A relative told me a story this past weekend at our family BBQ that got me thinking all tradesmen should own their own generator.
My brother-in-law lives in a gated community that is made up of connected townhouses. The Body Corporate commissioned some tradesmen to build guest parking out the front of his block of townhouses. These guys knocked on his and his neighbours door each morning asking to use their power and water. He couldn’t really say no, but he wanted to. Was he wrong to think that? Let me tell you what I think as I’m quite intrigued by construction laws and boundaries between home owner and contractor.
What does the law say?
Laws between Owner and Designer/Builder are generally on a contract by contract basis. Usually the contract will refer to the current USA standard law for such works. In most cases (and linked above)it’s: The 1996 AIA Design/Build Standard Forms of Agreement.
This law stipulates, in the case of my brother-in-law, that “[...] the Design/Builder also actually builds the Project, and is required to provide or pay for all design services, labor, material, equipment, tools, and utilities required for execution and completion of the work.”
So, by law, the Builder should have paid for all utilities on the project. So he wasn’t wrong in wanting to say no. The problem is that he looks like a jerk. And let’s be honest – this would have probably cost him only $5 – $10 in electricity over the 2 days. But still, his Body Corporate should have covered this or reimbursed this – or better yet – put it in the contract for the Builder to rent a generator for the job.
In fact, a lot of things could have gone wrong in this situation. Let’s look at some.
You must look out for your own good (or, when things go wrong)
1) So what if the contractor shorted your power, blowing a switch in your distribution board? It’s obvious that he should pay for the repair. But what if he refuses and says your switch was faulty not his power equipment? What if when plugging his gear in he gets electrocuted? And sues you?
All of the above is possible. What happens then? Well, probably none of this was covered in the contract. So I don’t really know how it would turn out. But, I think my brother-in-law would have been better off just refusing to allow the Builders his electrical outlet.
Generators are affordable and essential
By law the Builder should have hired a generator. To save money they just assumed they could use a main power from a nearby townhouse. Now if all the townhouses refused them entry (which they could have) then the Builder would have found himself in a bind. He would need to go rent a generator. Or risk losing money on the job. I can guarantee you that the assumption of being able to use power of nearby houses would not be a mistake he makes again.
All contractors should own a portable generator. They’re $1000 for the good, powerful ones… But renting one is a couple hundred dollars a weekend. And a full-time contractor will always find a use for a good generator.
In my home improvement experience talking to the experts I hire – a top pro-grade portable generator is what a contractor/builder needs to own. They’re built to last while being used hard. They have automotive grade parts and although are more expensive – are worth the cost.
These days you can also get smaller generators for around the home that can work for the weekend contractor. I actually own a small generator for small jobs and for backup on my RV trips.
Telephone calls are the number one way that clients contact us in regard to doing business with us. Because of this, it is important to ensure that all telephone services are top notch and address the needs of clients of all kinds.
Automated telephone services are frustrating to clients and potential clients, especially when they reach a voicemail service that says that your employees are out of the office. No matter how many descriptions you use, an automated routing system cannot meet the needs of all callers and all situations, which can determine whether or not your caller stays on the line, or gives up and hangs up the phone. They can be the deciding factor of whether you get the contract or whether your competitor gets the contract.
24-hour answering service
Employing the use of a 24 hour answering service can ensure that when your staff members are out of the office, your clients will receive top notch care and messages will be routed to the appropriate person when business resumes. This allows your customers to feel how important they are to you, especially when they get the appropriate person the first time.
An answering service understands your needs, and the customer service representatives that take your calls will have specific instructions that will allow them to handle your customer’s calls with the same service that you expect from your employees. You can also provide information that will allow them to separate calls by the appropriate person, saving your secretarial staff a lot of time when they are sorting messages for calls to be returned. There tons of companies out there that do phone answering services.
Prompt, Courteous Service
Rather than leaving a message with a voice mail service, your customers will be satisfied that they left a message with a person, rather than a machine and people relate this experience as more positive customer service. The human brain registers speaking to a person in a more positive light that speaking to a machine.
Chances are, calls that are handled after hours are likely because of emergencies, important situations, or a customer not knowing what time your office opens or closes, especially at lunch time.
When an emergency or extremely important situation occurs during lunch time, or when the office is closed, the answering service will be able to get a hold of the appropriate person and they can return the call right away. With voicemail services, this is not possible, and emergency situations may not be take care of in a prompt manner, which could reflect poorly on your business and in some situations, could pose dangers to your clients.
Put Your Customers First Without Breaking the Bank
An answering service is a great way to put clients first. Many companies are afraid that they will be spending a lot of money for an answering service, and not get their money’s worth of incoming calls. Many answering services only charge for the services you use and the number of times you use them. Since they are used by a lot of companies, they are able to provide these services at a low cost to their customers.
In order to understand how mortgage rates affect both the economy and inflation one must first understand what some of the key terms used when discussing the economy and inflation, as well as mortgages are:
There are two types of inflation. There is inflation that is based on prices for retail goods and then there is inflation based on what the expenses of a typical family are. This is an important distinction, because it is the latter type of inflation that is used when calculating the effect of mortgage rates on the overall economy and inflation.
A mortgage is the loan that the majority of real estate buyers will need to get in order to buy a piece of property. Mortgages are simply a type of loan that is used to finance the purchase of real estate, whether that is a house, commercial building, or other type of property. Mortgages are generally handled by mortgage companies, which are often operated by major banks, although other lending institutions offer mortgages as well.
This is the rate of interest charged by the lender, and determines the monthly mortgage payment that the borrower must pay, as well as the overall amount of interest that will be paid on the loan. Mortgage rates can be fixed, variable, closed or open.
A mortgage calculator is a tool that consumers can use to determine the monthly payment of a mortgage when they factor in the current mortgage rates. These calculators are becoming ever-more common place, and can be found on many websites, as well as on applications available for smartphones. Alright, now that you have all of that down, we can get back to the subject at hand. The economy is directly affected by inflation and inflation is directly affected by mortgage rates. Ironically, mortgage rates can also be directly affected by inflation. That makes it rather confusing, doesn’t it? Let me try to explain.Mortgages can be gotten at either a fixed mortgage rate or a variable one. If a mortgage rate is fixed, the rate if interest will never go up. If it is a variable rate of interest then inflation can make the price of a monthly repayment go up or down depending on the current economic trends. On the other hand, in Canada, the Bank of Canada tries to keep inflation rates at 2%. If they see that the inflation is going well above that point or well below it then they adjust the interest rates to bring it back to the goal of 2%. That means that if the Bank of Canada mandates that interest rates are to be changed, the mortgage rates on real estate will either go up or down depending on the mandate. The homeowner or mortgage holder will find that with a variable loan at times they could be paying more or less than what the original payment was. Hopefully, that explained the connection between mortgage rates and the overall economy and inflation.
Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, will affect the vast majority of the nation at the start of 2014, as enrollment first began on October 1. As the new healthcare bill enacts changes in a number of areas, it’s essential to know all of the important facts as to how it will affect you and your family. While the information surrounding Obamacare can seem muddled and confusing, this guide is here to ensure that all families, no matter what income level, understand how and why they will be affected.
While Obamacare can affect families in a myriad of ways, there are variables that need to be taken into account. First, there are a range of benefits that anyone enrolled in Obamacare can receive, such as guaranteed acceptance into the program despite pre-existing conditions, premiums remaining the same for everyone, hospital stays, outpatient services, and emergency services. Every health insurance plan, whether Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum, will include dental and vision services for children, which is fantastic for families attempting to keep costs down.
One of most essential things you need to know is that there are a wide variety of categories of insurance that individuals are placed into. They are as follows: Medicaid, Medicare, Employer, other Public Organizations, Individual, and Uninsured. This site has a fantastic breakdown of how Medicare works and how it’s billed. The majority of those trying to provide for their families will likely receive insurance through their employers. If this describes you, then it’s unlikely that you will see many changes. If you receive healthcare through your employer, then you will be able to retain these services and gain access to the benefits brought about by Obamacare, such as the ones mentioned previously. With this program, your health care will already be subsidized, as your premiums are applied to your income before taxes.
Employers with less than fifty employees will typically be able to shop for better health care plans through the Small Business Health Options Program, also known as S.H.O.P., which could lead to lower overall costs for employees and their families. For those working part-time and trying to provide for your family, things could be a bit trickier. While it is mandatory for employers to provide health care for their full-time employees, it is up to the employer on whether or not they want to provide the same health care to part-time employees. While many companies have decided to, there are also a number of ones that have cut back on full-time employees in order to forego having to provide health care. If you fall under this category, then all it takes is looking at the Health Insurances Marketplaces, where you can find subsidized healthcare for you and your family.
Obamacare will also affect those that are currently uninsured. While it may seem like it would be difficult for you to provide health insurance for your entire family, there are relatively cost-effective ways to lessen the burden. An immediate benefit of the implementation of Obamacare is that all of those that were without insurance will now have access to affordable plans. If you worked full-time, yet your employer didn’t offer health care options before now, this may mean that you would be without insurance in 2014, as employers are only required to supply coverage in 2015. If this is the case, you can simply buy for you and your family through the Marketplace. Those that do this will likely receive tax credits to help pay for it. In fact, most everyone who is uninsured before 2014, due to a myriad of circumstances, will have to buy through the Marketplace for at least 2014.
When you have fallen arches (medical language for flat feet) regardless of the causes, proper running shoes are needed in order to ensure an injury-free experience. Below I will be listing some of the elements which make the best running shoes for flat feet,some general information aimed at making your life easier when dealing with the condition and where the HSA can help.
This one may seem like a no-brainer: mindful design specifically for flat feet runners only. When you’re making such specialized equipment, you definitely have to know what you’re doing. It helps if you’ve actually had, or still have, flat feet. The hands on (feet on, actually) approach and the feedback you can provide when testing the trainers yourself is invaluable. Even more, if someone with flat feet is making flat feet running shoes, you can suppose they actually care for their work and are empathetic to a degree, which results in quality products(quality assurance of a kind). So, what traits are you looking for when buying a pair?
When you see flat feet and running shoes in one sentence, one word should come to mind: pronation. Specifically: overpronation, but sometimes underpronation is possible as well. What pronation basically means is when your ankle has to tilt inwards or outwards in order to deal with the stress of running. What’s so stressful about running, you might be asking. Well, depending on intensity and various other factors, while running your ankle has to support about 2-3 times your body weight. It isn’t difficult to see how important it is for shoes to support your ankle, keeping it stable. Any mention of ‘additional support’ is obviously a good sign, as most manufacturers have implemented certain designs or systems to cope with pronation, such as Stability Running Shoes and Motion Control. While Stability generally means it is specifically oriented towards flat-footed customers, Motion Control manually locks your foot into place, just like the name implies. Motion Control is generally a last resort as it is quite an extreme solution.
However, before you even consider buying running shoes, you should look into tackling the problem at the source – treating your flat foot condition. The HSA (Health Savings Account) – provides a great opportunity to relieve yourself of some financial tension. Although it does cover therapy costs for adults, the best time to work on flat feet is in early childhood, as soon as it is discovered.
Unfortunately, removing extra bones in the foot, which is an incurable cause of flat feet, unless operated, is not supported for funding. It is a very costly procedure, so you’re basically out of luck if you suffer from this. And if you don’t qualify for these, you can’t use it for buying running shoes either. Not so great.
Overall, if you don’t get your treatment funded by your HSA and need to buy specialized trainers, the best running shoes for flat feet are a rare find and must be exclusively designed for a flat-foot user in order to guarantee maximum safety and comfort.
Being a mortgage brokerage owner involves a lot of financial work and transactions, meaning that bookkeeping is one of the primary and most important jobs that needs to be accomplished in order to keep everything alright and avoid all the potential inconveniences that might occur at a point. As a mortgage brokerage owner, my main duty is being the intermediary broking mortgage loans to businesses or individuals, securing the loan with different mortgage types.
Why is a good bookkeeper important for mortgage loans? In the very first place, you need to understand exactly how a mortgage loan works and what it actually involves, so you can see how important is having a professional individual working for you. According to many sources describing a mortgage loan, this type of loan is secured by a real property through the use of a mortgage note that proofs the existence of the loan and other aspects that are important to it. Described briefly and simply, a mortgage loan involves lending money to an individual or business, with the guarantee of getting the property involved in the mortgage if the money is not paid back until the deadline.
It is very complicated to track the value of every transaction and mortgage loan and therefore, a bookkeeper is the person who does these things: he tracks every transaction, the value of the real properties, the value of the loans, how much is paid back, how much needs to be paid further, deadlines, etc. This job is slightly different from a bookkeeper at a bank or business, because there are no people creating credit cards or making normal loans that do not involve any mortgage.
A misplaced number is enough to bring the bookkeeper in question to jail; why? Even though it was done accidentally or on purpose, the FMI considers this kind of mistake inacceptable and it discredits the mortgage brokerage owner who runs the business in question. If it is proved that the bookkeeper is the one who made the mistake and not the mortgage brokerage owner, then an investigation is going to be conducted in order to see if the mistake was made on purpose and, if he or she is found guilty, he or she will go to jail.
When working for a mortgage brokerage owner, the bookkeeper needs to have advanced knowledge regarding finance, accounting and bookkeeping, because there are many details involved when it comes to this matter, each of them being very relevant to the result of the mortgage loans. Here is the difference between accountant & bookkeeper. Not hiring a good bookkeeper might have very serious consequences, because every financial transaction needs to be entered to spreadsheets or other paperwork, keeping proper records of every single loan, rate or other things related to finances.
As a conclusion, a bookkeeper needs to be very skillful and have accurate knowledge about bookkeeping, so he can order everything appropriately and make sure that there is no number missing from the spreadsheets or paperwork, no matter it is about single or multiple entry systems. Sometimes, fixing a mistake within the finance niche is more expensive than hiring a good bookkeeper, so every mortgage brokerage owner needs to pay close attention to this aspect from the beginning.
In every homeowner’s experience of owning their home, there is at least one point during that time that they think about remodeling parts of their home. Sometimes it can be just the kitchen, or the kitchen and the bathroom, or even more! At some point, homeowners need to be asking themselves a question whether they should remodel or rebuild their entire house. Obviously, remodeling is much cheaper than rebuilding and takes up much less time without forcing you live somewhere else for a while; however, rebuilding your home can lead to owning the home of your dreams – literally.
So at what point should one make the decision to rebuild rather than remodel? This depends on many factors and can be discussed with more accurate cost measurements if you talk to a remodeler. There won’t be appoint where a remodel will cost more than an entire rebuild, but there is a point where the cost plus the benefits will be outweighed by rebuild. This will be the case if you don’t like the layout of your house, want to expand, or even modernize your home. The benefit of rebuilding your home from the ground up and living in the home of your dreams will always outweigh the benefit of a remodel, but the problem is the cost associated with that option.
Let’s just go an say that you decided that a rebuild will be a better solution than a remodel. The first thin you need to do is speak to your accountant and ask them about your ability to write off these expenses and their possibilities. Second, you will have to ask them what is the best way to fund the project. After you worked out your finances, the next thing to do is talk to an architect and workout a partnership where you can have a large influence of the design of the house. Basically, you can make a general layout of your new home and the architect will modify your plans as least as they can in order to make it certified and possible to build by the construction team. The last thing you need to do before beginning the work is find your construction team. It’s better to not find the cheapest option here and to go with quality. You can usually get a good referral from the architect who most likely have done these types of projects before.
Now that the plans are set, you need to hire a demolition company to tear down your house. It is best to remove tubs, sinks, faucets, furniture, cabinets and so on that you would like to keep and add to the next house. You can find a demolition company at ProDemolitionCompany.com who provides a list of companies in your area. Once the demolition is completed, the construction team can begin building the home of your dreams. Owning a home might be the “American Dream” but building the home that you designed and envisioned is priceless and a once in a lifetime feeling.
It is good to have a good track record of your trades in binary options trading for it reflects your level of expertise in this department. To do this, you have to choose the right binary option signal to rely on to diversify your decisions and activities on a trade. Here are a few tips to aid you in finding that perfect binary option signal provider that could offer you trade alerts that is worthy of trust:
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- A good binary options signal provider makes use of a high-technology back-end platform.
It is essential for a trader to have a good binary option signal provider to avoid falling on pitfalls in the forex market. Although this might add an additional cost in the trader’s part, remember that a little investment should never be a big deal if it means that you get more than your money’s worth at the end.
Considering investing in multi-family housing built prior to 1978? Don’t forget about lead-based paint. Federal and state regulations mandate the disclosure of lead-based paint to renter’s at lease signing (a summary of applicable regulations is available here). In addition, on-going monitoring of lead-based paint conditions and use of contractors certified in lead-safe work practices is required. Let’s take a look at the requirements.
Lead-based Paint in Housing
The use of lead-based paint in residential housing was banned in 1978. Prior to this date, lead was commonly added to paint to make it more durable. Approximately 64 million housing units built before 1978 (three quarters of the nation’s housing stock) contains some lead-based paint. In good condition, lead-based paint poses little risk. When lead-based paint deteriorates, however, a lead-based paint hazard is created. An estimated 1.7 million children have blood-lead levels above safe limits, mostly due to exposure to lead-based paint hazards.
Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Act 1992
The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act (Title X) was passed by Congress in 1992. To protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust, and soil, Section 1018 of this law directed the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the disclosure of known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before the sale or lease of most housing built before 1978.
Lead-based Paint Disclosure Requirements
An owner is required to provide prospective buyers or renters with a lead-based paint disclosure form and the EPA pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home. The disclosure form must contain the following:
- lead warning statement,
- lessor’s or seller’s disclosure statement indicating whether or not lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards are known to exist in the home, and
- list of reports on lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the home (reports must be made available to buyer or renter).
An example lead-based paint disclosure form is available here.
Lead-based Paint Monitoring in Rental Housing
Property owners have an obligation to provide rental housing free of hazards, including those posed by lead-based paint. Property owners must provide a means for renters to inform them if they observe deteriorated paint conditions in homes containing lead-based paint. In addition, property owners may elect to perform periodic lead-based paint visual surveys to assess the condition of lead-based paint. HUD provides free online training on how to conduct a lead-based paint visual survey.
Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
In 2010, EPA implemented the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule to help protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities.
The RRP Rule requires that companies performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 get certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.
The use of a RRP-certified contractor is required when greater than 6 square feet of surfaces containing lead-based paint in an interior room, or 20 square feet on the exterior, are disturbed. A RRP-certified contractor is also required for window replacement projects.
Don’t Overlook Lead-based Paint
The cost of complying with federal and state lead-based paint regulations can be significant. Failure to comply with these regulations can be even more costly. The EPA has ability to levy fines of up to $37,500 per day per occurrence for failure to disclosure the presence of lead-based paint and failure to use a RRP-certified contractor when needed. Don’t overlook the costs associated with lead-based paint disclosure, monitoring and maintenance when considering investments that include housing built prior to 1978.
If you are intending a house improvement project for updating or remodeling your home, this could be quite costly will and indicate spending countless bucks for significant tasks. The price will certainly be your primary worried and if you have challenges in ways to pay for enhancements, you can attempt to qualify for a house enhancement give to cover your cost. There are several grants supplied by numerous firms both federal government and privately funded to assist with house repairs. You could use these offered chances to conserve on your out-of-pocket expenses and at the very same time upgrade your residence into becoming a much better area to reside in. Lots of agencies are ready to sponsor upgrades to eco-friendly ecologically improved appliances and remodeling to meet the needs of a much safer and comfortable location within the area.
Seeking means on just how to pay for home improvement projects could decrease your future reduction if you would want a home renovation to boost the worth of your residence for feasible marketing. House enhancement gives are an excellent means to immediately and significantly raise your property worth and enable you to also raise your selling price, without needing to spend or shed any kind of money. As soon as significant repairs and upgrades are finished, there is little to no possibility that the residential property worth will instantaneously raise, enabling the owner to notably increase the market price to make a bigger earnings.
Property owners need to grab the opportunity to obtain residence enhancement gives as they do not need a background past record of your credit ranking, no security, and they don’t call for an evidence of income due to the fact that they are offered by regulatory agencies at neighborhood and state degrees. Exclusive organizations on the other hand have millions of dollars as fund for financial grant to obtain a tax refund on providing these funds. Since it is a grant, remainder guaranteed that you are not captured with regular monthly bills to pay for it as it is free and you never have to pay it back.
Ways to pay for home improvement ought to not be a significant worry for Americans over 18 as they can effortlessly become qualified for government and personal gives. There are various house grant programs to match your task such as making your house accessible to special needs, or adding a space and prolonging. Some personal organizations also authorize your grant effortlessly if you have plans of making your house more environment-friendly like utilizing green products, utilizing energy-efficient components and also changing to solar power.
You can quickly locate methods on the best ways to pay for house renovations and this is essentially free money given to you to invest for repair work, remodel and upgrade your residential property. Start applying now and keep the money as long as you should use the money for just what is intended like refurbishing your home.
If you are planning a residence improvement task for updating or renovating your house, this could be very expensive will and indicate investing thousands of dollars for major tasks. If you would certainly wish a house remodeling to improve the worth of your house for possible marketing, lookings for ways on how to pay for residence renovation could decrease your future reduction. There are many home grant programs to match your job such as making your residence obtainable to special requirements, or adding a room and prolonging.
There’s no question that it’s a huge undertaking to expand or extend a home, especially if you want to go about the process in an environmentally sensitive manner (and especially now that being “green” seems to be the ongoing trend). The cost alone can easily get homeowners thinking twice about whether the additional space would be all worth it or not. But if your home dynamics or lifestyle is really demanding the creation of home extensions, Perth renovators have rounded up some important considerations for the job to be done in a cost-effective and eco-friendly manner.
Once you’ve established that the work you want done will not mess with the streetscape of your subdivision, you can then move on to choosing the materials to use for your home extension – and if you’re taking the green way, you would have to search thoroughly and carefully. You may even want to recycle to help keep costs low since environmentally friendly building products are not necessarily the cheapest provisions in the market.
It’s good to know all the important advantages of the materials you wish to use; doing this will always help justify the initial cost to keep you on the path. For example, when it comes to durability, determine whether they are just as good as the top choices that have not necessarily been branded “green” and whether the price discrepancies are significant or not. Find out as well how these materials can contribute to your goal of minimising the home’s carbon footprint, or if they are recyclable as well so that should the house undergo another transformation one day and these building materials would have to be removed, they can still be used for a different purpose. Always focus on the benefits of your choices.
Another would be to consider how you can stick close to the original structure of the building. There are so many advantages to doing this, especially when cost is concerned, because you can minimise the amount of work that needs to be done. For example, for kitchen and bathroom renovations, Perth remodellers claim that adding room or extra useful space can just be a matter of changing doors or setting up an outdoor provision. For example, instead of the usual swing-in-or-out wood door for the kitchen, switching to glazed glass sliding doors can easily open the room up. Expand the doors; if it’s possible, make it really big so you get a semi-outdoor space that’s in the house but can be opened directly for a fluid transition of the inside to the outside. The cost of this “customization” definitely beats making the room bigger and then enclosing it, and you can use the natural illumination and ventilation which can surely cut down electricity consumption.
As for the bathroom, the same principle can be followed especially if there’s a deck connected to the room; you can create an outdoor shower that’s completely functional yet still quite private – it may not be as fancy, but you can make sure it’s a charming addition to your home. Just be sure to pay attention to privacy, drainage and weatherproofing.
Renting a dumpster is one of the easiest methods of getting rid of construction waste. There are several key factors to keep in mind when choosing the company and the size of the dumpster.
Get the Right Kind of License
Is the dumpster going to be positioned on your property or on the street? If you have to place the dumpster on the street in front of your house, you will have to get the right kind of permit in advance.
A building permit office will typically be responsible for handling such issues. You can call to learn more about the necessary permits and the procedure for obtaining those. The simplest option is placing the dumpster on your property, so if possible, opt for that choice.
Choose a Local Company
Working with a local dumpster rental company will help you save a lot of money. Local companies tend to be much smaller than national ones and the level of service is going to be high. You will get a personalized solution and conditions that are much more favorable than the ones offered by larger dumpster rental corporations.
Dumpster Size Guide
Try to figure out what kind of dumpster you will need. The size will determine the price and it will also give you an idea about the area that will be necessary for dumpster placement.
Dumpsters range in size from six to 40 cubic yard. A six-yard dumpster is 12 feet long and eight feet wide. It is sufficient for approximately one ton of construction waste. A 20-yard dumpster measures 22 by eight feet and it can accommodate four tons of waste. Such a dumpster is great for roof replacements, old flooring or deck removals.
Proper Dumpster Placement
The dumpster will be delivered and taken away by a truck. Make sure that you have enough space for the truck to manoeuvre and to place the dumpster. Clearing space in front of the dumpster will also make it much easier for you to discard the waste.
Load the dumpster carefully. The heavier pieces should be distributed evenly on the bottom. Smaller pieces and debris should probably be bagged before getting discarded. Such steps will make your job easier and they will also facilitate the removal of the waste from your property.
Finally, you should take a look at the price and the agreement you will have to sign with a construction dumpster rental company.
Such agreements will allow you to use the dumpster for a particular number of days. If you have to go over the agreed timeframe, you will be asked to pay extra. This is why being very organized and timing renovations adequately can help you save some money on dumpster rental.
Picking the right dumpster rental company will make it much easier for you to get rid of all the construction waste. Take some time to explore and compare possibilities since the market is relatively diversified. Look for quality of service, availability of different kinds of dumpsters and flexibility.
For a definitive guide on dumpster rental and junk removal, Dumpster Rental Zone offers the best information online.