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Oakland Hoarding: How to Get Rid of Your Junk

Have you heard of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization or NSGCD? These are the folks who are the frontline of helping those individuals whose hoarding problem has become a major area of concern in their lives. The NSGCD provide special training to those individuals who want to become a hoarding specialist and earn a certificate signifying they have gone through a rigorous set of exams and education courses to help people with the hoarding disease. Most of the hoarding specialists that go through this program are clinical therapists or psychologists. That’s because when a person takes hoarding to a dangerous level they are doing so because of a deep-seated psychological problem. Even if a house is cleared out there will still be the underlying emotional and mental issues that need to be dealt with otherwise the hoarder will just start hoarding all over again.
Hoarders come in many forms. There are those who simply don’t throw anything away including garbage and food. There are other hoarders who like to collect live animals like cats, rats, rabbits or dogs. These are extremely sad cases because the animals themselves are often the victims of neglect just because there’s so many crowding into one space. There are other hoarders who fancy themselves as collectors and make it their life’s mission to gather up as many items as possible of their obsession. This could be dolls, purses, shoes or just compulsive shopping for anything. The one thing all of these hoarders have in common is a sense of denial. They can be surrounded by mountains of garbage and not even think it’s a problem for them. It usually takes an outside friend or family member to recognize the problem and bring in professional help.
Along with the psychological help, these hoarders need help clearing out their junk. This is where a company like Junk King Alameda can prove to be an invaluable partner. The Junk King crews are experienced at removing all levels of junk and garbage from a home or construction site. Even the worst hoarders of Oakland will be no match for the professional crews from Junk King.
Hopefully your own hoarding tendencies haven’t reached extreme levels. Let’s be honest; in some ways were all a bit of a hoarder. It’s very hard for many of us to get rid of all the things we bring into our lives. When it comes to big or bulky items it’s so much easier to stuff them in a closet or in a garage instead of finding a way to dispose of that. Once you cross that line it’s easy to add to those piles of junk until you completely run out of storage space. That doesn’t necessarily make you a hoarder but you are still holding onto things that ultimately should be thrown out. Hiring Junk King can help you accomplish clearing out the clutter of your home. Of course, watching the reality show featuring hoarders should be inspiration enough!

Oakland & East Bay Christmas Tree Disposal

There is a fun little Internet site called Yelp which is also a mobile phone app. The initial purpose behind Yelp was to give folks a chance to share their reviews of local restaurants. You could go to an eatery, enjoy a meal and then post your comments as if you were a critic at large. You can even snap a picture of your dinner and post that. As Yelp grew in popularity it began to expand its base of reviews. Now anything and everything can be reviewed on Yelp. This holiday season even residential displays of Christmas lights were given the Yelp treatment. This was a great way for folks to find out where the hotspots around Oakland where for seeing Christmas lights.
One popular spot that received rave reviews on Yelp was Deacon Dave’s. Apparently this is an annual tradition of putting up Christmas lights which grows each year. This past season Deacon Dave put up 343,200 lights to the delight of every passerby. Then there is the Christmas Tree Lane which is a block of homes down Thompson Avenue that take their holiday decorating very seriously. It’s great when an entire neighborhood can coordinate their lights!
Beyond the Yelp reviews there are many other online resources for Oakland residents to track down where the best Christmas lights were on display. It seems like at least one home in every neighborhood goes a little bit crazy for Christmas with the Christmas lights. There are some who even take decorating to the next level by coordinating their flashing lights with synchronized musical accompaniment. It’s all in good fun.
While it’s great to watch these lights each year, you need to give pause for the effort it takes to not only put up these displays but also take them down. Think about Deacon Dave. He had to string over 300,000 lights and now he’s got a take them all down and pack them up again. Wouldn’t it be great if you can keep them up all year round? He probably wouldn’t have much complaints in that! Hopefully Deacon Dave will have some help when it comes to taking down those lights. As for taking down your own Christmas displays, perhaps you can entice your family to help take them down with another round of fresh baked cookies.
One thing is for sure is that after all the ornaments are packed up and the lights to come down you also need to make sure you’ll be getting rid of your Christmas tree properly. If you’ve got your own tree shredder then you’re good to go. However, most of us need to make special arrangements to get rid of our Christmas trees. That can happen by calling upon the services of professional junk haulers like Junk King Alameda who will be making the rounds in the next couple of weeks picking up Christmas trees from all over Oakland. The same top Oakland junk haulers can also pick up all your other trash and garbage that might have piled up over the holiday. And if you want to get rid of that old sofa or refrigerator with the same pickup for your Christmas tree go right ahead!

Alternatives to Alameda Dumpster Rentals

You can really tell a town’s priorities by the type of festivals it holds. For some places, music tops the list of things to do on a warm weekend as jazz or bluegrass festivals pop up. Other communities like to show off their creative types by offering up art fairs. Here in Alameda, some local organizers know just what pleases the residents: Food trucks. That’s why they are holding another in a series of food truck festivals at the Alameda Fairgrounds. During this foodie fest, over 20 varieties of mobile chefs will be offering up their culinary treats to the masses. With all the trucks to choose from, how can you pick just one?
In order to put together an even like the Gourmet Food Truck Festival organizers have to take into account certain logistical details. The big three priorities are parking, bathrooms and trash removal. Of those three it’s probably the trash removal that is the easiest. All they need to do is rent a bunch of dumpsters from some reliable companies and make sure they will be dropped off and picked up on schedule.
Of course if you have a big trash removal job of your own you can also rent a dumpster but there is a better alternative. That would be hiring a professional crew of junk haulers like Junk King Alameda to show up and take your trash away in one trip.
It seems logical that if you have know in advance that you have a lot of garbage to get rid of to want to throw it out into a rented dumpster. What you have to consider is exactly where will you put that dumpster? If you have a driveway then you might be able to slip it in there but that will mean you’ll be parking on the street for the duration of the clean up. Having a dumpster placed on the street makes sense but there might be some Alameda city ordinances that require you to get a special permit for parking a dumpster on the street even if it is just for one day. Suddenly, what seemed like a simple idea is now getting very complicated.
Now consider that alternative suggestion of hiring professional junk haulers. You know just what you want taken away. It might be all the refuse from a major house cleaning or some construction waste from a remodeling job. Whatever that pile of junk becomes, the experience crew of junk haulers can show up at the appointed hour, load the trash into their truck and drive it away. You’ll barely remember you had it in the first place.
The other benefit of avoiding a dumpster is that you’re removing a potential target from trash pickers. A fully loaded dumpster might prove to be too tempting to the bottle collectors in your neighborhood. Do you really want them rummaging around in your trash? Cut to the chase and hire the pros, Junk King Alameda: They won’t let you down.

Appliance Buying Guide (And How to Get Rid of Old Appliances in Alameda)

If you’re tired of dealing with the same kitchen appliances that aren’t performing up to standard then it’s time you replace them. As you embark on your appliance shopping excursion, you’ll want to do a bit of considering first. Although you might think it’s simple to just swap one stove for another or trade an old refrigerator for a new one you actually have the opportunity to make some smart choices that can have a great impact on your energy bills and the way you use your kitchen.
First of all, size does matter. Make sure you take complete measurements of the appliances you plan on replacing. If it has been a while since you’ve bought new appliances you might find that the standard sizes have changed. The last thing you want to do is buy a stove that isn’t going to fit in the space between your cabinets. Take plenty of notes when you’re making you measurements. Get all the dimensions right and you shouldn’t have any problem finding the perfect fit!
Obviously, cost is going to be a factor for your purchase but it shouldn’t be a deterrent. You should check with the rebate fund that is being offered by the state for replacement of certain kitchen appliances. If you are trading in an old energy waster for a new Energy Star rated device you could be in for a rebate. Other than that you could also consider some financing deals being offered by the appliance store of your choice. These are big ticket items so the stores are eager to make a deal. You also have to think about the life of the appliance. Suppose you are buying a new refrigerator in the $800 range. If that fridge lasts 8 years (and why shouldn’t it?) you’re really paying a $100 a year which breaks down to pennies a day. That’s a pretty good deal for a brand new appliance!
Part of the cost to consider is also the warranties. A good thing to consider about warranties is the overall replacement cost. If you’re spending $100 on a DVD player and the warranty is $75 additional it’s probably better to skip the warranty and just buy a new player. The additional warranty only kicks in after the manufacturer’s warranty. Hopefully, you’ll discover if something is wrong within that period. Otherwise, on the more expensive appliances that you want to keep running properly, a warranty could be a good way to go.
Then there are all the “bells and whistles” to consider. If you’ve been working with old appliances then you’re going to be in for a real treat when it comes to all the programmable features and time saving devices that are incorporated into stoves, washing machines and dishwashers. Yes, everyone has gone high-tech and that’s a good thing!
Once you’ve picked out your new appliances make sure you arrange to get rid of the old ones by hiring a professional team of junk haulers that are local like Junk King Alameda. They’ll be able to take away your old appliances on the same day as the new ones arrive without skipping a beat!

5 Ways To Improve Your Oakland Home Décor

Ever since humans first crawled out of a cave and into a thatched hut, they have been finding ways to improve their home décor. Perhaps that is stretching the analogy a bit, but our homes are a reflection of our personalities. You can tell a lot about a person by the décor in their home. If they are world travelers then there might be plenty of artifacts brought back from faraway places. If they are a bit fastidious then there won’t be a throw pillow out of place. And you’ll certainly be able to tell when a baby has come into a home; they have a way of taking over! If you are looking for ways to improve your own home décor in Oakland consider these five tips:
  1. More Photographs: With all the new handheld devices, taking pictures has never been easier but that shouldn’t mean you stop printing out those pictures and hanging them up. Hanging photos of friends and special events gives any home a warm and cozy feeling. You can improve the décor by picking out distinctive frames and placing them in unique patterns along a wall or hallway. You might even want to dig into the old scrapbooks and see what family photos could be hung up to put a smile on everyone’s face.
  2. Add Accents: Minimalism is a style that calls for reducing furnishings to the bare essentials. That’s look that many folks find pleasing. However, going too minimalistic could present a cold atmosphere. A few well placed accents like pillows, throws, or small sculptures can be just what a room needs to elevate its personality.
  3. Consider Mirrors: Adding mirrors to any wall can give the illusion of creating more space. Just as with your photographs, you can also add a touch of flair to those mirrors by placing them within decorative frames. These can either be classic antiques or custom frames that blend in with the rest of your décor.
  4. Fresh Paint: It’s amazing how something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can uplift any room and turn it from dull to vibrant in a snap. As long as you’re considering a fresh paint job you might decide to go bold with your choice of color. There is no need to stick with white walls (unless that is your thing). Do yourself a favor and spend some time considering the possibilities of paint choices as your local paint store. You’ll be amazed at all the choices you have.
  5. Clear Out the Clutter: Finally, a positive way to improve your home décor is to make sure your home is free of clutter. This can easily be accomplished by calling upon the professional services of a dedicated team of junk haulers like Junk King Alameda. This crew can show up on the schedule day and take away all you unwanted furniture, rugs, boxes and other debris you’ve accumulated over the years. Once that clutter is gone, you’ll finally be free to turn your home into the kind of space you’ve always wanted it to be.

Oakland Mattress Buying and Disposal Guide

If you have reached the important decision to go out shopping for a new mattress then you will be presented with many options. You might want to stick with the same size bed that you’re sleeping on now but there’s no reason why you can’t upgrade to the next level. This would be especially true if you’re lucky enough to be sharing a bed with someone and have found that there is just not enough room for two! Among the sizes you’ll be able to pick from are the standard twin, the twin long, the double, the full and the Queen. There are also two types of king-size mattresses to select from: the Eastern King and the California King. If you’ve never had the simple pleasure of sleeping on the king-size mattress you really don’t know what you’re missing!
The King mattress is 76 inches wide and puts it at around 18 inches wider than your normal queen size bed. This allows each person 38 inches of elbow room. That’s about the same as you would get twin beds together. In fact most King mattresses come with twin box springs that make it easier to deliver. That’s because you can bend the mattress around the doorframe you can’t bend a box spring!
The California King is the same width as the Eastern King but it’s longer by about 4 inches. This is a great choice for people who are six tall or taller and also comes with twin box springs. It might seem like a bit of access to sleep on your own in a King size mattress but you certainly can’t complain about running out of space with a King mattress. Even with all that extra space you’ll still be able to “meet in the middle” if you so desire.
Before making the switch from a Queen to a King you need to make sure your bedroom can accommodate the extra space. This means it’s time to break out the tape measure. Although the rest of your bedroom furniture can still be part of the room you will definitely have to replace any headboard you have.
Additionally, you need to make arrangements to have your old mattress taken away. While it is true that some mattress companies offer mattress removal that is not something you can always guarantee will happen. If you hire an experienced mattress removal crew like Junk King Oakland then you can depend on them to get the job done. The other benefit is that this same crew probably will be able to remove some other junk items from your home during the same appointment. That is definitely something you won’t be able to accomplish with your mattress delivery guys.
This could mean you have the perfect opportunity to not only get rid of your old mattress but also get rid of some old furniture, electronic waste, garbage and other clutter that might be taking up space. You’ll get a good night sleep and have more room in your closets!

Alameda Moving and Junk Hauling

A typical moving day is equal parts excitement and trepidation. You just want this whole process to be over with and not have any damage caused to your stuff. You also want to look beyond the unpacking of all the boxes and being settled into your new living space. Once that has been accomplished you wonder what all the fuss was about. There are some moving day tips that can help you make for a smooth operation.
First of all, you want to do whatever you can to avoid confusion on moving day. Hopefully you will label all your boxes properly to let the movers know where they belong. You should also make corresponding signs or labels of the doors of your new home. Sure the movers will know exactly where the kitchen is but will they really be able to tell the master bedroom from the guest bedroom from the office? If that’s where you want your boxes to go then just take a note to the doors to let them know the right space. When it comes to your big pieces of furniture you should already have a plan laid out for just how you want them to be placed. You could try this with a floor plan you sketch out that you can share with the movers so they know exactly where you want things to go. And yes you’re well within your rights to change your mind once you see the furniture in the space!
The next tip to keep in mind is to make sure you’re covered on both ends of the move. If you’re having movers pack up your house you want to make sure you or someone you trust is there to supervise the action. And you should wait until the last item is on the truck before you head over to the new house. If you are watching everything leave your home and go on to the truck there should be no question of a lost or damaged item.
If you are bypassing professional movers and calling on friends to pitch in make sure you are just as organize for them as you would be with the professional movers. Your friends shouldn’t be packing boxes for you; that should be done well in advance. And make sure you’ve got plenty of cool drinks and snacks standing by to take care of your friends. A well fed group is a happy group.
Also, if you have a dog or young kid moving day is the perfect time to find a sitter for both of them. You don’t want to worry about either one of them getting trampled on.
Finally the best advice for a smooth moving day is not to move any of your old junk with you. This should mean setting up a junk moving day separate from the big move. On this day you can hire a junk hauling crew like Junk King to take away all that stuff you’ve discovered you don’t need any more. If you’re getting it fresh start with a new place you don’t want filled with old junk.

East Bay Refrigerator Disposal

School’s out which means the neighbors will soon be teeming with kids looking for things to do. Recently, a group of youngsters from East Bay took a bus trip up to Sacramento to champion a high-quality summer program for low-income neighborhoods. This is actually a very serious issue facing kids and is called the “summer slide.” A study has found that for kids who take the summer off from being engaged in learning tend to drift further away from developing the skills they’ll need when they return to school. This doesn’t mean that kids should stay in school year round (although some parents might like that!). Instead, they should be given the opportunity to enroll in programs that bring them structure and fun activity like sports, reading and field trips.
That’s just what those East Bay kids were doing as they toured the capital and got to ask lawmakers what their favorite summers were when they were kids. Everyone has a fond memory of vacations by the beach or up in the mountains. Maybe it was a cross country trip with the whole family packed into a RV. Whatever the memory, summer is definitely a time for kids to be outdoors engaged in all kinds of fun. The goal is to have a safe summer. Every 4th of July we’re reminded of the dangers of playing with fireworks with displays of department store mannequins getting blown up by firecrackers. However, there is another danger that could be found around neighborhoods in the form of abandoned refrigerators.
All it takes is one tragedy to release how crucial it is to properly dispose of your old refrigerators. Even putting an old fridge in your garage isn’t 100% full proof. There is simply no telling what kind of exploration a kid will get into over the summer. And don’t try saying, “Stay out of the garage.”  That’s just an open invitation to go there! The best course of action would be to hire a professional hauling company like Junk King to take away that refrigerator and dispose of it properly. Not only can you rest assured that you’re unused appliance won’t cause any harm; you’ll actually be in compliance with the law.
If you decide to keep that fridge then you either have to remove the door or padlock it. Taking off the door is easy but then you’ve got the door and the fridge sitting there collecting dust and rust. The padlock option is viable but the bigger question is why are you going to hold onto something that you’ll never use again? Do you really want to waste the storage space? One call and you can have the icebox taken away. And while you’re at it, you might also find several move large items worthy of the trash heap. Just because the junk haulers are taking away your fridge doesn’t mean they can’t also take away all your other trash!

East Bay Foreclosure Clean Out

According to a recent article in the Bay Citizen, the East Bay area’s foreclosure crisis hasn’t let up. In a new survey released by the realty service DataQuick found that just in the first quarter of 2011 6,437 East Bay homes were sent into foreclosure. This shows an increase from the same period last year. That’s certainly not good news for those unfortunate homeowners. However, there could be a silver lining in those foreclosures as savvy real estate investors come on board for some potentially lucrative deals. A looming foreclosure market is actually good for buyers. Of course, to be profitable in this arena those homes need to get back into shape and become market ready. If you’re getting into this game then you should be looking for a reputable East Bay foreclosure clean out company like Junk King to help your real estate business.
Just because a home has been slapped with a foreclosure label doesn’t always mean it is in distress. But chances are that foreclosed home is going to need a top to bottom cleaning. If a former homeowner has been forcibly asked to leave they really aren’t going to care what they leave behind. In some cases, these folks might literally toss the key over their shoulder and never look back. This could mean they have left behind all kinds of furniture and garbage. All of that has to be hauled away.
Then there is the issue of the kitchen. If the power has been shut off, then the fridge has turned into a storage locker for all kinds of “science experiments.”  It might be easier to just wrap up that fridge and haul it away “lock, stock and barrel!” And don’t forget you’ll have all the kitchen cabinets and drawers to contend with. All of that will need to be cleaned out before you can even think about posting a “for sale” sign on the front lawn.
In one respect, a foreclosure clean out is a simple job to accomplish provided you’ve got the right crew on your side. There won’t be an issue of what needs to be kept because everything is going to be tossed out. All the furniture, rugs, drapes, carpet and garbage can be carried right from the home into the truck. That means you just have to make sure that your clean-up crew has a big enough truck to handle the job.
Once all the junk has been removed from the home then it’s time to start scrubbing, sweeping and moping. You might be considering a new paint job to help spruce up the foreclosed home or you can just settle for a deep cleaning. Unless you’re going for all white walls, it might be better to leave the new paint job for the new owners; you just want to make sure the walls are clean! Depending on the scope of the job, it might take one or two days before you’re ready to show the home. At least with a professional foreclosure clean out all you have to worry about it lining up the potential buyers!
For the best in East Bay Foreclosure clean outs simply call Junk King Alameda at 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.

Oakland Furniture Pickup

An end of an era has hit Oakland. That would be the actual end of the last World War II-era military hospital in California, the Oak Knoll U.S. Naval Medical Center. It has been targeted for implosion. This is the last building standing from the original 167 acre medical complex in Oakland. In its heyday, this center was home to military barracks, stores and administration buildings along with the hospital. It’s going to take 800 pounds of dynamite to bring down this building and then the real clean-up can begin.
Imagine for a moment, if you were put in charge of that cleanup. First of all, this building was officially decommissioned 15 years ago. That meant it was probably stripped to its bare bones.  All the hospital files, furniture and equipment would have been long gone. Anything else of value like lighting fixtures, sconces, copper pipes or scrap metal would have also been pulled out. Basically, what you would be left with would be tons of concrete, wood, rebar and glass. Not exactly the most “friendly” pile of garbage. It’s also probably going to take months to haul away all that garbage dump truck by dump truck.
What would happen if you had to decommission your Oakland home? Perhaps that’s a drastic question to ask, but you’ve probably got some big items in your house that you could do without; specifically some old furniture. The number one reason why people hang on to their old furniture is that they don’t have any viable way of getting rid of it. That has changed thanks to the emergence of your local Oakland based furniture pickup crew – Junk King. These are experienced haulers who have the muscle and the trucks to take away any large furniture item in your home that has seen better days. You don’t have to wait any longer to get rid of something that is an eyesore.
Having a professional team of haulers take away your furniture is a much better choice than dragging that sofa or easy chair out to the curb and hope it will magically disappear. The big problem with that option is that the furniture ends up getting wet, moldy and disgusting forcing the city to take out time from providing other services to pickup that sofa. Before that it’s just a plain hazard. Also consider that you could actually be fined for illegally dumping that furniture on the street. Yes, there are laws on the books in Oakland that target folks who want to make streets their own dumping ground.
The other benefit with hiring a professional company like Junk King to handle your furniture pickup is that you’ll know who you’re inviting into your home. You really don’t want to take a risk with day laborers.   To schedule an Oakland Furniture Pickup appointment today simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.