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House Clearances & Probates

House Clearance in Devon & Cornwall

Why use Drake’s Auctions? Professional, friendly & experienced providers of house clearances in Tavistock & surrounding areas.

Drake’s Auctions carry out house clearances in Cornwall & Devon on a regular basis.

Distance is no object. We believe everyone should receive fair market value for the contents of their property, and not pay someone to clear their house.

In addition we believe our house clearance offers the best possible service in the area for several reasons:

Experienced valuers will deal with your items, ensuring nothing valuable is thrown away. We regularly find very valuable items during clearances that would be overlooked without the huge experience we have from handling, valuing and selling 1000’s of items a month.

Transparency. This is because all valuables are sold at our public auction house, with a full inventory from property to sale. This means you know exactly what your items sold for and when.

Speed & Service. Our team routinely clears 4-5 bedroom houses in a single day. Perfect for tight completion deadlines.

Nothing to pay up front. We take everything & clear your property, sell your items & deduct the waste recycling fees. 9/10 times we pay you for clearing your house.

Legal disposal. Drake’s Auctions are Environment Agency registered to handle & dispose of household waste.

Marketing your goods. Your items will be offered on multiple online sales platforms reaching millions of potential bidders, with seamless in-house & 3rd party postage options, as well as holding in-person viewings in our modern saleroom, ensuring you receive a fair price for your goods and the best possible return for your estate contents.

1952 Gold Rolex. Found in a drawer during an estate clearance. Sold for £2400.
1952 Gold Rolex. Found in a drawer during an estate clearance. Sold for £2400.

House Clearance Auctions

Professional services, how it works…

Firstly we would book a no-obligation appointment to view your property.

This will allow us to give you an estimate of clearance fees, including an idea of the value of the sellable items in the property.

Your appointment is completely free and allows us to assess your situation and discuss your needs for the clearance.

From here there are 3 types of clearances we offer…

Sellable goods clearance

We identify, value & arrange transport your sellable items to our sale room. This is carried out as cost-effectively as possible, with the cost of the haulage is taken off what your items make at auction.

Nothing upfront to pay.

Vacant property clearance

Perfect for an end of tenancy or those moving house.

This is where we clear & dispose of unwanted & surplus furniture.

Full property clearance

Our speciality. We value the contents & disposal costs, send in a clearance & valuation team and completely clear your property. Then the sellable goods are sent to our auction house, waste is legally disposed of at a local commercial waste facility. Every care is taken during the clearance to salvage family ephemera or items that may have sentimental value, as well as identify items of value to be sent to our auction house. You can be assured nothing of value will be lost, as we take great pride in getting the maximum value out of the contents of your property.

What our customers think…

Thank you so much to Pete and the team, you turned what was a stressful & complicated experience (clearing mums house) into an easy experience, and we even made quite a bit at auction too! So thank you again. Mrs W – May 2021

Just wanted to drop a quick thank you for all your hard working clearing Dads place. We were really impressed with some of the prices the stuff went for! Thank you so much. Mr P – April 2021

House Clearance in Devon & Cornwall

The cost of your clearance & how much money you make back entirely depends on the contents of your property. Whilst we try to be as accurate as possible with our initial estimation, estimating exactly what goods sell for at auction can be slightly tricky.

We will help with putting on reserves on more valuable items, and grouping smaller items together to make a sellable lot. Below we have listed some basic costs to give you an idea of our charges for the sake of transparency:

General Mixed Waste: £210 per tonne +  VAT

There are additional items which incur a charge when we take them to a local commercial waste facility. These are:

PC Monitors, PC terminals & TV’s: £25 each

Mattresses: £36 each

Printers, scanners etc.: £20

Microwaves, phones: £12

Gas bottles: £30

Fridges/Freezers: £72 – £96

Cookers, Washing machines: £30

Desktop phones: £12

Fire extinguishers: £6

POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants, typically found in domestic seating, this must be treated as a separate waste stream): £350+VAT per tonne

Campaign Chest. Circa 1830. Found in a barn, full of horse tack. Sold for £1700.
Campaign Chest. Circa 1830. Found in a barn, full of horse tack. Sold for £1700.

Book a free appointment

You can book your no obligation free appointment with one of our auctioneers by clicking here to email us, using the contact form opposite (or below) or by calling us on 01822 616992.

You will find us informative, friendly & happy you assist you.

Or use the online contact form below

Simply fill out the form below and let us know which type of service you require.

    What clearance service are you interested in?

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