Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Organize and Declutter For An Estate Sale: A Five-Part Strategy

A preliminary step that must be taken before work begins on planning an estate sale is organizing and decluttering the property and other items once owned by a deceased individual. A five-part strategy typically proves to be the most effective method to utilize when it comes to organizing and decluttering following the death of a loved one. 
The five elements of the strategy are:

  • Keep
  • Store
  • Donate
  • Throw away
  • Sell

Keep


Following an individuals death, there undoubtedly will be items of personal property that are bequeathed or given to specific individuals in a will. In the alternative, there will also be items that specific family members may want to keep for their own after a loved one passes away.The first step in organizing and decluttering is identifying these items of personal property. These items are conveyed to appropriate individuals at the commencement of the effort to organize and declutter.A problem area when it comes to preparing for an estate sale is that many people overdo when it comes to isolating items that are to be kept. In other words, many people keep too much. A discussion presented later in this guide involves how a downsizing specialist, like Downsizing Divas, can provide assistance to prevent a person from overdoing when it comes to setting aside items to keep.


Store


The second classification of personal property items are those that are to be stored. These can include items that might have sentimental value, but no one has come forward to claim them as of yet. They might also include items that are collectibles of some nature that are rising in value over time. Selling them at a later date beyond the estate sale might be a wise course of action.Another key reason why certain items might be stored stems from a reasonable determination that a person really is uncertain if another alternative is appropriate. For example, the possibility might exist that certain pieces of property might prove useful to certain family members at a future point in time. Rather than throw certain items away or sell them merely because they are not needed at the moment, storing them can prove a rational alternative course of action.


Donate


When at all possible, usable items in good shape – but which are not needed or lack sentimental value – should not the thrown away. In some situations, items of this nature may not be suitable for inclusion in an estate sale. Items in this category should be segregated out and donated to a worthy cause of organization. Habitat for Humanity Restore is an example of a nonprofit organization that welcomes donated items of this nature.


Throw Away


One of the hardest components of the organize and declutter process is throwing away items. There undoubtedly will be materials that clearly can be categorized as trash. On the other hand, there are also likely to be items of personal property in disrepair or lacking in value that should be thrown away.A downsizing specialist can prove useful when it comes to developing a strategy to determine what items need to be thrown away. In addition, in order to effectively manage throwing items away, renting an appropriate dumpster renders the overall process far easier and more efficient.There certainly will be some items that clearly need to be thrown away. Realistically, there may also be some items that might have questionably value, practicality, or sentimentality. Rather than immediately toss some items into a rented dumpster, a staging area can be designated. Certain items can be placed into the staging area to permit at least some time to pass, and a bit more consideration, before the final decision is made to throw out this property. Having a temporary staging area provides a person with some comfort that things will not be tossed into a dumpster willy-nilly.


Sell


After running personal property through the keep, store, and throw away filters – perhaps with the assistance of professionals – you end up with those items to be placed into an estate sale. Once this group of personal property items is established, giving them one more going over is advisable. The property review is undertaken both to confirm that something or another that should be kept in the family is not heading to an estate sale or auction. In addition, the review process works to ensure that junk also is not en route to an estate sale.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

3 Home Improvement Projects For Fall

We know you had good intentions. But that list of home improvement projects you planned to get done over the summer, well... There was that spur of the moment vacation. Then Ed, known for his great parties, invited you to a cookout. And it isn’t your fault you got a hammock for your birthday, right? 

The good news is, it’s not too late to scratch some home improvement projects for fall off your list before winter sets in. In fact, fall is the perfect time for certain tasks. Some things you just can’t tackle when the snow flies. Others will protect your home from winter’s wrath.
Get ‘em done now. You wouldn’t want to miss Ed’s holiday party.

1. Caulk Cracks And Add Insulation
Remember those balmy summer breezes? Well, suddenly they’re not so balmy. Soon they’ll turn into frigid winds that will blast through the nooks and crannies of your home.
Not sure where to look? Consider a home energy audit, where experts will inspect your home for cracks and gaps where warmth will seep out and winter’s blast will sneak in. 

Energy auditors will inspect your home’s caulking and weather stripping and likely check your attic.
If the attic insulation is at or below the level of the joists, you could benefit from adding more. A depth of 10 to 14 inches is considered ideal.

Caulk around your windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping. It will also keep water from blowing in, freezing and causing cracks.
The good news? It’s one of the least expensive maintenance jobs. We’ll give it just one $.

Pro Tip: Choose waterproof, flexible, crack-proof silicone caulk. Avoid using acrylic caulk, which can shrink and crack over time and allow air and water seep through gaps.


2. Clean and Repair Gutters 
You probably don’t think much about your gutters, but they’re crucial to the well-being of your home. Gutters keep thousands of gallons of water flowing away from your house each year, instead of into it. They need your attention now, more than ever.



Leaves clog gutters, and clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams in the winter, which can damage your roof and cause catastrophic leaks. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings and insulation. Once all the leaves around your house have fallen, clean out the gutters and down spouts, then flush them with water to get rid of all the debris. Inspect the joints. Tighten the brackets if they’re loose.

You might invest in mesh guards that will keep leaves and other debris from clogging your gutters in the future. Or, if your gutters have seen better days, replace them with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
If you just need to clean them out, this is a one $ job. Replacing them boosts the cost.

Pro Tip: Pick up a gutter cleaning scoop for just a few dollars at a home center or hardware store. This tool, often bright orange plastic, is specifically designed for the job, with a front scooping edge that forms itself to the bottom of the gutter trough, making it easy to scoop out debris.


3. Clean Out The Garage

You don’t want to tackle this chore when it’s snowy and freezing cold. There are all kinds of tasks to do out here.
Weed out clutter you no longer use. Clean and store your summer garden tools. Drain the fuel from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers and chain saws.


Check to see that all of your snow equipment is up and running before the first flurry falls. You don’t want a sudden scramble when the snow starts piling up and you need your shovels, roof rake and snow blower.
A basic clean-out costs nothing but your time. Spring for specialized storage and this becomes a two or three $$$ chore.

Pro Tip: Go vertical with storage. Fill your garage walls with shelving to get items up and off the floor. Experts recommend shelves of 18 inches deep or less.
Wall system storage designed specifically for garages helps get bikes, garden tools, coolers and outdoor toys off the floor.

One More Thing For Your List — Rent A Dumpster


So you’ve tackled your fall to-do list like a champ.
Now, what to do with those old gutters, damaged roof shingles and boxes of junk from the garage? Toss them in a Bin There, Dump That bin — along with your completed list of fall home repair projects. Good riddance.



All those chores wore you out. Getting rid of the debris is the easy part. Carry the mess directly into your residential dumpster bin through the convenient rear doors, instead of hoisting it up over the sides. And while you’re at it, check with your neighbor to see if they want to go in on renting a dumpster with you. Find a dumpster rental operator near you. Then, tell winter — and Ed — you’re ready.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

3 Projects To Tackle Over Labor Day Weekend






Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of the summer, but isn't necessarily the time you will (or should) say to yourself "Oh, this is the perfect time for housework!". But between BBQs and lounging around, devoting some of the extra time afforded by a three-day weekend to your home can give you the gift of a cleaner, happier home just in time for the coming busy fall season. 

Here are a few Labor Day weekend project ideas to make the transition into the new season a little easier, without having to sacrifice your entire weekend. 

1. Clean out the garage


Can you fit your car in your garage? The garage is where we toss everything that doesn't have a place in the house. If you find yourself using your garage as a receptacle, it's likely that you haven't resolved all your organizing challenges within your home. Reclaim your garage and restore order. Spend the weekend organizing by zones, decluttering and sorting items.



2. Organize your closet            


Knowing what's in your closet will keep you from buying duplicates and save you money. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it in a year, it's time to go. Paring down your belongings will not only free up more time, space, and money, but it can also free you from stress. 





3. Update your bathroom

If leaky faucets and shower heads are making your bathroom routines impossible, the weekend is a good time to take care of this important and frequently used area. These small updates will not only create a fresh new feel, but will also add value to your home.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Rent a Dumpster For Your Roof Replacement

It doesn't matter if you are a contractor or an individual homeowner who plans on replacing their roof themselves, renting a dumpster for your roofing debris just makes sense!


Our 10 yard dumpster is great for a roof tear off! 

Here are 3 great reasons to choose a roll-off dumpster for your next roofing project:

1. The dumpster can be placed up against the house to make it easy to throw the shingles and other roofing materials into. This will reduce the risk of materials blowing into your neighbor's yard and will keep your job site looking clean.


2. Shingles are very heavy. Did you know 7-10 squares of shingles equal 1 ton?? The average roof area is 30-40 squares. That is about 3 to 4 tons of materials! If you plan on hauling your shingles to the dump yourself with a trailer, think about the stress placed on your vehicle to haul that much weight. The landfill is also an uneven terrain that makes driving a heavy trailer through it very difficult. The risk of breaking your trailer hitch, axle, or getting nails in your tires is very high! Why take that risk? Let someone else do it!


3. New roofs or roof repairs can also come with stray nails being left behind once the job is finished. To help avoid this, on pick up, our uniformed Dumpster Delivery Experts will tarp and load your rental for transportation. Once loaded, they will sweep up the area around where the bin was placed to make sure no loose debris are left behind. At Bin There Dump That are the clean guys in a trashy business!

If this sounds like the right solution for your roofing project or you have more questions about our services please do not hesitate to contact us online or give our friendly and knowledgeable Dumpster Consultants a call at 978-582-1176. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

When The Trash Can Can't Do The Job



Weekly residential trash carts can fill up fast with certain home projects. Even if there are multiple carts, some projects cannot be disposed of quickly enough with weekly trash service. Sometimes these are jobs that may arise every couple of years, such as a home clean out. Other jobs are seasonal, such as yard clean ups. Bin There Dump That is the solution for fast disposal of all projects, helping jobs go smoothly with one quick phone call.



Yard Cleanup

Seasonal yard work projects can be a hassle when there is nowhere to dispose of the leftover debris. Waste companies usually take only what can fit into the carts, leaving extra bags for later disposal. And some debris is too large or is an awkward shape, unable to fit in the cart. Tree branches are a good example. Seasonal maintenance of shrubs, grass, and gutters come with home ownership. But besides cleanup of these materials, broken patio furniture or even an old BBQ grill can be recycled into a dumpster rental. These items are too large for your regular trash carts, but perfect for a smaller dumpster, such as a 4 or 10 yard.  



Remodeling And Renovation

When it comes to updating a home the most popular rooms that people usually focus on are the bathrooms and kitchen. From flooring to counter tops and cabinets, updating these rooms can easily be done by the do-it-yourselfer or a local contractor. With the help of a conveniently placed residential friendly dumpster, collecting and clearing the old materials to create a fresh new look will move your project along quickly. One room is a small job, but it's too big for your standard trash carts. And when a renovation is needed, material such as brick, concrete, siding, and drywall, can all be tossed into a dumpster. Projects such as these can easily be scheduled around the demolition phase and be quickly removed when no longer needed. 




Moving And Clean outs

Moving or downsizing are also great projects to utilize a dumpster rental. The disposal of moving boxes can be time consuming and difficult with trash carts. With one of our residential friendly dumpster rentals, you can transition into your new home or smaller space with ease.  

Garages and basements, for example, tend to become catch-all shot spots for unused items. A small garage or basement clean out can usually be accomplished with our 10 yard dumpster. But, when a whole home needs cleaning out, the 15 and 20 yard dumpsters are best suited for the job. These dumpsters will even accommodate bulkier items such as appliances and furniture. 



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What Materials Are Not Safe to Throw in My Dumpster?

One question we receive daily from customers and people inquiring about renting a dumpster, is "Are there any items that I can't throw in the dumpster?"  The answer is, Yes! We cannot accept any hazardous, regulated, or dangerous materials.

Federal, State, and Local governments regulate certain materials which are hazardous to people or the environment. These items include (but are not limited to): asbestos, bio hazardous waste, medical waste,  pesticides, paints or stains, car batteries, oils, antifreeze.


Additionally, we cannot accept dangerous materials that are flammable or combustible. These are items which can cause injury to transfer station workers or other customers disposing of their debris at the site. The heavy machinery running over refuse can cause items to explode. For safety, we cannot accept items such as: ammunition, aerosol products, gasoline, oils, paint thinners, or other combustible chemicals. Many are surprised to find we ARE able to accept tires and appliances, as well as electronics and mattresses. These items however, are at an additional cost to your rental, but can be recycled appropriately for you as a valued added service. 

If you are unsure if an item can go in the dumpster just give us a call at 978-582-1176, or contact us online and we will be happy to answer your questions. 

If you do have toxic or hazardous materials to dispose of you can contact your local Board of Health Department or click here for more information. 

For additional disposal information try these sites:

Earth911.com
Recyclesearch.com
Mass.gov

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

5 Simple Projects to Tackle Over Memorial Day Weekend


Has your springtime project list reached an epic length. People usually find themselves most enthused about home improvement in the springtime, those few weeks squeezed between winter hibernation and "OMG-it’s-so-hot-I’m-never-moving-again." Memorial Day weekend is kind of the best time to get cracking on those projects for many reasons (3-days at home, hardware store sales, getting your home dressed to impress for a busy summer). 

Here are 5 simple home projects that you can most definitely conquer this holiday weekend:


1. Clean out your gutters - Gutters are an integral piece of your home's well-being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.This should be done at least twice a year, and Memorial Day is an ideal time to do it. Scoop out leaves, pine needles, and other debris by hand, or vacuum or power wash it out of your gutters before bagging it.





2. Check smoke detector & carbon monoxide batteries - Be sure to check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries often; but this weekend, make this a to-do list priority. Mark your calendar to check both devices again on Labor Day weekend to keep you and your family safe.




3. Paint all the things you've been putting off - A quick coat of paint, whether interior or exterior, is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your home with a big return on investment (paint is often on sale Memorial Day weekend too). Both renters and homeowners alike can take advantage of the benefits of a fresh coat of paint. Depending on the size of the space and how much prep work is needed, painting can take as little as one to two days.


4. Pressure wash your deck and sidingBefore using the pressure washer, take a quick walk around the house to make sure that the siding is all intact and no pieces of vinyl have become loose. Check for cracks in the siding that water might penetrate and identify how the lengths of siding on long walls overlap. Make sure all of your windows are shut and check to see that caulking and glazing on those windows is in good condition so that water doesn’t seep in. If you plan on doing any entertaining this summer, this is a great way to give your deck a "like new" look that will make your next cookout memorable. 


5. Organize your closet, basement, or garage - Tackle one closet in your home that has seen better days. Organize items into three piles--keep, toss, and donate. If you're really feeling motivated, aim for de-cluttering a larger space like an over-filled basement or garage. Most likely you are like the rest of us, and greatly underestimate just how much clutter you have accumulated in your home or garage. A dumpster is an amazing asset to have onsite during a clean out. It takes the hassle out of worrying about just what to do with all those unwanted items you have been sorting through and are now piling up in your driveway. And if cost is an issue, go in on one with your neighbors. Sharing the cost while all being able to finally get rid of unwanted items will benefit everyone.