As the leaves start to change colour, a new season with new goals is ushered in. Whilst many of us associate this time of year with cosy evenings and log fires, it can also be an opportune moment for a different kind of change: a home clearance.
This autumn, why not attempt to reorganise and reclaim your space? In this article, we are discussing why opting for an autumn clearance is beneficial and how you can get started with yours.
Why Organise An Autumn House Clearance?
Now summer is over, it’s time to start preparing for the colder weather – and an autumn clean is the perfect start. But, why should you choose now to get a house clearance?
Firstly, autumn in London and the UK, is typically much cooler and less humid in comparison to the summer months. This makes the weather perfect for a house clearance. With the tepid weather, it’s much more comfortable to work in and can make sorting through your unwanted belongings much more pleasant. With little rain and the autumn sun still occasionally in the sky, you can almost be guaranteed decent weather.
Preparing For Christmas & New Year
Another reason to opt for an autumn house clearance is to get ahead of the Christmas and New Year rush. Autumn truly marks the month of the holiday season, and with that, we may start to have more get-togethers and parties. If you are a holiday host, Christmas can be an extremely busy time in your household. It’s important to declutter your space before it’s time to start entertaining. Also, removing any unwanted belongings from your property can make a lot more space for new holiday decorations – another great reason to choose an autumn house clearance.
New Season, New You
As a new season rolls around, you may be looking for a way to jump-start your ‘fall cleaning’. Much like spring cleaning, getting a house clearance service during autumn can be an excellent way to prepare for a new season to begin. During the colder months, we tend to spend a lot of time in our home and an autumn house clearance can help you reclaim your space before then. As well as ridding yourself of unwanted clutter, you can also deep clean your home and get into all those hard-to-reach areas.
The Problem With Clearing Your Home Yourself
Whilst it seems more cost-effective to clear your home yourself, it can also be draining on your time and energy. During a clearance, hiring a professional can not only relieve you of the trickier tasks, but it can also help streamline the process and help you reclaim some of your time.
Fines & Costs
If you are going to attempt to clear your space by yourself, the first thing you will need to consider is the fines and costs involved. Firstly, there is the potential cost of a van hire, to move all your unwanted belongings out of your property. Whether it’s garden waste, old electrical goods or furniture pieces, you will want a mode of transportation to remove these items from your property. In order to do this effectively, you will need to call ahead of local dump or landfill sites to ensure that they can take these items from you. In some instances, for example, electronic waste will need to be disposed of separately, or furniture pieces may be able to be broken down and recycled, rather than ‘dumped’.
Some local landfill sites in London may also charge. According to chapter 7 of the Waste Greater London Authority handbook, ‘an average disposal cost of £100 per tonne’ is issued at most landfills. So, if you are planning on a London house clearance which may involve moving a lot of items, it may be more cost-effective for you to hire a clearance service instead. With a clearance team helping you, they will be able to call ahead and book any dump or landfill slots that may be required which can save you both time and energy.
As well as the cost of taking your items to landfill, you may also have to think about potential fines. Without the knowledge of how to properly dispose of certain items, you can be charged if it is done incorrectly. As we’ve mentioned above, electrical goods need to be disposed of in a certain manner, so as not to further affect the environment and human health. With a clearance service, you can release yourself of these concerns, as they will handle these tricker bits for you. This can not only save you money in the long run, but it can also help you avoid any fines.
Another risk of attempting to clear your home by yourself is the potential dangers that you could face. Clearances involve a lot of heavy lifting and manoeuvring of big items. This can increase your chances of getting hurt during your clearance. According to htxtriallawyers.com, the most common injuries when moving are ‘back injuries, broken bones, cuts and scrapes, and overexertion issues’.
Musculoskeletal injuries, strains, as well as falls and trips happen all too often during a move. To avoid putting yourself or your family at risk, you can hire a clearance team to handle all the potential dangerous jobs. With a team such as ours there, you won’t have to lift a finger – we can handle all of the loading and unloading.
How To Vet a Clearance Company Before Hiring Them
Cowboy clearance companies can also be an issue you may run into. Researching the right clearance company for you can be a daunting task. You will want to ensure they are reputable before allowing them to help you during your clearance process. But, how can you check they are legit?
Look At Their Reviews
Firstly, we would recommend looking at their reviews. If they are a reputable company which delivers high-quality service, then many of their past and present customers would also agree. We would suggest either looking on their website, or websites such as TrustPilot. This will give you a good idea of what the company stands for, and how other people in the same situation as you have found working with them.
Never Book Over The Phone
Secondly, never book over the phone. It’s completely normal during the planning stages of your clearance to call up a company of interest and ask lots of questions. However, if a company is insistent on booking over the phone, then they may not be legit.
A high-quality service will want to see the property first and ensure they understand the scale of the job before agreeing on moving forward. This process is important as the company can assess how many team members will be needed for a job and how much time/vans it may take. Our team will always come and check out the job first, and we even offer a free, no-obligation quote so that we can be completely transparent with how much time a job may take and how much it will cost. If a company wants to book a clearance without seeing the property first, it can be a sign that they aren’t authentic.
Ask Lots Of Questions
Here at Greenleaf Clearance, we love answering your questions. We understand that a move or clearance can be a stressful time with many moving parts. We want to be the helping hand that makes it that much easier – and that’s why our phone lines are always open during working hours. If you have any questions about our services, or want to enquire about something that may not be on our website, we are only a phone call away.
London House Clearance Near Me: How We Can Help You
Greenleaf Clearance will work with you on any clearance job you may require. Our London house clearance team can support you during your household clearance, reclaiming your garden space, or even assist during an office makeover. Our team of friendly experts are available now – feel free to contact us on 0808 164 8226 for your free no-obligation quote now.