The term and service to conduct a house clearance is very much a generalization of the process of clearing a house. However, in the case of a deceased estate, the generalization can be misinterpreted as one common service and it most certainly isn’t.
There are numerous house clearance firms up and down the country but making the right choice when it is to clear a deceased person house is very much chalk and cheese. In order to fully appreciate the differences between the two is to seek a house clearance firm that also specializes in probate valuations. Without the second option, you are in danger of losing items of value to the rubbish dump, which in turn would be a travesty in the eyes of the deceased and family members who are beneficiaries of the estate.
A valuer in a probate situation is normally appointed to carry out two important tasks. One is to clear the house of all possessions. Normally for the property to be sold or reoccupied, and secondly to dispose of the possessions in the right manner.
Making the right choice for house clearance
To make the right choice, the executor of the estate should be asking the incumbent probate solicitor to recommend a reputable company. This is exactly where most of our work comes from. This ensures the executor and family members left behind choose the right type of house clearance firm. A company that is going to value first and dispose of ethically, sustainably and sensitively later.
All companies must hold a Waste Carriers License to ensure that all items that aren’t of value are disposed of properly, with no subsequent fines. A typical fine if disposed of unethically without a license is up to £5000.
At Manor Clearance, we have a long and assured process of firstly valuing the contents of the house, and then we distribute accordingly as instructed by legal representatives. Items of monetary value may be left to family members. Items of sentimental value are in the vast majority of cases left to a family member, friend or actioned within the confines of the deceased’s Will. Items that may be perceived as having no value might actually have some value in the upcycling and recycling marketplace. We are very responsible with waste and conscious of our part in ensuring sustainability is at the forefront of our work. The rest of the items that do not fall in these categories are then disposed of in a sustainable and ethical manner.
Choosing the right kind of house clearance firm is very important. However, if you are confused or need that professional advice, you should talk to your legal representative and ask for that all-important recommendation.
Manor House Clearance and Probate Valuers are based in West London. We provide a comprehensive, sensitive and professional service to all parties involved in a probate and house clearance situation. We pride ourselves on our exemplary reputation and long-term relationships with legal firms, auction houses and many families we have serviced over the years.