Revamp the Basement for the Kids

revampthebasementforthedisRevamp the Basement for the Kids

Revamp the basement for the kids to keep them busy and out of your hair this winter.  Cold weather outside can lead to too many hours inside.  One way to keep the whole family sane is to change your basement into a play area filled with fun and educational stations.

Sensory Table

If you have toddlers set up a sensory table to introduce them to a variety of hands on learning.  Sensory tables are great for building concentration and motor skills all while having fun and getting messy.

If the basement is carpeted place a washable play mat under the table or set the table inside of a baby pool to contain spills, dirt or sand.

Mini Kitchen

For children three and up create a mini kitchen.   This is another great learning opportunity for kids to work on imaginative play and practice motor skills.

Stock the kitchen with play food, utensils, pots and pans and watch your children become master chefs.

Dress Up

Dress up is another favorite way to stave off boredom.  I know two boys who loved their super hero costumes and not many girls who couldn’t resist their mom’s beads, long scarfs and handbags.  Decorate a small corner of the basement with a full-length mirror, wall hooks, a big box of accessories, a trunk of fun clothes and costumes (including old Halloween stuff) and watch your child’s imagination run wild.

Climbing Wall

When the kids are literally climbing the walls send them up the wall!   Here is an article on how to build a safe DYI climbing wall.  It’s not as complicated as you may think.  A few simple things like a gymnastics mat, plywood, and climbing holds will have your kids thinking they are Indiana Jones.

Gaming Center

Lastly, build a media – game night center.  This is a wonderful way to spend quality time together as a family.

Yard sales and Thrift Stores are great places to find a big comfy couch, an entertainment center with shelves, a monitor, a portable popcorn machine and table with four to six chairs.

Keep board games and playing cards on the shelves.  Designate a gaming night or just call an impromptu gaming day.

revampthebasementforthekidsDon’t let wintry days and the kids drive you crazy.  Get busy utilizing basement space with all sorts of fun filled activities and call R and R Container Services at 770-975-9554 for your Roll-Off Container needs.  We’ll be happy to give you tips to clean out the basement to make room for educational stations.

 

 

How to “Home Stage” for Today’s Market

How to “Home Stage” for Today’s Market

How to home stage for today’s market without breaking the bank.  Every homeowner’s #1 priority should be to make the property more alluring to prospective buyers.  In this article is a list of home staging tips to lure the prospective buyer and to help you get a fair market price.

How to “Home Stage” for Today’s Market

Neutral is better

Touching up paint, upgrading old appliances and fixtures and cleaning out closets, the basement and garage will definitely give you an edge in today’s competitive real estate market.  Though, be careful when choosing colors and styles.  Burgundy and dark counter tops may be a favorite of yours but maybe not for a potential buyer.  Keep colors, décor and designs as middle-of-the-road as possible.

Furniture options

Take in to account the size of rooms when placing furniture.  The furniture should “fit” the room.  If the room is small, stick to smaller sized couches and chairs.  If the room is spacious, over-sized furniture will give it that cozy feel without looking cluttered.  Find the balance.

Know the target audience

Real estate is not a general market.  Educate yourself on the target audience that is buying in your demography.

For example, if young professionals or millennia are shopping the area, remodel in a more contemporary style.  But if the target audience leans toward the elderly, upgrades should be subdued, landscaping easily maintainable with easy access to entrance doors.

Set a reasonable asking price

Don’t make the mistake of listing your home too high on the market.  Do a comparable market analysis to find out what the average price is for the area to ensure the property will appeal to the widest range of buyers.

Even if the house looks awesome, overpriced property can make it considerably harder for prospective buyers to make an offer.

Don’t overspend on renovations

In this market, investing in expensive renovations will no longer get the return it once did.   Perspective buyers aren’t going to look at the upgrades, they are going to look at the bottom line of the house compared to others in the neighborhood.

Invest in things such as light fixtures, cabinet drawer pulls and a new alarm system.  Touch up paint throughout the house and de-clutter closets, the garage, attic and basement.

To make the de-cluttering aspect cost efficient call R & R Containers.  They can deliver the right sized roll-off container to your front door.

The above tips will help you get the most from your staging efforts, and R & R Container can help you get the most from your clean up.  Call today to order your container in Marietta, GA and the surrounding areas 770-975-9554

De-clutter Before the Holidays with a Roll Off Container

De-clutter Before the Holidays with a Roll Off Container

De-clutter before the holidays with a Roll Off Container so that there is more room for guests and new items.  It’s that wonderful time of year again.   The time to unwrap the Santa figurines, untangle the Christmas lights and hang up the mistletoe.   This is also the perfect time to toss unwanted toys, old clothing, broken items and appliances that have been on the “fix it” list forever.  Clean up, clean out and discard should be the new holiday jingle.

Tips to De-clutter Before the Holidays with a Roll Off Container

One assured way to have this happen is to stack the Christmas decorations in the back of a closet, garage, basement or attic.  To reach them, the family has to dig through all the “stuff” that’s been dumped there in the last twelve months.  Call it “Seasons Cleanings and a Tidy New Year”.

Systematically, go through the house and place all the unwanted items earmarked for the trash in a pile.  But before you start hauling it all to the curb consider a few things.   A lot of neighborhoods have joint efforts for decorating and no one is going to appreciate a mountain of furniture, appliances and old toys on the roadside.  Most trash services won’t pick up furniture or appliance.  You can’t leave the pile in the middle of your living room.   So, what is the best option?

Call and have a roll off container delivered right to the front door. This makes the cleaning out process simpler and easier to accomplish.

Now, haul all the unwanted items to the container and in they go.  No fuss, no muss and it’s actually more economical than doing it yourself.  When you factor in time, fuel, and transfer station fees, hiring a roll off container is the most economical way to go.

Just think how impressed your in-laws will be when they see a neat and tidy basement, garage and closets.  Family and friends will applaud your efforts and probably want to know what your secret is to keeping your home from overflowing with stuff.

Tell them to follow this one simple rule. If you haven’t used or needed it in twelve months, get rid of it. Odds are it won’t be missed in the next twelve months but of course, by then it will be time to start the “Seasons Cleanings and a Tidy New Year” all over again.

For more information on roll off containers in Marietta, Ga contact Contact R & R Container Service at 770-975-9554, or browse the website for more information about container dimensions or our hauling services.

 

Roll off container rental and the best DIY projects for fall – part 2

This post is the second in a series on roll off container rental and the best DIY projects to take on this fall. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, I recommend you do before continuing.

Best DIY projects for fall (continued)

Replace single pane windows with double pane

Many of us living in old southern homes have had to deal with replacing old single pane windows. Modern windows provide far and away better insulation, and they make a big difference in energy bills as well as how your home looks and feels. But replacing windows is a big job. Fortunately, R&R Containers has the perfect size roll off container rental to make cleaning up after your project a breeze.

Fallen leaves pictured. fall cleanup - roll off container rental

Refinish or replace a deck

Refinishing a deck will make sure winter weather doesn’t damage it. You’re probably not going to replace your deck just because it’s fall, but if you’ve been planning on doing it, fall is a great time. Replacing a deck is also a great way to increase the appeal of your home if you’re thinking of selling, but even a good refinishing job will help if the deck isn’t too far gone. Cooler fall temperatures make it a great time to work outside, and a roll off container rental is the perfect way to get rid of the debris from the old deck.

Power washing and exterior paint

Fall is a great time to make sure your home’s exterior is up to snuff. That way it won’t get damaged over the winter. You probably won’t need a roll off container rental for either, but we’re here if you need some junk hauling services for the stuff you clean up along the way!

Clean the gutters

Now the down and dirty – gutter cleaning. Nobody wants to do it, but it has to be done to keep water from pooling up and causing problems. If you’ve got a roll off container rental for another project, that’s a great time to clean out the gutters and easily dispose of that debris!

Roll off container rental and the best DIY projects for fall – part 1

With fall fast approaching, you might be thinking about raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters. But there are a whole host of maintenance, repair, and upgrade tasks that fall is a great time to tackle. Of course, R&R Containers is here to help you clean up your property or the mess from your latest project with roll off container rental and junk hauling services. Let’s take a look at a few popular autumn projects, why you might do them, and why fall might be the best time to tackle them.

Fallen leaves pictured. fall cleanup - roll off container rental.

Best DIY projects for fall

Repair or replace your roof

The freeze and thaw cycle of winter will make any existing leaks in your roof worse due to the expansion of the ice. Plus, nobody wants to have to go up on the roof when it’s covered in ice. For both of these reasons, it’s a good idea to check for leaks and fix any you find before the real cold comes, whether that means repairing your roof or having it replaced. If you’re removing old shingles, a roll off container rental is a great way to keep your job site clean and get rid of the waste.

Add insulation to your attic

Once the temperatures drop, any place where cold can get into your home means you’re losing money. Going up in the attic during the summer can be torture, so that’s one great reason to wait until the temperatures start to drop before doing any work up there. But the pros know another trick – once it cools off you can find drafts in your attic much more easily, which allows you to find and block the leaks better.

Check back soon for Roll off container rental and the best DIY projects for fall – part 2. In the meantime, check out our page on roll off container rental.

Weather Predictions for this Winter – Are You Ready? Part 2

This post is the second in a series on weather predictions for the 2018-2019 winter and preparing for the cold with roll off container rental and junk hauling services. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, I recommend you do before continuing.

Old Farmer’s Almanac vs. Farmer’s Almanac (continued)

Thomas’ almanac was based on the idea that the key to predicting the weather was monitoring solar activity. Specifically, Thomas was concerned with sun spots – magnetic storms that move across the surface of the sun. Most solar flares and coronal mass ejections occur alongside sunspots. Nowadays, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has updated their methodology somewhat. They also integrate data from prevailing climate patterns, jet-stream fluctuations, ocean temperature records, and data from weather satellites.

A concept graphic of wintery weather. Roll off container rental

Young’s almanac, on the other hand, uses a secret formula passed down from its original author. They’re very hush-hush about what goes into this formula, but they do say that it takes into account solar activity, lunar activity, and the position of the planets. Unlike the Old Farmer’s Almanac; however, the Farmer’s Almanac doesn’t integrate modern satellite technology into their method.

What are the predictions for this winter?

When it comes to the ’18-’19 winter, the predictions of these two almanacs are a bit different. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts above normal temperatures for everywhere in the US except a small swath of the Southwest. They also predict above average levels of rain, and below average levels of snow. The Farmer’s Almanac, on the other hand, predicts a “teeth-chattering cold” winter, with above average amounts of snowfall for most of the US.

Be prepared for winter

With our almanacs disagreeing, and science unwilling to hazard a guess, what should we prepare for? Well, as the old saying goes, hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Even if the Farmer’s Almanac is right, we should still have plenty of time to get our projects done and baton down the hatches before the real winter weather comes. So get that roll off container rental or junk hauling service set up now, and get ready!