Monthly Archives: March 2011

Get Rid of Those Creepy Crawlers by Cleaning out the Attic

Have you heard any things that go bump in the night coming from inside your home? Seriously, is your house making noises at night? We’re not talking the typical creaking and moaning that a house does when it “sighs” after a hard day of providing shelter. Instead, these are the noises of something creeping or crawling in the rafters. Not something you want to think about, but it’s a problem that San Antonio homeowners are constantly dealing with. One of the hot zones for nocturnal intruders is the attic. These critters find their way into the rafters and make themselves right at home. Part of the problem could be all that junk you have up in the attic; it’s just too easy to burrow into.
Much like our basements and garages, our attics become the dumping ground of our lives. There’s a thin line between precious keepsakes and junk. If you waver over whether or not to toss out an item, then it goes into the “keepsake”  pile. Of course, this pile ultimately becomes the junk pile when you ask yourself, “Why am I keeping this?” Until then, that junk ends up in the attic. This same thing happens with all kinds of stuff like old baby furniture, lamps, end tables, trunks, and suitcases. The theory goes that if you spent money for something, you can’t just toss is away. Actually, you can; especially if you have out grown that item or it’s no longer working. Do you really need to keep the suitcase with the busted zipper? Is that ugly lamp ever going to reappear anywhere in your home?
And let’s not forget all the holiday clutter that ends up in the attic. We’re not talking about the precious ornaments that have a prominent place on the annual Christmas tree. No, we’re referring to the plastic Santas that have seen better days or the huge inflatable snow globe that was fun until it popped. Admit it; you’re still hanging onto that stuff aren’t you? So, if you’re now accepting that those keepsakes have transformed into junk it’s time to call in a professional cleanup crew to sweep through the attic and get rid off of it all.
Here’s how that can work. You call up the local San Antonio company who specializes in this kind of operation – Junk King. They’ll send over a team to get a sense of the job and give you a free on site estimate. While you’re giving the junk removal team a tour of your attic, you might become inspired to part with some other junk you’ve been holding onto. Why not take them through your closets, basements or garages and point out more stuff that can be hauled away. Doing that means you’ll be getting the most bang for your buck on clean up day. Once you’ve agreed to a price and schedule a day, all you’ll need to do is be there to let the crew in and show them to the attic door. They’ll take care of all the rest! Isn’t it time to take back your attic from the “unwanted guests?”

Garage Clean Out Time: Use the Space for Your Car

Here’s a simple question for all you garage owners out there: When was the last time you actually parked you car in your garage? Remember when you first considered buying the San Antonio home you’re living in now? If you talked about it to friends or family, you probably gave them the rundown of how many bedrooms and bathrooms there were. You knew the square footage and whether or not your kitchen appliances were new. Then there was the garage. This is always a big selling point especially if it’s a two car garage. That can only mean you’re achieved that level of success not only to have two cars, but to have a place to put them. So, you signed the contracts, put down your deposit and closed the deal. For many folks, they might have used that two car garage for parking their cars in the first week, but soon after that something else took over the garage: junk!
Don’t feel guilty. This happens to most people. Ironically, the first sign of trouble could be on that very first move in day. Just where did all those empty boxes go? Admit it: They were tossed into the garage. As soon as it became acceptable to put a “thing” in the garage, it was long before everything else that you found no use for ended up in there. Sure, if you could throw these things away you would. But what are you going to do with the water skis, the tennis gear or the skateboards that nobody is using anymore? What about all stuff you’ve replaced in your home? Could your list of garage junk include a non-working air conditioner? An ugly ceiling fan? A box of tacky looking curtains?
The garage is also a magnet for things like broken refrigerators, ratty sofas or lumpy mattresses. And let’s not forget all the auto parts. It makes sense that if you have a garage and you have someone who likes to tinker with cars that they would use this space for their work. But how many tires, fenders, or parts from an engine are lying around just getting rusty? If any of this sounds familiar to you then you should be thinking about hiring a professional crew like Junk King San Antonio to come and clean out that garage.
Once you’ve gotten the garage cleaned out, what will you do with the space? Sure, you can finally give your cars a home, but there are many other options. With a little waterproofing and weather sealing, you could convert the garage into a home office or guest room. Some folks have gone as far as taking down the remote sliding door and replacing it with a wall with windows. The only reason you don’t get more use out of your garage probably has more to do with all the junk that’s in there rather than your lack of a need. One call to Junk King, who specializes in this kind of garage clean up, and your junk woes will be gone for good.