Moving Is Less Painful with a Dumpster and a Plan

The stress of moving

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 1 in 9 Americans change residences each year—that’s roughly 36 million people moving from one home in the U.S. to another every single year. Whether you’re moving out for the first time, downsizing, or moving to a bigger place, the entire process is just plain stressful.

Lucky for you, we're here to simplify it and show you how a dumpster rental could be your secret weapon in getting it done.

First and foremost: The best way to sell your home (and get the most money for it) is by making it look downright incredible. That means clean, free of clutter, and a blank canvas for potential buyers to envision their lives. 

happy family new home

Now, with that being said, let’s cut to the chase—there’s no better time to downsize than before a move. If it's tough to imagine parting ways with some of your beloved knickknacks and memorabilia, think about it in terms of what you have to gain:

  • With less stuff to move, you save money on moving expenses
  • You earn money by selling/donating the things you want to get rid of
  • Your house looks bigger, and thus, allows for a higher asking price

All of this (paired with less clutter in your new home-to-be) makes for a less stressful moving experience and the best possible start in your new home.

The Art of Moving Out

A majority of experts recommend doing a solid clean out and decluttering of your house before even putting it on the market. Saving the dirty work for the last minute can be very stressful, so the earlier you start the process, the better.

However, even if you don't start prepping early, you should at the very least have a plan. Start at the top of your house, and work your way through each room until you're finished.

Step 1: Reduce your stuff.

keep trash donate boxes

As previously mentioned, clutter can cost you no matter how you look at it. If you keep it in your house while it's on the market, it could cost you a sale. If you decide to put it in storage, you could wind up paying hundreds in monthly storage unit fees.

Your best best? Just ditch it. Sell it, donate it to charity, or trash it. Whatever you do, just don't leave it clogging up your house and throwing off you and your family's mojo.

"Our memories are within us, not in our things." There are a million ways to cope with parting ways with sentimental items. Sometimes taking photos of certain pieces—or writing stories about them—is enough to ease the pain of getting rid of items you hold dear.

Step 2: Improve your curb appeal.

house with good curb appeal

An unkempt exterior will give potential buyers the impression that you've been neglecting the interior of your home as well.

In a buyer's market, your home should be in tip-top shape from top to bottom. That means landscaping, siding, windows, roofing, gutters, etc.

If you have any broken windows or a leaky roof, these defects could discourage potential buyers from making an offer, so be sure to have them fixed properly. You'll also want to be sure to clean out your gutters, wash windows and screens, and pressure-wash your home's siding. 

Helpful Hint: A great, inexpensive way to give your siding a good cleaning without renting equipment or breaking out the ladder and sponge is by using a “house wash” hose attachment—available at any home improvement store.

A fresh coat of paint never hurt anybody either, especially when it comes to your front door. Freshening up your existing door by painting it a color that contrasts with your home will make it stand out, catching the eyes of potential buyers, and inviting them in for a better look.

Another way to brighten up the "face" of your home is by replacing old, faded house numbers with new, modern digits. (You want buyers to be able to see them from the curb.) And while you're at it, update your exterior lighting fixtures for a bold, fresh look.

Make sure your yard is immaculate. Mow the lawn, get rid of any weeds, prune shrubs and bushes, plant flowers, etc. 

Step 3: Spruce up the inside.

Just like the exterior of your home, make all necessary interior repairs. Even if they seem like "no-biggies" to you, a potential buyer may be adding them to their mental list of post-purchase expenses they'd need to address. So replace that faucet, change out those old cabinet handles, and make the little changes that add up to make big differences.

Once all repairs are made, it's time to freshen up the place and give it a good cleaning.

Our printable checklist will help ensure you don't forget anything during the clean-up process.

Step 4: Throw it all away.

Okay, so maybe this won't always be the last step. But no matter what step it is, renting a dumpster is your secret weapon in helping get rid of all the clutter and junk your house has been holding—all in one fell swoop.

Because let's be honest—if you're like most people, you probably have an absurd amount of junk lying around your house, from old letters and birthday cards to locks with lost combinations and everything in between.

All of those useless things you've been holding on to "just in case" need to go somewhere, and chances are, there's nowhere for them to go but the trash.

The debris that's collected on your property over the winter. Broken patio chairs. Empty paint cans. Boxes of decade-old documents. The old air hockey table. All this stuff, and more, can go in a dumpster. The company will even place the dumpster where it's easiest for you to access—just be sure to ask!

So find the right dumpster service for you, and get it delivered to your home at a time that's most convenient. You'll be able to keep it as long as you want and go at your own pace during the painstaking process of prepping for a move.