What is a house clearance and how do they work?
House clearances are a form of service which can be a part or an entire house. Many people use a house clearance service because they may need a lot of items removing or looking to clear Garages, Sheds and houses, even gardens could be included in the classification
A house clearance is a service offered by a few different types of business, they are usually carried out by specialist clearance companies, removal companies, general waste removal companies, as well as ‘man and van’ sole traders.
Who ever you use, make sure they are a certified waste carrier and dispose of your goods in the correct manor.
Below is our checklist for a successful house clearance.
1. Get an quote
You first need to contact a house clearance company and request an quote. House Clearance Wales provide guarantees for all our services.
2. Compare the service, not just the price
It is important to compare the service offered, don’t pick a company on price alone. This is important due to the continuing prevalence of rogue clearance companies and fly-tippers who may offer a ‘cheap’ price but then illegal dispose of the rubbish.
If a rogue clearance company fly tips, you personally could be liable for the fine. Watch out for rogue fly-tippers.
There are five simple signs that a company is reputable.
- Honest, independent reviews from previous customers. House clearance Wales is recommended, vetted, and monitored by Environment Wales.
- Registered as a licensed waste carrier with the welsh Environment Agency.
- Hold up to date insurance including trade public liability insurance.
- Prominently display their registered company number and VAT registration number if applicable.
- A good website can show that the company has invested in the long term.
3. Book in your service
Now it’s time to book in your house clearance service. You just need to arrange for the time and date for your house clearance to begin. Depending on how much you need cleared, a clearance can range from an hour to multiple days.
It is common to pay a deposit to secure your booking.
4. Before your house clearance
You should receive a reminder at least the day before your house clearance begins.
5. On the day of your house clearance
A good house clearance company on the day will notify you prior to their arrival at the agreed time.
6. Your house clearance begins
On arrival your house clearance team should introduce themselves, you then show them what items are needing to be cleared, you will be given a final price at this stage, and then the team begin loading up their van(s).
7. Your house clearance finishes
On completion, you will need to pay the remainder of the balance of your house clearance.
8. Reuse and Recycle
Next, the house clearance team will either reuse, recycle, donate, or tip off the items from your house clearance. Reputable firms will always try to limit the volume of waste going to landfill. Here at Cullens, we bypass landfill as much as possible and try to donate items to charity to help ensure that items are reused.
9. Leave honest, independent feedback
Lastly, you should be asked to leave honest, independent feedback. If you have not been asked, you can contact the house clearance company to find out how.
Honest, independent feedback is important to ensure a high level of service in the clearance industry and help to remove unwanted rogues and fly-tippers.