Arranging a house clearance often happens at a stressful time. Perhaps you need to clear a relative’s house after they have passed away. Or you need to quickly empty a property after tenants left it in a mess. It may be difficult to focus on the practicalities. Here we run through some of the essential questions to ask your Gloucester house clearance company before they take on this important job for you.
- Are You Fully Licensed and Insured?
A genuine, professional and high-quality clearance firm holds a full license for waste transportation and disposal. They will also be fully insured for working in your house. While having insurance isn’t required legally, it is important that your house clearers are covered for any accidental damage that may occur when they are in your property. You don’t want to be left with a bill for expensive repairs. Any respectable company will be happy to show you proof of insurance and licence.
- How Many People Clear the Property?
Ask your potential house clearance firm how many people they will send to complete your work. This will usually depend on the size of the house and the clearance needs. It is important that the firm looks closely at your requirements before telling you how many people will be needed and how much it will cost. Check that the clearance personnel are properly trained and experienced. Do they have all the right tools and equipment to carry out the job?
- What Do You Do With All The Stuff?
This is one of the most important questions to ask. Never use a clearance firm where you suspect waste will end up fly-tipped, illegally disposed of, or the majority sent to landfill. House clearance Gloucester professionals should endeavour to recycle as much of the waste as possible. Most high-quality firms will send things to charity, recycle at the relevant tip or waste disposal centre, or sell items. Sending everything to landfill is extremely damaging to the environment and you have a choice not to let this happen.
- Do You Buy Items?
Some firms will buy items from the house clearance although this depends on the value of the item and the circumstances. Many companies will sell second-hand furniture and will then offset the value of the sale against your bill or return the cash to you. Check what system the company operates.
- How Long Will The Property Clearance Take?
When you ask this question to a reputable firm, they will always say it depends on many factors and that they will need to assess the property and your requirements before giving an estimate of time and cost. Anyone that gives a blanket price for house clearance is not likely to take the care and attention you would expect with your house and your belongings. Cost is also difficult to assess and quote. Once the firm has looked carefully at your requirements, they will be able to tell you how much the bill will be.