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Clean Out and Solid Waste Disposal For an Estate


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There are many cases which require a total cleanout and disposal of solid waste materials from a private property. The most common case occurs when a loved one dies and the family members are forced to clean out the estate in order to sell the house.

In this situation, the family will root through their loved one's personal belongings and determine what is available for disposal and what items will be boxed and moved to a new location.

Another situation that requires the total clean out and disposal of solid waste is a home foreclosure. In the event of a foreclosure, the state will typically inherit the property as is - solid waste and all.

The houses are generally littered with old furniture, garbage and appliances that were left behind as the homeowners moved out or found themselves locked out of the house.

As a result, the agent responsible for listing and selling the property will typically hire a contractor to remove the belongings so the house is clean and empty when placed on the market.

In either situation (a foreclosure or estate clean out), there are few things to keep in mind when preparing to dispose of solid waste materials.

The first thing to consider is the potential to earn money scrapping old appliances and metal from the property. A clean out contractor will typically haul these items away and make a few hundred dollars cashing them in at the local scrap yard.

However, you can do this yourself by simply having access to a hand truck and a flatbed of some sort. Old washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, abandoned cars, etc. can all be exchanged for cash payment.

Similarly, if scrapping the metal is something you can not handle on your own, discuss with the cleanout contractor a fee sharing agreement or discount on the overall job in exchange for keeping the scrap metal.

Next, the person in charge of the property must contact the township to discuss local ordinances for trash removal of large and un-baggable items. Certain townships require that wooden items are cut down and placed into bags, while other townships have specific dates for large trash pickups.

The easiest way to find out the answers to these questions is to call the township manager and explain in detail what you or the clean out contractor will be hauling out to the curb.

Finally, before hiring a contractor for a solid waste disposal job, take the time to review some of the items being marked as trash. In most cases, contractors in charge of clean outs run Ebay stores or flea market stands on the side to make extra money selling unwanted goods.

If you believe you have found something of value to a collector or consumer left behind in the home, consider selling it for yourself. Likewise, abandoned items that are in good shape may be put to better use if given to charity.

Organizations such as the Purple Heart and the Salvation army are constantly seeking donations of gently worn clothing and household items, and the abandoned items from an estate or foreclosure could be used to help local families in need.

After the death of a loved one, the last thing you need to brood about is cleaning out old furniture, garbage and appliances from the estate. Philadelphia waste disposal firm can get the job done safely and efficiently. Visit for more information.


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