Navigating Bereavement: What Do House Clearance Companies Take?

Last updated Thursday 4th April 2024FAQs0 comments


Dealing with the loss of a loved one is an emotionally challenging journey. During this time, managing the clearance of their property can add to the stress. House Clearance Collective specializes in bereavement house clearances, offering a compassionate, efficient, and environmentally responsible service. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore what house clearance services entail and how we can support you during this difficult time.

What Do House Clearance Take?

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At House Clearance Collective, we believe that house clearance services are designed to ease the burden of clearing a property by removing a wide range of items. Here we provide a handy list of what you might expect to find in your house that should be cleared by most house clearance companies.


  • Sofas (including sofa beds and sectional sofas)
  • Chairs (armchairs, dining chairs, recliners)
  • Tables (dining tables, coffee tables, side tables)
  • Storage (wardrobes, dressers, bookcases, cabinets)
  • Beds (single, double, king, queen, including mattresses and bed frames)
  • Office furniture (desks, office chairs, filing cabinets)
  • Outdoor furniture (patio sets, garden benches)

White goods, Appliances and Electricals

  • Kitchen appliances (fridges, freezers, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers)
  • Laundry appliances (washing machines, tumble dryers)
  • Small appliances (kettles, toasters, blenders, coffee machines)
  • Entertainment electronics (TVs, DVD players, sound systems)
  • Personal electronics (computers, laptops, tablets)

Personal items

  • Clothing and footwear
  • Bedding, curtains, and linens
  • Personal documents and photographs
  • Jewelry and accessories
  • Toys and games

Misc items

  • Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Decorative items (vases, artworks, ornaments)
  • Kitchenware (pots, pans, dishes, utensils)
  • Tools and gardening equipment

Garden Clearance

In addition to clearing items from inside your home, our services extend to your outdoor spaces as well. Garden clearance is an essential part of our offerings, ensuring that your outdoor areas are just as respectfully managed as your interiors.

Here are some of the items we can take from your garden:

  • Garden Furniture: This includes chairs, tables, benches, and swings that may have weathered over time or are no longer in use.
  • Gardening Equipment: We clear out unused or old gardening tools, lawnmowers, strimmers, and other equipment.
  • Plant Pots and Ornaments: From ceramic pots to decorative garden ornaments that are no longer wanted.
  • Green Waste: We can remove organic waste such as branches, leaves, and grass clippings, ensuring they are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • Sheds and Greenhouses: Whether it’s dismantling and removing old sheds or greenhouses, we handle these larger structures as well.
  • Fencing and Decking Materials: Old or damaged fencing panels, posts, and decking materials can also be cleared.

While we’ve outlined a comprehensive range of items that our house clearance services can take, it’s equally important to be aware of what we don’t handle. In the next section, we’ll delve into the specific items and materials that fall outside our scope of service, ensuring you have a complete understanding of our capabilities.

What We Generally Don’t Handle

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While we strive to be as comprehensive as possible, there are certain items we may not handle, such as hazardous materials like medical waste and asbestos. It’s important to discuss specific items with us beforehand.

Here’s a breakdown of what we typically don’t handle and the reasons behind these exclusions: 

Hazardous Materials

  • Examples: Chemicals, asbestos, paint, medical waste, and other toxic substances.
  • Reason: Handling hazardous materials requires specialized equipment and training to ensure safe disposal. These items pose health and safety risks and often require specific legal procedures for disposal.


Illegal Items

  • Examples: Unlicensed firearms, stolen goods, or any items obtained through illegal means.
  • Reason: As a responsible business, we adhere to legal standards and cannot be involved in the handling or disposal of illegal items.


Certain Types of Electronic Waste:

  • Examples: Industrial-grade electronics or machinery that require specialized recycling processes.
  • Reason: Some electronic waste requires specific recycling methods that are beyond the scope of standard house clearance services


Large Structures:

  • Examples: Unlicensed firearms, stolen goods, or any items obtained through illegal means.
  • Reason: As a responsible business, we adhere to legal standards and cannot be involved in the handling or disposal of illegal items.

    Personal Sentimental Items:

    • Examples: Family photographs, personal letters, or other items of sentimental value.
    • Reason: We encourage clients to handle these personally, as they require careful consideration and are irreplaceable.

    Our goal is to provide a safe, legal, and environmentally responsible service. By clarifying what we don’t handle, we aim to ensure that our clients have a clear understanding of our services. If you have any specific items you’re unsure about, please feel free to discuss them with us, and we’ll provide guidance or suggest alternative solutions.

    While we’ve outlined the specific items that fall outside our house clearance services, it’s important to note that our commitment to assisting you doesn’t end there. In the next section, we’ll introduce you to a range of supplementary services we offer, like deep cleaning, which complement our house clearance offerings. These services are designed to provide a more holistic solution to your needs, ensuring that every aspect of your property is cared for.

    Additional Services

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    At House Clearance Collective, we understand that clearing a property is often just one part of preparing it for its next chapter. That’s why we offer a range of additional services designed to fully cater to your property needs. From deep cleaning to property management, our goal is to provide a comprehensive solution that makes your life easier.

    Deep Cleaning

    After the clearance, properties often require a thorough cleaning to restore them to a pristine condition. Our deep cleaning service covers every nook and cranny, ensuring that the property is spotless, hygienic, and ready for its next occupants. Whether it’s for personal peace of mind or preparing for sale or rent, our cleaning team leaves no stone unturned.



    If you’re relocating or need to move items to another location, our removal service is at your disposal. We handle your belongings with care and ensure they are safely transported to your specified destination. Our removal service is efficient, reliable, and tailored to meet your specific requirements.


    Painting and Decorating

    A fresh coat of paint or new decor can transform a property. Our painting and decorating services are here to revitalize your space, whether it’s for personal enjoyment or to increase market appeal. Our skilled professionals work with precision and attention to detail, delivering high-quality results that meet your aesthetic and functional needs.

    Electrical, Joinery and Handyman services

    For those little fixes or major overhauls, our team of electricians, joiners, and handymen are ready to assist. From electrical repairs to carpentry work, we provide a range of services to ensure your property is in top condition. Our team is experienced, skilled, and equipped to handle various tasks, big or small.

    Property Management & Estate Agent Services:

    Navigating the property market can be daunting. Our property management and estate agent services are designed to take the stress off your shoulders. We offer expert advice and management solutions, whether you’re selling, renting, or maintaining a property. Our team works diligently to ensure your property is managed efficiently and profitably.

    Our additional services are just one part of the comprehensive experience we offer at House Clearance Collective. Moving beyond these services, we want to highlight what truly distinguishes us in the field of house clearance. In the following section, ‘What Sets Us Apart,’ we delve into the unique aspects of our approach and ethos that make our services not just a choice but a preference for those seeking thorough, compassionate, and environmentally conscious house clearance solutions.

    Our Unique Approach to House Clearance

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    At House Clearance Collective, we recognize that house clearance is more than just a physical task; it’s a process that often holds emotional significance, especially in times of bereavement or major life transitions. Our unique approach to house clearance is deeply rooted in understanding and addressing these emotional aspects, combined with a steadfast commitment to efficiency and environmental responsibility.

    Compassion at the Core

    We approach every clearance project with a deep sense of empathy and understanding. Recognizing the emotional weight that can accompany clearing a loved one’s belongings or preparing a cherished home for a new chapter, our team conducts each task with respect and sensitivity.

    Efficiency in Execution

    While compassion guides our interactions, efficiency drives our operations. We understand that timely and effective clearance is often crucial, especially when dealing with property sales, rentals, or probate deadlines. Our team is trained to work swiftly and methodically, ensuring that your clearance needs are met promptly and thoroughly.

    Environmental Stewardship

    We recognize that every house clearance situation is unique. Whether it’s a small flat or a large family home, our services are tailored to fit the specific needs and circumstances of each client. We listen, adapt, and provide solutions that align with your requirements and preferences.

    Tailored Solutions

    If we find items of value during the clearance, we can sometimes offset these against your quote, ensuring you receive the best possible value.

    Transparent Communication

    Throughout the clearance process, we maintain open and honest communication. We believe in keeping you informed and involved, ensuring that you are comfortable and confident with the decisions being made about your property and belongings.

    Our commitment to responsible and compassionate service extends beyond just clearing homes. We strongly believe in the power of giving back and upcycling. Next, we’ll take a closer look at how we collaborate with charities and contribute to sustainable practices through our donation and upcycling efforts.

    Charity Donations and Upcycling

    We believe in giving back to the community and helping the environment. That’s why we partner with various charities to donate items that can still be used. Some of the charities we work with include:

    British Heart Foundation

    We choose to donate to the British Heart Foundation because of their unwavering commitment to fighting heart and circulatory diseases.

    Their work in funding groundbreaking research, providing life-saving treatment, and offering vital support to patients and their families aligns with our values of contributing to meaningful causes.

    By donating items to the British Heart Foundation, we not only help in reducing waste but also play a part in supporting their mission to save and improve lives.

    Cancer Research UK

    Cancer Research UK is at the forefront of the battle against cancer, and our choice to donate to them reflects our commitment to aiding in this crucial fight.

    Their groundbreaking work in cancer research and prevention has saved countless lives.

    By contributing items to Cancer Research UK, we not only support their innovative research but also help raise awareness and funds needed to defeat cancer, bringing hope to patients and families affected by this disease.


    Our decision to support Barnardo’s stems from their long-standing dedication to transforming the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

    Barnardo’s works tirelessly to provide safe and nurturing environments for children and young people facing a range of challenges.

    By donating items to Barnardo’s, we contribute to their efforts in offering protection, education, and essential care, ensuring that every child has the chance to reach their full potential.

    Alongside our dedication to charity and environmental sustainability, we also focus on delivering value to our clients. The following section will detail how we assess the value of items during clearance and how this can benefit you financially, potentially reducing the overall cost of our services.

    Valuation and Offsetting Costs

    In our house clearance services, we often encounter antiques and valuables that require special attention. Our approach to these items is meticulous and considerate, ensuring they are treated with the respect and care they deserve

    Expert Valuation

    When we come across items like antiques, collectibles, or high-value objects, we employ expert valuation methods. Our team includes professionals experienced in identifying and appraising such items, ensuring an accurate assessment of their worth.

    Sensitive Handling

    Antiques and valuables often hold not just monetary value but also sentimental significance. We handle these items with utmost sensitivity, considering both their emotional and financial value.

    Offsetting Clearance Costs

    One of the unique aspects of our service is the ability to offset the cost of house clearance with the value of these items. If we identify antiques or valuables that hold significant worth, we can offer to purchase these items or use their value to reduce the overall cost of the clearance service. This process is transparent and agreed upon with the client, ensuring a fair and mutually beneficial arrangement.

    Selling or Donating

    Depending on the client’s preference, we can facilitate the sale of these items through appropriate channels, ensuring they find a new home where their value is appreciated. Alternatively, if the client wishes, we can donate these items to charity auctions or organizations where they can contribute to a good cause.

    Documentation and Transparency

    Throughout the process, we maintain thorough documentation and clear communication with the client. We provide detailed reports of the valuation process and the decisions made regarding the antiques and valuables, ensuring complete transparency and trust.

    By incorporating these practices, we ensure that antiques and valuables are not only appropriately valued but also contribute positively to the overall house clearance process, whether through offsetting costs or benefiting charitable causes.


    In this comprehensive guide, we’ve navigated the intricacies of house clearance, highlighting the breadth of items we take, our mindful approach to items we don’t handle, and the unique practices that set House Clearance Collective apart. Our commitment to charity donations and upcycling reflects our dedication to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Moreover, our valuation process, which can offset costs, demonstrates our commitment to providing not just a service, but value to our clients.

    At House Clearance Collective, we understand that house clearance, especially in times of bereavement, is more than a task—it’s a part of your journey through a significant life transition. Our goal is to make this process as smooth and stress-free as possible. By choosing us, you’re not just clearing a space; you’re embracing a service that’s rooted in compassion, efficiency, and environmental consciousness.

    For those who are ready to begin this journey, or if you have any further questions, we invite you to reach out. Let us help you navigate through with care and professionalism. Get your free quote today and experience a service that’s tailored to your needs, respectful of your circumstances, and aligned with your values.

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