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By David, Mar 20 2019 09:00AM


There’s no way of getting around it (or so you think). Moving house/conducting a house clearance, no matter what the circumstance, can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Between the organisation, the manual work and the time it takes, clearing a property is difficult.


Many people rope in their friends, pay them with a curry and manage to get most tasks completed in some form of orderly manner. But the stress, heavy lifting and emotional attachment to some items can sometimes take its toll.


Things are specifically hard when you’re having to clear the property of a loved one who has recently passed away (advice and guidance can be found here). Many people are unfortunately in a rush to sell a property when a loved one has died, as they can’t afford to maintain mortgage payments. So they’re forced to face the harsh reality of clearing their family member/friend’s property, much sooner than they’d have liked. We see this a lot. And this is where Clear and Clean House Clearance come in.


We have an overwhelming amount of experience in dealing with ‘deceased estates’. We not only provide house clearance, but a sensitive, person-centered approach which help families all over the region. Here is how we help make the process easier for our clients:


1. Help with personal items


Firstly, we ask you to choose the items you want to keep. We call these ‘personals’. When a loved one passes, in amongst their belongings, there’ll undoubtedly be items that family members would like to keep in order to remember them. This is probably the most emotionally-difficult part of the process for our clients, but we try to make things as easy as possible.


If you can’t manage to take the items from the property yourself, we ask you to box them, cover them with a sheet and place them in the corner of a room. We will then collect the personal items and deliver to them you later.


2. Segmentation


After the personals are dealt with, we can begin our process. We go through the property and segment the belongings leftover. One of the main things that people find upsetting about clearing a property after someone dies, is that their belongings will be thrown away. We make sure this isn’t the case if it doesn’t need to be.


We have excellent relationships with local charities, recyclers and up-cyclers to ensure that all belongings that still have life left in them can go on to live longer. We also have relationships with scrapyards to ensure that we aren’t contributing to landfill. This usually gives our clients a lot of comfort.



3. Donation


Once we’ve segmented the belongings, we will then clear the property and take the segmented items to be donated to their chosen destination.



4. Cleaning the property


Once the property is clear of belongings, we will begin the cleaning process including skirting boards, floors, cupboards and more. We can even liaise with painter/decorators if needs be and coordinate the whole process.


It’s a good idea to get the above complete before the house goes on the market and even before getting the estate agents involved. This means that the house will be clear, clean and uncluttered for photographs and viewings, making the space look bigger and more attractive. It’s all about doing things in the right order.


Once we’ve completed everything, the property will handed back to you in a clear and clean state to go on the market. Your loved ones’ valuable possessions will be delivered to you and the other belongings will have been donated to great causes, avoiding landfill and ensuring someone out there will get some more use out of them.


If you’re unfortunately having to clear a loved one’s property after they’ve passed away, or in another circumstance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 for a free, no obligation quote.



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, 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.




By David, Oct 10 2018 03:56PM



The Pied Piper Appeal was started in 1992 to help to build a new Children’s Hospital attached to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. They also help equip special schools in Gloucestershire, send children with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families on Wish holidays and has also helped to make children’s experience of mental health easier by improving the facilities they are treated in.


When clients choose my company Clear and Clean House Clearance we start by segmenting the house into areas of charity, waste, recycling, metal etc. We then load the van with good furniture’s ready for their shop in Brockworth and other charities we use.


Yes. The Pied Piper Appeal is close to our hearts as we know first hand what it is like to have a sick child. Our first son was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). He went though a lot when he was very young and open heart surgery when he was 8 days old. He has since made a (full) recovery but others on the ward weren’t so lucky. After going back to the Childrens Ward at Gloucester, looking around you are surrounded by items donated by the Pied Piper Appeal. They do a wonderful job of helping children in the local community and it is all made possible by kind donations and a lot of hard work by many volunteers.


Our ethos has always been to give back to the community where possible and to support local charities.


Visit: The Pied Piper Appeal if you would like to help out on one of their fundraisers.

www.piedpiperappeal.co.uk


Visit: Clear and Clean House Clearance if you would like help with a house clearance

www.houseclearancelocal.co.uk

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