Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Spruce Up Your Space

The winter months can be a bit gloomy, but don't let the cold weather get you down. Make the most of your long days spent inside by trying to make your home as bright and cheery as possible – a few simple changes can make a big difference.


To lift spirits and make your home inviting during the colder months, try these tips for brightening up your home.



Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Space:


  • Wake up your walls with some color 
  • Upgrade your fixtures
  • Rearrange your furniture layout
  • Update your window treatments
  • Hang some new art or add a mirror



Check out the video below to see what we did to spruce up our spaces! 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Projects with Purpose

The start of a new year is a great time to identify projects around your home that will help to keep things moving in the right direction all year round. Decluttering and getting organized are usually at the top of to-do lists when it comes to what needs to get done around the house. If you want to make your decluttering efforts stick, engage in purposeful decluttering! 

Did you know?... 


  • The average American spends 1 year of their life looking for lost items. 
  • 25% of people with a 2 car garage can't even fit one car inside, and another 32% can only fit one car inside. 
  • Most people wear 20% of their clothing 80% of the time.


Identify your "why"
Knowing the real reason why you're tackling a specific task will give you the motivation needed to make it a success. Make a list of all the reasons you want to live with less. They can be as simple as “clean counter-tops” or something that means more to you like, “working less” or “downsizing to a smaller space.” Use those whys as leverage to prevent the clutter from creeping back in. When you come across a great offer at your favorite store, or see a compelling advertisement, go back to your why.
When you clear the excess clutter out of your life, you will notice the positive effects it has on your mental state and overall wellness. Once your home life and your work life are physically cleaned out and minimized, your mind will be at ease. Work on reducing to what you really need and see the positive changes that follow.
Benefits of decluttering & getting organized: 

  • Reduces your stress level
  • Clears your mind
  • Save your time and money 
  • Promotes Charity 
  • Makes you love your home 


If you want to find your purpose, and discover what matters in your life, get rid of everything that doesn't. 


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Our bin-tastic achievements & awards


Our involvement within our franchise and within our community has received some notice and recognition! Pictured here you see (from left to right):




Bin There Dump That Leadership Award – for outstanding leadership and mentoring within the Bin There Dump That family of franchise owners. Since our opening in 2013, we have gained experience and really enjoy sharing advice and knowledge of do’s and don’ts with newer locations.




NCMAR Certificate of Appreciation – the North Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors recognized us for our involvement with their Communications committee, since we worked together with several Realtors to create their first-ever NCMAR Year in Review yearbook. We subsequently received the NCMAR Business Partner of the Year Award (not pictured here)!





Bin There Dump That President’s Select Award – this award is given to the outstanding franchise of the year, and considers the criteria of franchise involvement, creative advertising and marketing, mentoring, overall business growth, and high quality of our staff. We were honored to receive this award, having been chosen from among 100+ locations.


SBA Emerging Leaders GraduateBecause of her solid relationship with lenders and the community, Julie was selected to apply for, and was then accepted into, the SBA Emerging Leaders “Streetwise MBA” program. After 7 months of intense study in the areas of finance, marketing, and HR, along with CEO Mentoring group meetings, Julie completed this program. The result is that we now have a solid Growth Plan in place for a bright future of serving our customers.



Bin There Dump That GOLD CLUB Member – Awarded to franchise locations that have met and exceeded specific levels of business sales and assets.






Bin There Dump That Comeback Player of the Year Award – after a slow start to our first six months in business, we raised our game and really started actively making people aware of our Residential Friendly Service. Word about our clean green bins spread quickly, and our business grew exponentially!






THANKS TO ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL STAFF, CUSTOMERS, CONTRACTORS, AND THE COMMUNITY FOR MAKING ALL THIS RECOGNITION POSSIBLE. IT HAS BEEN, AND CONTINUES TO BE, A BIN-TASTIC RIDE!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

10 Tips for Remodeling A Kitchen

Before you dive in to start a kitchen remodel and begin ripping out cabinets, tearing down walls or prying up old flooring in your kitchen, you need to take time to sit down and plan everything from start to finish to ensure your remodel goes well. When it comes to a smooth renovation be sure to follow these simple 10 tips for remodeling a kitchen and avoid the downfalls that others have experienced.
1. Set a Budget and Stick to It
Take time to price the items you want to have in the new kitchen before you rush out and buy something that will cost five times more than an identical product may cost at another store. You should take time to think about the current housing market and what homes in your own neighborhood are valued so you won’t end up with expensive countertops and flooring that just won’t fit in with the atmosphere of the neighborhood. For example, if you live in a family-friendly area, focus the remodel on a family sitting down for a meal. If you only have a budget of $10,000 or less, try to rehab the current cabinets and slap on a good coat of fresh paint on cabinets and walls to help update things. Stick to your budget so you don’t find yourself in over your head.
2. Know Current Trends
If you are remodeling a kitchen so you can sale a home, try to keep it updated with the current popular trends to help entice a buyer. You don’t have to go overboard financially to make a few quick changes to update to an eco-friendly dishwasher or an energy saving stove or refrigerator. Many of the current trends for kitchens also call for materials that are easy to clean when in a hurry, so keep that in mind when you are choosing materials for counters, floors and walls as well as appliances.
3. New Fixtures and Hardware
When you remodel the kitchen, it is a good idea to swap out the old sink faucets and lighting fixtures for a modern look, or for a vintage look if that is what you are going for. To help ensure many years of use, be sure to purchase quality fixtures instead of trying to save money and end up with faucets that will break or lighting fixtures that just don’t look as great as you want them to look.
4. Plan to Get a Dumpster

4. Plan to Get a Dumpster   
If you will be ripping out the old cabinets, replacing flooring with hardwood or new tile or swapping out the old counter tops for marble or another material, you are going to need a dumpster. It’s easy to rent a dumpster in the size you need for the remodel and you can fill it up with the old cabinets, flooring and even appliances. When the kitchen remodel is finished, the dumpster will be picked up and taken to the nearest landfill where the enclosed items can be sorted for recycling or disposal. It’s much easier to have a dumpster than to try to haul everything away on your own or to have the city pick up your remodeling waste.
5. Plumbing
No matter how big or small your kitchen remodel is, you need to keep the plumbing where it is and use it for the new sink, dishwasher and other appliances you might plan to move in. It’s not convenient to relocate water lines or drain lines, and you may find that doing so will add a hefty cost onto the remodel. (Source: AnyTimePlumbing.net) When planning the remodel, you should consult with a licensed plumber to plan in detail every change you need to make with the kitchen plumbing.
6. Watch the Architecture
If you have an older home and want to have a modern kitchen, it can take more than a few snazzy stainless appliances to achieve the look you want. Depending on the year your home was built, and whether it’s been updated previously, you might find yourself spending quite a bit of money for updates to the electrical or even the walls or flooring. Older homes often have wiring that runs to the old glass fuse boxes, and if you want to update with new outlets, lighting or modern appliances, you need to call an electrician to have a breaker box installed and possibly new wiring throughout the home.
7. Remnants Work Wonders
Do you want nice marble or granite counter tops, but those materials are a little out of your spending range? If so, check with the supply stores to see if they have a remnant section (most do) and see what they have. If you go at just the right time, you may just find a great deal on the perfect counter top and you will be able to have that beautiful look for a fraction of what you would pay for a new piece.
8. Used or Scratch and Dent Shops
There is no written rule anywhere that says a person must spend a fortune on brand new appliances during a kitchen remodel. You can find almost new or even new with a few cosmetic flaws for a much lower price than a new appliance sold at retail value. Scratch and dent shops and used appliance stores can save you up to thousands of dollars and you can often find perfect appliances to have the look you want.
9. Lighting is A Major Importance
Lighting is going to be one of the top things to think about during a kitchen remodel. Take time to plan for under cabinet lighting or lighting that is flush with the ceiling for a modern look and better lighting throughout the kitchen. Brighter lighting is good for work areas such as over an island or over counters while softer light is ideal near the dinner table or in a bar area.
10. Keep It Safe
While it is naturally important to keep the renovation area safe for those who live in your home, it is equally important to make sure that the kitchen remodel itself produces a finished product that will be safe for those in your home as well as those who visit. Place your stovetop in a spot where children won’t be able to easily access it to topple hot pans over. Make sure the floor space is adequate for walking through the room and that the materials used for flooring won’t become slippery if someone drops an ice cube or spills a drink. Child locks are a great idea but taking time to make sure the kitchen not only looks great but is also a safe area for all is one of the most important things to consider when planning your kitchen remodel.
Once you know what you want, you can start calling remodel contractors for estimates and to get started. Keep in mind that you need to stick to your budget, keep safety in mind and make sure the floor plan is easy to navigate when you want a drink of water in the middle of the night.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

20 Reasons Why Americans Rent Dumpsters From Bin There Dump That

  1. We’ve been perfecting the dumpster rental process since 2001.
  2. We have 100+ franchises across the United States.
  3. We utilize a proprietary dumpster tracking system to assure your dumpster is delivered and picked up when you want it.
  4. We diligently train Dumpster Consultants across America to always answer the phone promptly, listen respectfully and suggest solutions professionally; because we understand every project is unique.
  5. There are over 2,000 Bin There Dump That dumpsters that can be found across America
  6. There are over 1,000 5 star reviews for Bin There Dump That on Google, websites, Facebook, etc.
  7. This is one of our favorite reviews:
    “I was moving out of my house I’d lived in for 16 years. Needless to say, I had a lot more junk than I ever imagined. I hadn’t called a dumpster company because of my tight deadline in getting my storage units loaded and getting out of the house for the new owners, but it was unavoidable. Bin There Dump that was able to deliver Saturday Morning and pick up before 7 am on Monday. (They came exactly when they said, which is more than I can say for the storage container company) Packing the dumpster full was easy because of the walk-in doors, and all of their employees were incredibly friendly and light-hearted. This speaks to a great company culture! I don’t know when I will have to clean out a house again but I will be calling Bin There Dump That… It doesn’t hurt that the name is so catchy!”
  8. We show up when promised…saving you time and stress.
  9. We’re the only dumpster rental provider trusted by the Property Brothers and Jillian Harris.
  10. Our vehicles, bins and Dumpster Delivery Experts are always clean and professional.
  11. We have repeat homeowner customers that rent a dumpster from us every year for their Spring Cleaning project or other home projects that requires the need for a dumpster.
  12. The bin fits into the driveway – saves labor and time and usually allows you to park your vehicle inside your garage. The footprint of our containers is relative to that of a minivan.
  13. We work with national contractors across the United States on home remodeling, disaster relief, home building, home repair and home organization projects. Some of these contractors include:
  14. Bin There Dump That Franchise operators are involved in national and local organizations like NARI and their local Home Builder’s Associations.
  15. Once the bin is full, simply call us and we will return at a pre-arranged time to remove the bin.
  16. We work with outstanding organizations within our local communities, like Habitat for Humanity and Tucker’s House.
  17. We hold a conference every year to discuss improvements to our customer service protocols; we believe there is always room for improvement.
  18. Several of our franchise locations have been honored with the Angie’s List Super Service Awards.
  19. We ALWAYS place down boards on your driveway to assure the dumpster never scratches your property.
  20. The driveway area is swept before we leave, showing respect for your property.

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.