Thursday, 14 December 2017

Be DIY Experts By Avoiding These 4 Mistakes




Many projects around the home can be DIY, especially if you're 'hands on' and have the time to devote. Projects could include replacing carpet with wood flooring, organizing a garage with storage, or even remodeling a bathroom. No matter what size or type of job, DIY will go much smoother by avoiding these common mistakes.

No Preparation

Deciding on a goal is just the beginning of a DIY project. Preparing for the project is the next step! Just 'jumping in' could propose delays and extra costs, so a little preparation will go a long way. From lists to scheduling, planning must be done. For example...will there be a need for a hotel while paint dries? What will you do with the construction debris such as old carpet or cabinets? A Bin There Dump That Dumpster can be set to easily discard of these materials and keep the home functional by clearing out debris during this time. 

Not Taking Accurate Measurements

Measurements are very important with home remodeling and organization jobs. Whether it's shelving in your garage or new appliances in the kitchen, or even cans of paint, accurate measurements are critical. The most important thing to remember is to measure a few times to ensure correct figures. These numbers help to avoid not having enough materials or having too much. For instance, extra tile may be needed in case of loss due to broken tiles. Also, knowing the dimensions of a roll of carpet vs the dimensions of a room can aid in purchasing. Helpful tutorials are online to assist in DIY projects, including what and how to measure. 

Forgetting Safety

As mentioned, leaving the home while paint dries is necessary, mainly because of safety concerns. There are other areas of safety to consider that are sometimes forgotten. Masks are beneficial with any fumes, so is an area that is well ventilated. Besides masks, protective eyewear will almost always be needed. Another safety issue is electricity. The power should be turned off when appliances and lighting are being changed. General safety such as being mindful of cords, clearing out debris, should not be skipped. 

Setting An Unrealistic Budget

Measuring carefully and planning ahead will help the bottom line of any home organizing or updating. But there may be unplanned costs, however. No one can predict the total cost perfectly, so giving yourself some cushion will help with expectations. Most importantly, cutting corners with cheap materials could become very expensive later. Do your research with reviews and think of every home project as a long term investment. 


Friday, 3 November 2017

When The Trash Can Can't Do The Job




Trash carts can fill up fast with certain jobs. Even if there are multiple carts, some projects cannot be disposed of quickly enough with weekly trash service. Sometimes these are jobs that may arise every couple of years, such as a cleanout. Other jobs are seasonal, such as yard debris. Bin There Dump That is the solution for fast disposal of all projects, helping jobs go smoothly with one quick phone call.


Yard Cleanup

Seasonal yardwork can be a hassle when there is nowhere to dispose of the debris. Waste companies usually take only what can fit into the carts, leaving extra bags for later disposal. And some debris is too large or is an awkward shape, unable to fit in the cart. Tree branches are a good example. Seasonal maintenance of shrubs, grass, and gutters come with home ownership. But, besides cleanup of these, broken patio furniture can be added to a bin or even a non-working bbq grill. These items make the job too large for trash carts, but perfect for a 6 or 10 yd. bin. 

Remodeling And Renovation

The most popular rooms to get a new look in the home are the bathrooms and kitchen. From flooring to countertops and cabinets, updating these rooms can easily be done by the do-it-yourselfer or contractors with a bin to collect the old and clear it out for the new. One room is a small job, but it's too big for trash carts. 

And when renovation is needed, brick, concrete, siding, and drywall, all can be tossed in a bin. Projects such as these can easily be scheduled around the demolition phase and quickly removed. 

Moving And Cleanouts

Moving can happen often because of career or be just a few times because of growth or downsizing. The disposal of moving boxes cannot be done with trash carts. The 4 yd. and 6 yd. bins are the best option to have boxes taken away, creating an easier move. 



Cleanouts are more often, however, happening for many different reasons. Garages, for instance, tend to become the catch-all for unused items and consequently, are the most popular areas to clean out. A garage cleanout can usually be accomplished with a 10 yd. bin. Sometimes though, a whole home may need a cleanout. When a whole home needs cleaning out, the 14 yd. and 20 yd. bins are best suited for the job. These bins will even accommodate bulkier items such as appliances and furniture. 


Monday, 2 October 2017

Fall Fun in OKC



Fall is officially here! And with any change of season comes holidays and activities. The OKC metro has so many wonderful opportunities to take in Autumn and enjoy the holidays. From picking out the perfect pumpkin, to festivals and trick-or-treating, we’ve got a wonderful guide to Fall Fun in OKC.

Pumpkin Fun


The Orr Family Farm located at 14400 S. Western Ave. is perfect for the family. Fall festivities include a pumpkin patch, hayrides, games, and a corn maze. Children even receive a free sugar pie pumpkin. Admission ranges from $10.50 to $34.50 and don’t forget to stay for the fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays.


Another pumpkin patch that is located further North is Chester’s at 5201 Cimarron Rd. in Piedmont. There are pumpkins to purchase for your home displays, places to take a family photo, or challenge yourself with their corn maze. Chester’s also has giant slides and pony rides. Admission ranges from free to $10.

Starting October 6th and running through October 22nd, more photo opportunities are at Pumpkinville. The beautifully decorated display at the Myriad Botanical Gardens will have over 16,000 pumpkins in this year’s attraction and it’s a sight to be seen. While Pumpkinville may not be a pumpkin patch, you can paint your own pumpkin for just $5 and there are daily activities.


Festival Fun

Fall in OKC is also the time for fun festivals celebrating traditions with the German and Czech cultures.
Oktoberfest is October 6th and 7th. The festival will be held at the OKC Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave. Lively music for dancing, food trucks, and a large selection of American craft and Bavarian imported beers, make for a popular event.

Another celebration is the Czech festival in Yukon on October 7th. Get there early to grab a spot for the annual parade along Main Street. Then enjoy the traditional fare of sausages and kolaches in the Czech Building while being entertained by folk dancers and the best polka music in the state.

Costume Fun

Halloween for the entire family can be found at the OKC Zoo. Everyone can dress up and enjoy Haunt the Zoo October 26-31. Collect treats from themed booths as you wind through a festive zoo of jack-o-lanterns, props, and characters.
 
And speaking of animals, don’t forget about the family pooch! Registration has begun for the Pooch Parade Oct. 22nd at the Myriad Botanical Gardens 2-3pm. Friendly dogs that love to dress up are welcome to participate. There will even be prizes for the Best and Most Creatively Dressed!



Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Fall Cleaning Made Easy!



Heavy cleaning isn’t just for the Spring anymore! Fall presents the perfect time to do a deep cleaning and decluttering before those holiday months. Perhaps your home is the spot for Thanksgiving this year. Maybe you want to host football watch parties for your favorite team. Don’t stress. Fall cleaning can be made easy with these steps!

Get Help


First things first. No matter if you are doing it yourself, hiring professionals, or enlisting the family, Bin There Dump That is the perfect partner to help. Call us to order your bin. Your rental includes 10 days of having the bin, making working around your schedule very convenient.

When you call, let us know about your project. The size of bin you use will depend on the size of your project and items. Do you have large items that need to be disposed of, such as furniture or workout equipment? Our 14 yard and 20 yard bins will accommodate. Maybe you just need to clear out those closets, or get rid of that old TV that no longer works. Bin There DumpThat has a bin to work with every job.

Schedule A Room A Day

Having 10 days with your bin will give you the opportunity to work on a room each day, when you have the time, or perhaps 2 full weekends. Make a game plan! Start with the main part of the home that sees the most activity, such as the kitchen, dining room and living area. These are usually a breeze as we tend to store items away from these areas. Next, move on to the bedrooms. This is the time to clear out closets and underneath the beds.   


Take Advantage Of The Cooler Weather

And don’t forget to tackle those easily forgotten spaces like the garage and attic. Cooler temperatures make this job easier! Have you ever looked at a box in your attic and wondered what was in it because it had been so long since it was stored? Have your children gone off to college but you discovered you have their old toys taking up space? Are the unsold items from the garage sale 5 years ago in the garage because you wanted to keep for the next garage sale? Fall is the best time to take on these areas of the home!


Bin There Dump That can make your Fall cleaning easy and make more space for you and yours to enjoy! 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Is It Time To Throw It Out? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself



The accumulation of items in a home can build over the years. When you're ready to do a clean out of your home, these 5 questions will help you decide if it's time to get rid of an item.

Are You Paying To Store It? 

To create more space, we sometimes choose to organize our homes by storing unused items. Now is the time to evaluate if the rental for storing these items in a location is cost effective. Storage rental vs. current value of an item can help you determine if it's time to throw it out. 

Is It Usable?

On occasion, we put stuff aside that might be broken, for later repair. Often, too much time has passed that even the part is no longer available to do the repair. But a good guideline to go by with broken items is if you have done without it for a year, you're less likely to miss it when thrown away. 

Have You Bought Another One? 

How many times have we gone to the grocery store and bought eggs only to notice we already had eggs? The same can happen with household items. Also, with technology moving so fast, that TV or computer needs updating more than we like. This is the perfect time to eliminate any extras you might have, making for a simple clear out. 

What Condition Is It In?

Even if it's not broken, condition can be a factor in determining worth. Has it lost all value to where you can't even resell? Maybe the condition of the item is even dangerous. Does it have a loose or damaged cord? It might still work, but it's safer to rid all items that may be unsafe. 

Do You Remember Why You Have It? 

It happens, we come across something stowed away in a garage, closet, attic, or even a drawer and not know what it does or why we even have it. If it has been out of sight and you don't know its purpose, when you come across it while clearing out stuff, it should go. 


Once you have gone through your home with these questions, Bin There Dump That has the perfect bin size for every size of clean out. Our smaller bins assist with jobs of odds and ends. There are also 14 yd and 20 yd bins that will accommodate bulkier items such as appliances and furniture. Just give us a call to help you determine the perfect bin for your project. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

BTDT's Guide to a Successful Garage Sale

Garage Sale Guide

Garage Sales are a perfect opportunity to clear out unused household items. All you need for a successful sale is a good plan! 

How To Choose

First, you will need time to go through your belongings and decide what to sell. The best area to start in is the garage. Clearing out the garage will give you not only time to collect sale items, but a chance to clean the garage for the big day. Unused tools for the home and lawn always sell well. This would also be a great time to get rid of the extra lawn chairs and coolers. It always helps to sell items in season! 

Once you have cleared space in your garage, now it's time to tackle the other rooms of your home. Closets, cabinets, and drawers can quickly amass lots of stuff. Out of sight, out of mind, right? In fact, most people wear only 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. A good way to decide on clothes is to ask if it fits, is it stained or torn, or has it been worn in the last year? If any of these are 'no' then it could be time to sell. In the kitchen and bathroom, the same holds true, has it been used in the last year? 

Time To Organize

Next, you will need to price your items and prepare for the sale. With the internet, the guessing game is taken care of with a simple search of garage sale pricing. If you can't find a certain item, a great guideline is to price at about 10-25% of the original purchase. And price each piece individually unless you can save time with like items in a box and one sign. 
 
It's now time to set up for the sale! Tables are crucial for displaying merchandise. If you are fortunate to have friends, neighbors, or family that have some, that is more money in your pocket. 

There are other areas you can save and keep your garage sale investment low. When subdivisions hold the weekend event, there will be no need to obtain a sales permit. There are also opportunities to advertise for free on social media and Craigslist. 

If you do not live in a neighborhood who hosts sales for residents, a small investment in signs will lead interested buyers to your sale. 

What's Left


The last step is planning ahead for the leftover items that did not sell. Call Bin There Dump That to schedule a bin to be delivered after your sale. This would be a perfect time to share with neighbors that also took part in the neighborhood sale. Each home can split the cost of the bin and completely rid their homes of the unused items. The task of taking to the dump is then taken care of by us. 

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Perfect Dumpster

Because we specialize in convenience for our customers, Bin There Dump That is Oklahoma's choice for unwanted debris removal.  
Whether the job is residential or commercial, we have the perfect bin. 

The Perfect Fit For All Jobs

Bin There Dump That has bins in several sizes, accommodating all jobs.

Our 4 yd. bin is 9 ft. long by 6 ft. wide and is 2 ft. tall. The 6 yd. bin is 10 ft. long by 66 inches wide and is 36 inches high. And the 10 yd. bin is 10 ft. long, 7 ft. wide and 4 ft. tall. 




All of these bins are perfect for small cleanout jobs, yard debris, and also heavy items such as brick or concrete. 

However, you may have furniture to dispose of, or you are renovating your home. Larger jobs are easily done with the other sizes we offer. 

Our 14 yd. bin is 12 ft. long, 8 ft. wide and 5 feet deep. And the 20 yard bin is also 12 ft. long by 8 ft. wide, but 2 feet taller, at 7 feet. 

All of our bins fit perfectly in a single space driveway, even the larger ones! And many times, a combination of bins is ordered to complete the job. 

Peace Of Mind

Besides providing several sizes of bins to fit the large variety of residential and commercial uses, our bins are paired with the proper lifts and equipment, ensuring the safest transport, delivery, and pickup. What this means is our transporting vehicles are fitted exactly with each bin, making for safe transportation around other motorists and the smoothest of delivery and pickup at locations. Safety and the care of your property come first. 

Our employees will also cover the bin with a tarp when picking up, assuring all items stay in the bin. They then sweep up the area, returning your driveway to its original condition. 

Convenience 

Instead of taking several trips to the local dump, Bin There Dump That gives you the convenience of having a bin delivered to you for collection of your unwanted items. 

Some projects are planned, such as remodeling or downsizing. Some other events happen that we don't plan, such as storm damage. Our convenient bins make every project more simple with the ease of collection bin and dumping in one phone call

Thursday, 11 May 2017

May Events in OKC



Warmer weather means more activities. This month, every weekend has outings for us to enjoy. From great art to sporting events, May is a great time in the OKC metro.

May 5-7

The annual Parade of Homes is going on during this first weekend. From Guthrie to Norman and Mustang to Choctaw, the metro has over 100 homes to tour during this annual 'open house' event. A great time to see the new trends or even shop for a new home. Homes will be opened each day 1-7pm. 

Edmond has their annual arts festival downtown also this weekend. Beautiful weather is expected for this event and there is something for everyone with food trucks, live entertainment, and of course, great art. 

May 13

Put on your running shoes and head to Luther for a 5K to 'dye' for. This color run is being held at Dead Woods Haunted Forest. The race is for fun and participants will be dyed by 6 different stations throughout the course. This event is for everybody whether you run, jog, walk, or even skip! 

Also on the 13th, is something for all of you shopaholics. Pop Up Shops in the Park, with 100 vendors, will set up at Hafer Park in Edmond. This could be the perfect opportunity for Mother's Day gifts. 

May 20

This day is for enjoying activities fairly new to OKC. 

Craft beer is becoming popular and Automobile Alley will be hosting local breweries, shops, and bands will play for a block party on May 20. 

And our beloved OKC Energy FC will host Orange County on May 20th. In their 4th season, the excitement at the games is unmatched. 




May 27

The annual Paseo Arts Festival runs the 27th thru the 29th. Paseo is known for its unique buildings and retail experience. Fine dining to pizza and boutiques to trinkets, all situated on a few hidden streets. 

Running for 2 days, a fun adventure in history is to be had at the Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children's CowboyFestival. Held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this is filled with activities galore. Rope making, petting zoo, bandana decorating, even food samples of authentic chuck wagon food. This is a definite 'must go' for family fun. 


How about that for a May calendar? 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Tips On Getting Your Home Ready To Sell!

Home Selling Preparation

Maybe you have been transferred to a new city or found the home of your dreams. Selling your current home now tops the list of “Things to Do.” It’s a huge undertaking but Spring is the best time and Bin There Dump That is here to help get your home ready to sell.

Bring Them In With Curb Appeal

Much contributes to Spring being the best time to sell. One reason is the weather. Compared to Winter months, grass, trees, and flowers, enhance the look of our homes. And with technology, your home must have an impressive first photo of the exterior. Today, people are searching the internet and that photo will attract potential buyers. So, how is your curb appeal? 




It is suggested ‘less is more’ with landscaping. The simple rules to keep in mind are 1. Keep it manicured 2. Add some color, and 3. Make it weed free. The goal is to trim the trees and bushes, add some colorful annuals, and feed the lawn to make it healthy. Once you have cleared out Fall leaves and extra limbs, these can easily be disposed of with Bin There Dump That bins.

It Helps to Create Space

According to realtors, a good rule of thumb is to clear out 2/3 space in cabinets and closets. This presents a wonderful opportunity! Home sellers are generating buyers by having garage sales. Certain excess items that are not going to be stored or moved can be sold and your neighbors will spread the word to their friends about the home being for sale. Any leftover items that did not sell can be easily taken away with one of our bins. Be sure to read our rules for what items Bin There Dump That can dispose for you.

Minor Repairs Pay Off

Sure, wallpaper is becoming popular again, but chances are buyers will most likely not agree with your style/choice. It’s best to steam away and discard. After the walls, look at your floor surfaces. Are there any chipped tiles to replace?


Consider your budget, but another repair that will please buyers are new sinks and toilets. Fresh and clean bathrooms, cleared out storage space, repaired surfaces, and beautiful curb appeal…you’re now ready to sell! Give Bin There Dump That a call and we will schedule a bin to be delivered to your home and ease the preparation process. 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Ready To Update Your Home?

Updating Trends

You love your home. It’s in the ideal location, your neighbors are friendly, and the commute to work is stress free. The only problem is, the styles are dated. Lighting fixtures, flooring, cabinets, and countertops can easily be changed without leaving the home you love and Bin There Dump That is here to help!


Surfaces

Worn and dated carpet can be updated with wood floors. They’ve been attributed with less cleaning and as a helper with people who suffer from allergies. Once the floors have that classic look, why not complement with this year’s colors on the walls? Benjamin Moore’s ‘Shadow” 2117-30 and SherwinWilliams’ ‘Poised Taupe” SW 6039 are great neutral colors that can warm the walls.

White is the current popular choice for cabinets according to National Kitchen and Bath Association members, but can be contrasted beautifully with the wall color. In the kitchen, a colorful backsplash will go well with the white cabinets. Just remember, a hexagonal design is replacing the traditional square tiles. Be creative! And if you haven’t already done granite for countertops, consider the newer looks of quartz or marble.

Furniture

Perhaps your home is quite new but the furniture needs updating. Picture a colorful island in your kitchen to offset the white cabinets. Rather than staying neutral in colors in other areas of the home, the new island can be a focal point of color! Besides the addition of an island, vanities are becoming popular again. Vanities are being built into bathrooms but can also be purchased as a standalone piece. For your living area, according to House Beautiful, oversized furniture is making way for specific pieces that fit to optimize space.

Details

New lighting will only enhance the updated parts of your home. LED is the energy saving light that is lighting up our homes with a truer light. Fixtures that use LED are replacing our older fixtures.

Other details are sinks. The apron front sink for the kitchen is the look according to HGTV. In the bathroom, raised sinks are an updated feature vs. the flush sinks. Another change is the finish for kitchen and bathroom fixtures. If you want to give your home the latest update, gold is the way to go. This isn’t the brass of the 70’s, but instead a brighter look.


Whether it is bulky carpet and furniture or old cabinets and lighting, Bin There Dump That has the perfect size container for you to dispose of the old and bring in the new!


Friday, 3 February 2017

Time For A Remodel?



Remodeling. Whether it is updating styles, improving function, or expanding space, smart remodeling increases the value of our largest investment...our home.

From small updates to large re-dos, Bin There Dump That OKC is here to help you or your contractor with remodel disposal. 
 
Here are some great tips to keep in mind when considering that remodeling project. 

Improvements

Across the board, experts in the real estate and mortgage lending fields agree, improvements made on the outside of your home are the best investment. In fact, according to a cost vs. value report in Remodeling magazine, a metal front door replacement yields over 90% return on investment. 

Other exterior changes not only make the home more attractive, but will reduce energy costs. These include siding, windows and guttering. Along with those, the National Association of Realtors says an updated garage door not only changes the look of the home but is also a smart choice, yielding over 90% return.  The exterior changes will help with utility bills while living in your home and then attract buyers when it’s time to sell. 




Updating

Kitchens and bathrooms date quicker than other parts of our homes. The hub of a home is the kitchen and buyers consider this in their decision. The smart way to update these areas is to set a budget that is a percentage of the home’s worth. Money magazine says a good guideline is 10 to 15% for kitchens and 10% for master bathrooms with other bathrooms at 5% budget. The key to keeping within budget is changing surface features, such as countertops and cabinets.

Expansion

Sometimes more space is needed and can be accomplished with a transformed attic space. Ranked #3 in the cost vs. value report, attics can be changed into a bedroom, with a smaller cost than other jobs and a nice return when reselling.


Remodeling projects such as these can be rewarding and also made less stressful when there is easy cleanup. Materials such as old guttering, siding, insulation and cabinets are easily disposed of with Bin There Dump That OKC.


Our bins are delivered to your home and carefully placed on your property for ease in disposal. They range in size with 4, 6, 10, 14 and 20 yard containers, assuring the perfect fit for all remodeling jobs, big and small. Give us a call at 405-640-4345 today so we can help you with your remodeling. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

Room By Room Clean Out Guide by Bin There Dump That



Christmas has come and gone and a new year is here! More often than not, at the end of the year, we wind up with more stuff. Now is the ideal time to clear space. Bin There Dump That is here to help you with a room by room clean out.

Kitchen and Bathrooms

Some of the most popular gifts given are the least popular in garage sales. According to mashable.com, the wonderful bath products you received in your stocking are the least likely to resell. Clearing out space in your bathroom for the new products is easy by tossing expired ones.


Reader’s Digest says the same goes in the kitchen. Those non-stick pots and pans are warned against in buying secondhand because of the coating. It’s safer to discard of these to create space for the new cookware.

Bedrooms and Closets

It is found that parents spend the most on their kids at Christmas, so it’s time to clear out the broken and heavily used toys in their bedrooms.

Also, the Huffington Post reported the average American throws out 65 lbs. of clothing each year. This is mainly due to ripped clothing, undergarments and worn out shoes not reselling well. One of your biggest space makers can be your closet when you go through your clothing.


And don’t forget the linen closet! It’s a great time to get rid of old towels and bedding.

Garage and Attic

Storage space can fill up fast. Before stowing away the holiday decorations, go through all and dispose of items no longer working, like lighting strands. Have a deer that used to light up but can’t fit in your trash? Add that too!

Other items that are mentioned not to buy at garage sales, are certain items for infants. The car seat that you have stored in your attic or garage could be considered unsafe by today’s standards and you would do best by disposing of with Bin There Dump That.

Let the specialists in bulky items and difficult disposal help you begin the year with a productive room by room clean out. Bin There Dump That thanks you for your business and wishes everyone a wonderful 2017!

Be sure to come check us out at the Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show at the Fairgrounds January 20-22nd!