The House Clearance Guide – 5 Simple Steps

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If you’re starting to think about a house clearance, you’re probably struggling with where to start! We totally understand that sometimes it’s difficult to decide on what to keep and what to get rid of. There are many reasons that you may need to declutter such as moving home, a garage tidy-up, taking care of a past loved one’s items to simply wanting to create extra space.

In this short, easy-to-follow guide we will talk you through some key points of how to clear out unwanted ‘junk’ making the entire process stress free and efficient as possible. 

Why do you need a house clearance?

It may sound like a simple question, however, try and establish the size of the job at hand. Have a quick look at what rooms need to be cleared and what items you will potentially get rid of. 

This will not only help you by understanding the potential work involved, it will also help you decided on whether you will clear the waste yourself using a hired skip or whether to get in a professional waste management company to do it all for you . 

How much time will it take?

Following on from the above point it’s a great idea to try and focus on the amount of time that you will think the project will take. 

For many homeowners that are considering a house clearance they usually set aside a weekend for the challenge. This may be unrealistic especially if you’re doing it alone, have minimal help or kids running around ‘helping’ you.

At AB Waste we understand this issue and are flexible with when we collect your skip. It’s not uncommon for you to keep a skip for a couple of weekends whilst you finish the job which we don’t charge extra for!

What types of rubbish do you intend to get rid of?

By now you’ll have a great idea of how long the house clearance will likely take, it’s now time to specifically look at the items that you wish to dispose of. 

If you’ve never hired a local skip hire company before then this is an important step as you probably don’t have a clue on which size skip will be perfect for your task. By telling us what bulky items you have and the nature of the house clearance we will advise you on the best solution. 

For instance, if you need to dispose of a fridge freezer or mattress there will be additional costs to dispose of these extra to the skip hire cost.  

It’s worth noting that 98% of all the rubbish we collect in skips is diverted from landfill, making us environmentally friendly or ‘green’ as possible!

How much rubbish do you need to get rid of?

This also may sound like a simple question but again, it’s an important one. The amount of rubbish you need to clear will obviously affect the cost of the house clearance or skip hire.

The more rubbish, the more it will cost.  

This leads on to the type of skip needed and the location of it. If you don’t have a drive or minimal access to your property, then a large roll-on-roll-off skip, although the right size for the job may be impractical. In which case you’ll need multiple smaller skips. This is something we can advise on. 

One option worth considering to reduce your costs and your carbon footprint is to donate to charity. Any items such as good quality clothing, bric-a-brac, furniture or items that are still perfectly good for someone else is always a great thing to do. 

Many charities will happily collect these items, not only is it good for the environment, the charity itself and your wallet. You can also feel better in the knowledge that you’re helping someone out!

Decide what you need to keep!

This all comes down to planning, make a list of items you want to throw out. When the day arrives for the big job, it will enable you to know exactly what you want to get rid of. 

It’s important so you can focus and agree on ahead of time of what to dispose of and what to keep. 

Starting to debate this on each item at the time you have put aside will totally slow down the entire process. Not only that, but as you’re getting hot and flustered clearing the house, it can lead to mini disagreements making the whole task that much harder and more of a nightmare. 

Decide ahead what to keep and what to chuck, make and list and stick to it. 


House clearances can be as easy and stress free as you want it to be by following a few simple steps. Make sure that you plan ahead of time, you have booked the right service, either professional house clearance or skip hire. Know what items to give to charity, what to dispose of and what to keep and stick to it.  Keep a clear head and use military precision and the whole experience will be a breeze.