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Decluttering Your Home Prior to Moving

Have you ever looked around your place and thought “what a mess”? Not the random pizza boxes and last week’s laundry laying on the floor.  We are talking about the closet and garage chock-full of untouched stuff. It makes sense… after all, we are told by society that we must have the next best thing. Whether this stems from millennials regularly ordering stuff from Amazon or the occasional hoarder who can’t seem to throw things away, people come with baggage. That is well and good until you have to move. Moving is one of those rare opportunities where you get to make a decision on what you want to keep versus what you need to keep. Let’s consider the process and implications of moving from a college room or a home.

In college, there are traditionally two lifestyles; living on-campus or renting an apartment off-campus. Generally speaking, college students living on-campus tend to live in dorm rooms and have less space to grow their stuff. This leads them to have fewer large objects, i.e., couches, coffee tables, dressers. While there is nothing wrong with living in confined spaces, it usually does not require a rental dumpster to complete the move. With that being said, there are still some universities that provide year round communal dumpster rental services for the dorms to share. For example, at my college, every on-campus apartment complex had at least one, if not two, dumpsters where the apartment residents could throw away their unwanted items. These were very helpful in keeping the apartment clean when a refrigerator stopped working or a mattress was upgraded. However, more often they were used at the end of the year during move out day. The last month of school is always an interesting period of time. All of the classes are ramping up with last minute tests and presentations, and everyone is trying to figure out how to handle their extra stuff accumulated over the school year. In my experience, it is a tradition for upperclassmen to try and reduce the volume of things that they are taking home with them and instead resell most of their items. This usually is how college students can get some spare cash for that next calculus textbook or that couch to complete next year’s apartment.  The items that have had hard use, often do not make it into the barter system and land in the dumpster instead of the dorm.

Off-campus college life can be an entirely different ball game. There is some financial independence, usually a kitchen facility, and tons of space to be filled.  Young adults also feel free from the strict dorm rules. These places tend to be more susceptible to incurring furniture damage. Unlike the on-campus living which might have dumpsters provided by the college, off-campus students are responsible for maintenance and upkeep of their properties. This can be a challenge at times and leads to landlords becoming disappointed in their tenants. There was a recent Wisconsin article that addressed this issue, claiming that students are doing a worse and worse job of cleaning up after themselves. They have no problem with students having fun or buying furniture for the rooms, however they draw the line when their tenants leave behind mountains of trash. For them, it shows no respect for the property that the student was fortunate to live in. Since living off-campus does not have a dumpster readily available for them, tenants will have to take ownership of the situation and order one themselves. This is where we can help you guys out. Our one of a kind online dumpster market ensures that you can order the rental dumpster that you can afford in minutes. Simply type your address into dumpstermarket.com and all of the available dumpster options and pricing will appear on your screen.

College is not the only place where people move in and out of spaces.  While college moving is stressful due to the lack of preparation and the general leave it behind attitude, it is nothing compared to the difficulties that come with consolidating a life’s worth of materials.  Moving from one house to another always provides its own challenges. There is a variety of reasons why a person might want to leave their current place of residence; a new job, new roommate, desire to have a change in scenery, or need to downsize. Regardless of what the reason might be, at the end of the day, it all comes down to two simple questions: how much stuff can my new place hold? And what do I need to take with me?  The questions are simple, and the process of sorting belongings can be broken into steps. Make piles of keep, give away, and dispose. Next, box and bag the items to be saved and moved to the new home. Then load up your car and arrange transport to a Goodwill, Salvation Army or Veteran’s donation site. The last pile contains the items for the landfill. This is where rental dumpsters come into play. Through renting a roll-off dumpster at the first home, you will be able to save yourself time and money of packing everything up and loading it into extra U-haul trucks only to have to throw it all away at the new home.  Our online dumpster marketplace can help you calculate the size of container that you need, when you need it, and for the price you are able to pay. At the end of the day regardless of if you are switching home locations or moving into a different college apartment, make sure that you know that dumpster companies are here to help you out when the time comes.

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A Quick Guide for Spring Cleaning

As the leaves begin to color the trees green and the plants begin to emerge from the ground, it means only one thing; spring is upon us. You can feel renewed energy in the air that comes with  the warm weather and sunny skies. While spring bestows many great features such as the NHL and NBA sport’s playoffs, it also forces us to do the dreaded spring cleaning. A deep cleaning is when you look at all of those “why not” purchasings and just ask yourself “why”.  Spring cleaning starts with a good idea and swiftly turns into a pain in the back. It doesn’t have to be that way.

The first step to putting your household in order is to come up with a game plan. Too often people have the urge to wipe down the house and throw everything away, but they don’t do it in a purposeful way. We recommend that you list out all of the household spring tidying chores that need to get done and prioritize them. This is a helpful step regardless of if you are a veteran of the cleaning season or a new homeowner. If you are still stuck on what to do for a deep cleaning then check out this handy spring cleaning checklist. It is important to remember that a single person shouldn’t be tasked with completing all of the chores.  Make it a game of roulette wen you divvy up the to-do’s among all of the members of the household. Another division of duties is to assign everyone a room to prim at their own schedule, or allot certain hours on the weekends to collective work on cleaning the house.

Often times people get caught up on the notion that spring cleaning is about decluttering and hauling junk away from your garage. While this is not wrong, it is only part of the orderly process. The other portion of the cleaning is in the name itself, “cleaning”, as in actually wiping down those kitchen counters and mopping the floors. We encourage you to take your time when cleaning and to not do a half-hearted job.  Try listening to the radio or a podcast to pass the time. When tidying up your kitchen make sure to sweep the floors and mop them to ensure that they look their best. Perhaps put down a fresh coat of protective varnish on hard surfaces once a year. Not only should you wipe the counters but also run a cloth over the cabinet surfaces while you check on the plates, silverware, and glasses. Plastic containers might need to be sorted and weeded out from overcrowded shelves. Get a sponge and put some elbow grease into cleaning up the stove top as you remove all of the gradoo that has accumulated from those delicious meals you made this year.

Similar to kitchens, make sure to evaluate each room based on the amount of junk in the room and the amount of dirt/dust that is spread throughout it. We recommend that you take everything out of the room and tackle the floors first, whether that means vacuuming the carpet or sweeping the hardwood. It is often times easier to push the furniture out of the way prior to the floor cleaning. This gives you a chance to decide whether or not you want everything in the room, ie toss out the junk, or if you want to have a different furniture arrangement for the room. With an empty or semi-empty room we recommend that you really do a good job wiping down all of those tough to reach sports or overlooked spot i.e., window trimming, legs of furniture, bookcase shelves and even fireplace mantles.

And the last room on your list is the garage or shed in which years worth of forgotten items might be stored.  The same idea of starting with a clean slate works here. Remove your car and as many boxes, old sport’s equipment, paint cans, and tools as possible from the space.  Sweep the cobwebs off the wall and then the floors. If you can, hose it down to get rid of any remaining cobwebs, spring pollen, and general dirt that might be laying around. Now is the time to discard home building materials that are no longer needed.  Before you pile the items back in the storage area, consider those shelving and organizational tools that you have seen at the DIY stores. Draw up a plan, then layer the items back into their defined and spruced-up place.

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Fallen tree in your yard? Here’s how to clean it up on your own

Fallen tree

After a storm, you could save lots of money by cleaning up a fallen tree yourself. Some planning and care is necessary, but it’s worth it – especially if your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover tree removal. It often costs more than $1,000 to remove one fallen tree.

Here’s how you can handle it yourself at a fraction of the cost:

Count on Teamwork

First of all, never try to clean up a fallen tree alone. In case of the unforeseen, you always want to have someone else looking out for you. Partially fallen trees can shift or even start rolling.

Wear the Right Safety Gear

For most trees, a chainsaw is the only tool for the job, so full safety gear is essential. Don’t forget the gloves and eye protection, as there’ll be plenty of flying debris while you work.

Sharpen Your Chainsaw

A chainsaw needs to be ultra-sharp to cleanly cut large branches. Sharpening beforehand will protect you from one of the most dangerous situations: A stuck chainsaw blade.

Start From the Base of the Fallen Tree

Whenever possible, start from the base of the tree and work your way up. Cut off smaller branches first until you are left with the trunk. Before you start on a branch, check if it is under pressure. Prevent branches from whipping by cutting close to pressure points.

Gather Debris As You Go

Tree cleanup leaves a tremendous amount of debris around the lawn, creating hazards. The best thing to do here is rent a dumpster beforehand and clean the work site as you go. Leaving discarded branches until the end makes a dangerous fall more likely.

Cut the Trunk Flat

Eliminating the trunk is the last major step in your project. If it is flat on the ground, cut it up into multiple pieces first. Before you get started, check to make sure your chainsaw is big enough: A tool that hacks through branches with ease can still have trouble with trunks.

To make your tree removal quick and easy, plan ahead before you get started. To make your dumpster rental simple, contact us.

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Construction waste – what you need to know

Construction waste

Construction waste and demolition waste make up more than twice the amount of municipal solid waste in the U.S., so it is important to consider how to best dispose of, reuse, or recycle it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 534 million tons of C&D debris were generated in the United States, in 2014—more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste. Here is what you need to know about it.

Kinds of waste generated and their prevalence

The National Institute of Building Sciences reports that in 2010, the following proportions of waste were observed in the US.

  • Wood-30%
  • Industrial Waste Stabilizer (IWS)-25%
  • Gravel, aggregate, and fines-20%
  • Refuse-5%
  • Concrete-5%
  • Asphalt roofing-5%
  • Cardboard and paper-3%
  • Drywall-3%
  • Plastic-1%
  • Carpeting-0.85%
  • Window glass-0.15%

Construction waste sorts into three categories:

  1. Waste destined for other facilities
  2. Waste destined for reuse
  3. Nuisance materials

Management of construction and demolition (C&D) materials

To help divert C&D materials from landfills as much as possible, there are a number of things you can do with your construction waste. You can practice:

  • Reduce it- While there are a number of ways to deal with waste, your best bet is to prevent waste in the first place. Reduction measures include preserving existing buildings, optimizing new buildings, using construction methods that allow disassembly instead of demolition.
  • Salvage and reuse – Deconstruction instead of demolition allows you to recover construction material for reuse.
  • Recycle – Most materials are recyclable. Many markets exist for recycled materials and you should not have difficulty finding a recycler.
  • Re-buy waste materials – Not all waste is really ‘waste.’ Some of it is new and unused or is still in good shape therefore can be bought for your project.

Handling and disposal of construction waste

There are a number of ways on how waste from construction can be handled as well as guidelines within the law of doing so. To begin with, sort waste for easier disposal. After sorting, you can manage it as demonstrated above or if it cannot be reused or recycled, take it to a landfill.

Dumpster rentals offer waste collection and hauling services to dispose of C&D waste accordingly. Make sure you find one that you can afford but is certified and reputable nonetheless.

 

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Weekend Cleanup: Garage, basement, crawl space

Weekend cleanup garage

If you haven’t carried out a basement, crawl space or garage cleanup for a while, you may be shocked what you will discover. To be honest, expect to find all sorts of junk because well, cleanups and waste go hand in hand

Garage cleanup

A garage cleanup will yield among other things:

  • Waste oil
  • Parts, empty drums
  • Coolants, cleaning solvents, and other fluids
  • Cardboard boxes, stretch film, polystyrene and other packaging waste
  • Expired paint, batteries, fertilizer etc.
  • Broken, unfinished projects and sentimental stuff

All in all if your car is always in the driveway and you have a garage, it’s time to clean up.

Crawl space cleanup

House crawl spaces usually carry a lot of your house’s insulation. Unlike in a garage cleanup, crawl spaces can have mold aside from other unsafe debris. You will most likely find:

  • Asbestos
  • Rusty nail
  • Wet, moldy fiberglass insulation
  • Solid foam
  • Rusty plumbing or drainage pipes

Due to the kind of material used for insulation, plumbing, and other projects in crawl spaces, this part of your house probably has hazardous debris which should be carefully handled.

Basement clean up

The basement of any house is basically the “dumping ground” for unused stuff or for hiding stuff you would like to remain hidden. Usually carrying a lifetime of junk, it’s more difficult to organize compared to a garage cleanup. What you will find in a typical basement is endless but is mostly unused, broken, or old stuff.

Junk challenge

After your weekend clean up, you’ll probably be wondering what to do with all the junk you have recovered. This pertinent question can be answered in a number of ways:

  • Sell the good stuff
  • Donate to charity
  • Recycle
  • Reuse

But sometimes there’s no getting around the fact that some of your junk truly is junk and is only good for the dump. Good news is professional waste disposal services are all around you for you to hire an affordable dumpster for this kind of debris. Professionally dump what you cannot recycle, sell, give away or even reuse.

Standard Size Dumpster to prepare for a garage cleanup is 10-15 Cubic Yard.

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Moving Tips: Clean, Purge, and Organize

Moving tips

You probably don’t feel like you have a lot of belongings until you are moving and have to sort through them. But just like memories, you have to decide what to keep and what to leave behind. To get you out of the cleaning and organizing phase as efficiently as possible, we recommend separating your items into following categories.

What to give to family members 

Even a good moving firm cannot help you manage the emotional toll of determining the fate of items to keep and give away. Some items won’t have a place in your new home, but won’t be lost forever if they can live on with a close friend or family member:

  • Clothing
  • House plants
  • Furniture
  • Jewelry
  • Collectible bottles/containers/jars
  • Books
  • Cookware
  • Sentimental knickknacks

What to save for your new house

Shedding off some stuff may lower your cost of moving, but there are some items you should never forget to carry with you. These include:

  • Kitchenware necessities
  • Important papers such as records, legal documents, and certificates
  • Medication
  • Photos
  • Toys and electronics
  • Sentimental
  • Décor
  • Clothing
  • Beloved books

What to sell 

You can still unload your extra stuff for some decent bucks. There are a number of ways to do this: garage sales, post on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, local Buy Sell Trade groups, or spread the word through friends and neighbors.

Before moving, sell:

  • Difficult to move items like furniture, equipment, rugs, and appliances
  • Fragile items that won’t survive in the moving truck
  • Decorations that you know won’t have a place at your new home
  • Spare bedding, linen
  • Books
  • Toys, movies, and games
  • Artwork and household items collecting dust in your storage area

What to give to charity 

Moving can give you the opportunity to do something for others. It definitely is less hassle and your small gesture of gratitude will give someone a better life.

Donate:

  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Old media
  • Electronics
  • Unwanted kitchenware

What and how to throw it way 

If you are downsizing or going through a major purge, rent a dumpster to remove the waste quickly and easily. Get the best deal on a dumpster by first knowing what size you need, and then checking out our instant price comparison. Don’t forget to check with your local department of public works for permit requirements.

 

Bring only the items you need in your new home. Clear out the basements, garages, and basically purge out every room and crawl space. Your new home will thank you!

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How to prepare a home for an estate sale

Prepare for an estate sale

An estate sale can seem like a huge task, but take it step by step and you’ll soon be on the path to success. To prepare, follow this outline:

Get the Home Ready

An estate sale is often held at the property, so it’s vital to get it ready. Since this is similar to staging a home for sale, you might want to enlist help from a local real estate agent. Clean every room buyers will visit, making the space as welcoming as possible.

Remove Everything You Want

Start by removing and setting aside everything friends and loved ones want from the home. Now is not the time to settle ownership disputes, but simply ensure items are moved into a separate space. There’s no getting back anything that ends up accidentally sold!

Sort Out Remaining Items

After round one of picking out items, it’s not unusual to have cut the inventory of your estate sale by 30% or more. With the remaining items, you’ll need to take a critical eye and prioritize. These three categories can be helpful:

What to Purge

You can purge things through donations to local charities or your library – or, if there’s no other option, simply bag them up and get ready to throw them out.

What to Keep

As you sort through your remaining goods, you’re bound to find a slew of other items you wish to keep. Set these aside in storage or the area you’ve been using so far.

Showstopper Items

Great items run the gamut from recent electronics to potential antiques. If you encounter an older item with uncertain value, it’s best to have it professionally appraised.

Prepare for Waste

There’s always plenty of waste before an estate sale, so it’s a good idea to rent a dumpster. This gives you a way to conveniently eliminate unwanted items fast. If you plan to recycle, be sure to sort items by material from the start. Ask your dumpster rental professional about dangerous waste like electronics, batteries, and chemicals, which may need special procedures. You can read our guide on “what can I put in a dumpster” for more information.

DumpsterMarket.com is the only online dumpster rental booking site that carries multiple haulers available inventory.

 

 

Standard Size Dumpster to prepare for an estate sale Medium is 15-20 Cubic Yard.