News and trends about dumpster rentals, portable storage containers, and construction waste recycling around Appleton, Green Bay, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
One of the easiest ways of giving your home a freshen up is to remodel the kitchen. In some cases, people choose to do it to increase the value of the home. In other cases, they’re looking to create a space more functional for their family’s use. Or, perhaps they’re just bored looking at the drab old design from when the house was originally built.
In my sister’s case, it was all three. We’re from a big Italian family, so the kitchen is naturally where we tend to spend the majority of our time. She’s a great cook, but as her family continues to grow, there’s so much more food for her to prepare and so many more bodies trying to sneak a taste! They weren’t interested in moving, so, they decided a new kitchen was in order.
They worked through their budget before the project began, which is always a great place to start. They hired a contractor and took their time to plan out exactly what they wanted—Beautiful granite countertops with a big island, a double oven, a quiet dishwasher, an oversized over-the-range microwave, and the biggest refrigerator the space could fit (for all those Italian leftovers)!
Once all the plans were laid out and the materials were purchased, it was time for the demo. While smashing things with a sledgehammer was tempting, they tried to approach it in a more systematic way. They were able to salvage much of the building materials and donated them to Restore.
If you’ve done any home improvement projects before, you know they usually end up costing more than you anticipated and taking twice as long, so they were sure to build in a little extra time and money just in case. And good thing they did! As soon as their contractor got into the walls, he realized the electrical was not up to code. They immediately created a plan to address the increased scope and cost—So it was good they built in that buffer!
Since their old appliances were still in good condition, they made a plan to sell them on Craigslist, and they rented a dumpster from City Disposal to help easily manage their construction and demolition (C&D) materials. (This includes things like wood, glass, metal, concrete, and reclaimed building parts.) We, like most waste management companies, participate in a construction waste recycling program, so they felt good about the extra efforts keep C&D materials from showing up in our local landfill.
In the end, my sister’s kitchen took a few weeks longer and cost a little more than anticipated, but they were very happy with the result. Their grandkids, although young, are already learning their way around “grandma’s kitchen”, which is exiting—that means they’re well on their way keeping those Inglese family recipes alive for generations to come!
Not too long ago, my nephew, David, and his family moved back home after being away for 12 years. He and his wife had been applying and interviewing for jobs back here for months and listed their home FSBO. A few months later, the stars aligned and they both got job offers in the Fox Cities one day apart. At that point, they had less than three weeks to list the house with a legit real estate agent, pack up their belongings, choose a daycare for their daughter, and find a place to live here before their new jobs began. They didn’t spend much time thinking through what they’d need once they got here—they just threw everything in boxes as quickly as they could and packed the moving trucks full. (Yes, there were multiple!)
When they closed on their new home three months later and began unpacking their belongings, they realized so much of the stuff was useless. So, there they were, sitting on their basement floor sorting through boxes and bins, deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. In hindsight, they should have gone through that exercise when they made the decision to start looking for jobs back here six months prior—That giant donate pile could easily have been taken care of back in Minnesota, and the stuff they ended up throwing away absolutely shouldn’t have made the 300-mile trek. Looking at their heaping pile of trash, a dumpster rental would have been a much smarter way to go.
Things to Throw Out When Moving
When planning a move, think through what to do with things you no longer need. Is it worth money? Try selling it. Not worth much but still in good shape? Donate it. Not in good shape but made of recyclable materials? Recycle it.
If what you’ve got cannot be sold, donated, or recycled, it’s appropriate to throw it away. Renting a dumpster will give you more space for your trash than the garbage cans you put at the end of your driveway each week. (Dumpster sizes (and prices) can vary by state and by company. Click here to request an online quote from City Disposal.)
Note: Certain items can't go in waste containers. This list includes materials such as:
When to Rent a Dumpster and Where to Place it
The best time for dumpster rentals is before you put your house on the market, if possible. Get it in and out before buyers come looking. If that’s not an option, here are some tips to keep it from being too distracting:
David and his wife learned the hard way that they should have begun decluttering as soon as they made the decision to start looking for jobs back home. Had they been more proactive, they could have saved space in their rental trucks AND saved themselves the hassle of hauling all that junk halfway across the Midwest!
Restoration, remodeling, and clean-out projects can be stressful enough… The last thing you want to worry about when you rent a dumpster is getting hit with hidden surcharges and unnecessary fees after the project is complete. Unfortunately, it happens more often than you’d think.
National waste management and disposal companies are notorious for tacking on these kinds of fees. Their invoices and receipts can be complicated and very hard to understand, and unsuspecting customers can end up paying a large amount over and above what they anticipated thanks to these additional costs.
Here are a few additional costs I’ve seen on some of their invoices:
Lucky for you, there are a few things you can do to help avoid these types of surprises. Request an online quote to help track exactly what is included in each company’s estimated price. Be sure to ask about a few standard things, like how much is the delivery/pick-up charge, how many tons are included in the base price, and what is the cost for additional tons if you happen go over. A lot of the surcharges are tied to the amount of waste to be disposed of, so with many dumpster rentals, the heavier the load, the higher the price.
Also, when shopping around for waste containers, provide as much information as you can about your project upfront. This includes things like:
Bottom line is, do your homework! The more educated you are upfront about the companies you do business with, the less surprise you’ll encounter in the end.
Logo Containers are large billboards that are visible while positioned on the jobsite AND when traveling down the road. It is a competitive advantage for companies to use Logo Containers, as they are able to grow their presence in the communities they serve at a very low cost.
City Disposal Services, Inc. is a locally-owned, family-operated business providing portable storage containers, waste disposal, and recycling services for contractors, businesses, and homeowners in Northeast Wisconsin. They began this business in 1998.
As you may know, industries such as waste management and fire/water restoration are seasonal and often unpredictable, which lead to a very competitive marketplace when jobs arise. Typically, investing money in traditional marketing campaigns does not make sense for companies in these types of industries. In response to this predicament, City Disposal thought, “what about a customizable can?” No matter what you call them—design dumpsters, branded bins, creative containers—their Logo Containers are a standard 20- or 30-yard waste container that is branded with a customer’s company name, colors, logo, contact information, etc.
A few years ago, City Disposal piloted the Logo Container program with a local roofing company called Security-Luebke Roofing. https://securityluebkeroofing.com Because it proved to be so effective, they expanded some of the larger fire/water restoration companies that they serve, including ServiceMaster, SERVPRO, and Paul Davis Restoration. It’s not just for larger companies, though! There are many local/family-owned companies that use Logo Containers like R Van Rite Construction & Restoration, Square One, Certified Professional Restoration (CPR), Midwest Restoration, Acquire Restoration and JG Home Improvements, just to name a few. Most customers have multiple Logo Containers, and some pair them with other City Disposal services, like Portable Storage Units, as well. At this time, there are over 40 Logo Containers at various jobsites throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
Security-Luebke, like many companies, already invests a significant amount of capital in advertising via TV, radio, church bulletins, youth sports sponsorships, etc., so it was relatively easy to justify the low investment in some Logo Containers. 12 years and twelve Logo Containers later, owner Shannon Alberts says they’ve “seen tremendous results. By using the Logo Containers, we’re making more of an impact in the communities we serve, reinforcing our brand in the neighborhoods where the actual work is being done.”
When their employees see a Logo Container heading down the highway, Alberts says “it’s so much more than just a dumpster full of trash. To us, that container represents who we are and what our mission is. It gives us a huge sense of pride to be a part of the Security-Luebke team, and we have City Disposal to thank for that!”
Jo Budke, the Office Manager for R Van Rite Construction & Restoration, has also been using City Disposal’s Logo Containers for over five years. While the majority of R Van Rite’s work comes straight from insurance adjusters, many of their newer clients mention their Logo Containers. One of Jo’s favorite parts of working with City Disposal is their excellent customer service. “To me, customer service is key,” she said. “We’ve established a relationship with the folks at City Disposal that we haven’t found anywhere else. They know me by voice, they’re always so friendly and helpful, and I really appreciate the personalized attention they give us.”
No matter what type of business you’re in--the restoration industry, advertising services, waste disposal, or roofing--the success of a small business hinges on great customer service.
For More Information
For more information on Logo Containers or City Disposal Services, Inc., visit their website at http://www.citydisposal.com or call Tim Inglese (owner) at 1-866-DUMPSTR.
Cleaning out a loved one’s home, (which is often the result of a death, a decision to downsize, or a necessary move to an assisted living community,) can be a huge undertaking... Especially when those who lived through the Great Depression tended to save everything, whether it had value or not! Before tackling an estate clean-out, create a plan! While paying for a dumpster rental might seem like an unnecessary expenditure, doing so helps ensure that the process goes smoothly.
Consider talking to neighbors about the estate clean-out ahead of time. It’s always a good idea to give them a heads up before the project begins. Plus, you never know… They, too, may be in need of a waste container, and that would allow you to split costs and save some money! Here are a few things to consider before contacting a waste management company to rent a dumpster: