House Clearances are a form of service which can be a part or an entire house. Many people use a house clearance service because they may need a lot of items removing or looking to clear garages, lofts, sheds and basements.

What is the process?

The process is normally as follows:

  • From your call or email a company representative will contact you to discuss the requirements of your house clearance job.
  • Some companies will ask to see the property before they quote you. Others will give you an estimate based on what you tell them needs to be removed.
  • They will evaluate the job and either give you a quote to remove the items or pay you for the possessions.
  • If they are successful then you can arrange a day to complete the job for you.

It is best practice to get a couple of other companies to have a look to get the best price possible.

Costs involved

When a house is cleared there are many costs associated with the job that varies depending on the items cleared. Many councils across the UK operate a strict policy which must be adhered to.

Example items. These have to be cleared in a safe way:-

  • asbestos
  • pesticides
  • fluorescent tubes
  • oils
  • some paints
  • some household and car batteries
  • discarded electrical equipment like TVs and computer monitors, fridges and freezers
  • discarded energy saving light bulbs (also known as CFLs)

The Directgov advises that these items are put into your car and taken to your local waste management centre; also known as a ‘tip’ or ‘dump’.


It is important that companies who operate a clearance service are registered waste carriers with the Environment Agency. The home owner can obtain this license by asking the business who is quoting for the job to produce one, or you can check the validity of the licence on the Environment Agency website.

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