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House clearances can be difficult for those involved. In this guide, we’ll help you understand and execute all the steps you need to take to complete a top-to-bottom clear out of any household.

Just Clear’s professional house clearance service can clear your home for you, with next day collections available.

What is a house clearance?

A house clearance is the process of removing furniture, appliances, clothing and other household items from a home. This may be done before or after the occupants move out or in preparation for a sale or other disposal of the property.

How much do house clearances cost?

When a house is cleared there are many costs associated with the job and vary depending on the items cleared. Costs vary depending on the type, size, weight and quantity of items that need removing.

Costs will also vary depending on how much of the clearance you plan on doing yourself. Whilst this can save money on labour costs, you will likely incur additional costs compared to using a house clearance service, such as renting a van or skip to dispose of your items.

As a guide, here are the average costs you can expect for a house clearance:

Job Price
Small Clearance (up to 500kg) £180 – £250
Medium Clearance (up to 750kg) £300 – £500
Large Clearance (up to 1000kg) £600+

It’s also important to note that in the UK prices will vary depending upon location. For example, house clearances in London will likely be more expensive than most other UK locations.

Three ways to clear your house

Method one: Hire a removal service

Engaging a professional removal service like Just Clear offers a hassle-free and efficient solution for house clearance. Here’s how it works:

  1. Get a quote: Find a house clearance company, such as Just Clear, and provide details about the items to be cleared and receive a free, no-obligation quote.
  2. Schedule a time: Choose a convenient date and time for the clearance. With Just Clear, next day collections are often available.
  3. Efficient clearance: The team will handle all aspects of the clearance, including packing, loading, and disposing of items responsibly.
  4. Environmentally friendly disposal: Just Clear ensures items are recycled or donated where possible, minimising landfill waste.

Pros:

  • Easy and convenient
  • Fast and reliable collection
  • Professional and efficient
  • Environmentally responsible disposal

Cons:

  • Cost (though often not much more than DIY)

Method two: Ask your local council

Some local councils offer house clearance services, which might seem like a convenient option. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Contact your local council: Reach out to your local council’s waste management department to inquire about house clearance services.
  2. Service availability: Check if the service is available in your area and understand the scope of what they offer.
  3. Get a quote: Obtain a quote for the service. Note that prices and availability can vary widely.
  4. Schedule a pickup: Arrange a date and time for the clearance service to visit your property. This can often take 2-4 weeks.
  5. Prepare items: Ensure items are ready for collection as per the council’s guidelines.
  6. Collection and disposal: The council service will collect and dispose of the items.

Pros:

  • Provided by local authorities

Cons:

  • Often unreliable and subject to availability
  • Can be less cost-effective than expected
  • Limited service scope and flexibility
  • Most councils limit the number of bulky items they can take

Method three: Do it yourself

Clearing your house on your own can be a cost-effective option if you have the time, energy, and resources. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Plan and assess: Start by evaluating the size of the job. Determine what items need to be cleared and the amount of space they occupy.
  2. Acquire permits: Check with your local council to find out if you need any permits for disposal, especially for large items or hazardous materials.
  3. Rent a van: Hire a suitable van that can accommodate the volume of items you need to clear.
  4. Gather supplies: Stock up on packing materials such as boxes, tape, and protective wrapping for fragile items.
  5. Enlist help: Depending on the size of the clearance, ask friends and family members to assist you with packing and moving.
  6. Sort items: Separate items into categories: keep, donate, recycle, and dispose.
  7. Load the van: Carefully load the van, ensuring items are securely packed to avoid damage during transit.
  8. Dispose of items: Take items to the appropriate disposal or recycling centres, ensuring you adhere to local regulations.
  9. Clean up: After clearing out the house, make sure to clean up any debris or remaining items.

Pros:

  • Potentially cost-effective, depending on whether van rental is required
  • Full control over the process

Cons:

  • Time-consuming and labour-intensive
  • Requires permits and a vehicle rental
  • May need significant help from others

Tips to minimise costs

There are many ways to minimise costs without making too many sacrifices. Here are a few tips – these can help whether you decide to do your household clearance yourself or hire a professional team.

1. Use online marketplaces to sell or give away big items

Sites like eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace can be a place to list items for sale and get some cash before you start throwing away stuff from your house. The buyer might also collect the item from you. 

It should be noted that sales are not guaranteed and if you need to clear a house fast then this is most likely not a good option. 

2. Communicate clearly with your clearance company

If you’re using a clearance company it is ideal if you tell them how many bags and boxes must be taken away, or even better if you prepare a list of specific items to be removed and highlight special pieces that require extra care.

3. Check what permits or documents you’ll need

There can sometimes be different permits needed to dispose of different items. If you have lots of electronic equipment like TVs, computer monitors, or fluorescent lights, you can’t throw these in a skip – they have to be taken to a recycling centre and you may be asked to prove you’re not a commercial operator. 

The proof you’re not a commercial operator is usually a utility bill or council tax receipt.

House clearances for when a loved one has passed away

Probate asset management services can be very helpful when a loved one has passed. This service helps someone refurbish, renovate, or make a property ready for sale during a very emotional and stressful time when dealing with a loss.

The process is made very simple; following an initial consultation and approval of the quotation, all you need to do is simply arrange a convenient time for the comapny to come and carry out the work. They take care of everything, including liaising with local authorities and obtaining the necessary permits.

Contact Just Clear For a Free Quote

Whatever the reason for clearing your home, you can rely on Just Clear to get the job done quickly and professionally. We’re the UK’s favourite House Clearance company on TrustPilot, and in most cases we can clear your home next-day.

House Clearance FAQs

What Is The Average Cost of a House Clearance in The UK?

House Clearances in the UK can cost between £170 to £300 but can go upwards of £800 depending on the type, size, weight and quantity of items that need removing. Price also depends on the area, for example, London will nearly always be more expensive.

Costs will also vary depending on how much of the clearance you plan on doing yourself. Whilst this can save money on labour costs, you will likely incur additional costs compared to using a house clearance service, such as renting a van or skip to dispose of your items.

Why Can House Clearances Be Expensive?

House Clearances can be expensive due to multiple factors, including location and quantity of items that need to be cleared. However, another important factor is the cost of disposing and recycling items properly and legally.

Do Local Councils do House Clearance?

Some local councils do offer a house clearance service. It should be noted that council collection services are usually expensive, unreliable, and usually have large waiting lists which makes them an impractical option for most people. Some councils have a limit on the number of items they can collect, too.

How Long Does It Take To Clear a House?

The time needed to clear a house depends on the items that need to be removed. It can take a professional team a full working day or slightly longer to clear a house, or if you do it yourself it might take a lot longer due to the time it would take to dispose of your items.