Whether you’re looking to tidy up clutter that has built up over years, or dealing with the difficult process of clearing a friend or relative’s home in preparation for sale, it can often be a stressful and somewhat emotional time. There is no easy way to pack up someone’s personal belongings, particularly if downsizing and de-cluttering a home is part of the process. Here are 5 House Clearance Tips that may just make the whole process a little easier.
Tip #1 – Formulate a Plan
Planning, planning, planning – the first step toward efficiently and effectively clearing a house is deciding where you’ll start and how you’ll proceed. Try and estimate the amount of time you’ll need to sort through the whole house, room by room, and allow at least 12 hours per room. Yes, it sounds like a lot, but you really need the whole process to be as stress-free as possible. Try and engage some helpers to assist you and keep you motivated, and if you just don’t think it’s achievable physically and mentally, there are always professional clearance services (like us!) that can manage the entire process, from sorting possessions right through to managing the sale of the property.
Tip #2 – Separate the ‘Wanted’ From The ‘Unwanted’
The next stage in the home contents clearance process is going through all of the items in the house and dividing them into two categories – items you want to keep and those that have to go. Items that have to go should also be separated into those that can be sold, donated, given away or recycled. Marking each category with a different coloured label and placing them together in one part of the house can avoid confusion and really help with the sorting process.
Selling items can not only help with the property clearance process, but it can also generate revenue – which is always a good thing! Consult reputable auction services for a quote on any items with significant value (like jewellery, artwork and antiques). Less valuable items like crockery, books, furniture and bric-a- brac can be listed on websites like Etsy, Gumtree and eBay. Do your research to find out how much similar items are selling for and be prepared to negotiate. You’ll be surprised at what people will buy and for how much!
Another option is to hold a garage sale. Although they take some planning and you’ll need to make a really early start (garage sale fans get up early!), it’s a great way to get rid of items quickly, particularly if you’re willing to haggle. If you’re clearing a house, bear in mind that charities are always in need of quality stock, and will often accept items that may be hard to sell via other means. These include books, records, clothes, cutlery, crockery and a variety of bric-a- brac. Some op shops will also accept furniture and bulkier items, and others will also pick up for free if the item is something they’re willing to sell. A quick phone call to some of the bigger charity organisations (like Lifeline) can confirm this.
Hiring a skip bin is a great option if you’d like a hassle-free way of disposing of a large number of items. Skip bin companies can organise the collection of a range of items from green waste (like dead plants, grass clippings and old pot plants) and household waste (like books, broken toys and cardboard) to old furniture (like beds, lounges and tables) and old electronic equipment (like speakers, fridges, TV’s and computers). Plus, many of them will also organise the appropriate sorting of your waste to ensure the best possible result for the environment.
Tip #3 – Deal with Hazardous Waste Responsibly
Items deemed ‘hazardous’ unfortunately can’t be removed via a skip bin, and these include things like tyres, wet paint, liquid concrete, poisonous chemicals, carpet, mattresses and oils. Disposing of hazardous materials in your general waste or recycling bin is also not safe as items could be explosive, corrosive, toxic or flammable. However, local councils often have resource recovery centres where you can drop things off like aerosols, batteries, empty gas bottles, electronic waste, paint and mineral engine oil for a small fee, and some also host drop-off days where you can dispose of hazardous materials for free!
Tip #4 – Think About Your Options
So we’ve gone through a few of the options available to you if you’re undertaking a house clearance exercise – the DIY version, hiring a skip and using local council services, however, another home clearance tip is to use a professional property clearance service. Each option has its own pros and cons and all depend on the limitations of your budget. However, many property clearance services are completely customisable, meaning you can engage them to handle as much or as little of the process as you need. Their services often include:
- Removing items from your property
- Sending items to family members
- Collecting items of sentimental value
- Donating items to local charities
- Removing rubbish and unwanted items
- Organising storage
- Selling items on your behalf
Tip #5 – Engaging a Property Clearance Service
One of the biggest benefits of engaging a property clearance professional is that they provide their clients with a unique and comprehensive service and can manage all of the activities that are required within what is often a very complex task. They also understand the emotional and logistical challenges that come with a property clearance and offer their clients flexibility and customised service that allows them to have as much or as little involvement as they choose.
They work out your priorities within the clearance process, can sell possessions of financial value on your behalf if you choose, can determine if there are any maintenance issues that need to be addressed, and can also assist with the appointment of a sales or rental agent. The result? A considered, respectful and streamlined approach that means you have one less thing to worry about when tackling the arduous task of clearing, vacating and/or selling a property.
Finding the prospect of a house clearance daunting? Contact the experts at Property Clearance today on 1300 200 292.