Guide To Efficient Basement Clearance
Basements are terrific, particularly for storing belongings you don’t need immediate or frequent access to. However when does a basement stop becoming a convenience and instead starts to resemble a rubbish tip? When this transpires, you know you need a house clearance ASAP! If you can’t even get into your basement or attic and can no longer keep track of what’s in all those boxes, then it’s definitely time for a clear out!
What to keep and what to bin
Sometimes it is hard to know if you’ll ever use or need something again and this could stop you from throwing it out, or even passing it on to someone who needs it. Well here’s a general rule. If you haven’t used something in over a year, like that treadmill or exercise bike, it’s highly unlikely that you ever will. Whatever has been left collecting dust in a locked attic or basement should be removed! So begin by dividing your items, with a pile of items you want to keep and another few piles labelled, recycling waste, overall junk, to sell and to donate.
Tools for basement clear-outs
A basement home clearance won’t be easy, but you can at least protect yourself from inhaling all that dust and being exposed to any build up of dirt and grime. You’d be wise to purchase a dust mask and eye protection goggles and if you’re basement or attic has windows, make sure to open them all. Give yourself as much room as possible in which to work.
Meanwhile lifting and transporting boxes from your basement up the stairs means you may also want to invest in a pair of gloves, allowing you to maintain a firm grip on your boxes!
Making the time
Getting stuck into a basement tidy up will require time and effort on your part. Set aside a few hours every day, put on your overalls, your protective gear and begin. You don’t have to complete the task in a day or record time, but it’s probably wise to set yourself a realistic deadline. Otherwise it might end of taking forever, or you abandoning the task and giving up half way through. Perseverance is key!
De-clutter and removal
Once you’ve completed the tidy up, you’ll need to rid your home of all those unwanted and discarded belongings. There are a number of ways to discard of your junk, but first make sure you recycle anything that can be by taking it to your local recycle centre. However if you hire a clearance company they’ll take care of all that for you!
Going solo means you’ll have to take care of van hire and driving your rubbish to the local landfill. You could however also call your local council and they can take care of waste removal. Another alternative is hiring a skip or a skip bag!
Make a profit
With the expenses of a house clearance and furniture clearance building up, you might consider selling some of your unwanted belongings that are in perfect shape. The online auction sites are booming and if you have the online know-how, why not set up an account and list your old exercise bike for sale! Listing with some sites means you’ll have to take care of packing and delivery, while others work on the premise that buyers must collect the item from you!
After reading this, perhaps you won’t be so daunted by the prospect of property clearance and can begin the process of de-cluttering your basement or attic. Who knows, perhaps you’ll do such a good job you’ll be able to use the extra space to transform your basement into a home office of kids’ playroom!