Preparing for a Move: A Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners

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Moving homes can be both exhilarating and challenging. But with careful planning, you can make this transition as seamless as possible.

One of the critical aspects of preparing for a move involves decluttering your space to ensure a smooth, stress-free transition.

Why Decluttering Matters

decluttering before a big move. Woman putting books into a box

Moving offers an excellent opportunity to sort through your belongings and decide what you really need in your new home. It allows you to let go of the items you no longer need, making your move lighter and more manageable.

Plus, decluttering can save you money by reducing the volume of items you need to transport, and it can also make unpacking in your new home faster and easier.

The Role of a Dumpster in Your Move

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You might not have considered a dumpster rental before. Maybe you thought dumpsters are just for businesses or construction sites. But that’s not true. They are a convenient solution for your home projects, especially big projects like moving to another home.

Here's how how a dumpster can help you with your next big move:

  1. Efficient Disposal: With a dumpster right on your property, you can conveniently dispose of items as you sort through your belongings, saving you time and effort. It eliminates the need for multiple trips to the landfill or recycling center.
  2. Versatility: Dumpsters can handle a wide range of items - from old furniture and appliances to yard waste and construction debris from any pre-move renovations. This flexibility can be particularly beneficial if you're planning to do some remodeling before you move.
  3. Flexible Scheduling: Many dumpster rental companies offer flexible rental periods to fit your timeline, ensuring the dumpster is there when you need it. This allows you to work at your own pace as you sort, pack, and clean.
  4. Eco-Friendly: Renting a dumpster from a company that adheres to responsible waste management practices ensures that recyclable materials are processed correctly, helping to reduce the environmental impact of your move.

By incorporating a dumpster rental into your moving process, you're choosing a streamlined, efficient, and environmentally responsible method of waste disposal. This allows you to focus more of your energy on the many other tasks involved in moving.

Pre-Move Checklist: Simplifying Your Move

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Moving can be a complex process, but with the right strategy, it becomes much more manageable. This pre-move checklist helps you streamline the process and ensure nothing is overlooked:

Deep Cleaning: A crucial step before moving is a thorough deep clean of your current home. This not only leaves the place in good condition for the next occupants but also helps you avoid moving dirt and grime to your new home. Key areas to focus on include:

  • Floors: Shampoo carpets and mop hardwood floors
  • Walls and baseboards: Dust and wipe down with a mild cleaner
  • Appliances: Give them a thorough clean, inside and out
  • Ceiling fans: Dust and clean with a damp rag

Remember, a dumpster rental can assist with the disposal of old cleaning materials, worn-out cleaning equipment, and other junk you unearth during the process.

Security Updates: It's essential to ensure the safety of your new home. Key security updates include:

  • Changing the locks
  • Updating any security system codes
  • Checking and replacing smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries

Home Improvements: If renovations are in your plans, it's often more convenient and cost-effective to tackle them before moving in. Key projects might include:

  • Updating the flooring
  • Renovating the kitchen
  • Checking for leaks and scheduling roof repairs
  • Painting interior rooms
  • Removing popcorn ceilings and walls

Remember, a dumpster can be invaluable for disposing of renovation debris conveniently and responsibly.

Familiarize Yourself with New Home Systems: Understanding the systems in your new home can prevent headaches down the line. Here are several items you should take into consideration:

  • Understand Your HVAC System: Locate your furnace, air conditioning unit, and thermostat. Learn how to change the air filters and identify where any outdoor units are located. It's also a good idea to have a professional service the system to ensure it's in good working order.
  • Know Your Plumbing Layout: Identify where the main water shut-off valve is - it's critical in case of a plumbing emergency. Learn where other shut-off valves are, such as those for sinks and toilets.
  • Learn About Your Electrical System: Locate your electrical panel and understand what each circuit breaker corresponds to. It's also helpful to identify where all the outlets and switches are, and to make sure they're functioning properly.
  • Get Familiar with Your Appliances: Understand how to operate all of the appliances in your new home. This includes the stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer. Keep a copy of the manuals for reference.
  • Know Your Outdoor Spaces: Identify where your property lines are. Locate any outdoor systems such as sprinkler systems, landscape lighting, and gas or electric meters.
  • Understand Your Home's Safety Features: In addition to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, be aware of any home security systems, fire extinguishers, and emergency exits.
  • Get to Know Your Neighborhood: Understand where the nearest hospitals, fire stations, and police stations are. Also, familiarize yourself with the trash and recycling pick-up schedules.

By getting to know your home inside and out, you can ensure a smoother transition and be prepared for any situations that may arise.

Here's How Wise Guys Dumpsters Can Help

Wise Guys Dumpsters provides an easy solution for getting rid of unwanted items as you prepare for your move. Renting a residential dumpster allows you to dispose of your waste efficiently and responsibly, without the need for multiple trips to the landfill or recycling center.

As you prepare for this exciting new chapter in your life, let a Wise Guys Dumpster rental handle your waste management needs so you can focus on settling into your new home.

If you need a checklist to help you prepare for your move, check out this wise guide we created.

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Frequently Asked

How long are your rentals?

We offer 3 options 3 days, 7 days, and 10 days. If you wish to keep the dumpster longer than the initial rental period, the fee is $10/day. If you have a commercial or construction project, we offer a 14 day rental with an overage fee of $5 a day. We also offer custom pricing to fit your needs. If you need custom pricing, give us a call.

What happens if I keep it longer than the rental period?

We charge a $10/day fee after the initial rental period is over. For those taking advantage of our construction project pricing, the overage feee is $5/day. If you need a dumpster for a bigger construction project or commercial project, we would love to talk.

When should I have my dumpster delivered?

We recommend you have your dumpster delivered the day before you need it for a project.

Not only do we recommend this, but we have built our pricing structure around it. We don’t count the dumpster delivery day or the dumpster pick up day in the rental period.

You can be confident you will be able to use your dumpster for the full 3, 7, or 10 days when you rent from Wise Guys Dumpsters.

Do you offer same day dumpster delivery?

In most cases, we can provide same day delivery. Call us for availability and so we can provide a rush for your order.

We know situations change, or other dumpster companies back out. We are here for you when that occurs. And will do everything we can to get you a dumpster so you can start your project.

We, however, recommend that you plan ahead, if at all possible. Booking your dumpster delivery a day before your project begins will ensure it is available for you to use the moment you're ready to start your project.

As mentioned above, we won't ever penalize you for ordering your dumpster delivery a day before. You will always get the full days for which you booked.

How do I prepare my site for dumpster delivery?

Ensure the area is free from vehicles or other obstacles and is easily accessible for our delivery trucks.

Is there anything I can't put in the dumpster?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that the Denton County landfill won’t allow and a few other things that are allowed but require special care.

Not allowed:

  • No paint
  • No tires
  • No batteries
  • No chemicals
  • No rocks
  • No dirt
  • No concrete
  • No bricks
  • No shingles unless spread out over multiple dumpsters. If you are a roofing company, we can serve you, but please give us a call so we can talk about the best approach for your work site.

Allowed with exceptions:

  • Appliances are allowed, but there is a $10 charge per larger appliance item, such as a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, etc.
  • Please let us know if you place appliances in the dumpster, and how many, we are required to take those to a different area of the dump when disposing of them.
  • If you are demolishing a brick house, items such as rocks, dirt, concrete, bricks, and shingles, you would be better off with a dump trunk rather than a dumpster.

What should I do if I have paint to dispose of?

If you have paint you need to dispose of, you can put kitty litter in it and once it has dried, your county/city will have a facility that you can take it to.

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

Prices can vary depending on location, length of rental and weight of what you are disposing of but, for most customers, dumpsters start at are $375 for a medium sized (15 Cubic Yard) dumpster and $400 for a large (20 Cubic Yards) dumpster.

What is the difference between a 15 yard and a 20 yard?

They are identical except that the 15 yard is 4 foot tall. The 20 yard is 6 foot tall. All our dumpsters have barn doors that open on the back, so you can completely walk into them, making it easy to load them efficiently.

Still have a question?

Give us a call. We would be happy to answer your question.
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