A Guide to House Clearance in London & Surrey

A Guide to Clearing a Property and ensuring as much value is extracted as possible. For all your House Clearance requirements in London & Surrey get in touch.


Surrey & London House Clearance Guide

We often get asked by clients for advice with clearing a property whether this by because they are downsizing, have suffered a bereavement or are moving abroad. There are hundreds of companies out there who offer a property Clearance service. Our friends over at Clear It Out Ltd have developed the ultimate House Clearance Guide to the actual clearance side of things. In our guide here we will discuss the best way to sell items with a value within a House Clearance. 

There are a number of questions to ask yourself before you choose one.

Are there items with significant value within the property?

This is the most important question to ask yourself when carrying out a House Clearance. If there are items of significant value for example jewellery, watches, coins and other valuable antiques then you need to get these items appraised. With the demand for these sorts of items being at  an all time high, the potential prices they could achieve at auction are huge as you can see with some of the examples below. If you know of any items of value within a property then your best option is to send images and descriptions to your local auction house.

Feel free to get in touch with us for a free estimate. If the answer is that you don’t know, then you really need to get in touch with a local auctioneer near you and ask for a home visit in order to identify anything with potential. 

Is a valuation required for probate purposes?

If you have suffered a bereavement then you may require a formal written valuation for inheritance tax purposes. Your solicitor or legal proffesional will be able to advise you if this is nesecary. We regularly conduct valuations for probate purposes. Our method is as follows:

  1. Visit the property in question and carry out a thorough check throughout to identify items with a saleable value at auction
  2. We make a list as well as taking photographs of any items which require further investigation & research
  3. We return to our premises to prepare a full report on headed paper to send to the client
  4. The client can then pass this document on to there solicitor/legal professional 


The benefits of using an auctioneer for probate valuation is that they have knowledge on current market trends. This ensures that items aren’t overvalued or undervalued. Our charges for probate valuation services in London & Surrey all depend on the size of the property. Get in touch for more information or for a quotation. 

Am I better off selling items of value myself or using a local auction house?

The answer to this depends on a number of factors. Often when a House Clearance is required there is an element of urgency involved. Using an auction house near you is often the quickest and most straight forward way of selling goods. They will be able to collect and store the items for you, they will deal with photography and descriptions as well as organising collection & dispatch of everything that sells. You can of course sell items yourself on various online marketplaces etc but remember it can often take months for items to sell. As well as that these online marketplaces now often charge the same commission an auctioneer will charge. You can also benefit from an auctioneers experience.

What do I do about the remaining items with little to no value?

Items with little to no value are often the most difficult element of a House Clearance. There are a number of ways to get rid of these items:

  • Donation to local charities
  • Use a House Clearance Service (In London & Surrey we recommend Clear It Out)
  • Local Freecycle Style Pages


We are always happy to answer any questions regarding House Clearance or Auctions in general. Whether you live in our service area of London & Surrey or outside of it please feel free to get in touch!