An Old Ice Box can be Harmful!

Do you have an old refrigerator that is about to blow? Maybe you shouldn’t let it run its course and just purchase a new one. Refrigerators produced before 1995 were made with a chemical compound called chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerant. CFC (invented in the 1930s) contains chlorine, fluorine and carbon and is used in refrigerators and aerosols. When you expel these gases into the atmosphere they linger for a very long time, which is potentially harmful for everyone around. Manufacturers saw this and agreed that they would no longer include the CFCs in the manufacturing of refrigerators and eliminate them completely by 2005.

If you think this is bad you should look to see what an old ice box does to your wallet! It is the number one electric appliance that uses the most electricity and comprises 14% of the household electric bill if manufactured before 1995. Manufacturers are still making improvements and are using energy conscious sciences to make these essential appliances even easier on your wallet. However, when it comes to junk removal services, we will dispose of your old refrigerator in a proper way that will not hurt the environment and will not inconvenience you at all. So if you have a big old fridge that you know was manufactured before 1995, call us!

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Redo Your Kitchen this Spring

Have you been thinking of giving your kitchen a face lift? Replacing cabinets, counter tops, and appliances is a major financial commitment, but you will see a huge return. Many home buyers buy solely on the functionality of a kitchen or common space, so this could be the perfect chance to boost your home value and make cooking more enjoyable!

Granite counter tops are a good investment due to its durability and beautiful shine. There are different grades of granite rock types, so do a little research before purchasing. Each grade varies in rarity and price. Cabinets can also be a hard choice; you never want to go with the cheapest because they won’t last long and you’ll be replacing them within a couple years. Spending extra money on durable oak cabinets is the best idea. Oak comes in many different finishes, so be ready for a huge selection when shopping.

Lastly, appliances are going to be the most expensive purchases and this is all based on brands and warranties, so absolutely put some time into the selection process; reference Consumer Reports to find out more, etc. You may ask yourself, how will you clear out your old kitchen to make room for the new? That’s where we come in; our staff will professionally pick up and and dispose of all of your existing appliances, counter tops, and cabinets. You won’t have to worry about a thing.

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How I Became a Minimalist

About three years ago I moved from an apartment to a single family home and I had nothing! The home was over three times the size of my apartment. “Furnishing it would cost me a fortune” I thought to myself. But then I remembered I owned a junk removal business. One of the perks of the jobs, of course, is the sheer volume of quality, usable furniture that we come across on a daily basis.

These “Platinum Finds,” as we sometimes term them, are especially appreciated by new employees who begin working here unaware of the quality of junk their first day will present to them. It’s entertaining for veterans at 123JUNK to observe how overwhelmingly excited these rookies get when they inevitably discover their first treasure. New hires are always reminded to pace themselves and to make sure they get the clients permission if there is something they want.

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Old Newspapers are Great for Recycling!

Did you know that 27% of the newspapers produced in America are recycled? Do you have a whole closet filled with them? Saving newspapers can be a great way to remember events that took place in the past, but they shouldn’t take up precious storage space in your home. When will you ever read those newspapers again? Probably never! When you recycle newspaper and cardboard you are giving the Earth a breath of fresh air.

In many places it is mandatory to recycle your daily newspapers, and for good reason. In 2008, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 340 pounds for every person in the U.S. It is helping to relieve our landfills all over the country, which have been growing at a faster rate than ever. ANY moisture touches the newspapers they will begin to mildew and mold because of the materials produced to make them. Depending on the ink used to make the prints, the newspapers could also be poisonous or even deteriorate on its own. So if you have tons of boxes filled with old rotting newspapers, we can get them off your hands and recycle them for you!


Tips for Cleaning Out a Space

There are many ways to approach a remodel and rediscover a space in your house, like a basement, attic, or garage. One of which is to simply clear the area completely, donate items and start from scratch. This way you can see exactly what you are working with. Most people that have a basement or garage haven’t seen it without everything in it since they moved in.

You will be pleasantly surprised by the space that your junk is taking up! Once you clear the space you can decide what you want to keep or throw away. This task can be very daunting and a burden on the process as a whole, but it must be done! A great technique is to group items into furniture, clothing, old appliances, etc. This way you will easily be able to call and get the excess things removed and out of your way- grouping is key! Another best practice is to take inventory of everything, especially if you are scared that you will lose track or recycle something that you actually wanted to keep. This will also help when you are getting your things removed from your home, you will be able to tell the movers exactly what to take.

Separating and cleaning out a space is a chore, but the end results are always rewarding and worth your time. Just think, you only have to organize and group things, we do the rest! What are you going to do with your new open space?