Technology changes very quickly these days, and appliances that are state-of-the-art when you buy them can become obsolete in a very short time. When you buy a new electronic device such as a television, laptop, smart phone, or tablet computer, you usually want to dispose of your older model. Electronic waste, however, can be hazardous when improperly disposed of. Learn how you can help alleviate the electronic waste problem below.
Don’t Throw Electronics in the Trash
Older televisions, computer monitors, and many other electronics can contain trace amounts of toxic substances, including nickel, chromium, zinc, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, and more. While these elements are not dangerous when inside the devices, they can leach into the groundwater supply if buried in landfills, which can contaminate your local drinking water.
Use Adapters When Possible
If you are considering purchasing a new electronic device, especially a larger item such as television or desktop computer, consider whether you truly need an entirely new item. If you want to watch Netflix or Hulu on your home TV, for example, you can purchase a Blu-Ray player that has these services, or connect your laptop to the TV with a special cable. This way, you save money and produce less electronic waste.
Recycle Your Used Appliances
Often, the wires, circuits, glass, and other components of your electronics can be reused in the manufacture of new electronics. This recycling is efficient and eco-friendly, as it conserves resources. If you are upgrading your home entertainment system, you may need the services of a professional hauling company to remove the waste safely and take it to a proper disposal facility, especially if you have larger, heavy items that are difficult to move.
Silverback Hauling & Demolition provides waste disposal services in San Diego County. Whether you are moving, remodeling, or demolishing a section of property, we can help you safely dispose of any waste. Call us at (619) 618-0676 to learn more about our services.
You may have heard the old adage that only three things matter in real estate: location, location, location. Though it is true that a fixer-upper in a desirable area may sell sooner than a brand new home located miles from shops and services, current market conditions favor buyers, so if you are planning to sell your home you need to do everything you can to make it as appealing as possible and compete with similar listings in the area. From junk removal to minor repairs, here are some things you need to do get your home ready for a sale:
Remove All Clutter and Junk
Though your realtor can encourage buyers to look beyond clutter, old furniture, and boxes of mementos to see the underlying charm of your house, an untidy or neglected interior can make them wonder if you have neglected other essential maintenance on the home, and create the false impression that the house is dirty. Remove all unused and worn items, especially old furniture, to make your home presentable.
Update Old Features
Even if you are planning to move to a new home with a brand-new kitchen featuring sparking appliances and a fully remodeled bathroom, you should consider remodeling your current home. You can often make back what you spend upgrading the home by raising the asking price of your house by more than twice that amount. Upgraded houses are attractive to more affluent buyers who don’t want to have to do any work themselves.
Thoroughly Clean and Repaint
All the surfaces in your home should sparkle and look as though they were just cleaned before your open houses or showings. Buyers will be able to easily imagine themselves living in your space if it looks new, neat, and tidy.
If you have items that need to be hauled away from your San Diego home before an open house, call Silverback Hauling & Demolition at (619) 618-0676 to schedule pickup services. We efficiently and responsibly recycle and dispose of all types of waste.
If you have recently updated to a new high-definition television, you should make sure you properly dispose of your old television set. In California, it is illegal to simply throw electronics like televisions into the trash.
The glass from television screens often contains lead, which makes it hazardous waste. The plastic housing will not decompose in a landfill, and trace amounts of heavy metals can poison local watersheds if they are buried. If your used appliance ends up in China, it may be burned or melted with acid, which is extremely hazardous to the environment. You should contact a company that recycles electronics properly, because the wires and other components in your old TV can be salvaged and recycled in order to be reused in future electronics.
San Diego residents can call Silverback Hauling & Demolition to remove their old televisions and other unwanted electronics. To schedule a hauling or waste removal appointment, call us at (619) 618-0676.
In order to sell your home for a good price in today’s real estate market, you need to make sure that it is flawlessly clean, inside and out. Chipped paint, outdated fixtures and appliances, and dirty floors will deter potential buyers who may not be looking for a fixer-upper, or drive the price of your home down.
This video will offer you tips for making your home salable. You will learn why it’s important to apply a fresh coat of paint and clean out any clutter, and how one photo can make all the difference in attracting potential buyers to your open house.
If you are remodeling your home for sale, or if you simply need help hauling junk away, call Silverback Hauling & Demolition at (619) 618-0676. We have served San Diego County for over a decade.