Friday, August 19, 2022

5 Things You Need To Know BEFORE Tearing Down Your Deck

 



As the good weather approaches you’re probably starting to think about how you can upgrade your yard for the BBQ season ahead. If your wooden deck is starting to show its age, that might be just the place to start. A new deck can breathe life into your backyard and turn it back into that weekend oasis it used to be. Before you can build a new one though, you’ll have to remove the old one and in this guide we’re going to look at everything you’ll need to know for your deck removal.

Deck Tear Down REEL
 

1. Deck Tear Down Costs and Expenses

One of the first things you’ll want to consider are the out of pocket expenses. If you’re tearing the deck down by yourself there won’t be any labor costs, but you will have to set aside time to do it and that’s time you could be spending doing something else. You’ll have to weigh that against the cost of hiring someone to do the work for you and decide what the best route is for you.

How Much Does it Cost to Take a Deck Down?

If you decide that you don’t have the time to commit to your deck removal yourself, you’ll have to look at what it will cost to hire someone to take on the task for you. The price you’ll pay can vary depending on where you live, but according to House Beautiful the average is around $1,200.

Keep in mind that’s just the cost of the deck tear down, it doesn’t include the cost of having a new one professionally built. Depending on the size and scope of your deck project, a new deck professionally installed can cost you somewhere between $5,000 and $20,000 on average.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a 20 x 20 Deck?

If you want to go with a large deck it’s going to cost you a bit more for the installation. In the example we used above our maximum deck size was 16 x 20. The national average for a deck that size is around $20,000.

Upgrading to a 20 x 20 deck is going to take your installation costs up to $25,000 or more. That means with the cost of a professional removal and installation combined you’re now looking at a total price tag between $25,000 and $30,000.

That’s a substantial cost, but a well-maintained deck can last up to 40 years. If you have the budget, it’s a worthwhile investment when you consider how important your deck is as a design element in creating your backyard oasis.

Removing All Debris Caught Under Deck

2. Deck Tear Down Tools

If you’re going to take on any DIY project you have to have the right tools. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an indoor or outdoor job. Having the right tools for the job just makes things go a lot smoother.

Which Tools Do I Need?

While you can always improvise and work with the tools you have, it will be easier to tackle your deck tear down if you have all of the tools you need up front.

If you don’t have a tool you need, consider borrowing it from a friend or a family member. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy a tool for one job, unless you plan on doing a lot of projects in the near future for a complete backyard makeover where you’ll need that tool. You may also be able to rent some of these tools at your local tool rental company.

Here are the tools we recommend for your deck removal:

  • Steel toe work boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves to protect your hands
  • A spade/shovel
  • A reciprocating or hognose saw
  • A sledgehammer
  • A standard hammer
  • Pry Bar
  • Drill or screwdriver

3. Deck Tear Down Board Removal

If you’ve decided to take on your deck removal as a DIY project, having the right tools on hand is just the first step. You should easily be able to tackle the job on a weekend, but it’s best to give yourself the full weekend in case you run into anything unexpected. Before you can take the frame down you’ll have to remove the deck boards.

How Do You Remove Old Wood Deck Boards?

So just how do you go about removing old deck boards? Well that depends on whether your deck boards are nailed in or screwed in. If they’re screwed in, the task should be easier, as long as the screws aren’t stripped and worn down.

Removing Intact Screws from Deck Boards

When the screws in your old deck boards are still intact and in pretty good shape it’s a lot easier to remove them. While you can use a simple screwdriver for the task — it’s a labor intensive job. By the time you’re done you might not be able to feel your forearms!

A better way to go about it, is to charge up that cordless drill. Then all you have to do is to flip the switch to reverse and back out all the screws you can. There may still be some that are stripped you can’t remove and for that you’ll need to take a different approach.

Utilizing a pry bar to remove boards

Removing Deck Boards with Stripped Screws or Nails

If you run into a lot of stripped screws or if you discover that nails were used in place of screws when your deck was built, that cordless drill won’t help. In these situations it’s time to reach for that pry bar.

If you have some boards already removed it will be easier using the pry bar, but if you need to remove all boards using this method, it’s best to start at an edge where it’s easier to wedge the bar underneath that first board. Once you get that first board off, you’ll probably have an easier time with the rest, but it’s still going to be time consuming and physically demanding.

4. Deck Tear Down Frame Removal

Old Deck Frame

Once you have all of those deck boards removed the final stage is removing the frame. That’s where the sledgehammer comes in handy. If your deck is old, you may be able to remove a lot of it with some strategically placed hammer blows. If there are exposed nails you may want to use a hammer to remove them first for safety reasons.

Sometimes you might need more than just a sledgehammer. That’s where the reciprocating or hognose saw can be useful. Use the saw to cut through those sturdy and stubborn posts where necessary.

The last stage is to remove the posts from the ground. You’ll have to pull out your shovel or spade and dig around the base. Concrete can be heavy, so you may need help lifting it out of the ground. Then you just have to remove all of that old material so you can prep the area for your new deck.

5. Disposing Of Materials

Now that you’ve torn down your old deck, everything will need to be cleared out to make room for your brand new one! Instead of lugging all of that old wood to the dump or out by your curb, try a dumpster rental! If you rent a dumpster it will be a lot easier getting rid of all of those old boards, posts and concrete. Then you’re ready to get started on the replacement.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

15 Summer Projects You'll Need a Dumpster For

 


With summer in full swing, you’re probably starting to think about all of those projects you want to tackle this year. There are many potential options, but to keep things manageable, it’s a good idea to refine your list down to 2 or 3 things.

When you’re building or creating something new there’s probably going to be some old stuff you’ll need to get rid of. One of the easiest ways to do this is by renting a dumpster. Here are 15 summer projects you’ll need a dumpster for divided into 4 different types of projects. If you can, it’s best to tackle your projects one after the other so that you only need to rent a dumpster once.

What can you build in your backyard?

1. Building a Wooden Deck

One of the best outdoor summer projects you can take on to turn your backyard into your own personal oasis is the addition of a wooden deck. The cost of lumber can be a bit expensive, but the end result is usually worth it. Even a simple deck can add a lot of character to your backyard. If you're replacing an existing deck you can place all of the old material in your rented dumpster as you work.

Wooden deck

2. Building an Outdoor Kitchen

When BBQ season hits, who wants to cook inside? Building your own outdoor kitchen is one of those outdoor summer projects that may seem like a dream, but it actually isn’t that hard of a project if you have some DIY skills. If you don’t, and you have the budget to hire a pro, it’s a great addition to any backyard.

3. Building a Gazebo

A gazebo is a great outdoor summer project if you don’t have a lot of natural shade in your yard. Even if you love soaking up the sun, it’s nice to be able to head to that shady spot for some relief once in a while. First, you have to prepare the area and level the ground. Any excess material can go in the dumpster you’ve rented for your summer projects. There are all kinds of different gazebo styles to choose from so you’re bound to find one that fits nicely with the test of your yard.

4. Building a Shed

If you don’t have a garage, building a decent size shed in your backyard is a great solution. Even if you don’t have the skills to build one from scratch, there are plenty of prefab options available. This is one of the larger outdoor summer projects you’ll probably take on so you’ll want to determine your budget ahead of time and make sure you can commit the time needed to see it through.

5. Adding Walkways and Concrete Patios

Another great way to spruce up your backyard this summer is by adding walkways or a concrete patio. You have countless options when it comes to concrete these days. The materials you choose for your dream patio are only limited by your imagination. You can opt for stamped concrete, colored concrete or stick to a more traditional look if you prefer.

What is the least expensive way to build a patio?

6. Replacing Worn Out Patio Stones

Probably one of the cheapest summer project ideas if you want to build a patio is to add patio stones. If you do the work yourself all you’ll have to do is remove any sod in the area you want to add your patio, level the ground, perhaps add a layer of stone screenings and you're ready to build your patio. Simple stones will cost between $5 and $10 per tile, so you can add a decent size patio for $200 to $400.

Patio stones for walkway

7. Re-sodding

If you want to set up your patio on your grass so that the area can be quickly repurposed when needed, you'll want to at least make sure the area is level. You may need to re-sod to replace worn out and unlevel sections. Using a grass area as a patio isn’t ideal, but it can work on level ground and it will save you a lot of money on expensive concrete or lumber.

How can you make your backyard fun for kids?

8. Preparing and Grading Land for Above Ground Pool

For the ultimate backyard makeover for kids, nothing beats a pool. Before you can put that pool in though, you’ll need to prepare and grade the land. Dropping a pool on uneven ground is never a good idea — it can cause the walls to collapse. Any extra dirt and sod can also go in your dumpster. Believe it or not, adding a small above ground pool can be one of those cheap summer project ideas that pays for itself in keeping your kids entertained all summer.

9. Installing a Pond

If your kids love fish, adding a backyard pond can be a fun project that they can help you with. Ponds can be as simple or elaborate as you like. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even consider adding a waterfall. You’ll be surprised how much extra dirt you’ll have as you dig the area out for your pond. If you don’t have somewhere else in your yard to put it, a dumpster is one of the easiest ways to get rid of it quickly.

Pond in the backyard

How do you entertain a small backyard?

10. Adding a Sunroom

Some outdoor projects are a little more expensive than others and a sunroom definitely qualifies. If you have the budget though, it’s a great way to transform a small backyard into a nice area to entertain guests. Best of all you can use it year round.

11. Tree Removal

If you have too many trees in your yard it might be hard to enjoy that summer sun. Removing one or two of those trees can make a world of difference. If you have a small yard, it will also open up space for you to entertain this summer.

In terms of outdoor summer projects, it’s probably one of the ones that requires the least amount of DIY ability. It can be hard work though and it’s a good idea to make sure you have a chainsaw or at least rent one. Even one tree can produce a lot of lumber so that rental dumpster will really come in handy for this type of project.

12. Clearing Out the Shed

large shed is another great potential spot for entertaining. You can add a bar on the exterior and perhaps a card table or game room inside. It will mean you’ll have to keep all of those garden tools in the garage, but it will make a nice addition to your backyard entertainment options. If you’ve been keeping tons of old junk in that shed, a dumpster will really come in handy.

Wooden shed in a backyard

13. Clearing Out the Garage

If you have a garage, it can be a great alternative to entertaining in a small backyard. Clearing out that garage can be a big job, but it’s a lot easier with a dumpster a few feet away. Once you have it completely cleared out you can turn it into a nice entertainment area. When it’s nice out you can open up the garage and enjoy the fresh air or close it if it's cold and raining.

14. A Yard Overhaul

If you’re happy with your deck, but your yard is in need of a makeover, a yard overhaul is probably in order. You can put all of those weeds, bushes, old sod and any other yard waste you have in your rented dumpster. If you don’t have a wheelbarrow, it’s probably one investment you should make before getting started.

15. Add a Privacy Fence or Trees

One other outdoor summer project that can really transform your yard is the addition of simple privacy. You can add a fence or some trees for privacy. If you have an existing chain link fence, it may be as simple as attaching some privacy lattice to that existing fence. These sheets are relatively inexpensive, but if you do plan on removing an old fence to build one that gives you more privacy, you’ll appreciate having that dumpster in your driveway. Although it takes time for trees to grow, they make for a beautiful wall of privacy and a great addition to your backyard.

Friday, September 24, 2021

When is the Best Time to Consider Remodeling Your Living Room

 



So you're thinking of renovating your living room? Maybe the old design is no longer inspiring, or you are ready to ditch the hand-me-down sofa you received from your parent's basement in college and upgrade to a beautiful modular sofa that you have noticed trending across interior design media pages. Or perhaps you want a complete remodel! An entire remodel is not such a bad idea because the living room gives visitors and family members their first impression upon entering our home.

Typical considerations when remodeling your living room are style focused: flooring type, lighting style & directionality, furniture layout, or repurposing existing pieces in different ways all contribute to a fabulous refresh. Choosing new window treatments and color palettes that will make it feel like home while still allowing sunlight during those warmer months are rewarding remodeling choices. However, one consideration that many don't factor into their remodeling is timing.


How do you know when it's the right time to renovate your living room? 

It might be because a relative is coming to visit, or maybe you want an update before the holidays arrive. This blog post will cover some timing issues that can affect whether this is a good time for renovations, as well as some super tips for timing your living room remodel.

Is there a best time to consider remodeling your living room? The answer will depend on what type of project you are considering. If it's with resale in mind, we recommend not starting during the peak selling season. This will allow for a better opportunity to sell the house, as you will not be staging, cleaning, and mid-renovation when buyers are looking.

If you are considering a living room overhaul before the holidays, be sure that your budget can accommodate any surprises with renovations and find out how much time might be involved in a project of this size. Contractors are often busy or taking a vacation right before the holidays. Ensuring that you have your project people in place before starting will help ease any potential stress. Taking care of some of the smaller details such as waste disposal will ensure that no matter how big or small your remodel is, things will go smoothly. Timing of course is everything, suppose Great Aunt Nancy visits with her new husband and three children. In that case, you want to be sure that your space is welcoming and comfortable before their arrival. Sometimes this might mean waiting until the holidays are over to begin a new project.

If you are considering a living room remodel because your space is not as comfortable or efficient as possible, think about whether you will want to move walls and install new windows. Remember that if work needs to happen outside of your home, please consider the weather conditions in your area.

Similarly, if you are hoping for a refresh before the holidays, consider how much money and time might be involved in a remodeling project.

Summer is the most common time to take on a renovation project. The kids are out of school, curb appeal is on the mind, and fair weather makes it easy to open a house. But there are some key advantages to renovating in the winter, like availability, cost, and timing.


Contractor availability

One advantage of choosing to engage a contractor for a renovation in the winter is less competition. Spring and summer are the busiest times of year for home renovations. Contractors' plates will be full once renovation season is in full swing, which could leave you competing for the best builders.

And a renovation project in the winter months may get you more time and attention from your contractor. While the best contractors and architects won't bite off more than they can chew, working with a contractor who has many projects can mean protracted schedules and slapdash work, which is more likely to happen in peak reno season schedules.


Off-season discounts

When business slows, contractors may reduce their prices a bit to keep their crews busy. If your remodel plan is more than a DIY job, this might be the perfect time to negotiate a great deal with a handyperson.

Loving the trend of beautiful modular sofas? You won't find any better deals than this during these winter months! Many stores offer terrific savings on floor models and electronics as well—especially after-holiday sales where they're slashing 20-50% off items in-store—this might be the perfect time to purchase that new wall-mounted T.V. you've been coveting.


So when is the best time for a renovation?

The bottom line is that while there may be more ideal times than others to consider a remodel, the best time for a renovation is when you are ready.


It is prudent to consider the timing when considering a remodel. If you are hoping for a refresh before the holidays, be sure to have your budget and time in mind! Regardless of what kind of project you're undertaking, it's important not to bite off more than you can chew--plan so that any stress (or costs) from renovations doesn't take away from enjoying your new space this holiday season. The great thing about living room projects is they usually don't require as much planning or permits as others might; keep weather considerations in mind if work needs to happen outside on your property!

Friday, August 20, 2021

7 Great Places to Donate Your Household Clutter

Throughout 2020, we’ve spent more time at home than ever before. This has given homeowners more time to focus on cleaning out their homes to create comfortable, tidy living spaces. If you've got unwanted items and are wondering about the best places to give them away (aside from Goodwill), here are seven ethical no-contact options where you can donate your stuff.

Reasons to Ethically Rehome Your Clutter

It’s wasteful to simply throw away items that someone else could still use, and you probably don’t have the time or patience to try reselling your belongings online. Donating your clutter is an environmentally friendly option that frees up space while reducing your carbon footprint

If you shop at fast fashion brands like ZARA and H&M, you'll notice that the cheaper fabrics drastically shorten the lifespan of your clothing. Plus, styles that are trendy today probably won’t be in a year or two. People who have worked their way through a long list of backlogged chores during their time at home may have found that there's a lot of junk crowding their living space. 

Dozens of donation centers throughout the country partner with charitable organizations so that you can easily find a good cause to contribute to when searching for a place to donate your stuff.

Gift Your Old Electronics to Your Local Community

If you're quick to try out the newest gadgets, you've probably got lots of old laptops, smart devices, and other electronics lying around. Typically, it's not a good idea to away anything that contains a lithium-ion battery. Local schools and public libraries often accept devices in useable condition and rent them out to members of the community.

Clothing Brands That Upcycle

Before you throw out your unwanted or unusable vintage clothes, consider upcycling or recycling them. Whether they’re too small, worn out, or stained, nearly 100% of clothing is recyclable. Many of the following brands will reward you with a credit for bringing back your old clothes.

The North Face

The North Face's Clothes the Loop program encourages customers to bring back their worn-out shoes and apparel to the company's retail and outlet stores by offering them a $10 discount on their next purchase of $100 or more.

Patagonia

After your Patagonia merchandise reaches the end of its usefulness, you can bring it back to a nearby Patagonia location. You can also donate items by mail. This company-sponsored upcycling program helps ensure that the clothes you throw out don't end up in an incinerator.

Levi's

If you’ve been sporting denim for decades, you definitely know how worn out a pair of jeans can get when it’s past its prime. Get rid of your extra-low rises and bedazzled pockets by bringing back your old Levi's. Levi's SecondHand, the brand's online upcycling center, helps keep their jeans in circulation and out of landfills. Book an appointment at your local Levi's retail location to sell back your old clothing, and you'll receive a Levi's gift card that’s worth between $5 and $35.

H&M

H&M gives back by working toward a more sustainable fashion future by upcycling and recycling old items. Clothes that are dropped off in donation boxes are sorted and categorized for reuse, re-wear, and recycling.

Where to Donate Your Books

You can find a new home for books you’d like to donate while supporting a worthy cause. Operation Paperback has over 19,000 volunteers from all 50 states who form a network of shippers that send 15,000 books per month to American troops overseas. Most public libraries will also accept donations of secondhand books.

Donate Your Old Appliances and Furniture

Are you moving or planning a major renovation? Donate your old kitchen and household appliances to Habitat for Humanity. Their volunteers will give these items to families who need them. The organization accepts gently used appliances, furniture, tools, and other household goods.

Before You Donate

Before donating clothing, wash and dry everything before dropping it off at a donation center or retailer. To protect your personal information, wipe the hard drives of any electronic devices you plan to donate.

It's a good idea to donate any items that still have value and can be used by someone else. However, you'll probably end up with a lot of stuff you can't recycle after cleaning out your home. Bin There Dump That can help you easily get rid of large amounts of trash and other debris from home improvement projects. 

We have several dumpster sizes and a simple rental process to help you save time and money. The experts at your local Bin There Dump That franchise can also offer you resources to find somewhere to donate or recycle stuff you don't want to throw away. To see how we can help you, contact a Bin There Dump That location near you.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Best Resources to Help a Hoarder Before It Gets Out of Control


 

When someone you care about struggles with hoarding, it can take a lot of time and effort to help them retake control of their lives. Hoarding disorder is a complex mental disorder, and while it can be treated, there are steps you can take to help your loved one before their hoarding gets out of control. 

Below are some resources for hoarders, and the people caring for them, to explore for guidance and support.

Is There a Support Group for Hoarders?

Talking to others dealing with the same issues can be invaluable for hoarders, so it’s a good idea to seek out support groups as they declutter their living spaces. Hoarders’ support groups can be found online and offline, including through the organizations listed below; groups might meet in-person, in Facebook groups, on forums, or through video call software like Skype and Zoom. 

Similar groups exist for friends and family members, which can help them deal with the stress and relationship strains hoarding might cause.

Informational Sites and Organizations

Even when you recognize that someone’s a hoarder, that’s only part of the equation. Hoarding disorder can develop from a number of issues and past experiences; not every case will look the same. Find professional resources and support programs from informational websites and organizations dedicated to hoarding disorder, such as:

1. Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CA) follows the classic 12-step recovery program that focuses on the individual's physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. They offer a questionnaire to help hoarders identify and acknowledge that they have a problem before trying to tackle it. 

Help your loved one find their nearby CA chapter, or if they'd rather meet remotely, Zoom and phone meeting options are also available.

2. International OCD Foundation Hoarding Center

This site is dedicated to providing resources to hoarding and other disorders stemming from OCD. The International OCD Foundation Hoarding Center boasts a rich resource directory to connect hoarders and those affected by hoarding to therapists, treatment programs, clinics, support groups, and organizations nationwide.

3. Institute for Challenging Disorganization®

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization® consists of professional organizers, productivity specialists, and other professionals who offer training and organizational resources influenced by research from the medical, educational, and neuroscience communities. 

Download their free Clutter-Hoarding Scale® tool to help assess your loved one's home environment's safety, and use it as a starting point to address their hoarding.

4. Messies Anonymous

While Messies Anonymous focuses less on hoarding disorder and more on general organizing and housekeeping principles, this online group founded by the author of Winning the Clutter War still contains valuable resources for decluttering, cleaning, and organizing and follows a 12-step program.

Seeking Professional Treatment

Whether you’re actively helping a hoarder clean up their home or simply recognize they’re having trouble, it might be time to ask them if they’ve considered seeking professional help for their condition. Hoarding disorder is treatable, and there are therapy programs specifically tailored to address the underlying concerns. 

Though a hoarder might be feeling defeated or at a loss about their situation, you can help them find providers and programs if they’re ready. Ultimately the choice to get help is theirs, but it won’t hurt to let them know doctors and therapists are available to help them address the issue.

Professional Cleanup Services

Depending on how long the hoarding’s gone unchecked, you and your loved one might not be enough to clear the present clutter. Along with enlisting other friends or relatives, you can contact professional waste removal, dumpster rental, and cleaning companies to extract the hoarding mess. 

These professionals can help you set up an elimination plan while still allowing hoarders to face the clutter at their own pace.

Dealing with hoarding disorder is no small task, from tackling the hoarding to addressing the underlying influences. That doesn’t mean you and the hoarder in your life have to figure it out by yourselves. Whether you’re just looking for more information or want to talk to others dealing with hoarding, the resources above can help hoarders and their loved ones take on the illness and make positive changes in their lives. Check out the Bin There Dump That Corporate blog for even more tips on living a clutter-free lifestyle.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

5 Things You Need To Know Before Starting Roof Repairs

A roof repair is one of the most ambitious home remodeling projects that you could ever embark upon. First of all, it boosts your home's visual by providing a substantial improvement to the overall exterior aesthetics. Second, it makes the place more energy-efficient, due to the fact that it reduces the loss of energy through the roof. Finally, it gives the resale value of the place a substantial boost, which is a massive improvement on its own. However, making all of this work in your favor is nowhere near as easy. Therefore, here's what you need to know before starting your roof repairs.

There's A Difference Between Renovation And Repair

The first thing you need to understand is the fact that a home renovation and a home repair aren't one and the same. You see, a roof renovation is something that requires a healthy construction and mostly consists of replacing shingles. A roof repair, on the other hand, doesn't have to be performed on the entirety of the rood. Also, the decision on whether or not to make a renovation depends on a series of factors, while a roof repair may be more a matter of necessity. Before you can make this call, you should learn how to properly inspect a roof. This will help you get all the necessary facts to make a rational decision.


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DIY or Professional Assistance

A roof repair takes a lot more time than you may expect it to, which is why you need to consider all that is relevant for this crucial choice. First of all, you need to think about the time it will take you and the equipment that you'll have to provide/acquire for this project. If you intend to use these tools and equipment often, the purchase might be a good choice. If not, it might be a waste of money. Also, due to the fact that you're a layman, the chance that you'll get injured is quite realistic. For this reason alone, it might be worth your while to check if there are any reputable agencies specializing in residential roof repairs in your area. Professional help ensures you won't hurt yourself or damage the roof.

The Material

Another question that you need answered is that of the materials that you're going to choose. We're naturally speaking of the shingles material and here, you have several major choices to pick between. Four of the most common ones are asphalt shingles, slate, metal, and cedar. Naturally, they differ in physical properties, durability, and price. Of course, asphalt shingles are the most commonly chosen option, while cedar is almost as expensive as it is energy-efficient. All in all, each of these options has its own set of benefits and advantages. This means that the choice you make here might just have an impact on the entirety of the project.

Make All The Necessary Preparations

Another thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that there's a lot of work to be done on the premises, and this work starts long before you start replacing the shingles. First of all, you need to make sure that you have a clear access to the rood and that the surroundings of the roof are protected from the debris. Moreover, seeing as how some of the works are concerned with the construction itself (not just the shingles), you might also want to tidy up the attic and get rid of all the unnecessary items you've been stockpiling here for ages. Gaining one more access point to the roof can be quire significant.

Prepare A Timetableroof-79171_1920

One of the most important things here is the fact that you need to have realistic expectations when it comes to the overall timetable. Look at it this way, if you're planning on a tight schedule and you can't afford any delays, you're bound to encounter a couple of disappointments along the way. Therefore, try to plan for some bad weather, as well as a couple of unforeseen occurrences heading your way once the work begins. This way, you'll be much better prepared for the situation as a whole.

In Conclusion

While this may not be a project that you'll repeat quite often, it's still a skill worth having and a knowledge worth acquiring. It's still a major investment, which is why making sure that everything is as intended needs to be your top priority. With these five tips under the belt, this shouldn't be that difficult.

Monday, March 22, 2021

How to Declutter Your House Before Moving

 


Moving house is daunting, so check out some top tips on how to make it manageable and maybe even enjoyable.

Prepare Before You Start
As you may have heard before, if you fail to prepare, then you should prepare to fail. Get yourself started with the small task of writing out a small plan of what needs doing. Try not to make it overwhelming for yourself, so start with a date you will be moving out. Then, make a list of rooms with space and list what you want to throw out and keep, to begin with.

Take It One Room At A Time
After you’ve written your list and you’re ready to start, start with the biggest or hardest room first. This way, your moving journey will only get easier, and you will feel more productive.
Begin with making small piles, or label the items you want to keep, donate and throw out. Slowly but surely, by separating your belongings, it can mentally help you get your house organized for the big move.

Marie Kondo Your Belongings
To make the packing process seamless, you’ll need to try and limit the reminiscing. When you find an item that brings up memories, set it aside and once you’ve finished your tasks for the day, go back to it to figure out what you want to do; stopping and starting as you find items could double your packing time!
If you’ve never heard of the decluttering sensation, you should check her out. You will learn how to say thanks for your time with your belongings and let them go. Her tips and tricks will turn your cluttered mess into a space of serenity and inspiration.


declutter before relocation - 2 people relocation


Start Small
If the whole room seems intimidating, start with the small stuff, paper or trinkets is a great way to begin.

Boxes, Boxes And More Boxes
When you think you have enough boxes, you are going to need some more. And make sure they’re good ones. You don’t want an organized box of your possessions being dropped on the floor because it’s too weak to hold anything!
This goes the same with wrapping materials, newspaper, bubble wrap, or other materials you have to hand — you want to know you’re protecting everything properly.

Storage Is Your Friend
When moving into or out of various locations, the easiest way to store your belongings between moves is to store them in storage units. There are plenty of great storage locations across the country, ranging from New York to San Diego storage locations.
Moving the large furniture from your different rooms into storage will give you space to breathe. You’ll be able to spread the remaining possessions out and clearly see your piles you made earlier.

Get Rid Of Your Junk
To keep it simple, if you haven’t used or worn an item within the last year, it is time to get rid of it. Again, if this seems too stressful to start, start with smaller items such as expired food in your pantry or expired make-up and medications.
Ask yourself, will you ever use the bedsheets that have been at the back of the closet for the last year again? Will you need the shower curtains in the new house? And this might be the perfect excuse you’ve been looking for to freshen up your towels and bed covers.

If you stick to these top tips, regardless of where you’re moving to, it will be a lot easier than running in with your eyes shut and no plan.