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Projects to Tackle Around Your Home in the Fall

Projects to Tackle Around Your Home in the Fall

Fall is not just a season for pumpkins, cornstalks, football, and apple cider, it is also a time to take on home improvement projects before the winter ahead. Autumn gives you the opportunity to enrich your Northeast Ohio home while it is not too hot or too cold to work. We are going to review some projects to tackle around your home in the fall.

Projects to Tackle Around Your Home in the Fall

While the possibilities are endless, there are some common projects that people tend to take on in the fall that helps to enhance their home all year round. We have explored some of those ideas below:

  • Paint Your Front Door: Painting your front door is perhaps the easiest exterior project you can do, and it makes a big difference. A freshly painted front door helps your home stand out, and it can be completed in usually less than a full day. Fall is the best time for this project; as the temperatures are just right to allow the paint to adhere properly and keep it from freezing before it is fully dry.
  • Power Wash Your Home: One of the other common projects to tackle around your home in the fall is power washing the exterior. Throughout the summer dirt and grim builds up and will only get worse in the winter months. Power washing will help to make sure that your siding is free of dirt, mold or mildew, and will give your house a clean glow heading into winter.
  • Enhance Your Deck: Whether your deck is in need of repair or replacement, fall is a great time to take on this project. After a full summer of sun and heat, most wood looks less than desirable and can use some touch-ups. Replacing a deck in the fall is also ideal due to the moderate weather. If you are taking down the old deck, it is recommended to rent a dumpster to allow you to easily discard your debris and keep the project moving.
  • Clean Your Gutters: Don’t allow your gutters to get overfilled with leaves and other debris this fall. This is a project that many homeowners tend to avoid, but fall makes the perfect time to tackle it because of the cooler temperatures. Having clean gutters going into the winter is important to ensure they function as they should.
  • Window Repair or Replacement: Having windows that are properly sealed is important when heading into the colder months. If it’s been a while since you’ve caulked and sealed around your windows and doors, this fall might be a good time. While this project isn’t one that is usually noticeable, it can save you money on heating bills.
  • Replace Your Fireplace: If you have a fireplace, you are likely going to want to go into the winter with it fully functional. Fireplaces can be dangerous when they’re not properly maintained. Replacing your fireplace can visually and physically enhance your home this winter. If getting rid of materials from your old fireplace, rent a dumpster to make the process easier for you and to keep the project on track.
  • Yard Preparations: You should prepare your yard and garden for the winter. Trim plants and bushes, as needed, hibernate your grass, clean up and pack away outdoor furniture you will not use in the colder months, disconnect your garden hose, rake,  amongst other exterior projects. There are so many things that need to be done outside before your Northeast Ohio yard is covered in snow.
  • Roof Work: While this is unlikely a project you will take on yourself, it is one of the common projects to tackle around your home this fall. If your roof is in need of repair or replacement, there is no better time to have it fixed than before the winter ahead. If you do decide to take on this project on your own, a home dumpster rental will allow you easily get rid of the roofing debris.

There is no shortage of projects to tackle around your Northeast Ohio home in the fall. Regardless of what items you decide to take on, a dumpster can help with common home projects. Whether it’s cleaning out your gutters, winterizing your landscaping, and/or redoing your fireplace or deck, the time is now. To successfully complete your home project, you will need the right tools, including a dumpster.

Haul-Away is a local dumpster rental company in Cleveland that provides 7-day dumpster rentals in Cleveland Ohio, Akron, and surrounding communities in Northeast Ohio. We specialize in rentals for commercial or residential dumpsters. We assist in renting dumpsters for people looking to remove a variety of items such as home remodeling debris, including demolition, and fall projects.

Haul-Away knows that every dumpster rental is different, contact us to ask questions about our dumpsters or to rent a dumpster.

How to Declutter Before you Move

How to Declutter Before you Move

There is no better time to declutter and get rid of unwanted and unneeded items than when you are moving. You can make your moving experience much easier and less costly if there are fewer items to pack and relocate. We have provided some tips on how to declutter before you move.  

Step One: Determine What to Leave Behind

When you move, you are offered a clean slate. This gives you the opportunity to declutter before you move and to discard of all your unwanted and unneeded items. Getting rid of your stuff may seem like a big task and a bit overwhelming; however, it doesn’t have to be. Below are some common items to get rid of before you move:

  • Items you have not used for a while (usually around one year)
  • Belongings and/or furniture you will not use or do not have space for in your new home
  • Multiples or extras you have of things
  • Clothing or other possessions that are no longer your style
  • Broken items or things in need of repair
  • Things that are challenging and/or costly to move

Step Two: Decide How to Best Get Rid of Your Junk

As you declutter before you move, you should determine the level of effort you want to take when disposing of the “no longer needed” items. You have options:

  • Sell Online
    • Pros:
      • There are multiple options for selling your unwanted and unneeded items online. You can target local buyers or send to people far away.
      • You can make some money by selling your things. What is your junk may be someone else’s treasure.
    • Cons:
      • Selling items online takes time and effort. You are required to load photos and descriptions, communicate with buyers, and deliver or package the items.
      • Generally, your belongings need to be in presentable condition, so you likely need to clean and repair items (if needed).
      • Stuff may not easily sell, so it could take some time to rid yourself of everything.
  • Garage Sale
    • Pros:
      • A garage sale allows you to get rid of most of your unwanted belongings all in one go.
      • You can make some extra money.
    • Cons:
      • A garage sale may take a bit of time to organize, prepare for, and manage.
      • You need space to host the garage sale. While you may not need a “garage”, you need room and that could take away from your packing.
      • Everything may not sell, so you may need an additional method to discard of your stuff.
  • Donate
    • Pros:
      • Typically, your unwanted items are going to someone in need and will be used and appreciated.
      • You can likely get rid of most of your items all at once and don’t have to worry about items being unsold.
    • Cons:
      • Before donating your old belongings, you need to ensure that each piece can be used, is in good condition, and has been well cleaned.
      • Prepping items for donation may require more than think, so be sure to check with the donation facility to understand their requirements for accepting donations.
  • Rent a Dumpster
    • Pros:
      • Efficient way to get rid of stuff before moving, as you can easily and quickly toss all items into the container and move on with your packing.
      • You don’t have to clean and prep your items, spend time selling, or worry about items not being sold or accepted for donation.
    • Cons:
      • Your unwanted items are officially waste and will not be reused or “loved” by anyone else.
      • It can be hard to part with things and see them actually go into the trash.

No matter how you declutter before you move, you should do so, as it will simplify your moving process.

Haul-Away is a local dumpster rental company in Cleveland that provides 7-day dumpster rentals in Cleveland Ohio, Akron, and surrounding communities in Northeast Ohio. We specialize in rentals for commercial and residential dumpsters.

Contact us today to start the process of renting a dumpster before your move.

Places You Should Not Place Your Dumpster Rental

Places You Should Not Place Your Dumpster

It’s time to tackle the task at hand and you have made the decision to rent a dumpster for your project. Deciding to rent the dumpster is the easy part, now you need to prepare for your dumpster rental. One key step when preparing for your dumpster rental, is determining where you are going to have the dumpster placed when it is delivered. While you know your dumpster should be easily accessible, there are places you should not place your dumpster rental. We are here to help.

Prepare for your Dumpster Delivery

When finding a place for your dumpster rental, you will want to find a central spot for your project where you are able to easily discard of items without blocking your route. Having the dumpster placed too far away will add time and effort to your disposal process, and could make the dumpster rental less convenient.

Keep in mind that dumpster rentals have a limited amount of time, so know the measurements of the dumpster and measure for and find the ideal location, prior to its delivery.

If having the dumpster delivered to your driveway, you can protect your driveway. When renting from a dumpster rental company, ask them about protective boards or other items they may have to help preserve your driveway.

Places you Should Not Place your Dumpster Rental

Circumstances of your environment will likely play a major role in where your dumpster is placed for your project. We are going to review some places that it is recommended you should not place your dumpster rental.

Sloped Surfaces: While an empty dumpster may rest fine on a sloped surface, as weight is added to the dumpster, the potential of the dumpster sliding or slipping down a slope increases. As with people, a dumpster can especially go skating down a sloped driveway when there is precipitation and other elements, like ice, present.

Someone Else’s Property: Your dumpster rental should be on your property alone. Not only may it irritate your neighbors if you place a dumpster on their property without consent, you might also damage their lawn or other structures. If given permission to use someone else’s property, it is still advised not to do so in case something hazardous or harmful happens.

City Property or Streets: Depending on where you live, there are different guidelines for where a dumpster can be placed. Be sure you know the rules for your city before having a dumpster delivered to your street. In many places, you can have a dumpster placed on a city street for no more than 24 hours and typically you need a permit to have the dumpster on public property. This is a case of being better off safe than sorry and you should always ask your city first.  Paying a small fee for a permit and understanding the rules can save you massive fines later on.

Soft Ground: The weight of a dumpster could cause damage or a cave-in that can severely harm irrigation, sprinkler, plumbing, septic, and other systems and cause a costly and disgusting problem. Before selecting a location for your dumpster to be placed, know what is underneath it and avoid areas where a dumpster can damage underground items.

At Haul-Away, we operate a fleet of trucks that are better suited for driveway deliveries. Drop-offs and pick-ups are always made on either the same day or the next day after a request is made. Customers can choose from a wide range of dumpster sizes, from 7 to 40 yards. Because safety is our top priority, we maintain a large inventory of new and updated dumpsters. Haul-Away also offers fixed rates on weekly rentals for most customers.

Haul-Away knows that every dumpster rental is different, contact us to ask questions about our dumpsters or to rent a dumpster.

Common Home Projects to Rent a Dumpster for this Spring

Common Home Projects

Spring is knocking on the door and for many, that means it is time for spring cleaning. There is no better time than spring to tackle projects that you have been putting off around your home.  Whether it’s cleaning out your basement or attic, overhauling your landscaping, remodeling a room in your home, or building a new patio, the time is now. To successfully complete your home project, you will need the right tools, including a dumpster. While there are no rules around when to rent a dumpster, you may be wondering; “What are some common home projects to rent a dumpster for this spring?”.

Common Home Projects to Rent a Dumpster for

Basement/Attic Clean-out

Your basement and attic may be dreaded spaces in your home because of all the items you have stored in them over the years. You probably have lots of things, including old furniture, that you thought would come in handy one day, but you have yet to find that day. Instead of letting these things sit around in your basement and attic and take up space and collect dust, spring is the perfect time for a basement/attic clean-out. Renting a dumpster will allow you to get rid of all the things you don’t need any more in one shot.

Overhauling Your Landscaping

Home projects don’t just have to be indoors, your outdoor living space is just as important, especially in the spring and summer. Redoing your landscaping is a great project to take on in the spring. You can remove branches, bushes, weeds, lawn fixtures and more and conveniently dispose of the items in a rented home dumpster.

Room Remodel

Regardless what room or rooms you decide to remodel this spring, room remodels are great for giving your home a new look and feel and increasing the value. Renting a dumpster is extremely useful for discarding debris and old fixtures. Things like old countertops and cabinets are big and bulky and hard to get rid of. With a dumpster rental, you will easily be able to throw them in the dumpster and continue you on with your project.

New Patio

Spring is the time to start spending as much time as possible outdoors and having a patio that you can enjoy may be on your project list. You may be replacing an old patio or clearing landscaping for a new patio. Renting a dumpster for this project will keep you seamlessly moving forward, by providing you with an easy way to dispose of all of your unwanted materials, so you can focus on your new outdoor living space.

How to Prepare for Home Dumpster Rental

Make and Keep a Clear Path

Create a clear path to work along and haul items by. If there will be a lot of trips to and from the dumpster, it may be beneficial to remove built in objects around your home that may get in the way. This will allow quick and easy access to all areas of the project and the dumpster.

Create a Ramp

If using a large dumpster with an opening that is not flush with the ground, use a piece of plywood and some cinder blocks to create a makeshift ramp so a wheelbarrow can easily be rolled right into the big trash bin, saving energy and time.

Plan How to Fill the Dumpster

When renting a dumpster, be sure to think ahead about the best way to use the overall space. Try keeping everything toward the back to start, filling it first and then working toward the front of the dumpster. This will allow you to not block access to the rest of the bin, which may happen if you dump heavy debris haphazardly.

While we have provided some examples of common home projects to rent a dumpster for this spring, the possibilities are endless. Whatever home project you are working on, renting a dumpster will keep your project moving forward effortlessly and help eliminate all the unwanted waste and debris.

Haul-Away provides 7-day dumpster rental to customers in Northeast Ohio. We offer great rates on a wide range of dumpsters. Whether being used for residential or commercial purposes, our licensed haulers can deliver you a dumpster. Although we specialize in small dumpster rental, Haul-Away has access to much larger containers. We can even accommodate special orders.

Contact Haul-Away today to get started on your spring projects.