House clearance can be a tricky and emotionally demanding business. At the very least you’re dealing with the removal and disposal of bulky and sometimes dangerous contents. It takes time and effort that you should be spending on your work or family. It’s also quite likely that the process will involve emotional ties, particularly in those cases where it follows bereavement. It certainly isn’t something that most people will want to tackle for themselves.
How do you find a responsible house clearance company though, and what should you look for in one? While there are plenty of these companies in existence, how do you know that the one you are thinking of using is a responsible, effective one?
First, check that the company you are thinking of using is fully licensed and insured. They should be registered with the environment agency to deal with any potentially hazardous waste in the house. They should also have enough insurance to cover any damage accidentally inflicted on the house in the removal process. See if they are members of the UK House Clearance Association, which has a code of conduct for its members, and requirements of their operating standards.
Then, make sure that they are able to do everything you want. Will your house clearance involve removing carpets and electrical goods? Check that the company you are considering can deal with both. Will it involve bulky items that will need careful removal? Are they able to deal with unusual situations, such as clearing a caravan or boat? Remember that industrial sites and residential sites are two very different prospects, so make sure that you hire a company able to cope with your particular circumstances in a professional manner.
Also consider what the company is going to do with the waste once it has removed it. In these environmentally conscious times, many of us are making a determined effort to recycle, so choose a company that is committed to doing so effectively. Not all of these companies recycle the same amount. Some will do the bare minimum required by the law, if that, while others will go out of their way to ensure that everything that can be recycled or reused is. Choose an option where you know they aren’t just dumping the problem and running.
Don’t forget to consider the business aspects of the relationship. How much is it going to cost to have the location cleared, and what are you getting for that? Will it include cleaning, or just the removal of objects? How quickly will they be able to do the job, allowing you to get on with whatever you have planned for the property? Think about the customer service side of things too. Do you really want to be at a deceased relative’s house to let in the people taking away their unwanted property? If not, look for a company that will work with solicitors or agents.
Look for a company that is professional and competitively priced, but don’t automatically go for the cheapest. Take the other considerations into account too, and you’ll find a company that will give you a much better house clearance for it.