How to Use a Dumpster Rental at Your Neighborhood Garage Sale
South Kansas City and Johnson County Junk Removal Made Easy
It’s safe to assume that several families in your neighborhood, or even on your immediate block or cul-de-sac, are looking to clean out their houses of unwanted items before winter hits. Over the years, most families accumulate furniture, clothes, knick-knacks, and more that are no longer useful to them, that are simply collecting dust or shoved out-of-sight in an old box in the basement. For home-clean-outs, lots of people turn to a residential dumpster rental to dispose of these items. But for the ones that are in good shape, it seems a shame to throw them away.
Renting a residential dumpster from Small Haul Containers can help you and your neighbors solve your over-cluttering problems and provide an outlet for items not suitable to sell or donate. Here’s how you or your HOA can rent a dumpster and help with home clean-out that benefits everyone involved:
- Schedule your dumpster drop-off.
- Host a neighborhood-wide yard sale.
- Dispose of leftover items in your residential dumpster rental.
Step One: Schedule Your Dumpster Drop-Off
Your HOA or a trustworthy neighbor can get the process started by renting a large residential dumpster from Small Haul Containers, through our online portal, or by calling us at 913-991-1595. We recommend the 20-cubic-yard dumpster for multiple households to share. We can place it in a centrally-located driveway in your community, so that it is convenient for everyone to access.
Once the dumpster has been delivered and a protective material put in place underneath it, neighborhood participants can use the large dumpster rental to dispose of items not suitable for sale or donation. Getting rid of these items first will help make the next steps go more smoothly.
The HOA representative or neighbor in charge should explain the process to everyone else willing to participate:
- Go through your unwanted items. Discard anything damaged or too old — consider whether another average person could benefit from owning that item. If the answer is “no,” it should go into the dumpster rental. If the answer is “yes,” move on to step two. If the answer is “no,” ask yourself whether it is something that can be disposed of in a dumpster. Our website includes a complete list for reference.
- Sort any of the items you’ve answered “yes” to, into two separate “donate” and “sell” piles.
- Mark all the items in your “sell” pile with a simple price tag. These can be small, round colored stickers from the local dollar store, masking tape with a price written on it, or some other simple system.
- Round up the “donate” items and take it to your favorite non-profit charity shop or thrift store. If you are eligible to itemize on your taxes, ask for a donation receipt. (Not everyone is eligible to itemize beyond the standard deduction. If you have questions, ask your tax preparer.)
Step Two: Host a Neighborhood-Wide or Cul-de-Sac-Wide Garage Sale
Schedule a weekend to host a massive neighborhood garage sale for any neighbors who participated in dumpster use and sorting of the items they wanted to get rid of. On the same weekend days, at the same time, you and your neighbors will set up the items you set aside to sell and hold a sale. Each family will be responsible for taking payments for their own items in their own garage, driveway, or yard.
To help market your neighborhood-wide garage sale, ask your HOA if it’s OK to post yard signs at the participants’ houses or hang posters at key intersections. You’ll also want to advertise your sale on places like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, LetGo, or Craigslist. To attract potential customers, include photos of some of the hottest items that will be available. Baby and children’s clothes and toys, furniture, and on-trend home decor are usually the most sought-after. Certain vintage items, like mid-century modern furniture, decorations, and housewares, also have popularity among certain groups, especially the younger crowds in south Kansas City, downtown Overland Park, or Prairie Village.
Step Three: Use Your Residential Dumpster Rental to Dispose of Leftover Items
After the neighborhood-wide sale ends, you and your neighbors can use your residential dumpster rental once again, this time to dispose of any items that did not sell. The centrally located dumpster should be just about full by now — and that means it’s time for our team at Small Haul Containers to pick it up for you.
When it’s time to haul away the dumpster, you don’t need to call us; we will come without prompting on the day you scheduled when you first rented the dumpster from us. Other rental companies require you to call them to let them know you’re finished with your dumpster, but we don’t believe in making you take that extra step!
If the items left over from your sales are deemed too nice to throw away, you can designate someone with a large vehicle, like a pickup truck, to haul the remainders to be donated. You and your neighbors are left with decluttered and organized homes, plus a little bit of money in your pocket for a weekend getaway, household purchase, or to save for a rainy day.
A Customer-Service Focused Residential Dumpster Rental Near You
Small Haul Containers is a family-run business, pleased to serve residential and commercial customers in Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa, Shawnee, Prairie Village, Spring Hill, Stilwell, Belton, Grandview, Louisburg, South Kansas City, and Raymore. When you choose us for your dumpster rental needs, you’re getting our promise of a great delivery and pick-up experience, and a nice-looking dumpster parked in your driveway.
Our upfront pricing and real-time inventory information on our website give you all the information you need to confidently rent a dumpster from us. Easy-to-load dumpsters from Small Haul provide you easy access when filling, so no need to lift heavy items above your head, either.
For the best dumpster rental service you can find in our area — and probably beyond — contact Small Haul Containers to rent a dumpster today.