought we’d put together some tips for what not to do with your unwanted items.


1. Don’t use an unlicensed rubbish removal company


It can be tempting to go for the cheaper waste removal companies that are advertising on Facebook. The difficulty here, is that it’s hard to know whether they’re licenced or not. Unlicensed waste removal companies are known for taking your rubbish and dumping it down country roads/in open spaces.


These people are often known as the Facebook Fly Tippers. Then, when the rubbish is dumped, it’s likely to get reported to the council. If there are any items (such as letters) which lead back to you, you could be faced with a hefty fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison.


If you want someone to come and remove items for you, contact a reliable, licenced company (like us), who will remove the items in the most environmentally friendly, ethical way possible.


2. Don’t put items on the street


You should never put a ‘FREE’ sign on an item and leave it in the street for someone to take. This is because it could be considered fly-tipping and you could be fined in the same manner as the above point.


3. Don’t take it to the tip


Your last port of call should be landfill. Landfill is filling the earth, polluting our air with gases and massively contributing to global warming. Your first port of call for any items you no longer need should be donation (to charity shops/up-cyclers etc.) and recycling every single thing that you can.


We know this can be time consuming, but the alternative is hugely damaging to our planet. If you’re considering bringing someone in to help, be sure that they are committed to looking after the planet. Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we’ll come into your property, segment absolutely everything you need clearing and then use our connections to remove everything ethically.


If you’re stuck for what to do, or don’t have the time to get rid of everything in the environmentally friendly manner that you’d like to, give us a call. We’re a friendly and reliable house clearance company who are used to dealing with all sorts of clients.


If you have any questions or would just like a chat and a quote, give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.


By David, Jul 19 2019 09:34AM


It would be great if we could plan every house clearance around the seasons wouldn’t it? It would be ideal to wait until Spring or Autumn every year. Things would be a little cooler and manual work would be a little easier without the sun bearing down on us.


Unfortunately, as we all know, life doesn’t work that way. If you’re a hoarder who’s been working towards getting a clearance started, you won’t want to delay things until next season. Likewise, if a loved one has passed away and you’re faced with paying for their mortgage, you may need to sell the property ASAP.


The fact is, house clearances will need to take place at every point in the year. And even if completing a house clearance in the summer heat isn’t ideal, it’s doable. Plus, it’s a lot easier with preparation.


So, here are our tips on clearing a house in the Summer.


1. Stay hydrated


Clearing a house is a physical task at any time of year, never mind the Summer when it’s hotter and you’re losing a lot more water than normal. Make sure you come prepared with as much water as you need and remind everyone to keep drinking throughout the day. If you’re trying to help the planet, bring re-usable water bottles and fill them up in the sink every time they’re empty!


2. Make sure you eat well


House clearances are long and usually take a few days. It can be so tempting to work straight through lunch to get the job done, especially if you’re working on a deadline. Try to stop for lunch if you can. It’s good to be prepared and plan food in advance, maybe packing a lunch the night before.


Try and eat well too. We know popping to the chippy can be tempting, but eating a lunch that is more nutritious will fill you with the energy you need to get you through the rest of the day. If you really haven’t got time to stop for lunch, take food that you can snack on through the day.


3. Wear cool, but safe clothes


It can be tempting to do a clearance in minimal clothing through the summer. But always keep safety in mind. If you know you’re going to be doing lots of heavy lifting, or if the property is full of hazards, be mindful of prioritising your safety too.


4. Get some fans


It’s helpful to dot a few fans around the property to help cool the air. People can have a quick break to cool down in front of the fan too!


5. Enlist help


Having an extra few pairs of hands can be super helpful and lessen the impact on one person. You’re able to share the workload so there’s less to do. It will save you time too!


6. Hire a House Clearance Company


If you didn’t know it already, there are companies out there, like us, who specialise in house clearance. We’re well-accustomed to working with deceased estates, office clearances, hoarding and much more. You name it, we’ve dealt with it.


If you’re reading this and thinking, ‘I could really do with some help’, then give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We’ll have a chat and provide you with a free quote. Looking forward to hearing from you!



By David, Jul 16 2019 01:59PM

Here at Clear and Clean House Clearance, we deal with every sort of house clearance you could imagine. One of our house clearance specialities is working with hoarders to help them make a drastic change in their lives.


Hoarding is an actual disorder where someone keeps masses of belongings and stores them ‘chaotically’. It can cause both mental and physical health problems and take a long, long time to pluck up the courage to deal with.


We’re a trusted organisation who have a fantastic reputation of helping hoarders with every aspect of turning their life around.


Here are some tips you can use to keep your home tidy and prevent the build-up of more clutter.


1. Put things away


When you’re done with something, don’t just pop it on the side or leave it on the stairs. Put it back where it belongs. If you’ve let things build up and get on top of you, take things one item at a time until each item is back where it belongs.


2. Have a place for everything


This goes hand in hand with the first point. If everything has a place, it can be easily found and put away again.


3. Only buy things you have space for


This is like living within your means. If you start buying large or lots of items which you’re not sure where you’ll place, you’ll struggle to keep things clutter-free. Then things will start to pile up.


4. Have a regular clear out


We guarantee that every time you go through your belongings, you’ll find things you haven’t used in months, maybe even years. Think about getting rid of the things that you don’t need/use anymore by donating/recycling them. This will then make more space for anything new that you buy.


5. Have a ‘miscellaneous’ drawer


You're guaranteed to have some items that don’t have a logical place to go. It’s a great idea to have a drawer where all of these types of things can live. You can keep things like pens, batteries, Sellotape etc. in this space.


6. Keep things close


If you use something predominantly in the kitchen, don’t store it in the dining room. Having things close to where you use them will encourage you to put them away that little bit more.


7. Go digital


Stopping paper entering your home can put an end to so much clutter. Most companies now allow you to go paperless, which means that you won’t have to have your gas and electric bills floating around without a home anymore. Plus, you’re helping the environment!


We understand that, especially if you struggle with hoarding, taking these tips on board can be difficult. But you can try one thing at a time. Try doing one thing a week for 7 weeks until you’ve developed some great new habits.


If you’re dealing with hoarding, wanting to make a change and aren’t sure where to turn, we can help you every step of the way. You can be as involved as you want to be.


Give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 for a chat and a free quote.


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