The Reasons Why a Professional House Clearance Service Scores Over Amateurs

As per Murphy’s Law, the optimistic philosopher, “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” and in case of house clearance this is truly applicable. If you try to do it yourself, or hire an inexperienced organization, then this is what is going to happen. This is the reason why people prefer hiring a professional house clearance rather than doing it themselves. Because at worst possible time, the worst possible accidents can happen if you try to do it on tour own, or employ people who does not possess the required skills and experience in the field.

Though many have the common sense to realize the above mentioned dictate, but there are many who think that “it’s my home, and I should be doing the clearance by myself”! For those enthusiasts, here’s a list of thing that can go wrong exactly the way mentioned by Murphy. The first thing that will hit them head on is the chaos. Just imagine that you have a huge refrigerator that belonged to your mom, and you need to get rid of it. How will you do it without the help of professional house clearance companies who will surely have the required manpower and means to carry it away? You yourself or a helpful neighbor won’t even be able to get the fridge out of the door, because no doubt it will be heavy, huge and with wires dangling from all sides. Or imagine a scenario where you are trying to get rid of a microwave oven which is in semi working condition, and you have no idea what can set it off. These are hazardous and heavy materials which should only be handled by the experts who know how to maneuver them safely out of your home and dump it at a place which won’t do any harm to the surroundings, or to the locality and definitely not to your home.

Safe handling and organization are the two keywords one should stick to when it comes to handling valuables of your home. Packing up papers and labeling those that are important in an organized way will make it easy for you to later locate them later. The professional house clearance companies make sure that they don’t leave or mishandle any important document, that might in future lead to any financial problems or legal troubles. Files and personal computers demand careful treatment so that they are unharmed and ready to use once installed in their new location. Handling all of this yourself can be a tough proposition, because no doubt you won’t be having any experience as to how to go around achieving the desired result. If these fragile machineries are dropped or somehow collide with hard surfaces, then you can bid adieu to them.

A professional clearance service will make sure that all of these are taken care of in an appropriate manner and no important information stored in the machines are lost due to mishandling or due to any other accident. They make sure to pack and move your irreplaceable pictures, documents, and crucial property with perfect meticulousness. They will load and unload, pack and handle all fragile and sensitive things as per your requirements and directions. You can avoid serious damage by hiring the professional clearance service providers. If you hire an inexperienced but cheap company, then you face the risk of irreparable damage to valuables, and there won’t be a thing that you will be able to do about it once it is done.

It is absolutely imperative to make sure that the company you are hiring has all the necessary paper works like licenses and insurance, so that in case of any accident or loss, you can claim protection against breakage, theft, or any other kind of damage that your property might suffer during the process of clearance. Professional standards should be maintained at all costs, and that is the point why a professional house clearance company is hired in the first place instead of getting cheap day laborers to do the job at half the price. A professional company will carry a full damage and liability insurance so that if any harm is caused to your valuables then you are eligible to demand compensation for the same.

A Letter of Legal Clearance? What is it? Do I Need One?

In most egg donations and in many embryo donations (anonymous or known), the donors and the recipients meet with reproductive law attorneys (each retains separate counsel, the recipients pay both attorneys’ fees) to discuss obligations, expectations, entitlements and restrictions that either party may intend to impose on the other. Typically, the recipients’ attorney will then draft what is generally known as an Egg Donation Agreement or an Embryo Donation Agreement (depending on the type of donation).

A Letter of Legal Clearance


A skilled reproductive law attorney will produce a document, generally 20-30 pages in length that captures, amongst other things, the respective intentions of the donor and the recipients. (I have done much writing and speaking on how imperative it is, in order to protect the donor’s rights as well as to best preserve parentage on the part of the non-genetic recipient, that direct contracts between donors and recipients be mandated by clinics and/or be insisted upon by patients…. more info on why contracts are necessary can be found in other blogs under my Legal Issues tab.)

For those clinics that wisely require direct agreements, most will want to be notified that the contract has been signed before the clinic will allow the cycle to start. There is some debate as to whether or not the clinic (or anyone else) is entitled to receive a copy of the agreement. At my office, because we feel these documents contain private and confidential information, we generally withhold the contract and, instead, issue to the clinic (and the matching agency, if one was used) a Letter of Legal Clearance. Even those attorneys who do feel comfortable sharing a copy of the contract will also send a Letter of Legal Clearance summarizing for the clinic certain terms of the agreement. Clinics will file the Letter of Legal Clearance with the recipients’ cycle records so that, should any action related to the cycle come up in the future (recipients want/need to contact the donor, the child wants to meet the donor, the recipients have excess or residual embryos they now want to donate or dispose of), the clinic is clear as to what was agreed to and they can proceed accordingly. (I’d like to say that I often consider whispering in the ear of certain clinics that direct contracts and Letters of Legal Clearance minimize their exposure to liability….frankly, I’d rather scream it, but, separate blog, separate matter.)

Typically my Letter of Legal Clearance informs the clinic of the following:

1. If the recipients have agreed (or not) that cycle results (number of eggs, embryos and pregnancy outcome) can be shared with the donor;
2. If the donor has agreed (or not) to be reached, through an intermediary, if the child suffers a medical crisis;
3. If the donor has agreed (or not) to be reached, through an intermediary, if the parents or the child should want to contact or meet the donor;
4. If the recipients can dispose of excess cryo preserved embryos by directing the clinic to thaw or otherwise destroy the embryos;
5. If the recipients can dispose of excess cryo preserved embryos through donation for scientific research; and
6. If the recipients can dispose of the excess embryos by donating them to another recipient for family building.

There are many other matters that can be addressed in a Letter of Legal Clearance (as there are many other matters addressed in the Egg or Embryo Donation Agreement including and most importantly, the donor’s relinquishment of parental rights) but the above generally shows how the attorney can inform the clinic of the intentions/expectations of both parties so that the clinic can accommodate any future request consistent with what the parties agreed to at the time of the donation. A Letter of Legal Clearance is a good idea for all who are involved in assisted family building and one that should be strongly considered by those clinics that do not presently require direct agreements. Recipients and donors should also consider the Letter of Legal Clearance as a must-have in order to be best protected throughout the donation process and for many years to follow.

Demolition and Site Clearance: The Importance of Planning For an Efficient Site Clearance Project

A site clearance project involves the machinery removal from a cleared site and the leveling and preparation of land for building or landscaping. Some materials such as the soil, stones and bricks can be recycled and reused in the new construction on the site. Others that cannot be reused such as vegetation are removed from site.

So Why Is Site Clearance Planning Important?

1. Proper site clearance planning will ensure that the safety of workers and other people in and around the site is assured. Exit routes and the supervision processes need to be made well in advance. An expert and his foreman should supervise the machinery removal process at all times.

2. During site clearance planning, the nature of debris and the extent and nature of contamination is established. Importance of the targeted site to the surrounding community will determine the level of safety precautionary measures to be undertaken before the project is undertaken and also the decontamination that will take place in order to assure the residents that everything is safe and the site is ready for development.

3. The time to be taken for site clearance can be estimated and this is important when applying for clearance from the local community. Clearance is important especially if the project is going to render some public roads impassable or may interfere with some utilities like clean water supply, electricity supply and sewerage disposal. The surrounding community is generally more accommodating when the project is estimated to take a shorter time.

4. Ensures restoration of the area amenities like water and electricity are managed effectively.

5. It is essential for safe machinery removal and specialized handling of any waste that is contaminated. Showing competency in your ability to properly dispose of waste and decontamination procedures will assure the public and stakeholders of the usability of the land reclaimed.

6. Planning also enables you to take into account any legal procedures required in the disposal of debris. If the legal requirements are ignored or are unknown or are not followed, the whole project may end up being delayed and even stopped. When the debris disposal plan has been made, it will be approved by the required authorities.

7. By planning site clearance, you establish the amount of work involved so that you can organize what needs to be done first. The site clearance is then undertaken in phases where when one section of the site is cleared the debris is cleared to another location where further sorting of the debris is undertaken to establish what is usable and what is to be disposed.

8. All equipment and machines for machinery removal of debris to be used in the project is established; land reclamation machinery and vehicles to be used in debris relocation is identified and put on the ready to minimize undue delays. Debris should be quickly removed from the site so as not to endanger the workers or any other persons on the site.

9. The costs involved in the project can be estimated with proper planning. This is essential for quotation purposes where a site clearance contractor will be able to determine how much to charge the client. Costs are established by looking at the nature of debris, amount of labor required, type of machinery to be used and estimated time the project will take as well as general difficulty of the job.