When someone dies, the family is left with the overwhelming task of selling and clearing out their loved ones home. For some this can be a cathartic exercise, for others – house clearance can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming.
The clearing process will involve sorting through a life time of possessions, deciding what to keep and share with family members and then deciding what to do with everything that is left.
Whilst there are a number of commercial house clearance firms in Norfolk (some of which you will find in our local services directory) there are many charities that offer a house clearance service and the profit made from any sales will support the charities ongoing work.
Please note, the charities listed below vary in service and what they’ll take but all upholstered furniture needs to have the fire label attached for charities to legally sell the item.
Age UK Norfolk offer a furniture collection or house clearance service. They will pick up large items of furniture or white goods that are suitable for sale in their shops, collections are free and they cover the whole of Norfolk.
They also offer a service to fully clear items from a house, saving you the trouble of multiple trips. All profit will be used to support local services for older people in Norfolk.
Click HERE for more information.
The Norfolk Hospice
The Norfolk Hospice will discuss the number of rooms which need clearing and the type of items you need collecting and/or packing. They may visit to the property, to decide whether a fee will be required in order for them to remove non-saleable and non-recyclable items.
Saleable items will be sold in their Hospice shops – so that pre-loved items are re-homed, non-saleable items will be recycled, non-saleable and non-recyclable items can be taken away to make the process as easy and stress free for you.
The money raised will help care for people in the local community with life shortening illnesses.
If you would like to discuss or arrange a House Clearance, call 01553 767752 or click HERE for more information.
British Heart Foundation (BHF)
The BHF offer a full or part house clearance service. They can sell or professionally recycle a wide range of household items and the proceeds go towards funding life saving research.
They collect all sorts of items:
- Furniture such as sofas, beds, tables and chairs
- Large and small electrical appliances
- Clothing, shoes, accessories and jewellery
- CDs, DVDs, books and homewares
They can carry out an assessment in advance of the clearance to let you know if there are any items which would we would be unable to collect for legal, safety or quality reasons.
If you would like them to collect everything they provide a chargeable house clearance service. In these instances, items which they can’t sell will be recycled or disposed.
Click HERE for more information or call 0808 250 0040
The Salvation Army, Norwich
The Salvation Army offer unwanted furniture collection to anybody in the Norwich area within a 10 mile radius of the city centre.
Unwanted furniture will be donated to disadvantaged people through their Salvation Army’s furniture project or sold in their community store. Profits from the project go entirely to supporting the community work of The Salvation Army in and around Norwich.
Call (01603) 624103 to arrange collection.
The Benjamin Foundation
The Benjamin Foundation offer a furniture collection service across Norfolk and Suffolk. All their stores take in donated items and the profits help to fund their work for children, families and adults who need their help.
Individual store details are below, to arrange a collection please click on the page for the store closest to you.
- 01362 692392
- 1a/b Rashes Green Industrial Estate,
Dereham, NR19 1JG
- Open Mon – Sat
10am to 4pm
- 01473 610322
- Foxhall Household Waste Recycling Centre,Ipswich, IP10 0HT.
- (October – March) Mon – Sat 9am – 4pm
Sun 10am – 4pm (April – September) Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm . Sun 10am – 4pm
- 01263 713721
- Unit 4B Glaven Road,
Hempstead Road Ind Estate,
Holt, Norfolk NR25 6ES
- Open Tues – Sat
10am to 4pm
- 01603 661921
- St Edmunds House, 103 Oak St,
Norwich, NR3 3BP
- Open Mon – Sat
9am to 5pm (Sat open 10am until 4pm)
If you need some legal advice regarding sorting a loved ones possessions, please visit our Legal Matters section for more advice from our local experts Ashtons Legal.