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July 26, 2017
Strategies for Cleaning a Hoarder's Home
Today, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers a few basic strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home. This job can be particularly challenging and feel overwhelming at the outset. If you’ve ever seen inside a hoarder’s home, you understand what we mean. These steps will help you organize the process and get the job done.
A few things that will be necessary or handy to have on hand include:
- Large Trash Bags
- Empty boxes and or buckets
- Cleaning Supplies (mops, sponges, wet wipes, brooms, dustpans, disinfectants, a vacuum, etc.)
- Set of Hand Tools
- Roll-off Dumpster
Set Up a Staging Area
There probably won’t be room indoors, so set up a place outside to start hauling things where you can more easily see and sort the items. Pay attention to the weather as this area may need to be covered if there is a chance of rain. You may also want to set up close to the dumpster rental, so items can be tossed right away and not revisited or picked through.
Pick a Small Room to Start
When it comes to strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home, the bathroom is a good place to start as most things will just be directly thrown away, and you won’t have to sort much. Plus, it makes for cleaning easier when you have access to water. Keep in mind that hoarder’s homes are not known for sanitary conditions, so you should think about wearing gloves or using other protective gear.
Empty All the Rooms
Start with the trash and just get it out of the way. Obvious trash as well as anything that is obviously broken or unusable. Be aware of what you can and can’t put in the roll-off container so that you can sort the items directly during this step. Always check pockets of clothing and old purses as you might find jewelry, cash, or something else small and valuable.
Sort the Salvageable Items
There will probably be at least some items that can still be used. Decide what you want to keep and what you plan to donate. Again, keep in mind the types of items that your local charity accepts so that you can properly sort during this step. A lot of items may need to be thoroughly cleaned before use so make sure whatever you’re keeping is cleanable.
Repair and Clean
Once you get the rooms emptied out, you can more easily make any repairs to the home that are needed, even dispose of appliances, carpet, drywall and fixtures using the dumpster if they can’t be salvaged. Then you can deep clean every nook and cranny to make the home usable and livable once more. Be sure to properly disinfect everything since mold, mildew, and bacteria are bound to be hiding amongst all the mess.
These strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home are sure to help you organize a plan of attack. This is a big job, and sometimes a tough one, but once it’s done, you will be proud of the accomplishment. A roll-off container from Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver is the perfect tool to easily get rid of the mounds of trash you might find. Give us a call today to get started.
June 26, 2017
Remodeling Ideas to Increase Your Home Value
From the friendly team at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver here are a few remodeling ideas to increase your home value. Whether you’re looking to sell in the near future, or simply want to enjoy some upgrades that will also reap the rewards in the long run, one of these ideas is sure to fit the bill. Of course, give us a call, and we’ll provide the roll-off dumpster rental services you need to clear out the old and make way for the new.
Kitchens are an integral part of your home. They often become gathering places during get-togethers and seriously who doesn’t love all the great flavors and aromas that come out of a kitchen? As such kitchen remodels are a popular way to spruce up your home and add value. You don’t have to rip out everything and start from scratch, sometimes just changing up the color scheme or upgrading your appliances to more energy efficient models is just what the room needs for a bit of extra pizzazz.
Add-On a Bathroom
An added, or gutted and upgraded, bathroom also makes the list of great remodeling ideas to increase your home value, particularly if your home currently only has one. The cost of doing this varies greatly depending on how fancy you want to make it and what kind of space you have available inside your home. Getting creative and utilizing underused spaces (like under the staircase or extra closets) can help in that department. Either way, remember to find the right size dumpster for your waste.
Reinvent a Room
If you’ve got an unfinished basement, attic, or space over the garage, you just might be able to spruce that up a bit and add some usable square footage to your home without breaking the bank. You can create a fun game room, or put in another bedroom, or maybe even put in an entire apartment from which you can earn a little extra cash by renting it out. All you have to do is, get a little creative.
Upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows
These days energy efficiency is a big concern, and this is a huge selling point for potential home buyers. To ensure your home is competitive in today’s market you really should have modern energy efficient windows. Even if you don’t plan to sell right away, installing them now will save you lots of hard earned dollars on your energy bills over time. Let us know how many windows you’re swapping out, and we’ll send over a roll-off dumpster to safely get rid of your old glass windows.
Add a Deck
Outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly popular and add significant appeal to your home when selling. Designing and installing a deck can be a big project, but you get to enjoy your efforts for the remainder of the time you live in the home and recoup a big chunk of that investment when you sell.
Most of these remodeling ideas to increase your home value will end up producing a lot of waste that you will have to get rid of somehow. One of the easiest ways to do that is to request a roll-off dumpster from us here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems. You can just have it handy in your yard while working on the project and be tossing debris as it’s created. When you’re all done, watch it roll away. It’s easy!
May 26, 2017
When Spring Cleaning, Should You Dump or Donate?
When spring cleaning, should you dump or donate? Today, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver has a few tips to help you make the tough decisions. A lot of people find it somewhat paralyzing when they clean out their closets and garages, and as a result, often end up either not cleaning it or not actually cleaning it out as thoroughly as they should. However, unused items simply clutter up a home and are going to waste sitting there, when they can actually be given new life through donation.
So, as you begin to rifle through your things and decide what needs to go, you may wonder how to choose between items suitable for donation and items that just need to be hauled to the dump. Create two piles, one for the dump and one for donation. Then take a look at these two checklists and ask yourself which category the item falls into and voila! You now know which pile to add the item to.
Items Suitable For Donation
- The item is still usable and in good condition
- The item is valuable enough to sell
- The item is of decent quality and will still last for a while
- The item functions the way that it should
There are also a few things that you should keep in mind when you are donating items. Charities can only use items that are suitable for resale, and their employees have to sort through everything to ensure some degree of quality. If you give them a bunch of useless junk, your donation could end up costing them money in the time it takes to go through everything and the expense of hauling it to the dump for you. That’s not helpful and should be avoided.
Items That Should Go To the Dump
- The item is stained, ripped, moldy, rusty, ratty, whatever but it’s nasty
- The item is broken and needs extensive repair in order to function correctly
- The item is of poor quality and won’t last long at this point anyways
- The item is unsafe to use
- The item is ridiculously old
If you rent a dumpster for a massive cleanout, like finally getting rid of all that reno debris you meant to upcycle, keep in mind that not everything is eligible. Things like appliances and drywall are fine, while batteries or hazardous materials need to be disposed of properly. Be sure to check the list of prohibited items at your local landfill or talk to one of our team members for more information on proper disposal.
Again, if your first sweep and count for your “dump” pile is exceeding the capacity of your garbage cans, then consider renting a roll-off dumpster to haul everything away in one fell swoop. Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems Inc. has several sizes you can choose from, starting at a reasonable 12-yard dumpster.
When spring cleaning, should you dump or donate shouldn’t be a paralyzing question. Instead, clean out that old junk that you don’t need cluttering up your home. Experience freedom from that burden, help out those in need with items you can donate and let Mile High Roll-Off in Denver do all the heavy lifting.
April 20, 2017
5 Projects that Benefit from Renting a Dumpster
Today the crew at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver would like to share these 5 projects that benefit from renting a dumpster. If you’re not familiar with roll-off containers, you may not realize how handy they can be on certain projects, especially compared to trying to dispose of materials using your regular garbage collection service. So, when is it the right time to rent a dumpster? Here are a few ideas.
Not everybody keeps up on spring cleaning. Some people are great at keeping up on getting rid of things they don’t need anymore. The rest of us, maybe not so much. It’s understandable that when you finally get around to doing it, you have a lot of stuff you need to get rid of at once.
You could slowly get rid of a little bit here and there by adding to your regular garbage collection every week. Depending on the amount of stuff you have that could take weeks! Not to mention, it is kind of a pain to have to think about every week and make sure it gets dragged to the curb. Plus, you have to leave everything piled somewhere while it waits its turn to be hauled away.
Instead, get your cleaning done and send off everything at once with a roll-off. We rent out 12-yard dumpsters that are ideal for tossing a few pieces of old furniture and any other junk you have around.
Another instance in which you could have a lot to get rid of at once is moving day. You probably don’t even realize how much stuff you have tucked away here and there (and up to the ceiling in the garage) until you have to do a deep clean out like this. Rather than paying to haul it all with you, it can be easier just to get rid of unused items with a roll-off dumpster and lighten up your load up a bit.
Another popular spring topic, even if you have a small yard, is yard waste which can quickly fill up the waste bucket that your regular garbage service allows. Again, instead of having to pile it up somewhere and get rid of it a little at a time, a roll-off container is a great way to get rid of it quickly and cleanly.
Remodeling and other home renovation or improvement projects always create a fair amount of waste. Big projects, like roofing repairs or changing out your home’s siding, can also produce an extraordinarily large amount and a roll-off container simplifies the cleanup process a great deal.
If Mother Nature decides to throw a tantrum, you could have quite a bit of debris left in your yard. You might have a lot of fallen limbs and trees, even suffered damage to your home that needs to be cleaned up and repaired. The easiest way to clear all that out is to send it off at once in a dumpster rental.
These 5 projects that benefit from renting a dumpster aren’t the only times a dumpster can come in handy. Whenever you do find yourself in need of one, be sure to give us a call here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver and we’ll help you find the right dumpster for the task at hand.
March 14, 2017
How to Choose the Right Dumpster for Your Project
The experts here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems, Inc. know it is so important that you understand how to choose the right dumpster for your project. While waste disposal is not a fun topic, it's something that we can’t ignore as it can often involve sanitation concerns and public health. Here, we'll break down a few example projects so that you can better estimate your needs and ensure all waste is disposed of properly.
First things first, it is necessary to understand how dumpsters are measured to know what size dumpster you need to rent for your project. Dumpsters are measured in cubic yards and are typically available in different sizes starting from 10 cubic yards, about three pickup truck loads worth of debris, on up to 40 cubic yards, which is roughly equivalent to 12 pickup truck loads.
To give you an idea what size dumpster you will need for a project, you can read through the following estimates. If you are planning to clean out an attic, basement or garage, you will probably find that a 10 or 15-yard dumpster will be sufficient. However, that does depend on the size of the room, how much junk is crammed into it, and how much of that junk needs to be carted off! But, in general, 10 or 15 yards should be good.
But what if you are looking to clean out an entire house? Well, in that case, you’re probably going to want to jump up to a 15 or 20-yard dumpster. If the house is rather large, you might even need a 30-yard dumpster to ensure you have enough space, particularly if you have a lot of large items.
What about a remodel project? Well, of course, dumpster size is going to depend on the extent of the remodel. For an average remodel of one room in which you plan to be removing flooring, a wall, windows, or something similar a 20-yard dumpster should suffice. Keep in mind that kitchen remodels in which you plan to remove big items like counters and appliances will probably require the extra room that a 30-yard dumpster offers.
If you are remodeling multiple rooms, again it depends on the extent of the remodel project. If you are planning to renovate just one aspect of each room, for example just the floors, then a 20-yard container might be enough. If your remodel is more extensive, such as ripping everything out down to the studs, you will most likely need a 30-yard dumpster, to be on the safe side.
Of course, this quick overview of how to choose the right dumpster for your project isn’t as valuable as the expertise of one of our staff members. Feel free to contact us here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems Inc. for more tailored advice for your particular project. With over 20 years of operation, we have plenty of experience when it comes to helping our neighbors get rid of unwanted debris efficiently.