How to Fall Back in Love with Your Home

living roomAfter living in your home for a long time, you become so comfortable that you start to fall out of love with it. We get it- little things start to drive you nuts and all you want to do is pack up your things and move to a new place and start over. Keep in mind that this will most likely happen over and over again, no matter where you’re living. Instead of packing up and moving, try making these changes to help you fall in love with your home all over again.

1. Bring in Warm & Cozy Tones

Warm and cozy tones will make your house feel more like a home. If you updated your paint in over 10 years, now is the perfect time to do so! Choose from cozy greys or tans and compliment your new wall color with some new pillows on your couch! Both of these updates won’t drain your bank account and will drastically improve the look and feel of the room.

2. Embrace Natural Light

Have a bunch of windows throughout your home but always have the curtains closed or the shades down? Open them up! Bright indoor lighting is harsh whereas natural light brings in a new form of happiness. If you need to utilize lamps in your home, opt for bulbs that are 2,700 Kelvin or less to avoid the harsh bright light.

3. Rearrange your Furniture

New furniture instantly changes a space but it’s not always in the cards. Instead, opt for rearranging the furniture in the specific room and even switch out some of the pieces from other rooms in your house to freshen it up a bit more. This will give the room a new look and feel, as well as keep visitors on their toes!

4. Declutter Your Home

Clutter in the home can be a drag. Go through each room in your house, organize all of your belongings, and get rid of everything you no longer need or use. Elite Junk Removal will come and pick up any of the things you no longer want and will ensure they are disposed of through the proper channels.

Schedule your appointment today! Give us a call at (978) 317-5388.

Why You Should Hire a Junk Removal Company

Clearing the junk out of your basement or attic after it’s sat there for years or cleaning up debris after a demolition is a tedious task, but is necessary for making your home the clean place you are itching for it to be. While doing the junk and debris clean up yourself is possible, hiring a junk removal company will save you a lot of time, sore muscles, and frustration.

Thinking about hiring a junk removal company? Here are some benefits:

Convenience

After junk and debris have been sitting around in your home or business for years, it will take a lot of time and effort to clean it up and dispose of it correctly. The typical timeline for a project like this is a day or two to complete. By hiring a junk removal company to clean up and dispose of these items for you, not only will they be disposed of correctly, but they will complete the project in a shorter period of time since it’s what they are trained to do. This will leave you with more time to focus on the things that are more important.

Health & Safety

Depending on the nature of the items that you are demoing and removing from your home, they can be hazardous, which means they will need to be disposed of in a specific way. Without the proper training and experience dealing with these materials, you put yourself and those around you in danger, should something happen. Our team at Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition is trained to handle these materials and will dispose of them through the proper channels.

Reliability & Efficiency

Piling all of your junk into the back of your car and dropping it off at the local landfill and recycling center doesn’t constitute as disposing of it properly. When you utilize a junk removal company to get rid of your junk, not only will they ensure that all of your items are disposed of through the proper channels, but they will also make sure that the right items are recycled and repurposed. Going this route will also eliminate the extra costs of dumping larger items, including furniture, at the local recycling center.

Peace of Mind

Our team at Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition provides reliable and efficient junk removal and demolition services so that you can cross one last thing off of your list of to-dos. Our team will stay out of your way and allow you to focus on the other important aspects of your daily life.

To schedule your junk removal or demolition project with Elite Services, give us a call today at 978-317-5388.

Declutter Your Bathroom Fast with These Tips

BathroomFrom towels and dirty laundry to beauty products and cleaning supplies, the bathroom is a small space that is bound to get cluttered with stuff very quickly. Instead of worrying about what state your bathroom is in when guests stop by or having to move things around just to grab a bottle of Asprin, use these tips to get your bathroom declutter fast.

Throw away old bottles. We’re all guilty of leaving empty shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles in our shower and in cabinets for long periods of time. The problem with this is that they’re taking up valuable space for more items that are full and utilized every day. Not to mention, it just looks sloppy. If you only have a minute or two to pick up, start with throwing away your empty bottles. If you have bottles that are full but you don’t utilize them, give them to a friend or donate them to a local shelter!

Remove old towels and rags. Old towels and rags tend to pile up, even if they’re not being used. Who knows – there could be a spill or an emergency where you need more towels to clean up. Instead of letting them pile up in the closet, cut them up into smaller pieces to utilize for household chores. Stick the rest in the basement for home improvement projects in the future.

Recycle/Reused Unused Items. Do you have things in your bathroom that no longer work or you no longer use? From old razors and broken hair dryers to broken radios, these items can all be recycled to free up space.

Have you recently decluttered your bathroom and need your stuff disposed of through the correct channels? Give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call today at  978-317-5388 to schedule your junk removal appointment.

6 Tips for Cleaning & Organizing Your Kitchen

clean kitchenThe kitchen tends to be the most used area of a home, sees a lot of foot traffic, and tends to be a dumping ground for various items that don’t belong in the kitchen. In combination with cooking and eating in the space, surfaces get dirty and junk piles up very quickly. In order to keep junk to a minimum, deep cleaning your kitchen will help keep it clean even on the busiest of days. Ever 3-4 months, go through and organize your space with these tips:

Sort Through Everything

Start your kitchen cleaning process by organizing and cleaning out all of the items in your cabinets, in drawers, and on top of your counters. As you go thruogh each area, put each item into two piles: “to keep” and “toss”. Ask youself when the last time you used it and if it’s not a seasonal item, get rid of it if you haven’t used it within the last year. This will give you more space to store the items you do use on a regular basis. For the items you use regularly, keep them in easy-to-reach areas such as top drawers and cabinets close by to your main cooking area.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Starting with the wood molding, wipe down and dust the surfaces in your kitchen from top to bottom including cabinet fronts, knobs and pulls, appliances, and even your backsplash. You’ll be amazed at the amount of grime that has built up on these surfaces over time and once theyr’e wiped down, they’ll look brand new. For the hard to reach areas, use a long-handled duster to make sure they aren’t neglected.

Clean the Microwave

Over time, food splatters and and over flows, causing grime to build up in your microwave over time. Combined with the heat, the splatters become caked on and hard to clean. To eliminate harsh scrubbing, place a microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water and several several tablespoons of vinegar in the microwave for 5 minutes (or until the window is steamy). Let the microwave sit for few minutes to cool down before wiping the grime away.

Empty the Refridgerator

Since you’re already deep cleaning your kitchen, you mine as well clean out the refriderator! Take everything out of the fridge, wipe down all of the surfaces, and throw away any of the items you no longer use or are expired. Take all of the remaining items that you do use and organize them as you place them back in the fridge. Before you know it, you’ll havea clean and organized refridgerator and plenty of space to store the items you pick up on your next trip to the grocery store.

Empty & Clean the Trash

Once you’re done throwing away any item you no longer use, bring the trash bag to the garabage bin and clean out the inside of the trash can. Using an antibacterial soap, clean the bin out with soap and water in your kitchen sink, or outside with the hose, to prevent mold and bacteria fom growing inside the can. Once dry, replace the trash bag for a clean, fresh start.

Sweep & Mop the Floor

Now that you’ve wiped down all of the surfaces in your kitchen, it’s time to clean the floor! Once you’ve swept the floor clean, pull out all of your appliances to sweep and mop behind them before mopping the rest of the floor. This will ensure that any of the debris from the rest of your kitchen don’t make their way back there once pushing the appliances back in.

Once you’ve cleaned your kitchen, give Elite Services Junk Removal a call at (978) 317-5388 to schedule your junk removal appointment.

Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Super Bowl

super bowl watch partyAs the Patriots bring home the Lamar Hunt trophy for a second year in a row, New England football fans are preparing for the biggest game of the season, just a short two weeks away. Whether your team is in the Super Bowl or not, it’s always fun to head to or host a Super Bowl party with all of your friends and family members. The most stressful part is not the party itself but the process of getting your home ready for your guests. Follow these tips and you’ll be ready to host the biggest party of the year.

Determine Your Storage Needs

When you have any sort of company over your house the main focus is getting rid of all the clutter in the common spaces in your home. Allocate any storage to items that you have multiple of – children’s toys, electronics/clickers, mail, and other odds and ends that are bulky and wasting counter space. Once you have done so, consider what type of organizer you are and the needs of your family members. If you have children, open-top containers will work best for any toys and items they will need regular access to.

Get Your Rooms Ready

Once you’ve determined your storage needs, you’ll want to go through each room in your house starting with the entry way and organize each of the spaces.

ENTRY WAY

Having additional storage in your entry way is especially important as it will be where your guests enter through and take off their coats and shoes and place any personal items. If you don’t have a closet or entry way large enough for a clothing rack, consider placing affordable baskets in other easily accessible areas for guests to place their shoes, keys, and wallets.

LIVING ROOM

Once you make your way to the living room, make sure the television is working and already on the correct channel to eliminate fumbling through trying to find the game at kickoff. You’ll also want to prepare for extra seating to ensure guests have somewhere to sit and watch the game, even if it is on a few comfy floor pillows!

KITCHEN

Although your living room will be the main area of attraction during the game, the kitchen is where the food will be so it’s important to put as much time into the space as you do the “watch room.” Since kitchens get messy fast, you’ll want to spend the most time cleaning and organizing this area prior to your guests arriving. Use this as a time to clean out our cabinets and donate the items you no longer need or use and utilize this new space for any items clustering up the counter tops. Don’t forget to wipe down the counters and put out any utensils, drinkwear, plates, and napkins that will be needed during the game.

Utilize the Garage

If you have a garage and are able to utlize it during the game, we highly recommend you do so! It’ll keep the mess out of your house and will make clean up that much easier. If you’re going to utlize your garage for the Super Bowl, be certain your television can be connected in the space and get the game. If your garage is messy, this is the perfect time to purge it of the items you no longer need or use and incorporate various organization units to store seasonal clothing, sports equipment, tools and holiday decor.

Ask for Help

Preparing to host company at your home is a big task and no one is going to blame you for asking for help! Your friends and family members are going to be more than willing to help you set up, do an grocery shopping, and help you organize. With all of the items you no longer use or need, utilize junk removal services to save time and ensure everything is disposed of through the proper channels.

For all of your junk removal needs during your Super Bowl party prep, give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388

Tips for a Stress-Free Move

moving boxesWith the housing market in a good place, many people are taking this opportunity to sell their home and make memories in a new place. While moving is known as being a stressful time, there are various steps one can take to help make the process a little easier. Regardless if you’re moving near or far, downsizing or moving into a larger home, implement these tips and the moving process will be that much easier.

Hire a Moving Company

The actual process of moving is always the most stressful but it doesn’t have to be. By hiring a moving company, you’ll optimize efficiency, be able to focus on last minute details, and your friends and family won’t have to give up a weekend helping you move your things from your old home to your new one.

Utilize Junk Removal Services

The process of packing up all of your belongings and moving into a new place is going to make you realize how much stuff you have in your current home that you no longer utilize. Use this as an opportunity to purge your attic, basement, and closets of all of these items and give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call. We’ll pick up your junk and ensure it gets disposed of through the correct channels.

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute to make the necessary arrangements for your big move. Procrastination causes unnecessary stress and we’re trying to avoid that.

One Month Out: Take stock of your belongings, get rid of the items you don’t need, and hire a moving comapny

Two Weeks Out: Purchase any moving supplies you’ll need to pack up your home including boxes, moving tape, sharp scissors, bubble wrap, markers, and moving blankes. Confirm a time with your moving company to start the process (the earlier, the better!) and start packing up your home.

One Week Out: Finish packing up the rooms in your home but leaving the items you use on a daily basis in boxes that aren’t taped so you can easily access them if need be. Leave out enough items you’ll need over the next seven days – toiletries, dishes/utensils, clothing. Eat what you have in your fridge and don’t do any big grocery store runs.

Day Before: Put all of the remaining items into their designated boxes and tape them shut. Make sure to have your clothing for the next day and any essentials in a designated container so you can easily put the lid on it and stick it in the car once you’re ready to head to your new place. Opt for takeout for dinner so you don’t have to worry about dishes. Do a walk through of your home to make sure everything is packed up and ready to go.

Morning Of: Wake up early to pick up breakfast, coffee, and extra water bottles for your family. While the movers pack up your boxes and furniture, do any last minute cleaning and a final walk through of your home to make sure you don’t forget anything.

For all of your junk removal services before your big move, give Elite Junk Removal Services & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388.

Tips for Organizing Your Attic

AtticAttics are known for being a dumping ground for seasonal decorations, unused furniture, luggage, childrens toys, and other items that aren’t used on a frequent basis. After awhile, the junk starts piling high and you begin to run out of storage space. By simply organizing your attic and getting rid of the items you no longer need, you’ll create more storage space and save yourself from a lot of frustration.

Here are our best tips for organizing your attic:

Make a Plan

Come up with an action plan for cleaning and organizing your attic. Attics aren’t always the most spacious so it’s best to find an area in your home that you can keep all of the storage containers and boxes while you’re going through everything. We recommend utilizing your garage, a patio area, or driveway for this!

Sort Through Everything

When you’re sorting through your things, make three different piles – keep, donate, trash. This will help keep the organization process as easy as possible and will give you a better overview about what you should keep and what you should get rid of. Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition will make sure any of the items you no longer need are donated, recycled and disposed of through the proper channels.

Consider Shelving, Bins & Labels

Once you’ve gone through all of the items, consider how you are going to organize them when you bring them back up to your attic. A good place to start is with bins and labels to ensure you know what’s in each box whether they are family memories, holiday decorations, or seasonal clothing. If you have space, consider shelving units and rods to further organize your things and keep your attic as neat as possible.

For help organizing and cleaning your attic or to get your junk removed, call Elite Services Junk Removal today at (978) 317-5388.

Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home

HouseMoving is a stressful and emotional process and downsizing to a smaller home is no different, no matter what the circumstance is. Depending on the size of your new home and the amount of storage it offers, you might have to say goodbye to some of your beloved item – including furniture, clothing, and various knick knacks. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed during this process, Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition is here to help!

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

Moving is a long and tiring process and the last thing you want to do is leave all of your moving tasks until the last minute. Three months out, start looking for a moving company, take measurements of your new space, and figure out what items you can and cannot take with you. Knowing what furniture will fit in your new house will make the moving process easier, you won’t have to worry about moving the pieces you won’t be using!

Tip #2: Get an Objective Opinion

We understand that getting rid of the items you cherish can be a difficult process and that’s where you can benefit the most from an objective opinion. Enlist someone that knows you well that can be realistic about your new space and can tell you what you should be keeping and what isn’t necessary to keep.

Tip #3: Reuse, Recycle, Donate & Sell

When you’re in the movig process, don’t throw away any of the items you won’t use in your new space. Seperate them into four pile: reuse/repurpose, recycle, donate, and sell. Bring the items you’re planning to sell to a consignment shop and drop off any donations at your favorite local charity. This way, other people can benefit from the items you’re not going to use. If you’re unsure of the proper way of recycling the remaining items or don’t have time to deal with it yourself, call Elite Junk Removal Services to recycle them for you!

Tip #4: Organize the Items You Plan on Moving

When you’re packing up your current home, organize the items you’re boxing up depending on the room they are meant for and properly label the box with the room in the house and what’s in the box (i.e. utensiles, plates, etc.). This will make it easier for the movers to place the boxes in the correct spaces and will make finding things much easier when you’re unpacking.

Tip #5: Think Multipurpose Items

Smaller homes means less storage and getting creative with the pieces you currently own or plan on purchasing. When deciding between what to bring to your new home and what to leave behind, ask yourself whether or not the piece can be used for multiple purposes. This will help you eliminate having too many items crammed into one space.

Are you getting ready to downsize? Give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call for all of your junk removal and recyclng needs at (978) 317-5388.

Frequently Asked Questions About Recycling

RecyclablesRecycling is one of the easiest ways society can improve the economy, the environment, and prevent waste from entering the ocean and harming innocent animals. The average person only recycles a fraction of the waste they use every day and through education, we can help change the way people view their waste.

What is the Recycling Process?

There are three parts of the recycling process:

  • Collection – The process of recovering recyclables to be processed down to the raw material
  • Manufacturing – After the materials are processed down to raw material, they are then remanufactured to their new consumer good
  • Buying – Buying the recycled goods is the final step in the recycling process

Are Batteries Recyclable?

Yes, batteries (especially rechargeable ones) contain heavy metals that can contaminate the environment. If your batteries are no longer working, it’s important to never throw them away and recycle them instead. During the junk removal process, we can recycle your old batteries for you but if you’re looking to dispose of them faster, your local office supply store, electronics store, and hardware store typically offer battery recycling free of charge.

Can My Electronics be Recycled?

Yes! If your electronics are still intact, whether they are working properly or not, they can be recycled and used to repair other electronics. One of the ways older electronics are repaired are with parts from the electronics that people have recycled in the past. If there are fluids leaking from your electronics or if the screen is broken, the electronic is considered a hazardous material and has to be disposed of through the proper channels. In either case, Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition will be able to recycle and/or dispose of your electronics!

What Items Should I Never Try to Recycle?

We try to recycle as many items as possible, but there are still numerous items that can’t be recycled. The following items should never be placed in your recycling bin:

  • Broken glass, syringes, light bulbs, and sewing needles
  • Boxes that have been soiled by food grease (i.e. take out containers and pizza boxes)
  • Propane Tanks
  • Paint and other chemicals
  • Aerosol cans that are not empty
  • Garden Hoses

If you have any questions about what can and cannot be recycled or are interested in our recycling program, give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388.

Fall Cleaning Checklist

Fall Yard CleanupThe fall weather has finally made an appearence in Eastern Massachusetts, making it the perfect weather for preparing for winter and doing any last minute cleaning and organizing of your home before the holidays. We’ve put together a long list of of indoor and outdoor tasks to ensure you don’t neglect any space!

Indoor Tasks

1. Clean your windows. Your windows are the eyes of your home and are an easy task your kids can even help with! Plan to clean them on a cloudy day, when it’s easier to dust and streaks.

2. Have your carpets cleaned. It’s wise to have your carpets cleaned twice per year, especially if you have pets. We suggest cleaning your carpets in the spring and fall, as they are a little less hectic, the weather is cool making it more comfortable to have your windows open during the process, and children are in school.

3. Declutter & cleanout your attic. Before you start digging around in your attic for holiday decorations, take a day to go through your attic, organize any boxes, and donate furniture you no longer use to make it easier to get around. This will also create more space for any summer items you need to store.

4. Clean your dryer vents. Lint and clogged dryer vents are a serious fire hazard, especially during the dry winter months with the heat running in your home. Keep an eye on your lint screen and call in a professional to clean your dryer vent to avoid any hazards.

5. Have your furnace maintenanced. Before you start running your heating system this winter, make an appointment to have a furnace tune-up to help your system run more efficiently, expand its lifespan, and lower your heating bills.

6. Cleanout & organize your garageDuring the winter, your garage will be utilize more so than any other time of the year. Between storage, snow removal, and holiday party prep, you’re going to need as much space as you can. Our best tip is to remove everything from your garage, clean the surgaces (sweep, leaf blow, etc.) and organize the items you use consistently as you fill your garage back up. Leave all of the items you no longer need or use in your driveway and call Elite Junk Removal to come pick them up to ensure they are disposed through the proper channels.

Outdoor Tasks

1. Inspect your roof. Before the snow starts falling, take the time to inspect your roof for any missing or damaged shingles to help eliminate leaks come winter. Missing shingles can also increase the changes of ice build up under the shingles that still remain, causing expensive damage.

2. Clean out your gutters. Build up in your gutters can cause another slue of issues from clogged drains to water damage behind your siding and gutter damage from the built up weight. After the majority of the leaves in your yard have finished falling,

3. Clean your windows. Since you’ve already cleaned the inside of your windows, you mine as well clean the outside as well. This will give you the opportunity to remove any gunk from the glass before it freezes during the cold, winter months.

4. Unplug and drain water fountains and sprinkler systems. Blowing out your sprinkler system and draining any water from water fountains will avoid cracked and damaged pipes, water fountains, and costly repairs.

5. Clean your deck and yard of debris. Duing the winter months, your lawn won’t need much maintenance but giving it a final (short) cut, raking up leaves, and disposing of any other debris will make yard cleanup come spring much easier.

6. Cover outdoor furniture. Covering the outdoor furniture you can’t bring indoors will help reduce the amoutn of rusting over the cold, wet winter months. If you have furniture that you no longer use, disposing of it will make winterizing your property much easier.

For all of your junk removal, demolition, and home cleanout needs this fall, call Elite Junk Removal & Demolition today at (978) 317-5388.