How to Clear Your Loft When Moving a House

Ray Victor
Last Updated:
September 25, 2023

Moving a house requires some essential tasks, and clearing out your loft or attic is one of them. For many, it is a daunting task because usually, it is the storage of the house. With many things that have not seen daylight for over decades, sorting and organizing through them can seem like a difficult job.

However, it is something that has to be done because you won’t be handing out the house to the new homeowners with a full loft. They would have plenty of their storage to put there and would like to move into a house with a clean one to start the ritualistic practice.

So how do you clear a loft? Funnily enough, the task is not as difficult as it may seem. The fact that you no longer remember what’s up there adds to the anxiety. But after a systematic approach and observing what’s up there, everything will fall into place. All it takes is one step at a time so let’s look at the guideline to help you clear your loft when moving a house.

A step-by-step guide to clearing a loft or attic.

We are all guilty of keeping many old things up there that we no longer use. From toys, furniture, and old clothes that the children have outgrown to junk, you name it, and we have it in the loft. They only add clutter to your otherwise clean and organized space. So sorting through them is important.

Usually in London, the removal companies do not offer loft removal services due to health and safety regulations. So if you may have to inquire if the removal service you are hiring offers this facility or not.

1. Check what is up there

Over the years you would have only gone to the loft to dump things and wouldn’t have bothered to check what’s there in the first place. You will have to scrutinize your belongings and decide what stays and what does not.

2. Assess everything in the loft

Your loft will require you to assess everything in detail such as:

  • Check to see if the lighting is in order
  • The ladders work
  • The general area is clean, and the floor is safe to walk on.
  • How much furniture is up there, and would you be moving it along

3. Get help

With the amount of clutter up there, you would need to ask your family or friends for help. With a few extra hands, it will become easier to move things around and pass them down to the ground floor.

4. Repurpose, donate or discard

Now it's time for sorting through the things. Make three piles of everything in your loft: one to move, one to donate, and one to discard. This step is crucial to clean out just about any room, and by the end of it, you will have far fewer things to worry about.

5. Pack up

Use all the necessary packing materials to pack your things in the loft. Use moving boxes to lay down everything properly and then label after securing them.

6. Pass the items down

You will need help to move things down. Ask your family and friends to help especially with the heavier items. Also, ensure that you lift things correctly with the right posture.

With these tips and tricks, you will have a clear loft in no time with organized and packed items ready to be moved into the new house.

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