Thinking of selling or buying a home in Asheville? Put quite simply, homes that are de-cluttered and clean sell more quickly. The problem is, we tend to accumulate a lot of stuff through the years, making moving a messy and potentially wasteful process.
Mosaic Realty is a supporter of the urban environmental conservation organization, Asheville Greenworks. We have collaborated with them to bring you a resource guide for cleaning your home ahead of this spring moving season while keeping the environment in mind.
Here are 10 items that can be hard to dispose of when you are moving and a solution for what you can do with them in Asheville.
Getting ready to move.... Declutter!
2. Cooking Oils
Cooking oils can easily clog up your home's plumbing and the city sewage system. Asheville Greenworks and Blue Ridge BioFuels have partnered to provide locally-made recycling bins for used cooking oil. They are placed throughout Buncombe County.
3. Electronics, Scrap Metal and Batteries
Biltmore Iron and Metal Company, in Biltmore Village, uses environmentally safe procedures and will recycle many metals. Check their website for details. They also accept white goods and appliances, including stoves.
4. Gently Used Books
Consider paring down your book collection and making a donation to our local book mobile, Snake, Rabbit and Snail or get store credit at Mr. K's Books in East Asheville.
5. Working Appliances, Furniture, and Building Materials
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity gladly accepts these items for use in their Re-Store. Call to schedule a pick up at (828) 254-6706.
6. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
These energy efficient light bulbs can be recycled after use at the Buncombe County Landfill or Lowes and Home Depot stores. If you have some that you are no longer using but still have life in them, consider donating them to a favorite charity for use in their organization's space.
7. Motor Oil, Used Oil Filters, and Empty Propane Tanks
Cleaning out the garage? Inevitably, you will find containers of oil. Advanced Auto and Autozone provide free recycling for these potentially environmentally harmful products. Biltmore Iron and Metal will take your empty propane tanks.
8. Plastic Flower and Planting Pots
If you are unable to reuse these yourself, Home Depot and Lowes will both accept used flower and planting pots.
After the move.....
9. Moving boxes
After moving, we are often left with mountains of cardboard boxes. Although moving boxes can be recycled with curbside waste management in Asheville, you can repurpose them by breaking them down then layering them in your yard under a bed of mulch to keep weeds down.
10. Styrofoam Peanuts and Bubble Wrap
Open Box Moving Solutions provides a service to help recycle these pesky styrofoam peanuts. For drop off details, check out Asheville Greenwork's Hard 2 Recycle Collection. UPS and Fex-Ex stores will also accept bubble wrap and packing peanuts.
We wish you luck with your green spring cleaning. Please let us know if we can help you find a home in Asheville or get the most for a house you are selling in Asheville.
For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at email@example.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.
Source: Asheville GreenWorks