What is the single item that causes the most clutter in your home? It is unopened mail? Shoes? Magazines? Those are actually easy to deal with. Fifteen minutes covers the mail. Toss the magazines you’ve already read and put the shoes back in the closet. What about some bigger clutter items like old cardboard boxes. You might have them broken down and stacked in a corner of your basement but guess what? That makes them a fire hazard. Time to get rid of them. To make that happen, you’ll want to bring in Junk King Chicago West.
How can Junk King help you with your junk and clutter removal? First, they make it easy to schedule. You can book online right now. You just need to pick a date and a two-hour window that will give them time to get from one gig to the next. That date can be early morning or over the weekend.
Next, they’ll provide you with your own private moving crew. Much like the crew you hired to get into your home, the Junk King squad knows how to lift and load heavy object. Of course, your things will be going on a one-way trip out of your life for good. Having this crew on hand means you don’t have to lift anything. The only effort you’ll exert is opening your door and pointing to things you want taken away.
Junk King also helps by offering the fairest pricing policy around. Their fees are based on how the stuff will get packed on the truck. The less space your stuff takes up, the less you’ll be paying. Weight is never an issue.
Finally, Junk King helps keep Chicago green. We’re not talking about the river on St. Patrick’s Day but keeping as much of what they collect out of local landfills. It’s all about recycling center and charity drop offs for Junk King. Are you ready to get rid of your cardboard boxes and the rest of your clutter? Then Junk King Chicago West is the only way to go.
Do you dread the thought of shopping for a new car? Is it because you know you’ll be spending five hours at a dealership? It doesn’t have to be that way. The more “homework” you do in advance of your trip to the showroom, the better off the whole experience will be. Put these new car shopping tips to work for you:
Research Vehicles and Features
Do you a car in mind or are you open to all possibilities? The best place to start is online. The Edmunds New Car Buying Guides is a terrific resource that has photos, information and reviews from owners. You’ll be able to narrow down your choice to style, make and model. Once you’re armed with that information, you’ll want to look for the dealers in your area that are carrying the cars you’re interested in. Now you have your targets.
Get Preapproved for a Loan
It would be great if you could walk into a showroom, point to car and plunk down a stack of cash. That is a rarity. Most likely, you’ll be taking out a loan to pay for your car. Here is where the dealership tries to rope you in and wear you down. This is what takes the longest amount of time as they go back and forth between you and their “manager.” You can bypass all of that be getting preapproved for a loan.
Plan Your Trade-In
If you’re planning on trading in your car, then you’ll want to research the estimated trade-in value. This will be based on make, mileage and condition. You have to be honest with condition. This is where you should lower your expectations. However, if you feel like the dealer isn’t offering you’re a fair price, then you’re under no obligation to trade in your car. You could sell it privately. Just know that even a few thousand dollars will help bring down the overall cost and lower your monthly payments.
After everything has been worked out, you’ll be bringing your new ride home. Obviously, you’ll want to protect it from the elements and that means parking it in the garage. Does your garage have the space? One session with Junk King Chicago West is all you will need to get your garage clear of all your unwanted rubbish. You just tell the Junk King team what you want removed and they’ll handle the rest. Simple. Make your garage ready for the new car with help from Junk King Chicago West.
The struggle is real. That would be the struggle to get your family to help clean up after themselves. No matter how many times you ask, they also seem to come up with an excuse or distraction. All of this leads to a lot of tension around the house. There has to be a better way and that might come through the right motivation. Here’s what to think about:
Set a Good Example
If you think back to when your kids were toddler age, then you would remember that they copied everything you did. They are much more responsive to what you do rather than what you do. That means you have to keep your “zones” clear of clutter and clean. It is hard to get them to clean the bathroom, when your bathroom isn’t clean.
Give Kids Ownership
Yes, it is your house and therefore your rules but you can instill a sense of pride for the home in your kids. That happens when you give them some ownership of their space. Let them arrange the furniture in their room or paint a bookshelf. If they have decorations to put on the wall, then let them pick the perfect spot. That can soon meld into encouraging them to pick up their toys and make their beds.
Define the Tasks
Kids are the masters of finding loopholes. They love to take things literally and that allows them to get out of all kinds of chores. This is why you need to define the tasks. Give them a list of all the things that are expected of them and what the standards are to each task. This approach also applies to your teens that might be even savvier when it comes to finding loopholes.
Set Time Limits
Cleaning up around the house shouldn’t be an open-ended task. You can set the time it will take for them to complete the job and then give them a little extra time. If they can’t complete the task within that time, then there needs to be consequences like no TV or video games.
As they the family begins to get into the habit of cleaning, they might volunteer a lot of things to get rid of that can’t be tossed out in the trash. That’s the time to bring in Junk King Chicago West. Junk King provides the manpower and the truck space you need to get rid of appliances, e-waste and furniture. Let Junk King Chicago West help your family clean the house and get rid of all the clutter today.
The DuPage River, that runs through Wheaton, is getting an unusual type of cleanup help from 9,000 mussels. The mollusks are going to be released in the river by the Forest Preserve. Why mussels? It turns out that are terrific natural filters. Researchers from Stanford University studied how mussels work to keep freshwater ecosystems free of pollution. In that study, the researchers found that mussels “removed up to 80 percent of some of the chemicals” within 72 hours. The study’s co-author, Richard Luthy, said, “Each mussel filters about two liters of water a day, so it doesn’t take a whole lot to improve water quality.”
Of course, if you were looking to get your home clean, then dumping 9,000 mussels might not be the way to go. Instead, here in Wheaton, you can always count on Junk King Chicago West for a reliable cleanup.
Junk King is proud to proclaim they do all the work. But that work can’t begin until you’ve put in some time sorting through your stuff. You might already have a few objects in mind that you want to get rid of like an old table or sofa down in the basement or a futon in the upstairs guest room. You don’t have to stop there. As long s Junk King is providing movers and a truck, go big. Take the time to sort through all your closets and pull out the stuff that you can do without. Just imagine all the space you’ll be opening up in there. It’s going to make looking for an outfit a whole new experience.
To set up your junk removal session, you need to pick a day and two-window that works best for your time. Junk King doesn’t want to keep you tied up all day. A typical phone company service call might have you waiting for four hours and then another four hours to work on the problem. Junk King will be in and out a lot quicker than that. And everything collected by Junk King won’t automatically end up in a dump. It could turn up at a charity or recycling center. The quickest way to get rid of your junk in Wheaton is to give it all to Junk King Chicago West today.
Whenever a winter storm blasts through Chicago, the cleanup crews spring into action. First comes the salt trucks to lay down a layer of melting minerals in the hopes that ice won’t take hold. Of course, that often results in mush on the road. After the salt goes down, the snow plows kick into high gear as they wind their way throughout the city. Again, unintended consequences often result in clear roads but snow bank mountains along the sidewalk. Until the cleanup crews do their thing, all other city services come to a halt. That is when you notice how quickly garbage can pile up. Waiting one day for a pickup isn’t bad but if that stretches beyond that, then there is going to be a huge mess. Thankfully, these crews don’t mind racking up overtime to get the job done.
What about a cleanup from around your home? Everyone should pitch in with cleaning their own rooms and their own messes. But there are some cleanup jobs that can’t be handled without outside help. What happens when you decide to toss out that ratty loveseat or old tube TV? That’s not something the city cleanup crews can handle. For that kind of help, you need to bring in the pros from Junk King Chicago West.
Like the city crews, Junk King has the manpower to get your cleanup job done. That manpower comes from the two movers who will be assigned to your junk removal session. This is a team that has been thoroughly trained on the proper way of removing heavy or bulk items. They are also insured and bonded. That puts them in a trustworthy category that sets them apart from other so-called professionals.
The Junk King crew is happy to tackle any removal challenge you throw at them. They can take apart a pool table, lift a treadmill or dismantle an entertainment center. All those pieces will then be loaded onto the truck and out of your home for good. Won’t that make a world of difference? When you need to take care of junk cleanup around your house, you can always depend on Junk King Chicago West for a rapid response.
Remember those cute onsies you had for your little one? How fast did they grow out of them? One thing is for sure, kids grow up fast. The first couple of years are all about crib time but now they’ve outgrown the crib and are ready to make the switch to a toddler bed. Here are some good tips on how to make that a smooth transition:
Lock Down the Bedtime Routine
Before you make the big transition, you have to make sure you’ve got a regular bedtime routine locked down. That includes any and all rituals it takes to get your kid to drift off to slumber land. This might be a good time to finally stop and drinks in the crib/bed before sleep. The goal is that the only difference will be where the child goes to sleep, not how.
Get Them Excited
You want to get your toddler excited about the idea of “big kid” beds. That can start with any young family members like cousins or other siblings who are already snoozing in their own beds. There are also a lot of books on the subject. Just as you probably used books for potty training, you can also get the toddler excited by introducing the concept through their “reading material.”
Wait Until Potty Training Is Done
You don’t want to introduce a bed while your toddler is still going through potty training. That same thing applies if you’re moving to a new house. You just don’t want to overload them with new concepts. Even after the potty training is complete, you’ll probably want to keep them in training diapers for the first few weeks.
Position the Bed in the Same Spot as the Crib
It will help if your little one can look up and see all the familiar corners and walls that he was used to in the crib. That’s why you’ll want to put the bed in the same spot as the crib.
Once the switch has been made, there won’t be any going back. That means you’ll have a crib and some other baby furniture that is not being used. You can hang onto it for a little while just in case there might be another “surprise.” When you’re ready to get rid of that old baby furniture, turn it over to Junk King Chicago West. These are expert junk haulers who can not only move those heavy items out of the house but they can also take them apart first. And with Junk King on the job, that furniture won’t go to waste. They’ll make every effort to donate it to a local charity where it can help a family in need. To make the toddler bed switch, you’ll need help with furniture hauling from Junk King Chicago West.
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.