During these unprecedented times, we take our role as an essential service provider seriously and we remain open to service our customers. We understand that everyone is very concerned with the potential spread of the Coronavirus. We’re following the guidelines put in place by the federal government, local governments and the CDC.
Below are some of the safety precautions we’ve implemented to protect our team and our clients:
We’re offering discounts for our customers who are able to stage their items outside of their property for pickup
We’re vetting our customers before scheduling appointments and while en-route to make sure they’re not showing signs and symptoms of illness
If the customer has access to masks or face covers, we ask that they wear them (if masks are unavailable, please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet at all times)
We are sending home any staff member exhibiting any symptoms of illness for the recommended period of time established by the CDC
All team members have been assigned masks and gloves
We are not assigning more than two team members to a truck
Our trucks and equipment are being disinfected daily
We’ve shut down our office from outside visitors and anybody who can work virtually is being encouraged to work from home
The company continues to hold regular team-wide virtual meetings to emphasize transparency and keep the lines of communication open
The decision to come to work remains 100% voluntary
Generally, the Junk Removal industry charges by volume. Weight, labor hours and disposal fees – it’s all built in. The challenge for the consumer is, not all trucks are created equally. A fully loaded truck at one company may only be a half truck at another. Here is a tool to help you better understand what size truck is required for your volume.
For starters, you’ll need about 150 cubic feet of truck space per furnished room. This obviously depends on how packed the room is and how large it is, but work with us here. There translation from cubic feet to truck size goes like this: length in feet = volume in cubic feet divided by height x width of the truck in feet.
A typical studio apartment for instance has about 400 cubic feet in space. If it’s not too packed, you’d probably be able to fit the contents into a 10 foot truck. However, to remove the contents of 2 to 3 finished rooms, you’re probably going to need a truck that’s at least 14 or 15 feet in length.
In any case, make sure you ask your junk hauler about the size of their trucks before making your conclusion on which company has the best rates.
Well planned moves always go better than a last-minute panic. Most moving companies suggest that you begin planning at least two months before your move date. Why? Because a move can be one of the most stressful periods of your life if you haven’t planned properly.
It’s common knowledge that you have options when it comes to moving. Some involve more work than others. Some involve more money than others. This article lays out the options for you to determine how much money you’re willing to trade off for a given amount of work and vice versa.
Do It Yourself Move
Every day, people all over the country elect the DIY option. Rent a truck, fill it up with fuel and try to convince your friends to volunteer their time in exchange for pizza and beer. This is generally the least costly option, but there are plenty of trade-offs.Moving is labor intensive and can be dangerous if you’re inexperienced. There is a reason moving companies pay such high insurance premiums – damages can happen to both property and limb.
Also, driving moving vans can be challenging. Often, this is the most difficult part of the entire process. Most people aren’t used to the blind spots, necessary wide turns and dangerous reversing that comes with large trucks.
If your house is still cluttered despite your best efforts to get it staged for sale, you may consider renting a self-storage shed. For those who tend to favor DIY projects, rather than a hiring a traditional mover, there’s no shortage of storage facilities to choose from. In fact, there are an estimated 58,000 mini-storage facilities in the United States! Most facilities offer both month-to-month and long term contracts. Below are some things to consider when shopping for the right storage facility.
In most cases, your possessions are not covered by the facility’s insurance policy. However, speak to your insurance company about whether your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policy offers coverage for your possessions while in a self-storage facility. Most facilities do carry insurance to protect the building, but that doesn’t necessarily protect you in the event of a disaster.
In most facilities, the individual units are secured by the tenants own lock. Generally, the facilities will not be liable for theft. Some storage facilities employ security guards. Others may have security cameras or alarms installed. It is not uncommon to see keypads or key card access, especially for those facilities that offer 24 hour access. Decide what level of security you need before making your decision.
Yes, removal of junk can save a lot of time, energy and money. Junk overload can burden your home as well as your peace of mind.
A junk removal professional can free your home from clutter and you will have extra time, which you can spend with family or friends. This saved time can also be invested in your business. Instead of taking up a day or a weekend, you can just schedule the removal and go about your daily tasks. A team of trained and experienced junk haulers can swiftly pick up large objects, collect debris, and sweep up messes. Most jobs take less than a few hours. You have other things on your plate that you need to do, instead of figuring out how to safely and responsibly take care of your unwanted junk.
Trash Disposal is Heavily Regulated
Trash disposal has more regulations than you might realize. Professional hauling services can take care of everything in one fell swoop, so you don’t have to use your time to contact all the recycling centers, junkyards, and dumpster companies. Reputable junk hauling companies know what the county will take and where to take it. They should also know which charities will accept your items based on what they are and the condition they’re in. Save yourself the burden of trying to figure this out on your own.
Did you buy a new property or one in foreclosure? Are you in the process of buying a home?
If you were told by the buyer’s agent that the seller is going to remove all the junk and trash prior to closing, get it in writing before the property is in your name. Otherwise you will own the junk. Then you may incur costs to remove the junk or further assistance from the buyer’s agent post sale. The seller is not legally obligated to remove what’s left behind.
The proper procedure would be for the junk removal to be put in writing as part of the contract, and for it to be gone before closing. If, during your walk through, the junk is still there, refuse to close. If the sellers agree to be responsible for removing trash and clutter after they vacate the premises, there has to be language that establishes their continuing obligation to do so. Post-closing obligations may not survive closing unless there is language in the purchase and sale agreement indicating they will.
Additionally, if the home has an oil furnace, the sellers should provide an environmental audit indicating the property is clean, the tank is in good working order, not leaking, or has been removed.
Few things upset a buyer more than learning the home he/she just bought is trashed or contaminated. We hope this helps. Contact us if you have questions about how we can help.
After 7 years of incredible growth, we’re proud to announce that we’ve opened a Maryland office to better service our clients in Montgomery County! Why, you might ask? You see, we’ve always serviced Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Gaithersburg and the like. However, until now, we just haven’t been all that flexible with our scheduling availability to our neighbors across the Potomac.
Folks from Maryland often weren’t experiencing the same day/next day turn around on services that we take such pride in and that have come to be expected by their neighbors in Virginia. As you might imagine, we get these urgent requests often! It wasn’t always possible for us to fire up a truck and send a team around I-495 and up I-270 from our Chantilly Offices, sludging through the DC area’s infamous traffic in order to pick up a single refrigerator or couch. Now we can!
We’re so excited about this new development that were beaming. This allows us to be the regional junk removal service that we’ve always wanted to be. More importantly, it allows us to service our clients better. In case you didn’t know what we’re about, that’s sort of the whole point!
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