Tips on house clearance

If you have the time to spare, you can save money on house clearance by doing some of the work yourself: you might even be able to make a bit of extra cash.

• A good way to raise some extra money is to sell any items of value yourself. With smaller items, many people prefer to sell them at a car boot sale. Other effective ways of selling include Gumtree, Etsy and eBay. Don’t underprice the items: it’s easy to compare and see what similar items have sold for in the past.

• Most towns have furniture recycling charities that will collect larger items of furniture in good condition so that they can be reused by those in need. Sofas, cabinets, tables and chairs will all be welcome donations; soft furnishings must meet the relevant fire safety standards to be acceptable.

• List items on Freecycle: you may not make any money but you will be helping to avoid things going to landfill. Items which are not worth much to you may be just what someone else is looking for and the new owners will come and collect, saving you time and trouble.

Clearing a house or other premises is a demanding task that is not for everyone and you may well prefer to let the professionals take care of it for you. However, at a time when you are probably facing many other expenses, it makes sense to keep costs as low as possible. Give us a ring and we can guide you through the process over the phone or arrange a free visit.