Whether you have to clear your loft because you have sold your property or you are planning to rent your property to a tenant, it’s a job that you are probably not looking forward to – and for a good reason. No one knows what’s in there, and you have probably lost track of all the things in your loft through the years. But the job has to be done, nonetheless, and even though it may take some time, there are some things you can do to make it easier on yourself. But first things first – you need to know certain things before you start clearing and cleaning your loft as well. So what should you know before performing the arduous task of cleaning and clearing your loft? Let’s find out.
Be prepared for dust
If there’s one place in your property which will have its share of dust, it’s your loft. This is why you have to prepare for battle properly, which means dressing up correctly and using the right equipment, starting with a good mask. Aside from a mask, it would be a good idea to have a pair of heavy-duty gloves and goggles as well. You may feel that it’s a bit overdoing it, but your lungs will appreciate it later. And if your loft doesn’t have sufficient lighting, make sure to bring an extra torch or a clamp-on lamp.
Be ready for animal life
Your loft can also be a magnet for animal life – not necessarily alive, but there, nevertheless. So be prepared to tackle dead bugs and insects such as wasps, moths, spiders, mice, moths, and bees. More likely than not, they are no longer alive, but it’s still best to prepare yourself mentally for the task. But you have to be careful with wasps’ nests – if you glimpse one in your loft, run for the hills and call in the professionals.
Know what you need and what you don’t
You may be surprised at the number of items you have in your loft once you decide to clear it out. You may find everything from old clothing to furniture to gym or sports equipment to fishing equipment, old and broken down hoovers, souvenirs from various holidays, knick-knacks and other collections, and so on. Once you have a good idea of what’s in your loft, you have to decide which items will stay and which have to go. Try not to be too sentimental –if you think you need an article and would like to hold on to it, ask yourself why it’s in your loft in the first place.
The trick is to be objective and to ask yourself some important questions if you are tempted to hang on to something that you haven’t thought about or seen for years. Would you still be able to use it? Would you save it in the case of a fire? To make it easier, have boxes or bags ready-marked for ‘Rubbish,’ ‘Charity,’ or ‘Keep’. This way, you can place items in their respective boxes or bags once you have made your decision – and don’t go back on your choice, either.
If you do want to make it extra easy on yourself, you have another option: you can take advantage of a house clearance service where professionals can clear and clean your loft for you, and other spaces in your property, besides. They can get rid of the rubbish and place items in a recycling centre or charity, depending on what you decide. With a service like this, you no longer have to deal with your loft, and you can benefit from efficiency, safety, and professionalism at all times.