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Junk removal checklist. What you need to know before calling a junk removal service

Junk removal checklist. What you need to know before calling a junk removal service

So you’ve decided to finally get rid all that unwanted stuff and call a junk removal service. Good for you! Whether you’re cleaning up your yard, basement, garage or some other part of your house – or even if you are helping a friend or family member with their clean-up, having a junk removal checklist can help make the process a whole lot easier. The following are a few of the items to put on your junk removal checklist: What services do you want from your junk removal company. There are all kinds of companies out there that will take away your unwanted stuff, but they vary widely in the kinds of services that they actually provide. 1-888-I-AM-JUNK is a full service company that will do all the clean-up and sorting for you. We also make sure that anything that can be recycled or donated stays out of the landfills. Know what can be taken and what can’t be. Companies like 1-888-I-AM-JUNK can take many types of items and rubbish away ranging from old toys and tools to furniture, appliances and construction debris. But there are still certain items that we can’t take. These include anything that is classified as toxic waste including chemicals, old paint cans and batteries. Know what you want to be taken. The last thing you want to be doing when the junk removal service arrives is still making decisions about what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. Have a really good idea ahead of time what is staying and what is going. Labelling stuff ahead of time is...
No junk, no stress. How decluttering your home and yard can improve your mental health

No junk, no stress. How decluttering your home and yard can improve your mental health

Do you feel stressed when you look at that messy basement or cluttered garage? It’s not your imagination. Numerous studies have shown that an abundance of clutter really does impact us negatively emotionally. But the good news is that no junk can also mean no stress. Why junk is stressful Our physical surroundings have a greater impact on us mentally and emotionally than most of us realize. Here are a few of the effects that an office full of scattered papers or a yard full of construction debris can have: Sensory overload causes our brains to process stimuli that aren’t really important. Junk distracts us from what we should be focussing on. While we should be enjoying our homes, and families or getting some work done, that stack of papers in the home office, or pile of outgrown toys in the basement competes for our attention. Clutter keeps us from truly relaxing and enjoying our surroundings. Imagine how much nicer it would be to sit down on your deck and enjoy a beverage if you didn’t have all that scrap in the backyard. It sends a signal to our brain that our work is not complete (and maybe never will be). It can be the source of embarrassment and we may avoid having others visit our homes. You may even feel guilty that you are not taking better care of your home. It can frustrate us because it is easier to lose important items like keys, glasses, documents etc. in a cluttered home. This of course slows your productivity which can also cause feelings of guilt and diminished confidence....
Dealing with hoarding. When is it time to call in the junk removal company?

Dealing with hoarding. When is it time to call in the junk removal company?

When someone has accumulated a lot of possessions they may be called a hoarder by their friends. But true hoarding disorder is a serious psychological problem that goes far beyond having collections or holding on to a lot of stuff. Knowing the right time to call a junk removal company can be difficult and complex. Symptoms of hoarding People who hoard commonly collect items that other people might consider useless garbage such as newspapers, old magazines, plastic bags etc. They may also have an overabundance of clothing, household supplies etc. Compulsive hoarding may also be accompanied by other disorders such as OCD, ADHD or depression. It can seriously affect one’s quality of living not only by creating a junky looking home but also by causing potentially dangerous and unsanitary conditions. It can lead to social isolation, marital and family problems as well as financial difficulties. People who hoard may justify their behaviour by claiming items will increase in value, or has sentimentality attached to it. They may just say they will need a given item someday.  Different from collectors who usually feel a sense of pride in their collections, hoarders are often embarrassed or ashamed of their clutter. When to call the junk removal company If you are a landlord who has recently discovered you last tenant was a hoarder, the decision to call a junk removal services company like 1-888-I-AM-JUNK is an easy one. But what if you are trying to help a friend or family member who is still living in their home and does not have an active power of attorney? In these cases, a person...
What can a junk removal company take?

What can a junk removal company take?

Have you ever thought about hiring a junk removal company but didn’t because you were too concerned that the items you had for them to haul away were too heavy, too awkward or too large. Maybe you held on to your items because you knew they could be recycled or reused and didn’t want them to end up in a landfill. This article will answer the simple but common question, “what can a junk removal company take?” Residential Junk – Whether it’s old and broken toys, electronics or sports equipment that has seen better days, we are able to clean out the clutter that’s been taking up space in your basement, garage and other areas of your home. Commercial junk – Businesses commonly have their own unique types of junk. Skids and pallets, broken display racks, construction debris and equipment that no longer works are all examples of what we can haul away for you. Garbage – Sometimes “junk” isn’t even nice enough to be called junk. It’s garbage pure and simple. Perhaps it’s trash that an old tenant or even a previous homeowner left behind. Whatever it is, you probably don’t want to handle it yourself. But even if your junk is a little on the gross side, we can take it off your hands for you. Appliances – Old appliances can take up much needed space in your home. But they are big and heavy to move. Instead of renting a truck and trying to do the back breaking work yourself, one of our junk removal teams can quickly dispose of old stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators and other...
Is spring cleaning a time to call your local junk removers?

Is spring cleaning a time to call your local junk removers?

Spring is a time for new beginnings. Perhaps that’s why people of various cultures from around the world take this change in seasons as an opportunity to say out with the old and in with the new. In other words, it’s time for spring cleaning.  Spring cleaning can take many forms. It could mean something as simple as scrubbing the toilets and vacuuming the carpets – or it could mean something a little more thorough like decluttering your home and yard by getting rid of things you no longer want or need. If your work seems to be falling more inside this second category, then you might want to consider calling a junk removal company such as 1-888-I-AM-JUNK. The following are just a few of the ways in which we help people with their spring cleaning: Residential clutter There are all sorts of reasons why people accumulate clutter. Perhaps you’ve been storing items and furnishings for an elderly family member who has now passed on or moved into a retirement home. Perhaps the kids are grown and have left their childhood belongings behind. Or perhaps, a member of your own family simply can’t resist a bargain and has accumulated far too much over the years. Whatever the reason, there is no need to let it take up space in your garage, basement or attic. 1-888-I-AM-JUNK can sort through and haul away all those unwanted items. Construction debris Have you recently completed some renovations on your home? Maybe now you’ve finally got the kitchen of your dreams or have finally converted your basement into the ideal spot for you and...
Is it junk or not?

Is it junk or not?

When attempting to decide whether something is junk or not, you have to understand that the definition means different things to different people.  Generally speaking, junk typically has no value and is simply taking up space in a position that could be otherwise used for something useful.  Items that fall into the junk category tend to include leftover construction materials, broken furniture, and yard debris or refuse.  These items will be discussed in greater detail below, but they are all common junk items people frequently look to get rid of.  Construction materials in particular are a common junk removal specialty due to the larger scale renovations and remodeling efforts that are continuously going on in the bustling city. Deciding whether something is junk or not really comes down to value, which is the price someone is willing to pay for an item.  For instance, if you already have a working washing machine in your home and an old, leaky one is taking up space in your garage, you might be willing to give the broken one away if someone would be willing to haul it off – it has no value to you.  On the flip side, some mechanically-inclined individual with access to parts might see a broken washer as a small chore to repair and would be willing to pay the homeowner to have the rights take it.  That person sees value in the washing machine, so it is not junk to them.  Should you find yourself unsure of what to toss and what to keep, you might consider bringing in an appraiser, but you should have a...
What does a day in the life of a junk remover entail?

What does a day in the life of a junk remover entail?

A day in the life of a junk remover is one full of satisfying work.  There is quite a lot of junk in a major city that needs to be hauled away on a daily basis.  There should be no shortage of job security for a junk remover as they make their way around Toronto helping folks solve their storage and debris dilemmas with a careful and methodical hand.  Typically you can find the mild mannered junk remover hauling away bricks, mortar, tile, carpet or refuse with a smile and polite nod, because he/she loves what they do.  Essentially a junk remover is a problem solver, one that can step in with an iron grip and haul away your worries as you sip a cool beverage and watch from the comfort of your home. When faced with a major junk removal project, most homeowners will cringe and try not to think about the problem in the hopes that it will somehow magically go away on its own.  Unless you’re composting in the backyard, your refuse problems are probably not going to solve themselves.  Unfortunately they will more than likely get worse, especially if the junk you have is organic material that will deteriorate and rot over time.  This can create many more issues with rodents and home foundation problems that could easily be avoided if you were to call a junk removal service like 1-888-I-AM-JUNK that can send in a team of magicians to swiftly bundle, wrap and cart away all of the following trash items in the blink of an eye: Construction materials Yard debris Broken appliances Furniture...
What is considered junk?

What is considered junk?

There is a saying that goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  This means what is considered junk to somebody, may be quite useful to someone else.  Junk is typically classified as a valueless article occupying space that would be better served for housing something more useful.  Junk can be broken things, obsolete items or otherwise outgrown things that do not currently serve a valuable purpose to you.  However there is another side to junk; some junk that is otherwise worthless may have sentimental value which is why the owner cannot let it go.  Forming a bond with belongings over a long period of time is very common and many people that are classified as hoarders have a crippling addiction to their junk. Value and Junk Value can be defined as the cost someone is willing to pay for an item.  Persons with sentimental attachments to otherwise worthless possessions would still argue that they have value, even if the general perception is that the item is indeed junk or trash.  Junk can be broken down into many categories, but basically it consists of items that should be disposed of yet still linger.  Bringing in a professional junk removal company like 1-888-I-AM-JUNK can help you sort through your belongings and better determine what should be kept and what can be discarded.  The following items can usually be pretty clearly defined as junk: Demolition from remodeling – There is almost no way to re-use drywall as it tends to soften over time and it typically gets damaged during removal. The same can be said for some wood and older piping. ...
How can a junk removal service help when cleaning out your garage?

How can a junk removal service help when cleaning out your garage?

Cleaning out your garage is generally an unpleasant and sometimes very filthy task.  For this reason, people often avoid the task altogether and slowly begin to accumulate massive amounts of waste over time.  In the beginning they may be able to walk around the clutter, but over time they may have to start parking outside of the garage, rendering it useless for its original purpose.  From there, the homeowner may end up with a tiny tunnel of space that they can use to scuttle from the house to the outside of the garage.  Sounds pretty terrible, huh?  Cleaning out your garage on a regular basis can help you avoid this fate and manage to protect the integrity of your home in the process.  Hoarding clutter can be dangerous as well, should you get an infestation of bugs due to rotting organic materials like wood, paper or fabrics. Now that you are aware of how scary a debris-filled garage can be, you probably want to consider hiring a service for cleaning out your garage.  When the trash and junk begin to pile up, it can take weeks to thoroughly sort through all the mess, so anything you can do to stay ahead of it is a good idea.  Should you find that your junk collection has grown beyond your control, bringing a removal service like 1-888-I-AM-JUNK can get you cleaned up quickly and with no damage to your property.  These businesses are old hands when it comes to removing trash and debris, so they can come in and resolve your issues in a matter of hours without making an unsightly...
How can a junk removal company save me time and money when clearing my backyard junk?

How can a junk removal company save me time and money when clearing my backyard junk?

The average homeowner is busy working hard to raise a family and pay a mortgage, possibly two in today’s world.  Any chance to save money or time is usually considered to be a nice way to get a leg up on expenses and bills.  Hiring a company in the Toronto area for clearing backyard junk from your home is an excellent way to save yourself some time and a potentially very labour-intensive project.  Toronto is a bustling metro area with lots of renovations and remodeling always going on, so the homeowner should have no trouble finding a reputable junk company to come in and clear out a backyard project or remove leftover building materials. In order to decide if hiring a company to clear away your backyard junk is right for you, ask yourself the following questions: Do I have more yard debris than I can handle? This should not be a terribly difficult question as you probably have a good idea of how much trash you can move on your own.  Heavy logs, awkward patio furniture and rotting building supplies may prevent you from effectively cleaning up the mess by yourself.  This would be a good reason to consider bringing in a company like 1-888-I-AM-JUNK in order to avoid injuring yourself or others with debris too large for a single mover. Can I move the material without destroying my yard or fences? Contained building materials or trash that can be hauled away in a wheelbarrow or on a dolly is pretty easy for a homeowner to move, but rotted drywall and pallets or a downed tree can be...