A Quick Guide to Office Clearance
An office clearance is usually complex and expensive so it requires careful planning and project management. If you’re planning a large office clearance, you should always consider key things, including estimating how long the clearance will take, deciding what items you are keeping and what need to be disposed, selling used furniture and IT equipment, choosing the most responsible commercial clearance in London, waste reporting and compliance, etc. In order to plan and execute your office clearance in the most efficient way, we bring you useful tips and advice to follow.
What to keep and what has to be cleared
Before you start on an office clearance project, you need to make a decision regarding what items need to be disposed of. It is desirable that when office clearance professionals arrive, there are only items to be cleared at the premises. So, take time to identify exactly what you will be taking with you and what items are no longer needed or necessary.
How long the clearance will take?
The time required for office clearance depends on two major factors:
- The size of the property
- Amount of contents that need to be cleared
In normal circumstances, it takes one day for about 6 builders’ skips of junk cleared. However, it is recommended to allow some time in the end as a contingency in case the clearance overruns. You should also consider the time (about a week) needed for the contractors to give you quotes and prepare for the clearance.
Choosing the best office clearance company
The next step to a successful office clearance is selecting the right office clearance specialist for the job. You need an experienced company with credible references and appropriate resources to undertake the clearance. It is also important that they are good communicators so, in case of unexpected situations, you can find the best solutions together. And finally, the company you choose should provide competitive quotes. Make sure you get information about not only the rate for the entire project but also a rate per truckload, the cubic capacity of their collection vehicle, etc. Only this way you will avoid extra and additional payments and charges.
Selling used office furniture and IT equipment
In order to maximise rebates from office clearance, you can sell some of your old office stuff. Contact second-hand dealers, charities and recycling organizations and pass on your IT equipment (computers, monitors, fax machines), office furniture (desks, office chairs, filing cabinets) and other supplies.
Waste reporting and compliance
You are responsible to ensure your waste is disposed of properly. If your waste somehow ends up fly-tipped or illegally exported, you could be criminally prosecuted. To avoid this, make sure you hire a company that is a licensed waste carrier and has suitable insurances and health and safety policies and practices. When the clearance starts, you should receive a waste transfer note for waste collection that includes:
- The collection date
- The address
- The waste being removed
- The names of your organisation
- The waste contractor undertaking the collection
Note that you might not receive one for items passed on for reuse but you can ask for a receipt for any reuse collection.