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Decluttering? How Do You Know Whether To Keep Or Toss An Item?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Aug 20, 2014 1:38:54 PM

You’re on a roll: The rooms of your home are nearly as clean as the day you moved in and more so than any day since. Spring cleaning has continued through the summer, and it doesn’t look like there will be any reprieve in fall.

If your spouse or significant other is making vague allusions to Sherman marching through Atlanta, perhaps you might be going a bit overboard with the purge. Cleaning is good. Leaving your home looking like it was overrun by an invasion of rabid housekeepers might be a bit much.

There are always things you need to keep (at least for a period of time) — tax records, bank statements, kids birth certificates.

Deciding what to keep and what to drop into a Bin There Dump That bin is easy once you start asking yourself a few questions.

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Topics: Organized Lifestyle

Home Renovation: Should I Hire A Professional Or Do It Myself?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Aug 14, 2014 5:40:45 PM

Home improvement projects add value to a home and improve the lifestyle of those living in it. Whether it leads to lounging in a luxurious bathroom suite or enjoying Mother Nature on a backyard patio the pleasures of home renovation projects are varied and many. The decision for homeowners is how to get those projects done.

There are a number of variables to consider when deciding whether to do the project yourself or hire a professional: Skill level, finances and free time are just a few.

But unless you do renovation for a living, there are some projects that its better to leave to the professionals.

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Topics: DIY Projects, Home Renovation

Downsizing To A New Home? Here Are 5 Decluttering Tips

Posted by John Ferracuti

Aug 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The kids are finally out of the house. They’re starting careers of their own and the risk of them returning home has finally dwindled to near zero. Heck, the Chicago Cubs have a better shot of winning the World Series or the St. Louis Blues of winning the Lord Stanley’s Cup than you do of having your kids move back home again.

It’s time to downsize.

Downsizing can be a financial windfall. According to mortgage lender Freddie Mac (The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Company), the carrying costs on a $500,000 home amount to about $15,000 a year. Downsize to a $350,000 home and the costs drop to $10,500.

But before you can make the change, you must rid your home of years of collected life. Nearly 10 percent of Americans rent a storage facility at an average cost of more than $1,000 a year. Simply put: Clutter costs money.

For items in good condition, a donation might be in order. For everything else? Enter your local Bin There Dump That franchise operator.

Here’s a look at how to approach a pre-downsizing decluttering.

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Topics: DIY Projects

The Often Hidden Cost of Doing Business

Posted by John Ferracuti

Aug 4, 2014 1:45:00 PM

Caveat emptor (buyer beware). Read the fine print. Hidden fees.

Even the most savvy shoppers sometimes get caught by unexpected charges on their bill.

There’s nothing wrong with a company making a profit — that’s what they’re in business for. We don’t think anyone would (or could) dispute that. The question becomes how businesses go about turning that profit.

Have you ever listened to a commercial on the radio and then at the end a guy comes on and reads a disclaimer, which in the last three seconds has more words in it than the rest of the commercial did in the first 27 seconds? What is it they’re trying to hide? It’s the same concept that turns a $129 hotel room into one that really costs $159 a night.

Many companies hide charges from their customers springing fees them after the fact. Companies might push them off as the “cost of doing business,” which while technically true, creates ill will with customers.

Bin There Dump That has no hidden fees. Though our franchise operators do charge some of the fees described below, they are communicated ahead of time.

Here are six fees customers might not expect — but will definitely know about before they begin their bin rental.

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Topics: Dumpster Bin Fees

Should I Do It Myself Or Hire A Professional?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jul 31, 2014 10:40:20 AM

There are few things more rewarding than a job well done, especially when that job is a do-it-yourself home improvement project. DIY invokes that hearty, self-reliant spirit synonymous with the founding of North America. Of course, there’s another more modern thought that pervades the book-smart, somewhat soft suburban crowd: “I’ve got a guy for that.”

Whether it’s the myriad do-it-yourself websites or the 20th century version — books — the eternal debate rages on: Should I do it myself or should I hire a professional to get the job done?

There are several factors to consider. Consider these critical elements before you make your decision.

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Topics: DIY Projects

Do Rental Dumpster Bins Have A Weight Limit? How Much Is Too Much?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jul 28, 2014 10:36:08 AM

For all our freedoms today, there are a lot of limits placed on us. Roads have speed limits. Sales executives have spending limits. Bridges have height and weight limits. Computers have limits to their memory. Even light has limit: 186,242 miles per second (299,792,458 meters per second).

And when it comes to clearing out the junk from your life, you might wonder if there is a limit to how much you can dump into a bin. The answer is: It depends on from where you’re ordering your bin.

So the question is, “If I load a bin with very heavy materials, will it cost me more?” It’s a simple question, but the answer is a bit more challenging — not one-size-fits-all, so to speak.

There is some flexibility in the pricing structure for each franchise operator, and a number of factors go into the final price customers pay for the bins they order. Among the factors that might be considered are size of the bin and possibly the weight of the filled bin.

It should be noted: Whoever you rent your dumpster from should discuss all fees up front. At Bin There Dump That, there are no hidden fees.

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Staying Safe in One of the Most Dangerous Places on the Planet…Your Backyard

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jul 3, 2014 11:16:07 AM

The sun is shining. A cool breeze keeps the temperature reasonable. You’re sitting out on the patio watching the children playing in the back yard while you’re practically melting into your cushioned seat, a glass of lemonade close by and music playing from that really cool speaker shaped like a rock you bought last summer. It’s the start of the weekend, and work is days away. It can’t get any better!

But whether you’re relaxing or tackling that big outdoor project you’ve been putting off since last summer, your backyard can actually be a pretty dangerous place if you don’t prepare and protect yourself.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe and sound while you take in the great outdoors.

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A Simpler Home Relocation? Just Follow These 10 Tips

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jun 30, 2014 4:44:19 PM

Changing jobs can be one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life. Add a job relocation, and you’re just piling on the challenges. But like most difficult activities, planning makes everything a little bit easier.

Here are 10 tips to make your relocation process simpler and less stressful.

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Can You Deliver A Dumpster Bin Today?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jun 23, 2014 1:00:08 PM

Every business must balance inventory with its ability to service customers. Too much inventory and money sits on the shelves or in the warehouse. Too little inventory and customers are left frustrated and unable to fill their needs.

Bin There Dump That has done the research. We know based on an area’s population density, how many bins are likely scheduled to go out at any one time. But that’s what makes business fun. While the formula is perfectly valid, reality doesn’t know how to do math. A spike in need might mean a delay in getting a customer a bin.

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Topics: Choosing a Dumpster

Which Home Renovation Projects Offer The Best Return on Investment?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jun 13, 2014 11:21:52 AM

Maybe you bought a fixer-upper. Or maybe your home is just a bit dated. After all, the last time somebody remodeled any room in the house was during the Eisenhower administration. Let’s face it; the paint scheme has gone from chic, to retro, to pathetic. The fixtures need fixing.

There are any number of home repair and remodeling projects that can give your home that much needed facelift. Some of them will even give you a pretty good return on your home renovation investment when you’re ready to sell your home.

According to Remodeling magazine, the peak year for return on investment (ROI) was 2005, when sellers earned back nearly 87 percent of the money they spent on remodeling projects. The number dropped every year until 2012 when the ROI was 57.7 percent in 2011-2012. There is good news, however: Those return on investment numbers increased last year to just over 60 percent. We can only hope that number increases as the housing market improves.

Of course, some remodeling projects offer more ROI than others. Here’s a look at eight home renovation projects that will get you the most bang for your buck when it comes time to sell your home. Values listed (unless otherwise noted) are from the 2013-2014 Cost Vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine.

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Topics: Organized Lifestyle

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