Tips on How To Do House Clearance And Cleaning?
A house clearance is often needed when a family is bereaved, or when a friend or family member is taken into care. When this happens, the house needs to be cleared to be sold or given back to the community. House cleaning can be quite a difficult, demanding and emotionally draining undertaking, but it shouldn’t be. You should do a proper house clearance preparation to make the process easier and faster.
So, here are some valuable tips to consider for a stress-free house clearance process:
- Scheduling the Time Needed for the House Clearance
Planning for the time needed for the house clearance ensures that everything flows smoothly. You should consider allocating enough time to clear out a room. A good rule of thumb is allocating about half a day to clear out one room. You can also read the Guidelines of Department of Communities and Local Government for house clearance here.
- Deciding What to Keep and What to Throw away
Once you’ve figured out the time needed for the house clearance, you now need to decide which items you wish to keep, which you’d rather sell or give away and which will be thrown away. You can implement the traffic light system for the house clearance. This is done by using colored stickers (red for “keep”, orange for “sell/donate”, and green for “bin”). This will be essential when going round the house room after room, labeling everything you see. Try to be as strict as ever. Only use the red stickers for the items that you will definitely need. Once you’ve labeled everything, shift everything around the house so that those with the same colored stickers are grouped in the same place. Always start grouping the green stickered items first as it doesn’t matter if they are damaged when moved around.
- Make an Estimation of all the Stuff you Have for House Clearance
The best way to do this is to think in terms of how much space your stuff would fill. Walk around each room and make a mental note of how much stuff you’d need to carry. Read tips to the disposal of household waste to make the house clearance easier.
- Arrange for the House to be Cleared
You should now have; Volume of things to keep, Things to donate or sell, Things to the bin. Now look for specialists help. They provide useful information on removal firms, including contacts of which firms operate in your area. Alternatively, you could hire a van and do it yourself. You’ll certainly save some money but it can be such hard work.
Now that you know what to do during a house clearance, what should you collect?
- Important Documents
Identity theft has become quite rampant, so you should try and protect yourself by treating your confidential documents carefully. If you wish to dispose of credit card receipts or bank documents, consider getting a shredder and destroying the documents. Equally, be careful not to throw out documents you may need later on. This is especially important if you’re undertaking a house clearance for a deceased relative. Don’t get rid of official-looking paperwork until the estate has been settled.
- Indoor and Outdoor Furniture
So, you’re moving to a new place huh? You would still need your furniture for use considering how costly they can be. If clearing a house for a deceased loved one, consider donating to goodwill or selling. You may also keep a piece or two for keepsake.
- Large and Small Electrical Appliances
It is a no-brainer that electrical appliances for use around the house can be quite costly so it is prudent to set aside the ones you already have.
- Family Heirlooms and Valuables
You may want to keep the valuable items that have been passed down from generation to generation in your family. These are priceless and worth the hustle.
Everybody is different, so you should keep anything that you feel is important to you no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to people.
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