You’ve started organizing the house for the big move and slowly, but surely, the garage has become a haven for everyone’s unwanted junk. There are broken bikes, racks of CDs and VHS tapes, rotting wood and who knows what else thrown throughout the garage. You may realize sooner than later that all of this stuff has to go, but how are you going to get rid of it all? The wise idea would have been to rent a dumpster in advance, so your family could slowly fill it up over the course of a week or two weeks. Between work, family and the move, it’s easy to forget how you’ll get rid of everything that doesn’t need to make the trip to the new house.
Don’t fret! You can still rent a dumpster. If you have everything ready to go, you’re kind of in the ideal situation. This means you can rent the dumpster for the day or weekend and you can load all of the waste into it without wasting time cleaning. Your family will have already cleaned and packed the bulk of their belongings, so all of the trash can accumulate in the garage or in a designated spot outside. In order to move quickly, trash that can go in a bag should be stored that way. Items like broken scooters can simply be tossed into the dumpster on their own.
Here are a few more tips when renting a dumpster for residential cleaning:
- Know what you’re talking about. A lot of the time dumpster rental services work with professionals such as contractors and don’t do a ton of business with home owners. Dumpsters are usually called “rolloffs” or “containers,” so use their lingo when renting a container.
- Containers come in cubic yards. Have an idea of what you’ll need when speaking with the dumpster rental company so you don’t end up overspending on a dumpster that’s far too big for your needs.
- Check with your HOA about having a container on the street. Unless you have a sizeable driveway, most of the time the dumpster will go on the street, either in front of or next to the house. Most HOA agreements specify that you cannot have these things on the street, but you may be able to get around this by going before the board and letting them know how long it will be there and during what hours. The most successful way to do is to have the container on the street during non-peak hours and for one day only. While this may not be the most convenient thing for you, it is the best way to abide by HOA rules while you’re still in your home. Remember – you haven’t moved yet!
Make the most of renting a dumpster by having the bulk of items your family is getting rid of ready to go. This allows you to spend less on the dumpster rental and put more of that hard-earned cash towards your new home.