Why Choose a Local House Clearance Service
Why Choose a Local House Clearance Service - Local vs National House Clearance Services
Choosing a house clearance service can be challenging especially when you are dealing with a probate, hoarding or bereavement clearance. There are lots of national franchised clearance companies and smaller local clearance businesses around that offer a range of solutions. In this articles we are going to talk about the pros and cons of using either a Local or National company for your property clearance services.
First of all we will look at what you should look for when choosing a House Clearance Company in Somerset
What you should look for when choosing a House Clearance Company in Somerset
The top and most important factor is Experience. Using an experienced house clearance service like Manor from Heaven in Somerset will ensure that not only do they know the area that they are working in but that they have served people in that community in the past and have a good reputation. It also means that they will have the right documentation and licences to provide house clearance services including the required registered waste carriers licence from the environmental agency.
There are also 2 tiers to this licence so it is advised to check that the company you are using has the Upper tier waste carriers licence and not just the Lower tier licence which is used for transportation of your own business waste.
So you have chosen a few companies to get quotes from. The next step is to look at the companies reputation in the area you that you are looking to have your house clearance in. Client reviews is the best way to do this and looking at their Google Business Profile along with their own website, Facebook and social media will give you a great idea of who you will be paying to clear your property.
If they have a website it is always good to look for a pricing page which will show you that they have a structure for pricing a job, even if its just a quote at this time.
Lastly is the house clearance business known to be environmentally conscious are they looking to reuse, recycle or re-home any items. Do they have a system to ensure all recyclable waste goes to a recycling centre or is everything that is cleared sent to landfill.
At Manor from Heaven we have a target of recycling a minimum of 90% of any property or waste during any house clearances we perform in Somerset and Devon.
The Right Equipment
Clearing a property of waste and unwanted furniture is more than just collecting and disposing of rubbish. At Manor from Heaven we have a proven house clearance process that will leave your property clean and clear but also reduces the waste that goes to landfill and allows us to work towards our minimum target of 90%
As an example our custom waste transfer station allows us to sort glass, card and paper, metals, plastics and mixed waste at the property. Find out more about our process and values here
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House clearances can be messy and physical work however we would always expect a property clearance company to arrive on time and dressed in the appropriate clean work clothes. Another given is that the team are respectful and diligent in their work ensuring they keep the level of disruption to a minimum. This is especially true when dealing with sensitive house clearances after a death or when the property is cleared due to a hoarding disorder.
Another given is that the team are respectful and diligent in their work ensuring they keep the level of disruption to a minimum.
No Hidden Charges
No one likes being told one price and then being billed another. In order to avoid hidden charges makes sure you are accurate in your assessment of what the property size is, the amount of waste or rubbish you have and what furniture needs to be removed. If you offer an accurate account of what you have this means that any quotes you receive will be more accurate.
Other considerations are also the access to the property and any parking charges that may be occurred to the house clearance company during their work. The logistics of how and where the property can be cleared are important in getting a clear and accurate price for your house clearance in somerset.
If you offer an precise account of what you have this means that any quotes you receive will be more accurate.
What is the difference between a local and national house clearance company?
In this section we are going to look at the differences between a local and national house clearance company and what the pros and cons are of operating a service of this type across a region or county and in our opinion how national operators work.
National house clearance companies tend to have franchise system that allows them to expand across a wide network of areas offering fixed priced house clearances. As the cost of clearing a property has a minimum due to the disposal fees involved this means that there are usually fixed costs involved and that they can only use partners in the disposal of waste or recycling furniture.
Effects of House Clearances on a Community
For National house clearance companies operating a service like this means that many times the waste or furniture from the clearance has to be taken a great distance to be recycled or disposed of creating a larger CO2 footprint. This is often even more so when the clearances occur in rural areas. Many have their own disposal networks which means that recycling is done on a regional or national level. Although this sounds impressive the actual reality is that they are taking goods and furniture that could be badly needed in the community to be then distributed elsewhere.
In contrast a company which offers Local house clearances like Manor from Heaven will have a lower footprint as we look to recycle, reuse or re-home locally and within the community. Our focus is on helping local families, reducing waste, reducing environmental output for house clearances and improving the environment and community we live in or are operating in.
For National house clearance companies operating a service like this means that many times the waste or furniture from the clearance has to be taken a great distance to be recycled or disposed of creating a larger CO2 footprint. This is often even more so when the clearances occur in rural areas.
At Manor from Heaven house clearance services we work as a social enterprise and look for sustainable solutions to social problems through the work we do. We employ this focus regardless of what area we are working in whether it is Bristol or Minehead we look to recycle and reuse goods and furniture within those areas wherever possible.
Donating from a house clearance to local causes and charities
We often support charities by making donations of goods or from the sale of furniture and goods within the local community. This allows us to support and help families who otherwise might go without basic furnishings whilst giving to local charities.
Trusting a Local House Clearance company
In our experience when using a national firm to clear a property their focus is on performing the job as quickly as possible and they lack the ability to take time and address any sensitive situations that often occur. This can especially be true during a bereavement or hoarding clearance. They generally work on a tight schedule to ensure they clear as many properties as possible which can be detrimental to the service they supply and the emotional support they can give.
When working to complete a bereavement, probate or hoarding house clearance at Manor from Heaven we will often add extra time at our own cost to ensure we can account for any eventualities that may occur during the clearance process. Our focus is on emotional support and an effective clean solution ensuring any family members or residents of the property are properly advised and consulted during difficult processes.
Our focus is on emotional support and an effective clean solution ensuring any family members or residents of the property are properly advised and consulted during difficult processes.
National companies often don’t have the time to offer site visits to get a more accurate quote meaning that if you aren’t exact in your assessment of the house clearance work that needs to be done you can find additional charges added. In contrast as a local firm we can more readily visit properties and therefore offer a more accurate quote for any work that needs to be done.
CO2 Impact of House Clearances
The effect of transporting van loads of furniture or waste can create a large CO2 footprint. This can be especially the case when working in rural areas. National franchised house clearance services will often have to drive into the area to clear a property and then transport the waste or furniture to a partners landfill, waste or recycling centre which can be many miles away. As we said earlier in this article this has an effect on what can be distributed within the local community and also increases the environmental impact of your house clearance.
With our system for sorting items during the house clearance process we can severely reduce the effects on the environment by creating containers of easily recyclable waste therefore reducing landfill, increasing recycling and identifying reusable objects.
This is even more the case with furniture where we can often re-home these items locally within the community improving lives and providing essential objects.
What should you look for in a house clearance service?
Some of the main drawbacks of using a national house clearance service are the effects it can have on the environment and the empathy and experience of dealing with specific house clearance situations. Cost is often a factor that is spoken about when choosing a service however as an example our price for a full van load is around £70 less than two of the biggest national companies who perform house clearances and man with a van services.
Cost is often a factor that is spoken about when choosing a service however as an example our price for a full van load is around £70 less than two of the biggest national companies who perform house clearances and man with a van services.
Why choose Manor from Heaven House Clearance services?
At Manor from Heaven we focus on supporting our customers through not only our clearance services but also in ensuring the quality of their mental health and wellbeing. We understand that clearing a home can be stressful which is why we always perform our services with respect and care for the home owners and the family relatives.
Manor From Heaven operate across Somerset and Devon performing hoarding property clearance, bereavement clearance, house clearance and garden clearance services. We are a fully insured and registered licensed Waste Carrier and rated as a 5* Google business.
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