How to Go About a Bereavement House Clearance

When an individual or a member of their family experiences the loss of a loved one, it is common to experience a myriad of mixed emotions. One may feel unsure of how to proceed or how to overcome the grieving process, and the task of managing the deceased’s possessions can feel daunting. This article seeks to provide some practical guidance to assist with navigating a bereavement house clearance with greater ease.

Starting A House Clearance After Death

Bereavement house clearance entails the sorting of possessions and the clearing of a property subsequent to the passing of a family member. The process can prove to be a deeply emotional one, particularly for close relatives. Once personal items and important documents have been secured or kept aside by family members, the task of clearing the rest of the belongings and mementos from the home can also be a distressing experience. This is precisely where our bereavement house clearance service can be of immense assistance, as we carry each clearance out with respect and in a courteous manner, enabling you to move forward with peace of mind.

Sorting Items When Clearing A House After Death

If you would prefer to sort the items yourself before getting a team to clear the property we’d advise that you use an empty space in the property to store the items that you want kept. Our team will then know not to touch whatever you have stored in said space. We can also deliver items to another location of your choosing as long as it is within close proximity of the property to be cleared.

Bereavement Clearance Similarities To Probate Clearance

In essence, bereavement clearance is akin to probate clearance, with the main distinction being that the designated executor responsible for managing the deceased’s estate has already been appointed. The executor holds the power to distribute or dispose of any household possessions of the deceased, be it via auction or sale. Our bereavement team can facilitate this process by offering guidance in sorting and disposing of any household items you may wish to vacate.

Our Bereavement House Clearance Services

Our bereavement clearance service offers a convenient and thorough approach to clearing properties. Our team will commence the clearance at a time that is convenient for you and will not cease until you are completely satisfied that the property has been cleared of all items, including furniture, Clothing, bric-a-brac, kitchen appliances, lofts, any outbuildings including garages and sheds, all carpets and underlay. In addition, we can use an area of the property as a storage base for any items that you have specifically requested or that hold sentimental, legal or monitary value, such as photographs, important documents or any valuables. As a team, we are dedicated to providing a friendly and reliable service and take pride in our personal approach to each of our customers.

We have been performing bereavement clearances for several years, and we understand that this can be a significant and emotional experience. We draw on our expertise and knowledge to ensure that the clearance is carried out according to your wishes or those of the deceased, providing peace of mind during this difficult time.

To speak to us about a bereavement house clearance you can reach us on 07731383671 or contact us via email at or through our website – contact us.

Do I Have To Be Present During The Clearance?

If you desire to be present during the house clearance process following a bereavement, we would be pleased to accommodate your request. During this time, we are available to engage in conversations about the person who resided in the home, and we are willing to provide a listening ear. As previously mentioned, we acknowledge that the process of bereavement house clearance can be emotionally taxing, and we are dedicated to offering the kindness, respect, and compassion that are necessary in such circumstances. If you can’t or don’t want to be there (for emotional reasons) then we can still complete the clearance unsupervised, and you can provide us with a list of items to be kept and our team will make sure it is safely stored for you.

Our commitment to respecting the items of your loved one and their memory is paramount, and we assure you that the items will be removed with the utmost care and discretion. We also donate as much to charity as possible (if it is ok with the customer) which our customers usually highly appreciate as it means some good is coming out of the situation.

What If I Don't Reside Close To The Property?

If you require house clearance arrangements following a bereavement but are not in close proximity to the property in question, we can make arrangements to retrieve the house keys from the probate administrator or estate agent overseeing the estate. This can be arranged at the time of quoting and again when we carry out the clearance.

The Property Is Hoarded, Can You Still Help?

Absolutely! As well as standard property clearances we also specialize in hoarded and cluttered property clearances. Over the years we have cleared thousands of properties meaning we have literally seen it all, so if you think the property is in a bad state, don’t worry we’ve surely seen worse. Learn more about our cluttered hoarder house clearance service.

What Items Do You Clear?

When carrying out a bereavement house clearance we will remove all items from the property including:

  • Furniture
  • White goods and kitchen appliances
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Electricals
  • Mattresses
  • Clothes, Blankets, linen etc
  • General Rubbish
  • Carpets and underlay
  • Sheds
  • Garden waste
  • Food waste

If there is anything missing off the list that is to be removed from the property in question, don’t worry as we will clear everything from the property.

How Much Do You Charge For Bereavement Clearance

Our pricing for bereavement house clearances is contingent upon several factors, including the size of the property and the nature of the work that needs to be carried out. To provide an accurate quote, we will ask you several questions to determine what needs to be done, such as an estimate off how many van loads are required and the duration of the clearance process. This approach allows us to deliver a comprehensive and transparent quote that is customized to the unique demands of each bereavement house clearance that we do.

Can Items Be Donated To Charity?

On average, 80% of all items from house clearances gets recycled and the rest is typically donated to charities and cat and dog shelters and so on.

Can You Also Clean The Property Afterwards?

We also provide an after-clearance cleaning service that can be carried out on the same day. However we prefer to speak to our customers and find out the current state of the property first, because if it sounds too dirty or insanitary then we would recommend a specialized cleaning company to go in after we’ve cleared it. Our cleaning service is better suited for a general clean to get the property ready to be put on the real estate market, not for intensive or deep cleans. We would be happy to recommend professional cleaning companies that we’ve used in the past, if required.

To recieve a fast free quote for a house clearance following a death you can reach us on 07731383671 or contact us via email at or through our website – contact us.

Bereavement House Clearance FAQ's

We are a house clearance company that specialises in clearing all types of properties throughout the whole of England, Scotland and Wales including bereavement clearances – It doesn’t matter how cluttered, hoarded or insanitary the property may be, our team will get it cleared for you.

Prices can vary depending on each individual house clearance. After speaking to you over the phone or via email we can provide you with a quote. Our quotes are fully transparent and accurate with no hidden costs. Any additional van loads that are required on the day cost 50% of the original quote. See our How Much Does House Clearance Cost? Guide to better understand the costs involved for a legitimate company to legally carry out a property clearance.

Yes! Once we accept a house clearance we will make sure that the full property gets cleared even if it has to be spread out over a longer duration (if the job is bigger than anticipated for example although this is rearely the case). We get most properties cleared within 3-6 hours all on the same day.

We use the biggest suitable van for house clearances which are lo-loader Luton vans. These vans are the largest vans available in the 3.5 tonne weight class. The full contents of most standard house clearances will fit in just 1-2 van loads with our vans compared to most companies which use smaller transit luton vans that will require around 3-5 van loads per standard house clearance. See our van sizes and van load examples

Yes! We are a fully licensed company, our license was issued by The Environment Agency. You may not know this but members of public have a DUTY OF CARE to make sure that any company handling their waste is licensed to do so by the Environment Agency. 

We have the facilities to accept payment via cash, bank transfer or credit/debit card. Each customer is provided with an invoice once payment has been made. The invoice is for your personal records and it holds our company details.

This is not a problem, we often work with overseas clients. We can work with you over the phone or via email to find out what needs to be done and to book you in. Then we can meet a family/friend at the property or pick the keys up (unless you have them in which case they can be posted to us) and once the property is emptied we will send you photo’s and take payment via bank transfer and send your invoice via email (or post if you require a physical invoice).

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