New Wood Flooring is a Huge Return on Investment – Here’s How to Dispose of Your Old Floor

When sprucing up your home or flipping a house, redoing floors is an investment that pays for itself. As an example, new wood flooring offers as much as 118% return on investment.

 

And replacing a floor is both functional and beautiful.

 

But when replacing a floor, you can create a great deal of waste. Properly disposing of an old floor is an important part of the process. Here are suggestions for how to dispose of different types of floors as you replace them.

Wood flooring

 

Wood flooring is beautiful and durable, but requires maintenance. This means that some part of figuring out what to do next means assessing the viability of the existing wood floors. Are they in pretty good shape? Are they rotted through from years of neglect or exposure to water? Here are the possibilities.

 

Re-using your wood floors – If the floors are in relatively good shape, there is a better option that replacing them. Reconditioning and restoring old wooden floors not only adds to the charm and beauty of an older house, but it also saves the work that comes with removing an old floor and putting in a new one.

 

Re-cycling your old wood floor – if re-using doesn’t fit your needs or skill set, there might still be a little life left in the old wooden floor. Many communities have re-purposing sites that take your old items, sometimes even paying you for them. Then they resell it to an interested buyer.

 

Throwing it away – of course, the last option is the one that is always available. You can throw away your old wooden floor. In this case, you might need to rent a dumpster.

 

Vinyl or laminate flooring

 

In many cases, vinyl or laminate flooring is nearly impossible to reuse or recover. Trouble matching with new pieces, and permanent staining mean you have to start with the strongest response: throwing it away. If recovery isn’t possible, rent a dumpster to dispose of the old floor after checking with your local waste disposal company to make sure they take that particular style of waste.

 

And always check for asbestos. In many cases, older floors will have trapped asbestos beneath them, and the cost of removal with asbestos treatment is astronomical. Check before you make a costly mistake!

 

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How to Dispose of Old Insulation

One of the most cost effective improvements you can make to an old house during a renovation or flip is to replace or enhance the insulation. In some cases, this means the relatively simple task of adding blown insulation or another roll of sheet insulation to existing layers.

 

Other times it involves the challenging task of removing a lot of old insulation. And that means finding out how to correctly dispose of it in a safe and economical way.

Fiberglass

Perhaps the most common form of insulation used in the United States is fiberglass. Whether blown into walls and cavities, or laid in sheets in walls and crawl spaces, fiberglass is a lightweight and efficient insulator.

 

 

For that reason, many new insulation jobs involve simply adding to the existing fiberglass and leaving the old stuff where it is.

 

If you must replace good fiberglass insulation, perhaps to achieve a certain LEED rating; you can examine donating existing insulation to a cooperative or recycling center in your area.

 

However, time, heat, dust and humidity – or water and mud – can take its toll on fiberglass and render it useless. When this happens you will need to dispose of it.

 

Fortunately most communities accept fiberglass insulation in their dumps. You should always do a reality check, and communicate with your dumpster supplier to confirm. But you can usually cheaply and safely simply carry the fiberglass insulation to your rented dumpster.

Mineral Wool

A less commonly used form of insulation is mineral wool. Often used to combine soundproofing with heat and cold insulation, this product can also be blown or come in sheets.

 

There are various types of mineral wool, made with different ingredients. There is no general advice about this. It is your responsibility to determine whether it complies with your community’s waste disposal requirements.

 

The experts who rent you your dumpster can help with this identification and in making sure you are following community guidelines.

Vermiculite

A final commonly used form of insulation in old homes is vermiculite. This is a most problematic form of insulation because it often includes the hazardous material asbestos. In the case that your vermiculite has asbestos, you should proceed with caution. Your project might involve trapping the asbestos in place and working around it.

 

If you have expert help who confirms no asbestos content, again check your community’s waste disposal guidelines to determine whether you can safely rent a dumpster and fill it with your old insulation.

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Great Ideas for a Closet Renovation

In an era where good housing is hard to find, and not enough is being built, families are working to maximize the space they have. This means making the most of every bit of space under their roof.

 

After kitchens, basement, and other major room improvements, many homeowners find they need more storage space. One option is to rent a garage in a climate controlled facility where you store the stuff you don’t want to think about. The other is to renovate your storage space and get the most out of every inch.

 

Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your available space.

Hanging Shelves

Hanging cloth shelves is a great way to make the most of space dominated by a single hanger pole. Their smaller size allows each shelf to hold a little something – or slightly more than it seems like it should. Go vertical and economical to expand your storage space.

Add shelves up high

Too often, the space above your hangers goes to waste. This awkward space is too tall to hold a lot, and too “overhead” to hold anything big or heavy enough to take up that space. So why not break up that space with shelves? Small, light boxes can hold seasonal items or seldom-used accessories. Be sure to clearly label them to save time and energy. Best yet, they won’t throw your back out when you lift them down.

 

Don’t forget to add a small foldable footstool to make those items easier to reach!

Add a row of small specialized shelves

One problem with shelves and cubbies is that they are often exactly the wrong size. Too big for some items, too small for others. Giving yourself various options of shelf sizes means that not everything needs to be the same size – and that means less wasted space.

Hire a professional closet designer

Of course, if it fits within your means, you can hire a professional closet designer to remake your closet to get the most out of every inch. A professional designer will have access to all sorts of ideas you might not encounter on Pinterest, and have experience with solutions. Better yet, they will be able to let you know what will and won’t work before you make a mistake.

 

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Why Contractors Build Ongoing Relationships with Big Daddy Dumpsters

If you are a contractor it makes your life easier to have a few trusted individuals you can lean on to get every job done. One of those companies that you need a lot is the one that takes Waste & debris away from your construction site.

Sure, you could enter each construction project with a blank slate and do price checks for all available companies. Or maybe even run a bidding process where they compete against each other for your services for every project.

And maybe you would save some pennies after doing a dollar’s worth of work and wasting precious time.

One number

But if you develop a relationship with one waste carrier, your life will be simpler.  suddenly instead of running a bidding process, you just have to dial one number. This is far simpler than crunching numbers on multiple bids.

Familiar people

Also if you work with one company,  you know the people who pick up the phone when you call. And they know you.

Instead of being stuck on the phone or in meetings trying to explain your expectations,  a familiar representative on the other end will already know what you demand. They know you and your preferences. They can catch unintentional mistakes,  and possibly save you money by already understanding how you work.

And if plans change? Having a developed relationship means that you can get over small bumps in order to deliver big results.

Emails with specials

Also if you develop a relationship with one dealer, you can subscribe to get their email updates and special deals. This way you can best understand what their competitive prices are and figure that into your future bids.

Best price available

These ongoing relationships between providers and contractors are mutually beneficial. If your provider comes to know you and can count on your business, they can offer you the best price available. More importantly they can offer it to you every time rather than feeling like they have to bid, or compete, or hide their profit margins.

It is easiest to do work with friends and familiar companies because you get reliable service at a cost that doesn’t break your bid.

This is why many contractors deal regularly with a company they know and trust, like Big Daddy Dumpsters.

 

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Which Home Renovations Have the Biggest Impact on Resale Price?

In an era of rising home prices and a national housing shortage, home owners are working hard than ever to maximize the value of their home;

This means making the most out of their home renovations.

Your next home renovation can not only improve your quality of life, but can increase the resale value of your home if or when you decide to sell.

Here are the renovations that yield the biggest results according to Money Magazine.

Most impactful renovations

According to a recent article in Money Magazine, these changes offer the largest return without addition extra space:

  1. Refinish hardwood floors: 147% return on investment
  2. New wood flooring: 118%
  3. Upgrade insulation: 100%
  4. Converting a basement to a living area: 86%
  5. Closet renovation: 83%
  6. Converting an attic to living area: 75%
  7. Complete kitchen renovation: 75%
  8. Bathroom renovation: 71%
  9. Kitchen upgrade: 67%

Two other high-value changes involve adding new space in your house:

  1. New bathroom addition: 63%
  2. New primary bedroom addition: 56%

Most of these renovations create a great deal of waste. Each of these conversions require tearing out existing building items and bringing in new materials.

This means removing a large amount of waste, and would be helped by renting a dumpster.

Renting a dumpster is cost effective

When you already know that your renovation will be a cost-effective addition to your home, it makes sense to make the work as easy as possible for yourself.

Sure, you could make bunches of small piles of waste. You could slowly fill large trash cans and bags and drag them individually to the curb over the course of weeks or months for your renovation. You could do what some people do, staging their waste in the work area or a garage to always put out the maximum allowed amount of curbside waste.

But, why?

Renting a dumpster can help make your renovations go faster. Better yet, if you already know the positive return on your investment, you can include the cost of the dumpster in your calculations.

The time and energy you save by renting a dumpster can make the project flow more smoothly and happen on time.

And the profit is already baked in to the project – why sweat more than you have to?

 

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Don’t Forget to Recycle these Common Household Items

When you have a major home project, it is easy to throw all the garbage in the same place. Perhaps you have rented a dumpster, or bought garbage bags for the work (or both) and the simplest thing to do is throw all the trash in the same place.

However, some of those same recycling habits and systems that work for your everyday mess will also work for your special project.

Remember to incorporate recycling into your major project, because it could save you time and energy, and even money.

Recyclable items often overlooked

When doing a large project, home owners and contractors often forget that the large amounts of cleaning supplies they use often come in recyclable containers. It will seem easiest to simply toss the containers in the dumpster with everything else, but simple is not always best.

These days paint cans and trays are often recyclable, as are the containers for cleaning liquids. Many boxes for building materials are corrugated cardboard which can go directly in recycling bins in most communities.

Looking for recyclables and sorting them out can mean fewer trips to the dumpster, and fewer dumpsters needed for your project. In those cases, recycling is a little more work but can add savings to your bottom line.

Recyclable items that require special disposal

However, it is true that not every plastic container is easily recycled. Some of the liquids you need to complete your work are considered hazardous, because they contained hazardous liquids. Those containers should not get recycled unless they are correctly and completely cleaned out.

In some cases, those containers should also not be placed in your dumpster, because they pose a hazard and are forbidden from landfills.

In these cases, check the ingredients of your materials, and the expectations and regulations for your local landfill. Then, with the right information in hand, we encourage you to recycle as much as possible.

Are You a Property Manager? You Need a Dedicated Dumpster Company

Whether you are managing one property or dozens, the work can seem never-ending. Every day there is an endless stream of tasks and decisions coming your way.

Some are small and make almost no visible difference in the property or the profitability. Others are hidden but have a huge impact. And occasionally it is your job to make the final call on really big decisions that can shape the whole property or business for years to come.

Putting some of those daily decisions on auto-pilot by contracting with trusted vendors helps make the small decisions easy. This frees up time, energy and resources to dedicate to the big decisions that can shape your future.

Develop a partnership with a trusted dumpster company

Whether you need to contract with companies for cleaning, painting, waste removal, paving, or other tasks, it makes sense to find a dependable partner and stick with them. Once a team has proven themselves to be trustworthy, dependable, and pay attention to details, you will want to keep them in your phone for years to come.

This will save you time and energy over and over again.

One area where this is abundantly clear is in choosing a dedicated dumpster company. Chances are that your dumpster needs happen in a similar way every time. You want a certain size dumpster delivered to a specific location. It should be there a specified amount of time, and picked up the same number of days later.

Because these patterns are repeated, you can save yourself a lot of time by sticking with one specific company that knows you and knows your expectations.

The alternative is having to spend time on the phone explaining the whole thing in detail each time you need the work done. Then you have to manage the problems that come with not having it done right the first time. But instead of having to do that once, you have to do it every time you need a dumpster.

Doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results is how Einstein defined insanity.

Don’t do that to yourself.

Instead, for your recurring dumpster project, choose Big Daddy Dumpsters. Explain it to us once, and then … call us back when you need us. We can pull up your recurring order and save you time and energy. Our experienced and friendly staff will replicate that order and confirm specific details – saving you from having to explain the whole thing over and over.

Set it and forget it (mostly). And spend that time doing something else, like working on your golf game.

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Make Big Daddy Dumpsters a Big Part of Your Property Management Plan

As a property manager, your day is filled with managing tasks from minuscule to massive. One minute you are sweeping out a foyer where a client made a mess, the next you are negotiating a contract with a potential long-term client for a vacant office.

The constant demands are a test of your skills and strengths, but after a while, you would like to be able to put more and more of these decisions on auto-pilot so you can focus on solving the bigger problems.

Or so you can play golf. Or take that vacation you have been planning for months and months, but putting off because there is always one more thing.

You are working on developing a property management plan that means you do not have to be involved in making every possible decision. And you don’t have to do every possible task yourself.

You do have a property management plan, right?

You have a property management plan, right?

It makes sense when you’re starting out that every job involves making new decisions. Should I hire this one out? Can we handle this internally? Do I have to do it myself or is there someone else I can send this time?

Over time you develop relationships with trusted vendors and providers. They become your eyes and hands in many ways.  their phone numbers and emails are saved on all your devices. And you know which ones you can call in the middle of the night.

This is the beginning of a property management plan. You have a team working for you. They might be direct employees or they might be contractors who do all the work that needs to get done. And the plan involves knowing who to call for which situations.

Save time and energy with recurring orders

If you have events that happen repeatedly at the same time of the month or the year, you can put some of these decisions on autopilot.

For instance, landlords experience high turnover at the end of the month, with people moving in and out of their apartments. Their usual dumpsters can’t handle the load, so they need to rent a dumpster.

Having a partnership with Big Daddy Dumpsters for a recurring order at the end of each month can save you time and energy. Instead of starting from scratch, you can reference a previous order. We will drop off and pick up the dumpster in the same spot to make your work easier.

Contact us to learn how to make your job easier.

 

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Rent a Dumpster for Your Massive 4th of July Party

You’ve rented the tents. You’ve ordered the ice cream. You’ve designated who will bring the ice, and who will bring firewood.

You have planned a birthday party for America that the country, and certainly your friends and family, will not soon forget.

You’re going to make a mess, and you don’t want to make dozens of extra trips hauling full garbage bags to the curb. Or worse, you don’t want all that mess sitting in your garage or back yard for days until garbage pickup day – a day that has been delayed because of the holiday.

You should rent a dumpster.

Why a dumpster is a better option

Sure, you could just buy a bunch of trash bags. After all, you will have help cleaning up. Aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors will all be willing to take a bag or two and walk around the area.

But then what?

Where will you put them? This is not ordinary trash.

After all, most of what made it a fabulous, unforgettable blowout party is also what will bring raccoons and cats, flies and bees, and all sorts of other critters to the pile of trash.

You will want to put those bags in a dumpster.

Designed to save you time and energy in just this sort of situation, a dumpster will also save you headaches and even greater mess.

If you tried to shove all those bags into your trash cans, you would run out of trash cans. Additionally, a lot of communities have limits on how much trash they will pick up at one location on trash day.

Worse yet, even if you could leave all those bags piled up on the curb, one night of neighborhood critters could create a massive mess as the critters attempt to open, eat, and drag those bags back home to their young ones. It could end up looking like a bomb went off, even after your efforts to clean everything up.

In this case, while renting a dumpster might incur a little extra expense, it more than makes up for it in making a more enjoyable party, and easier clean-up and a smaller trash hangover.

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Get a Bigger Dumpster Than You Think You Need, Here’s Why

Sure, a dumpster rental place is going to tell you to get a bigger dumpster than you think they need. Of course they are, right? It’s called an upsell, and every company does it.

Except there’s more to it than simply upselling.

Getting a bigger dumpster than you initially think you need is good planning advice for multiple reasons. The bottom line is, in most cases it will ultimately save you time and money. Here’s a list of reasons, some related to each other, and overlapping, but each unique.

Your estimation skills are strong

Years of experience have taught you that you have a strong sense of spatial reasoning. You can see how things fit together. You have planned it all out and this will  fit perfectly in the dumpster you have picked out.

Here’s the problem. The act of tearing things out, breaking them down, and throwing them in the dumpster creates space. It creates jagged edges and ill-fitting corners that don’t settle.

That means your project has air pockets in it.

If you’ve planned for that, great. However, if you imagined a compact dumpster neatly packed tight with your rubbish, like a truck on moving day, that is not what you are getting.

Consider rounding up to the next biggest size to allow for the spaces you can’t fill.

You’re a good neighbor

Over the years, or even the past few weeks, you have developed a great relationship with at least a couple of your neighbors. You’re a good person, and you understand the value of getting along with the people who live closest to you, and can keep an eye on things when you’re not around.

So you might offer to let them throw a few things in your dumpster. Or they might assume, because you are so terrific and welcoming, that there is an open invitation to throw their own stuff in there.

That means you are going to have more in there than you ever planned. Maybe a lot more.

You want to do this once

You are a planner, and this event is planned. One trip in, one trip out. You know you have saved yourself a lot of time and energy.

But with space taken up by air, neighbors contributing, and the potential of someone adding another project around the house, you don’t want to do this again.

And you definitely don’t want to stack bags of debris in the garage to bring out on trash day.

Do it once. Account for these factors when choosing the size of your next dumpster rental.

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