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3 Services That Can Make DIY Home Remodeling Easier

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=ra-6176d7df6127ae4b“></script>Homeowners love to improve their living spaces.

Many do so to improve livability and potential resale value, while others simply want to enjoy their homes more. Either way, this has traditionally led to a variety of DIY home remodeling projects. These range from major kitchen remodels to garage makeovers to deck or patio additions.

And, perhaps most often, a DIY bathroom remodel.

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Making Use of Design Services for a DIY Bathroom Remodel

Although many homeowners already know their grand plan for their master bath remodel, enlisting the insight and advice of a trusted design service can open new possibilities. Until we’ve taken the time to research our options and see what a design service can recommend, we are limiting our potential.

At their most basic level, designers can help make your bathroom space functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials.

A bathroom designer’s fees can vary depending on the work to be done as well as the price of materials and design services in our area.

In addition to design service fees, the average cost for a mid-range bathroom remodel in the District, according to Remodeling magazine, was $25,201. For the wider South Atlantic region, it was $23,134. This type of home improvement adds a resale value of $14,921 in DC and $13,066 for the rest of the area.

And, when factoring the ROI, a mid-range bathroom remodel recoups 59.2% of the costs compared to just 56.5% for those living in the South Atlantic region.

Of course, these costs reflect hiring a contractor for the job. If you can do most or all of this type of bathroom remodel yourself, you can retain a sizable portion of that projected cost, which would make it quite feasible and cost-effective to bring on design services at the start!

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Call Before You Dig’ is Good Advice – Make Use of Utility Locator Services

When planning a DIY bathroom remodel, knowing where the primary utility lines and pipes are can help prevent costly repairs or unintentional damage.

Although it may not be necessary if your DIY bathroom remodel project is limited to upgrading fixtures or replacing tile and flooring, it is still a good idea to know your home’s underground electrical lines, gas pipes, and water and sewer lines are.

This is because if you dig into the ground without first confirming the location of utility lines on your property, you could easily damage your home’s water, gas, electrical, communications, or sewer lines. That could result in utilities being cut off, expensive repairs, and possible injury.

Fortunately, there is a national utility locater service program you can make use of.

811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. If you plan to dig, you should call 811 or go to your state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities on your property be marked with paint or flags. This will help ensure that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility.

However, there’s a bit more to it than that. The 811 service only applies to public utilities.

According to one local service,

“You may require a private utility locator to find and demarcate underground electrical lines, gas pipes, and more on private, residential, commercial, and municipal land.

Private utilities are the lines that run beyond the service meter. For example, electrical cables that go from the meter to a house or building would be considered private. To have these marked, you will need to call in a private underground utility locator.”

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Debris Removal Once Your DIY Bathroom Remodel is Complete

And you’ll probably need that service a few times during your project, as well!

One of the things that comes with any home remodeling project is the need for debris removal. And even though it may be a DIY project, that doesn’t mean your junk removal tasks have to be DIY, as well.

In fact, making full use of a reliable, locally-owned, and operated junk removal service means more time to focus on completing your bathroom remodel. Even if you only need a junk removal service once at the end of your project, it is still risky, costly, and highly inconvenient to do it yourself.

Keep in mind, too, that often with remodeling, some of your debris might contain what are known as hazardous waste, or HW, and there are several local, state, and federal regulations that require these items to be handled and disposed of properly.

And, when it comes to the rest of your debris and junk removal needs, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to do it yourself.

Calling in the Professional Service – Junk King

Junk King Washington DC will have all your large junk items , and unwanted debris removed efficiently, safely, and quickly from your home. Not only are we reliable and affordable, but we also guarantee to beat any other written price estimate.

And unlike most other junk removal companies, we won’t charge you by the weight of your load like most other companies do. That approach simply means that end up paying more for heavy junk items to be hauled than for lighter materials that take up the same amount of space.

That’s not how we operate at Junk King Washington DC.

No matter what your bulk trash, large junk, or remodeling debris is composed of, we still only charge you for the room it all takes up in our truck. And that means savings for you and a fair price. And at Junk King, we never add in hidden fees or “extra” charges, and that’s because offering fair and transparent pricing is our preferred way of doing business.

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Make DIY Home Remodeling Debris Removal Easy with Your Local Junk Removal Experts

The only thing better than experiencing our renowned service is not having to do the work yourself!

Our professional and experienced construction debris and bulk junk removal team can remove and dispose of any types of junk you have except hazardous waste.

Not only is Junk King Washington DC part of one of the nation’s largest and most respected junk removal firms, but we are also proud of the fact that our location is locally owned and a 100 percent veteran-owned business.

We are passionate about maintaining a green and eco-friendly operation, but we also thrive on providing outstanding service to our friends and neighbors who live here in the Washington DC area.

And the good news is that construction debris and bulk trash removal couldn’t be any easier – or greener!

Our professional and insured trash and junk removal team will come to your home, and we’ll always call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once there, we’ll also give you a free estimate based on how much room your debris, trash, and other junk takes up in our truck.

You simply point, and we’ll load your excess trash and debris, as well as any bulk garbage items and other junk, into our big junk removal trucks. And we’ll haul it away with no hidden fees!

Or, if you prefer to load your own, you can book one of our convenient MINI Dumpster rentals and have us pick it up when you’re done.

So, ready to get rid of your home remodeling debris? It can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.

You can make an appointment by booking online above or call us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).

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The Benefits of Electronic Waste Recycling With Junk King Washington DC

In the United States, it has been estimated that since 2017 approximately 393,000,000 desktop PCs, 896,000,000 tablets, and 1,152,000,000 laptops have been sold.

That means, among other things, that we’re looking at potentially hundreds of millions of “old” PCs, tablets, and laptops being disposed of over the next five years. And that’s in addition the millions that are already being gotten rid of today.

Unfortunately, with all the electronics being disposed of – computers included – not nearly enough of them are being recycled.

While recent statistics are hard to come by, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA,

“…in 2009, US consumers and businesses discarded televisions, computers, cell phones and hard copy peripherals (including printers, scanners, faxes) totaling 2.37 million tons. Approximately 25 percent of these electronics were collected for recycling, with the remainder disposed of primarily in landfills, where the precious metals cannot be recovered.”

And one of the major benefits of electronic waste recycling is the extraction and recovery of valuable and rare metals. Another benefit is the reduction of the environmental threat posed by electronic waste in landfills.


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Keeping Electronic Waste Disposal Eco-Friendly and Environmentally Safe

Although it is far easier to dispose of electronic waste, or e-waste as it is known, by sending it to landfills, this is certainly not an eco-friendly option. And, in fact, it is potential hazardous to our environment.

On the plus side, e-waste typically holds a wealth of reusable materials.

As one article notes,

“Electronic devices are made of a complex mix of materials that include gold, silver, copper, platinum, palladium, lithium, cobalt and other valuable elements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says, “One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the United States.” These precious materials can be reclaimed through recycling.”

However, these same repositories of resources have a dark side. The same article goes on to point out,

“But electronic devices also comprise toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium and beryllium, polluting PVC plastic, and hazardous chemicals, such as brominated flame retardants, which can harm human health and the environment.”

While electronic waste only makes up about three percent of America’s solid waste stream, all the lead, cadmium, chromium, and other toxic materials they contain make up about 70 percent of the total amount of hazardous material in landfills, according to the EPA.

Which is why reducing the overall volume of e-waste in our landfills will make those facilities that much eco-friendlier and safer.


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Two Great Alternatives for Electronic Waste Disposal in the Washington DC Area

The good news is that tossing electronic waste into the trash and, consequently, into a landfill, is not our only options. Donating usable electronics or recycling unwanted e-waste are far better alternatives.

And the other good news is that Junk King Washington DC is ready to help you with your electronic waste recycling needs.

It’s estimated that the vast majority of used electronics that are destined for a dumpster can actually be donated, refurbished, or simply reused by those who need them. Despite the massive quantity of PCs, laptops, and tablets in our country, for example, there are still about 25 percent of Americans who do not own one.

That’s approximately 80 million folks who could benefit from a donated desktop PC, laptop, or tablet device. And, of course, there are the phones. Millions upon millions of used cellphones, many of them smart phones, are tossed out each year. Yet, these too, can often be donated.

In other words, we have multiple opportunities to donate electronics of all kinds to those in need.

The other eco-friendly e-waste disposal alternative that avoids putting it all in a landfill, is electronic waste recycling.

In addition to the metals contained in most electronics, the materials that devices are made of can often be recycled, as well. This can include glass, plastics, and circuitry. Electronic waste recycling decreases the amount of raw materials needed for manufacturing new products and provides jobs and revenue that add to the economy.

And there are a wide variety of devices that can make up our electronic recycling efforts.

Computer recycling is, perhaps, one of the most common, and presents both huge benefits for the environment and the electronic waste recycling industry, but also potential issues for donors.


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Things to Consider When It Comes to Safe and Easy Electronic Device Disposal

Unfortunately, there are very real security risks when donating or recycling of certain devices. Primarily there is the risk of someone getting an old computer with personal info on it. Identity thieves could use the sensitive data stored on your device for assorted frauds, but you can make it hard for them.

There are steps you can take prior to donating or disposing of these e-waste devices to provide for a secure transition.

According to online security company Norton,

  • Back it up. Be sure to back up your documents, photos, and other important information. Or transfer this data to your new device. This way you won’t lose it. To back up your data, you can make a copy in a physical location, such as on an external hard drive or thumb drive. Or you can make a copy that is stored in the “cloud,” or online, in a secure location.
  • Erase it. Once you’ve backed up the data you want to save, make sure you’ve deleted everything on your old device. This includes your download folder, photos, and the search history on your internet browser. You should clear your browsing history, cookies and site data, and cached files and images. It’s a good idea not to leave anything behind that might give someone access to your personal information.
  • Don’t forget about your apps. Delete all of your apps. This includes deleting app cache and data.
  • Wipe your hard drive. Deleting things like files from your device doesn’t mean they’ve been completely erased. Remember to completely wipe your hard drive as well.
  • Do a factory reset. Follow the device manufacturer’s instructions and do a factory reset, which should eliminate anything left on your device.


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Affordable and Eco-Friendly Electronic Waste Recycling

In addition to getting eco-friendly and green e-waste removal service, you can know that you will be helping us preserve the environment. And you can be assured that you’ll be getting world-class junk removal service when you call Junk King Washington DC.

And even better than enjoying our renowned service is not having to do it yourself!

Our professional and experienced mattress removal team can also remove and haul off any other types of junk you have, as well (except household hazardous waste.) Fortunately, most waste electronics don’t fall under that category.

And, for those who might have a quite a large amount of electronic waste to collect – or are collecting it over a period of time – our affordable dumpster rental service can be a perfect way to have us take your e-waste.

Not only is Junk King Washington DC part of the nation’s largest and most respected junk removal firms, but we are also proud of the fact that our location is a locally owned and 100 percent veteran-owned business.

While our mission is to run a green and eco-friendly junk removal operation, we are also wholly committed to providing outstanding service to our friends and neighbors who live here in and around the Washington DC area.

What that means for you is that electronic waste recycling and removal couldn’t be any easier – or greener!

Our professional and insured junk removal team will come to your home, and we’ll call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once there, we’ll give you a free quote based on how much room your electronic waste and other junk will take up in our truck.

You simply point, and we’ll load your old electronic devices and other items into our big, red junk removal trucks and haul them away – and always without any hidden fees!

So, ready to get rid of your old electronic waste? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

All you need to do is make an appointment with us by booking online above, or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).

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Junk King Washington DC
8900 Edgeworth Drive Suite H
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Hours: M-F: 8A-6P, Sa: 8A-4P

Providing junk removal services to the Washington DC area, including:

Capitol Heights
College Park
District Heights
Upper Marlboro
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