As many of our clients have never dealt with probate or used a house clearance company before, we found that it was helpful to outline a house clearance in Colchester previously conducted. This gives new clients some understanding of the clearance process and pricing. If you have any probate requirements or you are looking to clear a property in Colchester or surrounding areas then for a free quote and advice without obligation, you can call our Essex Office on 01245 209 123. Feel free to call us with any questions regarding your house clearance requirements and we will be happy to advise you.
We also carry out property valuation for probate and house contents valuation for probate purposes in the Colchester area.
CLEARANCE DATE: 20th August 2012
PROPERTY LOCATION: Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1
CLEARANCE TYPE: Full house clearance and light clean
PROPERTY TYPE: 5-bedroom detached house
This large detached house on Cowdray Avenue in Colchester, Essex, was located in a pleasant area of Colchester. We were hired by a firm of solicitors who were acting as executors for the owner. They informed us that a number of the personal effects had been labelled by the owner who wanted them to be sent to a nearby storage facility. They also asked us to separate anything of value so that they could be sold to offset the cost of the clearance. As well as clearing the remaining furniture and effects in the property, we were also asked to isolate the electrics, cut off the water supply and arrange for the gas cooker to be disconnected. We called our Gas Safe engineer to do this, which is a legal requirement. Following the clearance, we were asked to give the property a light clean to ensure it was left in a clean and tidy condition. We usually value house contents for probate prior to carrying out a property clearance, but in this case a probate valuation was not required.
We arrived at 8.30am and were able to park our vehicles in the large driveway, and then we began work immediately. We sorted out the things to be sent to the storage facility and separated these, then removed all furniture and effects from each of the bedrooms, the kitchen and the living room. Some were heavy and required more than one person to remove them, so we took special care with these as safety is always our priority. Some of the valuable possessions we came across included an old violin, a pair of silver candlesticks and some fine pottery. All of these were separated to be sold. We finished the job by giving the property a light clean as requested so that it looked tidy and ready to be either be sold or refurnished. We then isolated the electrics and the water supply. During the day our Gas Safe engineer came to disconnect the cooker and leave it safely capped off and sealed.
Disposal of Contents
We took the personal effects that had been marked to the storage facility where the client was planning to sort through them at a later date. Anything that could be reused was sent to local charities. There was also a homeless shelter nearby, so we donated some of the furniture here. A very tiny portion of the contents was sent to landfill, but the majority could either be reused or recycled or sold on.
The solicitors were very pleased with the clearance, and were especially pleased that we minimised the disruption during the day so that neighbours were not affected. They took photographs of the property that they then sent to the owner, who approved of the work. They have now added us to their list of approved contractors.
Do you require a house clearance in the Colchester area?
We offer a professional house clearance service through Essex and the home counties and if you have a property in the Colchester area that requires a clearance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, Our contact details are on the right-hand side of this page.