Get ready for summer with a roll off container rental or junk hauling service from R&R containers.
Memorial Day means two things to Americans. First and foremost, it is a day when we pause to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Graves are decorated, flags are flown at half-staff, and moments of silence are observed all over this great country. Few people know that Memorial Day was invented in Georgia. It was observed for the first time in Columbus in 1866.
Memorial day also marks the unofficial start of summer, and severe summer weather is just around the corner. The official start to hurricane season is June 1, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted an above average number of storms. They expect we’ll see 5-9 hurricanes, 11-17 named storms, and 2-4 major hurricanes (storms with wind speeds greater than 111 mph). What all this means, unfortunately, is that we may be in for quite a bit of storm damage.
Preparing for Severe Weather
Before the severe weather hits, it’s worth taking some time to evaluate your preparedness. Every home should have an emergency plan and emergency preparedness kit. For a list of what to put in your kit, take a look at www.ready.gov/kit.
One of the biggest dangers to both people and property during a severe weather event is falling trees. Now is a good time to evaluate the health of the trees on your property. If any of them turn out to be an accident waiting to happen, roll off container or junk hauling services from R&R containers are a great way to help nip the problem in the bud.
If you do end up having a tree fall on your property, keep us in mind. We’ll make your roll off container rental or junk hauling services as easy and stress free as possible so you can get back to normal life. Also, don’t forget to check with your insurance company, as the cost of tree removal as well as any damage they might cause could be covered.
Get prepared and stay safe
If you need a roll off container rental or junk hauling service, give us a call. We’re a locally owned and operated company and we care about our community. We’re happy to help.
Picking the right house
So, what makes a house a good candidate for a flip? It’s all about ROI. Many rookie house flippers make the mistake of thinking they need to strip the house down to the studs. While this may be necessary for some houses (and a real boon to those of us who offer roll off dumpster rental – it’ll take a lot of container loads!) it’s better left to experienced flippers with a wealth of experience to draw on and plenty of capital to sink into the project. Particularly when starting out, it’s best to pick a house that will require as little work as possible before you put it back on the market.
Hit the high traffic areas first
Given the right market conditions, you may not need to do any work on the house at all to flip it. In this situation, house flipping is like stock trading – just buy low and sell high. However, when people talk about house flipping, they generally are talking about making some improvements to the house to increase its value. So, what improvements have the best ROI? High traffic areas like the kitchen and bathrooms. Improvements here – new cabinetry, countertops, fixtures, appliances and the like – are a good bet for house flippers.
What size of roll-off dumpster rental will you need for your project?
If your project house requires only minor cleanup, then a 12 cubic yard container will probably fit the bill for you. Need to get rid of a deck? a 12 cu yard container will likely do the job. If you’ve taken on a bit more ambitious project, and need to get rid of old flooring, siding, windows, or shingles, a 15 cu yard container is probably the better bet for you. Remember, when it comes to roll off dumpster rental, it’s better to have a bit of extra space than a bit too little, as overfilling your container is going to cause problems down the road.
R&R Containers is a local, family owned and operated business. Give us a call for all of your roll off dumpster rental and junk hauling needs!
To flip, or not to flip, that is the question
From A to Zombie House Flipping, it seems like the stream of house flipping shows is never ending. Flip or Flop, Flip This House, Flipping Vegas, Flipping Out, Flip Men, First Time Flippers, and other shows all depict the triumphs – and trials – of this risky, but rewarding pursuit. If you’re renovating a house with the goal of flipping it, it’s almost certain you’ll need a roll off dumpster rental. But what else will you need?
Flipping houses can be a very risky business.
If market conditions turn against you, or you run into unforeseen issues, you could end up living in the house you meant to flip – or worse, end up bankrupt. The most common mistake rookie house flippers make is biting off more than they can chew.
A story of flip failure
I once knew a man who fancied himself a house flipper. To avoid embarrassing anyone, we’ll call him Jerry. Jerry was a handy guy, and he had a lot of connections in the real estate and construction industries. Jerry figured he had what it takes to become a pro house flipper, so he got some money together and bought himself a project house. Now, this house was a real fixer-upper. It had been built offsite and moved to its current location, where it sat unoccupied (and apparently without any doors or windows) for a few decades, serving as a nest for several dozen generations of the local pigeon population. Jerry’s first step after securing his roll off dumpster rental was to scrape the bulk of the bird dung off the floor with a snow shovel.
Now, if you’ve watched enough HGTV, you probably know where this story is going. Jerry ended up going way over his budget, couldn’t sell the house for enough to cover what he’d put into it, and ended up living in the place. Now, fortunately for Jerry, he didn’t go bankrupt, and he had sunk so much cash into the place that it ended up being a pretty nice place to live. However, it is obviously impossible to call this a successful flip.
Check back soon for House Flipping – Part 2
Spring cleaning is a great time to get junk hauling service from R&R Containers!
Clean out your side yard or prepare for a renovation this spring with junk hauling services from R&R containers!
Spring cleaning is so common in America that it’s nearly ubiquitous. But where did it come from? Turns out the tradition of spring cleaning goes back thousands of years. In the Jewish tradition, even small crumbs of leavened foods are purged from the house in a spring cleaning prior to passover. In Iran, the practice of “khooneh tekouni,” or, “shaking the house” occurs just before the Persian new year on the first day of spring. Catholic churches traditionally clean their altars on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. In 19th century America, spring cleaning caught on because during March and April it’s warm enough to open all the windows so dust that gets swept up will be blown out of the house, but not yet so far into the season that bugs will come in through the open windows.
Although the traditional reasons for spring cleaning have been largely eliminated by technology (like the vacuum cleaner) the tradition persists.
So, how about some spring cleaning tips?
Clean your dishwasher — You don’t often think of cleaning your cleaning appliances, but the dishwasher is a good example of a case where you should. First, remove any bits of food collected in the bottom, then, run it empty with a specialized cleaner. You can also clean your washing machine with white vinegar and baking soda.
Wash your pillows and comforter — Most of us wash our bedding more often than once a year (hopefully), but spring cleaning can be a great time to wash the parts you wouldn’t normally. Most of them can go in the washing machine — just check the label first. You can also vacuum and disinfect your mattress.
Drapes — First, remove any hooks, then put them in the drier for a fluff cycle along with a moist towel (to attract the dust). Re-hang immediately after the cycle is finished.
Landscaping — spring cleaning is also a great time to take on bigger projects and get the yard ready for summer. Remember, R&R containers is here for all of your junk hauling and roll-off container rental needs!
More Marietta Residents Are Now Eligible to Run Backyard Chicken Farms
Need junk hauling service so you can build your coop?
Earlier this month the Marietta city council voted to relax the regulations governing the raising of chickens. The most noteworthy change is that now you only need 15000 square feet, or, in other words, about 1/3 acre. The previous requirement was 5 acres.
As long as you have enough space, there are only 2 more things you’ll need to get your chicken farm going: a permit to raise chickens, and a permit to build your coop. You’ll be limited to four chickens (no roosters!) and a coop eight feet tall or less and 100 square feet or less.
The benefits of backyard chicken farming. First and most obviously, you’ll get delicious, sustainably raised eggs. Chickens are also great for reducing your carbon footprint. One chicken can consume up to seven pounds of bio-waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill. What’s more, they take those kitchen scraps and turn them into rich fertilizer for your garden. They also serve as a natural form of pest control since they eat many common types of insects. What’s more, they eat many common types of weeds.
Backyard chicken farming has experienced a boon in popularity in recent years, and many municipalities that previously outlawed chicken raising are changing their ordinances. Consequently, a vibrant online community of backyard chicken farmers has sprung up, and it’s easier than ever to learn everything you’ll need to know to start raising your birds. There are even free, downloadable coop plans you can easily build yourself.
Oh — there’s one last thing you’ll need to get your chicken farm going: a roll off container rental or junk hauling service from R&R Containers to clear out the yard space for your new coop! Give us a call today.
Buy Local for Your Commercial Dumpster Rental Needs
As a business owner or purchasing agent, your primary goal is efficiency. Stretching every dollar as far as you can is key to maintaining your competitive edge. At R&R containers, we understand this need. After all, we’re local business owners, too.
So, why is our commercial dumpster rental service the best, most efficient you can get? Here are three reasons:
- First, we keep our service area small. Many other commercial dumpster rental companies will offer service over a large area. But in the roll off dumpster business, it all comes down to the hauling. When other companies haul your waste over a longer distance, they pass on the extra fuel costs to you. When you rent from R&R, you’re renting from your neighbor, so the costs stay low.
- Second, dealing directly with a local business like R&R containers eliminates the middleman. Many companies who sell commercial dumpster rental services don’t actually provide the service, they just act as brokers. Dealing directly with us will ensure you get the lowest price.
- Third, because we will strive to place your container as close as possible to the clean up area. We also offer containers with side entry for loading of heavy debris. That way, your employees will save energy and time loading the container – which means more productivity, and more money in your pocket.
With R&R containers you can save money, boost productivity, and keep your dollars local, all at the same time. Give us a call today for a free quote! We can serve all your commercial dumpster rental needs.