House Clearance Guide For Glasgow Residents

1. Estimating how long it will take to clear a house

The amount of time it takes to perform a house clearance in Glasgow will ensure everything else goes smoothly. For two people performing a house clearance, it is advisable to allow 1 day per room (for these purposes, a small garden counts as one room).

Even though it might seem like a lot, giving yourself enough time to complete a task will go a long way to removing any stress.

2. Determine what to keep and what to discard.

Having set aside some time for the house clearance, you’ll need to go through everything and decide which items to keep, which to sell or give away, and which to toss.

The best way to categorise items in a house clearance is to use the traffic light system. If you’re not good at saying goodbye, hiring a declutterer to help is a good idea. Go around the house room by room and label everything that you see with coloured stickers (red for “keep”, orange for “sell/donate”, and green for “bin”). Be as ruthless as possible-only use the red stickers on items you will definitely use-and remember, most things these days can be bought new for less than the cost of a pizza in Tesco!

After labelling everything (and maybe getting someone a little more objective to help if you have a lot more green stickers than red), you’ll need to move the items around the house so that they are grouped together based on their colour stickers. Put the green stickers together first. It doesn’t matter if you damage them in the process, and you’ll have more room to deal with the good stuff once you’re done.

3. Determine how much clutter you have for your house clearance.

It’s a relief to have that part done. But before you call to have it taken away, you need to figure out how much stuff you have.

To estimate volume, think about the standard domestic skip. How many standard skips—the 6-yard ones you see outside a residential building site—do you think your stuff would fill? Armed with this key fact, walk around each room and note how many skips each sticker category would fill. Don’t worry about being super precise; just estimate to the nearest half skip. You may also want to keep in mind that items with a green sticker (those destined for the tip), including old flat-back cupboards, can often be broken down for less space.

Add up each category’s volumes and plan how everything will be moved once you have done this.

4. It is important to arrange for the house to be cleared.

It is now time to deal with things to keep, things to donate or sell, and things to bin. Dealing with each separately:

(a) Transferring items from A to B

You can find specialists at the British Association of Removers. Members are regulated and required to meet certain high standards—so you will not deal with cowboy operators. They provide useful information on removal firms, such as contact information for firms in your area.

You could also hire a van and do it yourself if you prefer. Although moving stuff (especially furniture) can save you some money, packing and loading items carefully can make a big difference to whether your items arrive at your new location in good condition, as moving stuff (especially furniture) can be a lot of hard work.

(b) Donation and sale

If you have an unwanted household item, the web is a great place to sell it; eBay is probably the best known. Here’s some advice on eBay, but be warned: buyers love to ask questions, so prepare yourself for a busy inbox.

A local auction house or second-hand furniture dealer is probably the best place to sell bulkier items. You can find the names of local operators in the paper or yellow pages, and if you want to get a sense of value before delivery, you can email them a few digital photos in advance.

The majority of items that are donated to local charities do not have a fire safety certificate, except for appliances and furniture.

If you’re considering donating furniture, you may want to consider the Furniture Reuse Network, a network of UK-based social enterprises.

(c) Disposal

It is possible to dispose of junk yourself if you have the energy and the time, just as you do with traditional removal. Depending on the amount, you can either cram it all into your car or hire a van to take it to the local dump, or alternatively call your local council to arrange bulky waste collection (often free or heavily subsidised). Council collections usually take about a week to arrange, and they are usually done only from outside the premises.

Hire a skip – a sort of in-between solution. Skips are dropped off outside your premises and filled. They are charged a flat rate and require a skip permit (and possibly a parking suspension) from the council if parked on a road. Prices vary widely depending on the skip size and the cost of any permits and parking suspensions. By checking here, you can find out how much a skip costs in your area.

If you need clearance and disposal services, contact AnyJunk, who will clear, load, and dispose of everything you need to get rid of, from single items to multiple truckloads, from anywhere on your property. They charge according to the amount of junk cleared, show up in two-hour arrival windows, and reuse and recycle wherever possible. Alternatively, you can find many waste contractors and man and van operators on Google. Before you book, you should always ask for references, proof that they are licenced to haul trash, and confirmation that their workers are covered in case they damage your property.

5. Finally, be very cautious when handling documents.

By treating confidential documents carefully, you can protect yourself from identity theft, which is a growing problem in the UK. You may want to get a shredder and destroy bank documents, credit card receipts, or health records if you wish to dispose of them.

Also, be careful not to throw away documents you might need later. Keep official-looking paperwork until the estate has been settled, especially if you are clearing out a family home. Talk to the solicitor or executor dealing with the estate if you have any doubts. Action Fraud provides more information.

Keeping you safe and healthy

In a house that has been undisturbed for some time, moving a lot of items is likely to dislodge a large amount of dust. Open plenty of windows before you start and get a dust mask if you are cleaning out a loft or cellar.

Make sure you keep your back straight when lifting heavy objects. Bend at the knees.If you are carrying something with someone else, always discuss how you will lift it and where you will move it first – this helps to avoid accidents caused by confusion, as well as dents in your home’s plasterwork!

6. It’s all done!

Once you’ve dealt with everything, you deserve a cup of tea and some time to relax. Let’s hope you didn’t clear out a comfy armchair and a kettle in the process! If, however, just reading this guide has made you feel exhausted, why not call us or book online to get your house clearance done and dusted?

Get in touch with us if you need a proper house clearance company in Glasgow.

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