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What you Need to be Aware of Before Hiring a Junk Hauler
When it’s time to have that old sofa removed or the junk hauled out of your basement, you may think that there’s really nothing to worry about. After all, the old junk is just going to the landfill, so you’re not concerned about it being damaged. However, there are still plenty of things that can (and sometimes do) go wrong. 

To Store it or Toss it – How to Make the Decision
Storage sheds are a great solution when you want to reclaim your garage without surrendering your treasures. However, all the stuff you have in the basement or garage probably doesn’t need to go into a paid storage unit. 

The Disturbing Truth About Storage Sheds

While storage sheds are a great way to keep stuff that doesn't fit in your home, there are some items that should not be left in these units.

How to Reclaim the Forgotten Storage Areas in Your Home 
It’s so peaceful to have a nice, clean house. Unfortunately, getting there can be a major challenge for busy families.  (march 15, 2017)

Best way to get rid of an old swingset 
It’s easy to tell when a swingset is falling apart. You’ll notice it swaying more when the kids are playing on it, or the top beams may start taking on a noticeable bend when the little ones are using it. . When your swingset reaches this point, it really cannot be sold or given away – it should be disposed of.


Out of the Basement and Attic!
As you look around your home for more storage, the most obvious spots are the basement and the attic. You’re probably not using the attic for extra living space, and the basement has all those handy corners where you can stack bins and store the holiday decorations.

Get Organized in the New Year

It’s a new year, the Cleveland weather is typical for January, and that makes it a great time to start organizing the house. The great thing about getting organized JDog style is that you don’t necessarily have to go out and spend a lot of money.  

Get Ready for the Influx of Christmas Gifts

With the holidays right around the corner, this is a great time to declutter your home. When you eliminate the things you no longer really use or want, you'll have more open space for the new treasures that are on their way.

The Joy of Finding Lost Treasures 
We were called for an estimate on cleaning out the basement and garage of an estate home. The main house was very tidy, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect when the woman led us to the basement.  we should keep an eye out for.

What You Need to Know About Hoarding
When it comes to those hoarding shows, there are typically two responses. Some people will watch the program with growing shock and horror. They wonder how people can live that way. Perhaps they feel sorry for the people on the screen, and maybe they just feel frustrated as they watch the wheels of progress turn at a snail’s pace.

How to Tell Between a Collection and a Hoard
 Many people enjoy collecting items, and you’ve probably seen hoarding shows where the property owner claims that it’s not a hoard, it’s a collection. It’s certainly true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but how do you really tell the difference between collecting and hoarding? (April 2017)
 

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Caves Vs. Basements: How to Improve Your Space

If your basement feels more like a cave, then it's time to make a few changes that will bring it into the light.

 
Getting What You Pay For: Beware of Cheap Contractors
Hiring people to come work in your home can be nerve wracking. You want to be sure that they do a great job, but you also don’t want to overpay. Finding that balance between quality and value can feel like walking a tightrope. 

That Major Mess Can be a Simple Job 

As you’re standing in a home and looking around at a major mess, it’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed. When my dad died, we immediately rented a dumpster and had it dropped in the front yard. The family worked together to fill that dumpster within two days, then we felt discouraged at the lack of progress. How is it that you can fill a dumpster and not be able to see a difference? Well, that’s what happened with us. The leaky canoe he made back in scouts was in the bottom of that dumpster, and it was filled with all manner of junk and rubbish – yet we still had such a long way to go. Throughout the process of cleaning out his hoard, we learned a lot about tackling big jobs. Here are some tips to make your big project a little easier.

#1. Develop a Game Plan
The first order of business is a game plan. As a general rule, we like to start with the more difficult parts of the job while we’re fresh and full of energy. However, you may need to bag items and clear paths to get to those tough jobs. One of the best methods we’ve found is to simply go through the home one room at a time and thoroughly clear each space in turn.

#2. Focus on the Future
It’s so easy to get bogged down by focusing on the actions that led to the mess. You may be frustrated with a family member who refused to let go of things. Maybe you’re feeling guilty because you’ve allowed things to accumulate in your own home. Dwelling on the past is a bit like fussing over spilled milk. It really won’t help you achieve your goals. Keep your focus on the future and continue moving forward with the cleanup. This is particularly important if you’re cleaning out a family home as focusing on the past can lead to more arguments with your siblings in the present.

#3. Disposal Considerations
If you don’t want the items, then you need to consider how you’ll get rid of it. Items that still have monetary value may be sellable, or you can try giving things away to friends and family. Beyond that, you’ll have to decide between putting everything on the tree lawn, renting a dumpster, or hiring a junk hauling service. Call your local garbage company to see how much you can put on the curb. If you’re thinking of renting a dumpster, then be sure to call us for a quote on hauling everything out for you.  Quite often, we’re actually cheaper than a dumpster, and the removal labor is included in our pricing.

#4. Remember the Donatables
When we’re doing a large cleanout, we always find plenty of household items that can be donated. This includes glassware from the kitchen, clothes, toys, and gently used furniture. We usually have two trailers set up – one for donations and the other for trash. If you’re going to do the cleanout on your own, then have a vehicle ready for the donations. When you fill a box with dishes, you can set it in the trunk of your car to drop off at the end of the workday. We would fill my minivan with items for the donation center and make two or three trips in a weekend.

#5. Give Yourself Permission to Have Fun
Yes, you can have fun during a cleanout. We work as a team and tend to chat or even tell jokes while we work. It helps the time go by faster, and you’ll find that your energy level stays higher when everyone is more relaxed and in a good mood.

#6. Bring in Reinforcements
My mom had myself and my brothers to help clean out the house, and we called in reinforcements. Childhood friends came by to visit and help. In-laws gave freely of their time to help clear out the property and get it back in order. Whether you’re trying to do it all in a weekend or taking your time with the project, bring in reinforcements. If you do have friends come by to help you with this cleanup, be sure to have food, drinks, and snacks on hand as a thank you.

We routinely handle all types of big jobs, and we’re the right company to call when you just want someone to take care of everything and get the house ready for the next step. We’ve done foreclosed homes and estate properties, and we’ve cleaned out hoards for family members. We’ll treat your home with respect, and we’ll do what we can to make the entire process fun. Our estimates are always free, so call us today to see how we can make your cleanup easy and convenient.  ​

How to Make Your Move Easier

The housing market is heating up again, and people are on the move. Whether you’re downsizing or moving up in the neighborhood, getting ready to relocate can be stressful. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the to-do lists, but there are steps you can take to make your move simpler.

What Goes Down... Must Come Up

Be careful about putting heavy, large, and bulky items in the basement because they will eventually have to come out.

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