Cleaning up an estate can be tough. Once all of the family, friends, and benefactors have received their items and all of the valuables have been removed, how can you get rid of all of the trash? Here are 5 ways to remove trash from an estate cleanup.
Roll-off containers are big, bulky, heavy, and unsightly. But they can be used to remove several tons of trash and debris during an estate cleanup. Most container companies will ask what type of trash will be going into the container. Generally speaking, they are asking where there will be yard debris, construction debris, bulk household debris, or municipal solid waste from the house. Each type of debris will have a separate charge, as each type of debris is put into different parts of a landfill. Most estate cleanouts will require bulk household debris or municipal solid waste. Make sure to check which items cannot be placed into the roll-off containers.
Many homes have curb-side pickup trash service. Some areas offer weekly pickup, while some areas offer more than once a week pickup. Filling the cans to capacity and taking them out on pickup days can help eliminate a large amount of waste in a couple of weeks. Plus, most areas offer recycling as well, so filling the recycling bins will help with the cleanup efforts, while keeping recyclable items out of the landfill.
Dumps and drop off sites generally allow residents of a county to drop off a certain amount of trash each day for free. Dumps generally do not accept certain items, such as electronics, batteries, tires, hazardous waste, etc. You will need to contact your local waste disposal contact to see if there are drop off sites in your areas and what they will accept. These sites generally do not accept commercial waste.
Landfills are generally the least expensive option for getting rid of large amounts of debris from an estate. Landfills may have different areas to dispose of different types of waste, such as mattresses, electronics, metals, glass, bulk household trash, construction debris, and municipal solid waste. Check with your local landfill for rates what what they will and will not accept.
Junk removal services usually can send one or more trucks with a hydraulic lift on it to haul off large amounts of debris from an estate. They can generally remove most or all trash and debris from a home and/or yard. This is the most expensive route of the above list, but one of the fastest routes as well. Estate cleanout companies and hoarding service companies can generally help with bulk junk removal as well. If you find roaches, bed bugs, venomous spiders, mice/rats, or other pests during the cleanout, you may need to hire a biohazard remediation company or a bed bug cleaning company to assist.
Estate cleanout costs range significantly. Some estates are simple and some are much more complex. For a complete lists of estate cleanout costs, click the previous link.
Here is a video of a porch, shed, and yard cleanout at an estate in Columbia, South Carolina. Pay close attention to the items that simply could not be placed in a roll-off container, such as paint, metal, liquids, tires, batteries,, etc. For more informational videos like this, Subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE.
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