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3 November 2020

How to save money and find a local clearance company you can trust for your House Clearance

Looking for advice on House Clearance Near Me and recommendations of competitive, licensed house clearance companies that you can trust in your area? Great – you’re in the right place! 


  1. What is a house clearance
  2. How much time does it take to clear a house?
  3. How to decide what to keep
  4. Arranging a house clearance – what are my options?
  5. Estimate the size of the house clearance
  6. Identity theft


1. What is a house clearance?

Just so there’s no confusion, let’s start with a defintion of house clearance. A house clearance is when you clear a household property of most or all of its contents. Items are sold, donated or disposed of. 


2. How much time does it take to clear a house?

The duration of a house clearance depends on the size of the property, how many things there are to remove and how many people are helping. A good reference benchmark is to allow a half a day per room, assuming 2 people and reasonable good access to the vehicle.


3. What to keep and what to get rid of

Deciding what to keep and what to clear can be tricky. It’s best if you have someone with you who won’t be sentimental about your items.  You could enlist the help of a declutterer or a friend. 

A great approach is to use a sticker traffic light system. Use red for items you’re keeping. Orange for selling/donation and green for disposal.

Once you’ve done this, the next step would be to place the items with the same coloured stickers together. Then you will have a much clearer idea of what to do next and how big the job is.

boxes packed up for house clearance


4. How to estimate the size of a house clearance

Before you make arrangements with a clearance firm, you’ll need to roughly work out how much waste you have.  An easy way to estimate this is to imagine how many standard skips you’d need to take away the waste.  You don’t need to be super accurate, but it will be useful for waste contractors.  Alternatively, you could send a bunch of photos or a short video of the stuff to the firm you are using..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


5. Arranging the house clearance – what are my options? 

Most of your items should now be in the following categories: keep, donate, sell and dispose. 


men loading a sofa for house clearance


Do it yourself

You may decide you want to save money and take on the disposal job yourself.  If this is the case, prepare yourself for multiple trips to your local household waste recycling centre in your car.  Alternatively, you may decide to hire a van to cram more stuff in each time and make the process faster – please be aware that some tips require vans to have a permit so please check with your tip prior to arrival.

Also, clearing houses is a big job, so if you are doing it yourself we really recommend trying to find an extra pair of hands to help you out. 


Use A House Clearance company

The easiest solution is to contact a nearby house clearance company who will sort everything for you.  They will clear your stuff and take it away, either selling items that can be reused or responsibly disposing of it.  House clearance  companies charge based on the volume of waste cleared.  Before booking a man and van company, always check that they have a waste carriers license – you can check this on the Environment Agency’s website here. But if you use LoveJunk, that’s already done for you. LoveJunk also checks the firms are properly insured. 


Skip hire

Another solution to consider is skip hire.  With this, a skip will be delivered but labour is not included in the cost – you will need to do all the hard graft, loading and heavy lifting.  The skip is charged at a flat rate and if your skip is placed on the road, you’ll need to pay extra for a skip permit.  Skips are a great solution if you have the space and the muscles to load the waste.

Sale and donation

If your furniture is in good enough condition to be rehomed, there are lots of great ways to stop your furniture going to landfill.  

There are a whole host of different websites you can use to give furniture a second life such as Freegle, Freecycle, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor, Shpock and Preloved.  You can also try local charity shops or ask your friends and relatives if they’d like any of your stuff.

If you live in London, read this great furniture reuse article for Londoners.

woman packing up boxes during a house clearance


6. Identity Theft

Last but not least, it’s important to remember to be very careful with your important documents when clearing out your house.  You might want to consider shredding/burning old bank statements and health records just in case the wrong person gets their hands on them.  Better to be safe than sorry.

However, there are times when you shouldn’t destroy documents when clearing a house.  For example, if you’re clearing the home of a deceased relative, it’s always a good idea to hang onto any documents you may later need until the estate has been settled. 



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