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April 25, 2018
Cutting Costs When Flipping a House
Today, Mile High Roll in Denver shares some effective methods for cutting costs when flipping a house. We know that getting your fix-and-flip house ready to sell is a fast and furious process, especially in our hot Denver market. Let our helpful roll off dumpster rental services give you the upper hand and help you make a big profit for all of your hard work.
Rewards Credit Cards
If this isn’t a cash job, sign up for and use a rewards credit card to make all of the purchases necessary for your flip. Travel and purchase points add up quickly when buying for such a large project and once you have your flip profits in your pocket, you can enjoy a well-deserved and low-cost vacation.
If you’re going the DIY route and plan to make flipping a full-time thing, use that rewards credit card to purchase power tools instead of renting. It’s easy for delays and issues to come up, so let’s say you plan to rent a tile cutter for 3 days. Then laying the tile takes more time than you thought and your helper doesn’t show up. Then you run out of tile before the job is done. Well, now that 3-day rental stretches a full week or more. You’ll end up paying more for renting than buying and miss out on the rewards.
Rent a Roll Off Dumpster
If cutting costs when flipping a house is important, be sure to rent a roll-off dumpster. This makes it convenient and affordable to get rid of all that debris and waste. You can then have your contractor, who typically will mark up the cost, take waste removal off of the estimate. And if you’re doing the flip yourself, you’ll save yourself from endless, back and forth trips to the dump.
Go Big with Trade Professionals
Your plumber and electrician will charge a minimum for just showing up to a project. Have a punch list of projects ready for them to get started on and if you have other flips or renovation jobs happening, roll those into one big list and see if they’ll give you a volume discount. There’s no harm in asking.
Not So Fancy Materials
Unless you’re flipping in a high-end neighborhood, explore your builder-grade or more standard options when looking at cabinets, windows and more to find savings. If you over-renovate and use materials that are way more expensive than the local comps, you may not recoup your investment. You want to stand out, but you don’t want it to affect your bottom line.
Overstock, Clearance and Remnants
From cabinets to countertops and flooring, there are plenty of deals that will help with cutting costs when flipping a house. But you have to look and you have to even be a little pushy. If you have a small kitchen, a quartz remnant may cover your needs and cost a fraction of picking your own slab. Don’t be afraid to talk to employees, wheel and deal, and push for lower prices.
These are just a few ways of cutting costs when flipping a house, but we hope they’ll help you along the way. At Mile High Roll-Off in Denver, we’re always ready to help you save big with convenient dumpster rental services. Our family-run business will make sure that you get the right size container for your project, so give us a call to schedule your delivery today.
March 14, 2018
Safety Tips and How to Prevent a Dumpster Fire
Don’t Throw In Forbidden Items
There is a very good reason why there are specific items that you are not allowed to throw in your roll-off dumpster. They can be dangerous, and under the right conditions, they could even cause a dumpster fire. Most of the time things like batteries, radioactive materials, flammable items, and solvents are forbidden. To prevent a dumpster fire, be sure to check with your roll-off company for an updated list.
Check it Over
When you first get your dumpster, take a minute to check it over. It should look like it's in good shape without holes, broken hinges, or rusted out spots. Of course, a reputable company would have already completed this check before bringing the dumpster. But you can’t be too careful. Dumpsters are straightforward pieces of equipment; it will only take a moment to ensure that it is in good shape.
Keep the Area Clear
Be sure to clear out an area for the dumpster. The ground should be sturdy, and plenty of space on all sides. Remember to look up for trees or power lines that may be blocking access. When tossing things into the dumpster, make sure they don’t end up on the ground outside. A dirty area can cause tripping or slipping hazards. The right items could even attract unwanted visitors like animals and other pests.
Keep Kids Away
Don’t place the dumpster in an area where children are playing. It becomes too much of a temptation to play with. Kids may try to climb inside looking for “treasures,” which is very unsanitary. Always have a chat with any kids that will be around to make sure they understand how to stay safe. Even so, it’s best that you don’t leave them alone with the dumpster.
To prevent a dumpster fire, don’t ever smoke near it and certainly don’t throw your lit cigarettes inside. You never know what might be in the dumpster that could quickly catch fire. You may not have thrown anything flammable inside, but a passerby or another worker may have.
Use the proper protective gear as you work. This may be a pair of gloves to prevent infections or contamination. If the work involves lots of dust or other flying objects, wear goggles. Other possible items include sturdy boots and hardhats.
Understanding these safety tips and how to prevent a dumpster fire is critical. It is much easier to prevent a problem than have to deal with it later. Renting a roll-off dumpster from us here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems is quick and easy. Following these safety tips will ensure that you have a pleasant experience. Give us a call the next time you need a dumpster. With over 20 years in the business, nobody beats our expertise and professionalism!
February 27, 2018
How to Keep a Dumpster Animal-Free
Are you wondering how to keep a dumpster animal-free? Here are some tips from the experts at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver.
Dumpsters tend to have the uncanny ability to attract all sorts of nuisance animals and pests. Common culprits include raccoons, squirrels, and birds. In some areas, you might even find a skunk in your dumpster, which can lead to unwanted and serious odor issues. Any of these animals can end up making quite a mess out of your dumpster if they get the chance.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to minimize the appearance of these pesky critters. Here are a few helpful tips on how to keep a dumpster animal-free that work for your normal trash as well as a roll-off dumpster that you rent from us.
Throw Your Trash Away Correctly
To avoid leaving out a welcome mat for these critters, don’t leave trash lying on the ground around the dumpster. Food is especially effective in attracting unwanted guests. Make sure everything, even food wrappers make it into the dumpster.
Cover the Dumpster with a Tarp
When you’re not using your dumpster rental, cover it tightly with a tarp. This includes during the day when you’re not actively tossing stuff into it. A wide open dumpster is a wide open invitation for little creatures looking for a midnight (or afternoon) snack.
Use Deterrents or Repellants
If you follow the first two guidelines we’ve already mentioned, you should be able to keep a dumpster animal-free. However, if you have particularly determined pesky animals in your area, these measures may not be enough. Raccoons, in particular, are notorious for figuring out how to get lids off trash cans and may find a way through the tarp on your roll-off dumpster.
In that case, you can buy a commercial deterrent or repellant from your local hardware store. Or make your own at home. One common homemade solution is to simply mix ammonia with water and spray it in the area around your dumpster. If your problem is severe, spray straight ammonia if you’re willing to put up with the smell yourself. As you spray, be very careful about getting it on surrounding plants. You can easily damage or kill plants with ammonia.
There you have it! How to keep a dumpster animal-free in 3 easy steps. It really isn’t too complicated. Typically you won’t have a dumpster sitting on your property for long anyway. The less time it is there, the less likely it will be to draw unwanted wildlife. But in some cases, especially in areas overrun with pesky creatures, even a roll-off dumpster sitting there for just a couple days can draw them, so follow these guidelines to keep a dumpster animal-free.
Don’t let the fear of drawing unwanted animals keep you from renting your roll-off dumpster. Give us a call today at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver to schedule a drop-off for your next big project.
January 16, 2018
Deciding What Goes in the Dumpster
Do you have trouble deciding what goes in the dumpster? At Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver, Colorado, we have a few tips for you. Some of your stuff may be in good enough condition to donate or sell. The rest needs to go in your roll-off dumpster, but first, ask these 5 questions to help you decide which items to put where.
Is it worth my time to sell?
The idea of selling items instead of tossing them in a dumpster rental may sound great. You get cash from stuff that you don’t use anymore. But think about how much time it might take and decide if it’s really worth it. Whether you sell on Facebook, Letgo, Craigslist or another platform, there are countless flakes and scammers who will waste your time over and over again. It’s the nature of the beast.
One approach is to think in terms of what you make hourly. For example, take a look at an item you could perhaps sell for $50. If you’re selling online, how much time will it take you to list it, take photos, and return emails from potential buyers? If we call it two hours, you would earn $25 an hour which might be worth it. For something you can sell for $20 but still takes that 2 hours to sell, only “paying” yourself $10 an hour may not be so appealing.
Will anybody want it?
This is an essential question to ask yourself when deciding what goes in the dumpster. People will only pay good money for things they want. And even though there is probably somebody out there who will want what you have, there is no guarantee that they will see your listing. Bottom line, the item should be something that a lot of people might be interested in buying. So, that couch you’ve been dragging around since your awesome college days may need to be relegated to your roll-off dumpster during a seasonal cleanout.
Is your expectation of what you’ll earn reasonable?
Pricing random items can be difficult, especially when it has emotional value to you. Take a few moments to look around on Craigslist or eBay to get an idea of a reasonable asking price. Look for items that have already sold and don’t forget to take into account the item’s condition.
Do I have time to do this?
If you’re downsizing in preparation for a big move, you need to look at your timeline. How soon do you plan on moving? Do you have enough time to list the items and wait for buyers? Even though charities don’t give you any money, a donation may be a good way to get rid of your stuff, but a dumpster is even faster and easier if you don’t want to do any sorting.
Can I group some items together?
Sometimes you can sell items as a group. You might not make quite as much money this way, but you’ll save yourself a lot of time. Creating one listing for 5 objects will speed up your workflow significantly, which can be worth it.
We hope these tips will help when you are deciding what goes in the dumpster. In short, it is pretty much anything that you don’t think is worthy enough of the time it would take to sell it. Once you get your throw away pile ready, give us a call here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems, and we’ll bring you the right size dumpster to get rid of your stuff quickly and easily.
December 15, 2017
Tips for Downsizing Your House
Planning a move? At Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver, we have some tips for downsizing your house. It makes good sense to shed excess stuff during this type of move rather than trying to cram it into a smaller space. If you end up with a significant amount of items to toss, the easiest way to do it will be to bring in a roll-off dumpster. Fill it up and forget about it. We’ll haul it all off, and you’ll be done.
The first step to properly downsizing your house is to take inventory. You might find that you still have those three toasters you got as gifts for your wedding. Obviously, you only need one. Also, you might still have that old refrigerator that you planned on fixing up or a dining table Pinterest project that never got off the ground. If you haven’t done it by now, you’re probably not going to. Don’t haul it with you to a new and smaller place. A 12-yard dumpster rental might be in order.
Carefully measure your new space and all your current furniture. Will it physically fit? Will it mesh with the design of your new place? Plan it out first. It makes way more sense to get rid of furniture that you don’t need before you pay to move it. If you decide certain items won’t fit, you can sell or donate them. However, if it’s seen better days, give us a call.
Sometimes major moves come with a lifestyle change. You may have lived in the suburbs with a big backyard. If you’re downsizing to a condo, you’re not going to need all those garden tools. You probably won’t even have space to store them in the new place.
If you’re moving from a cold climate to a warm one, you may not need to haul all your winter gear with you. Think about what you’ll need and only take the stuff you think you’ll still be using.
Some items may be pretty old and worn out. If it’s time to get a new sofa, it doesn’t make sense to pay to have your old one moved. Toss it into your roll-off dumpster and have fun picking out a new one for your new space.
Obviously, not everything you decide not to take with you is garbage. Set up a space to organize your items. Some items may be fit for donation, some may be nice enough to sell. Those that don’t fit in either of those categories go into your roll-off dumpster.
Allow plenty of time to get all this stuff done. Downsizing, moving and organizing always take longer than you think it will. Especially if you’re planning on trying to sell some items, give yourself a few months to work through it all.
We hope these tips for downsizing your house have been helpful. Once you have an idea of what size dumpster you’ll need, give us a call here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver, and we’ll work out the timeframe with you. As a family owned and operated business, we put our customers first and make the experience as simple as possible. We look forward to helping you.