You probably have a rough idea of what your home is worth based on what other homes are selling for in the neighborhood. However, your “guess” can’t be used to sell your own home or refinance your mortgage. To make that happen you need a certified home appraisal. Before the appraiser shows up, there are some proactive steps you can take to boost your home’s value. Here’s what you can do:
When was the last time you painted your home? If it hasn’t happened since you moved in several years ago, then you’re long over do. Not only will fresh paint help you with the appraisal but it can also help selling your home. The idea is to paint with neutral colors. This isn’t the time to let your “wild side” come out. As for your home’s exterior, if painting isn’t practical or cost effective, then consider a good power washing.
Make Minor Repairs
There are always a least a dozen little repairs needed to be taken care of in any home. Now is the time to get those repairs knocked out. If you don’t have the time or DIY skills, then consider hiring a handyman for the day. It is a very cost-effective way to make those fixes.
Write Out Improvements
Over the years, you might have made several major improvements on your home such as a new roof, water heater or AC. Those aren’t always obvious to an appraiser. That is why you should write out a list of all the major improvements you’ve taken on and what investment you made in them. Those could reflect positively on your final number.
Enhance Curb Appeal
What does your home look like from the outside? That is the first question the appraiser will ask and find an answer to. Make sure your lawn is freshly mowed, shrubbery is pruned and fresh flowers are planted.
You’ll want to clear your property of any rubbish even if that rubbish is in storage. It is much better to present an empty garage or shed to an appraiser than one overflowing with junk. A single appointment with Junk King Chicago West can take care of this task. A professional team of movers will be dispatched to do all the lifting and loading for you. There is no limit to the amount of furniture, appliances and other household goods you can get rid of in a single junk removal session. Boost your chances for a favorable home appraisal with help from Junk King Chicago West.
Are you ready to be your own boss? This could be the year you finally start your own business. That will be a very exciting challenge to take on. To make sure you are on the path of success, you’ll want to consider going slow and “check off all the boxes” that you’ll need to do before you can start the business. Here is a good home business start up checklist to work through:
Setting up a business in your home might require permits or licenses. That all depends on the neighborhood you live in and sometimes these regulations vary from block to block. It is a good idea to check with the city to see what restrictions are in place with regard to setting up a home business. Remember, a business that is conducted strictly online vs. a business that is making a product could fall under different categories even though they are both businesses.
Does your homeowners policy cover a home-based business? You might have possessions covered like a computer but the moment you bring in additional equipment for a business it might need to be covered by a separate policy. That also holds true for any employees you might hire. You might start with using independent contractors and insurance wouldn’t be an issue for them. But if you’re going to have a lot of vendors coming in and out of your home, you have to consider liability especially if you have a dog.
You need to set up a legal structure for your business that will provide you with a level of protection. Typically, this would mean incorporating your business or setting up a limited liability company or LLC. These are scenarios best discussed with a professional accountant.
You might also be hiring an accountant to handle your books. You’ll want to set up separate business accounts from your personal accounts to avoid “mingling.” Be sure to keep records of all your expenses and activities. That will come in handy when it is time to file your taxes.
Your home business needs a dedicate space to work from. If you don’t have a spare room, consider utilizing a garage or basement space. It will help to clear out all the unwanted clutter to make room for this office area. This is a job that is perfect for Junk King Chicago West. One call to these junk hauling pros will put a plan into action that includes a pair of dedicated workers and a huge moving truck. That’s all you’ll need to get rid of just about anything you want from your home. Get your home business off to a good start with junk clearing help from Junk King Chicago West.
Every Chicago resident knows that in the winter it gets cold. Really cold. There is no avoiding that. But you can learn how to adapt to the cold. If you are new to the Chicago area or even a longtime resident, you can benefit from some of these warming tips for the next Chicago winter:
Warm Your Body First
When you are inside a cold house your body that it is to warm up the entire house. Instead of cranking up the heat, why not put on an extra layer of clothing? You will feel warm right away and your utility bill might just be lower. That extra layer of clothing could also include a hat. You might’ve heard that you lose 80% of your body heat through your head. That’s not actually true. But you do lose heat from any surface that’s exposed. Wearing a hat inside isn’t a bad idea.
Turn On Your Ceiling Fan
It might seem counterintuitive to turn on a fan when you’re trying to warm up but a ceiling fan can actually help circulate rising warm air. Put it on its lowest setting and make sure it is in a clockwise direction that pushes air down.
Take Cold and Hot Showers
Yes, hot showers will warm you up but cold showers actually improve your body’s circulation between skin and organs. Cold showers of also known to help improve your immune system. You can alternate between cold and hot to get all the benefits.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat lets you warm up the house a half an hour before you get home. That way you don’t have to keep the heat on all day just to come into a comfy house. A lot of these new programmable thermostats can also be connected to a Smartphone app.
Turn On the Oven
Winter is a perfect time for baking. The longer you keep that oven on, the more you warm up the entire house. Time to break out those cookie recipes!
It’s another consideration to get ready for winter is to toss out all your winter clutter. That would be all the things that you once used at this time a year but are no longer utilizing. All your old sweaters, boots, coats, scarves and hats could all be turned over to Junk King Chicago West for quick disposal. You can also include any winter sporting equipment that has seen better days. All of that stuff can be donated to a charity so it doesn’t have to go to waste. Getting rid of winter clutter might not warm you up but it will certainly make you feel better around the house. Put Junk King Chicago West on that job today.
You probably do a little recycling every day. Anytime you put a plastic water bottle or soda can into a recycling bin, you are helping the process of recycling, repurposing and reusing. This common recycling has become a matter of routine but you might not be aware of the big picture. Here are some fascinating recycling facts that will make you appreciate your efforts even more:
In the United States, aluminum cans are probably the most recycled item. An aluminum can that you toss out today could end up back on your grocery shelf in just less than two months. Recycling one aluminum can help save enough energy to run your television for three hours. Why is recycling aluminum so important? If left in a landfill, a single aluminum can could stay in its present form for up to 500 years.
There are over 80 billion aluminum cans used each year around the world. Many years ago aluminum was actually more valuable than gold. It’s also one of those elements that can be recycled over and over again.
Reading your newspapers on line or on a tablet is a good way to save paper. Half 1 million trees are cut down just to produce the Sunday newspapers each week. You could save 75,000 trees by just recycling and days worth of New York Times newspapers. If we recycled all newspapers, then we could save over 250 million trees each year.
The average person uses at least seven trees each year through wood, paper and other products made from trees. That means over 2 trillion trees are cut down and used throughout the course of a year. Most people throw away paper but it adds up to around 680 pounds for each person. Every 2,000 pounds of paper that is recycled can save 17 trees, 350 gallons of oil and reduce landfill space.
Another important recycling fact to know is the diversion rate. That’s the percentage of how much stuff is kept out of a landfill. Some cities are aiming for a zero waste. That would equal 100% diversion rate. That’s the type of gold that needs to get everyone on board. A company like Junk King Chicago West is already ahead of the game with a 60% diversion rate. This is a company that makes a point of donating or recycling the bulk of what they collect every single day. That is translated into tons of materials being kept out of landfills. If you’re looking for a way to extend your recycling program, then count on Junk King Chicago West to be your perfect recycling partner.
Basic recycling is actually very easy. Once you know that your recycling is going to be picked up every week it becomes a matter of routine to sort out the papers, plastics and soda cans. The challenge is for those items that aren’t going to fit into the recycling bin. What happens when you want to take care of big appliance recycling? That is a task best turned over to Junk King Chicago West.
Sooner or later, your refrigerator, dishwasher or wash machine is going to give out on you. Any one of those big appliances can actually be recycled. That doesn’t automatically mean it will be melted down and used to create new steel. Dropping an appliance off at a charity that repairs them could also be considered as recycling. Both of those options are on the table when you hire Junk King Chicago West. They make this type of drop-off every week and it is part of their complete junk removal package.
You also need at least two movers to get that big appliance out of your house. That is also what Junk King will provide. These movers have been licensed and insured. That makes them the exact type of worker you should be inviting into your home. Although your main objective might be to get rid of that big appliance, there is no reason why you can’t put the Junk King crew to work around the rest of your house moving any other unwanted items. Take full advantage of this crew to clear out the clutter from your closets and the rubbish from your garage. They can also climb up and down the stairs to get at any old furniture either in the attic or down in the basement. But you don’t have to stop there. Junk King Chicago West can also clear way any yard debris. Your crew won’t be afraid to get their hands dirty when it comes to removing your rubbish.
As for scheduling, Junk King works around your schedule. You can coordinate the big appliance pick up on the same day that you have the new appliance scheduled for delivery. When it comes a junk clearing and big appliance recycling, Junk King Chicago West is the best partner for this task.
It’s hard to imagine any business is doesn’t have a steady stream of deliveries throughout the week. This is especially true with a retail store or restaurant. Everything that comes into a business either is used right away or is put into storage. All of this means that space at your commercial property is always at a premium. That is why it’s always a good idea to get rid of as much junk as possible on a regular basis. That’s where Junk King Chicago West comes into play. You can set up a weekly, biweekly or monthly pickup with these professional junk haulers that one sure the rubbish doesn’t pile up around your company.
Junk King Chicago West has an excellent reputation among the many businesses in the area. Store managers know they can depend on the Junk King crews to efficiently and quickly load up any amount of rubbish they need to get rid of. It doesn’t matter the size or weight of the stuff you want to get rid of. Even if something has to be taken apart like a display case or piece of furniture, then you can count on the Junk King crews to handle that task as well.
The cost for hiring Junk King makes good business sense. This is the company that takes a fair approach to junk hauling. They don’t charge by the pound. After all, how could you way the stuff you want to get rid of? Instead, Junk King has a pricing structure that reflects the amount of space your junk will fill on the back of the truck. This estimate is derived at once the crews have had a chance to size up all the things they want to get rid of. For an ongoing junk removal appointment, the price could remain the same if you are throwing out the same amount of stuff with each session. That would make budgeting very easy.
It’s also a good business to promote your company as a green company. That’s not just about being energy efficient at your property but by also being eco-friendly with disposing of your rubbish. Junk King Chicago West automatically will drop off what they collect from you at recycling center or local charity at no extra charge. Working with Junk King Chicago West on a regular basis will ensure your business is always junk free.
Most customers will let a business know how they are performing right on the spot. There’s also the opportunity for a “follow-up” in the form of an online review. A company like Junk King Chicago West earns rave reviews from the vast majority of their customers. Here is what has been posted in the last couple of days:
“These guys are a life saver! Very friendly with a super affordable service. I have used the Junk King twice and have recommended the service to friends and family. Thanks Junk Kings for saving my back!” – J.F. Plainfield
When Junk King says they going to do all the work they mean that quite literally. You should never feel guilty about asking them to remove any heavy object even if that includes climbing up and down stairs. Don’t bring anything down to the front lawn. Let Junk King do all the heavy lifting.
“Today Thor and French came to my house. They worked very hard and made adjustments when necessary. Some pieces of furniture were quite large and heavy. They took the pieces apart and got them out of my house without any damage to my walls. Not one complaint either. They even took extra time and effort to take a part of the furniture off and give it to me for sentimental reason upon my request. I sure appreciated Thor’s and French’s extra effort and friendliness today. I will be calling Junk King again!” – M.K., Wayne
In some instances, it is hard to let go of the things you have around your house. With Junk King Chicago West on the job, you can be assured that what you’re giving away can find its way into being used again. Most of what they collect that is usable will be dropped off at a local charity. Don’t ever think of your junk getting trashed with Junk King Chicago West on the job.
“Matthew called a day before the pickup to ask about the contents of my request. The day of pickup he called at 9; my time was 9 to 11, to say he would arrive in 25 minutes, and he did! This was easy and I will use Junk King again!” – L.H., Naperville
Are you ready for fast junk removal? Then you’re ready to hire Junk King Chicago West.
The average person creates close to 4 pounds of garbage in a day. That means an average family of four could be tossing out up to 200 pounds of trash each week. That’s easy to take care of with your weekly garbage pickup. But what about those trash items that weigh a bit more or won’t fit into the garbage can? An old lawnmower is a perfect example. No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to cram that into a trashcan the less you take it apart piece by piece. That’s not very practical. What is practical is bringing in the pros from Junk King Chicago West to take care of that old lawnmower and the rest of your unwanted clutter.
Even though that old lawnmower might have served you well over the years, the moment it stops working is a moment you need to get rid of it. There’s no reason to take a valuable space in your garage or tool shed with a machine that’s never going to be used again. Junk King will send over a pair of movers and a big truck capable of holding that lawnmower. Once the mower is loaded up, the crew from Junk King can set their sights on the rest of your unwanted clutter.
What kind of stuff do you have in your backyard that you’d like to get rid of? An old hammock? A bird fountain? Patio furniture? Hot tub? Yes, there’s no end to what Junk King Chicago West can haul away.
Although your focus might be on all the backyard debris, you can also ask the Junk King team to remove any bulky items from inside of your home. This is a great chance to clear out the spare room to make into a bedroom for holiday guests. All those old pieces of furniture, appliances and other boxes of rubbish you have in the garage can all be packed onto the back of the Junk King truck. Its how the truck will be packed that will determine what price you’ll pay. This is an estimated fee that will be presented to you by the crew once they’ve size up all the things you want to get rid of.
Getting rid of an old lawnmower and unwanted clutter is not a challenge when you’ve got Junk King Chicago West on the job.
When it comes to recycling there’s always more you can do. This doesn’t have to be done out of guilt or obligation but instead as a matter of routine. The work you do to make your home green will go a long way towards helping everyone in Chicago benefit from clean-air and water. Here are some ways to expand your green plan:
Create a Compost Station
Every day you toss out scraps that could be turned into fertilizer. You can set up a compost station in your backyard or patio. These bins can easily be built with a lumber or bought as a prefabricated unit. The scraps go in, worms that you add feast and the result is rich compost. This works great for your garden but you might also be able to sell your compost to other gardeners.
Seal Your Windows
It makes no sense having a programmable thermostat to lower your home energy costs if all that warm air is going right out the window. The over the home the greater the chance that you need weatherstripping around your windows and doors. If you’re not sure if there’s a draft, then try holding a candle up to the window. If the light flickers, then there’s a draft. The simplest form of weatherstripping is like applying scotch tape to a package. Very easy to do.
Fix Leaks and Running Toilets
The drip of a faucet or toilet is means you are wasting water. It might not seem like a lot at first but it could be gallons by the end of a typical day. That’s why you want to tackle any leak or running toilet as quickly as it happens. In both instances, these are simple DIY fixes. You’ll find plenty of help online to walk you through the process.
All that rainwater that pours out of your gutters needs to go somewhere. Instead of flowing away, you could collect some of it in a rain barrel. That water can then be used to water your gardens or washer car. A decent size barrel can collect up to 300 gallons of water.
Recycle Your Rubbish
Getting rid of your rubbish is going to make your living space a lot more accommodating. Most of what you want to throw away can also be recycled if you hire a company like Junk King Chicago West. The teams working for Junk King have all been trained to sort through what they collect to pull out those items that can be repurposed or donated. This is a process that’s going to happen whether US for do not. That’s just the Junk King way. Recycle your rubbish the right way by letting Junk King Chicago West haul it off today.
Sooner or later, everything in your home will need to be replaced. Just think about how many different televisions you have had since you moved in. What about your mattress and the appliances in the kitchen? Yes, they may all last a long time but sooner or later, they will start to wear down. When that happens you are faced with the choice of fix, keep or toss. He is how that breaks down:
When something breaks down in your home the first inclination is to check the warranty. Obviously, if it is still covered then absolutely bring in a repair person. What you have to be careful about is exactly what you’re warranty covers. You might also want to do a little investigating online and find out if a repair is something you could do on your own. That is a good option when the warranty has run out. Although fixing an appliance is a good temporary solution chances are that same device will eventually break down again.
When something breaks down and isn’t immediately repaired there is an inclination to put it in storage in the hopes that someday it will get fixed. That usually works for smaller things like vacuum cleaners or blenders. However, it’s not uncommon for bigger items like a washer or stove to be tucked in the garage waiting repairs. Of course, it means replacing that item. Once that happens, forget about the broken thing because it’s no longer a priority. That means it’s just taking up valuable storage space and will probably never be used again. That doesn’t seem very practical.
The smart move is to get rid of something that can no longer be fixed. Not only would that hold true to things like kitchen appliances but also bigger items like a backyard tool shed. When something like that has become to beat down by the weather, then it’s time to dismantle it and have it hauled away. One call to Junk King Chicago West takes care of that. Junk King has been hauling away all kinds of unwanted rubbish for over 10 years. They’ve perfected how to accomplish this task with very little effort on your part. All you need to do is show the Junk King crew what you want taken away and it is as good as gone. If you need to toss out junk, then Junk King Chicago West is the only call to make.