Been there...hauled that! Many Real Estate investors in the Tampa Bay area often call Done Rite Hauling to clean up and remove trash and garbage. Yes, massive amount of junk and construction debris are often left behind on foreclosed and short sale properties. Because the past homeowner's credit is probably ruined anyway, or the tenants were upset at getting kicked out, many of these properties are left with tons of trash and personal items they no longer wanted. Because Done Rite Hauling has cleaned out so many of the abandon homes and apartment building, we are fully prepared for the massive amounts of garbage left behind.
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We speak with our client and see just how much garbage is in and on the abandon property. If there are heavy items like refrigerators and couches, we have our delivery crew drop off a 12 cubic yard container. This dumpster sits on the ground or driveway and opens from the end for easy loading. We also bring our 27 cu yd trailer to haul bags of garbage and lighter weight debris.
Starting in the entrance way, we clear the front rooms of the property first. Our tools include a dolly, several trash cans, wheel barrow and up to 100 garbage bags, to start with. Half of our crew starts cleaning up the living room and the the other half removes trash for easy garage door access area first. This allows for us to work faster by giving us clear paths to 2 exit points at once. Work gloves, rubber gloves, jeans, and dust masks are used for our safety.
The kitchen is cleared next. Junk covering the floors is removed first, then items from counter tops, then cabinets. The stove, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave can be recycled, so they are put on a special trailer later. Bathrooms and bedrooms are our next targets. After all household items and junk from inside is loaded, the carpet is stripped from the floors and loaded with other debris in our "trash" trailer or container. The kitchen appliances and other metal is loaded up together in a special trailer to go to the recycle center.
Lastly, is the junk in the yard. All metal is tossed in to the recycle trailer with the major appliances. Lawn mowers, lounge chairs, metal patio furniture and rusted bicycles will be given another life and recycled into scrap metal. Worthless items like rotting wood, and other garbage is loaded to be hauled to the dump. Any brush or fallen tree limbs can be brought back to life as mulch through a program the city of Clearwater and St Petersburg Florida has in our local area.
Though this seems like a massive undertaking for property owners, it is all in a day work for the Done Rite Hauling gang! 90 percent of the time, we can be finished hauling and cleaning up within a day! After we are done removing all the garbage most customers hire a contractor to redo the floors, cabinets, make general repairs and paint. Not to brag, but because we do such a great job, these same contractors often refer us to clients because we make their jobs easier!
We hope that this article has helped make you aware of all the brutal work involved! For the Do-It-Yourself handyman type, it may be best to hire a pro than to risk injury to yourself and possibly your family's income on the line by trying to save a few bucks!
PLEASE...Do the right thing! If not in the Tampa Bay area and you hire one of the local hauling companies, PLEASE make sure that they are "Green" and recycle! There is enough real garbage filling our landfills all ready!
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