Even if it’s Trash, Honesty is the Best Policy

This supports the old cliché that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure

I was hired by a woman to clean out a 300 year old house in Scotrun Pennsylvania. Her brother had passed away and left it to her. There was tons of old stuff collecting over so many years and even the outside of the house needed cleaning up too. She said that she had been referred to me by a judge in Monroe County and she wanted to hire us to clean it out and clean up the property as well.

We started in the basement, the wine cellar and then other lower areas of the house. As each part was cleaned out we would work our way up towards the upper floors. When it came time to get to the attic the homeowner explained that they were not able to go up into the attic because of the amount of dust and debris up there that they could not tolerate. There was maybe 100 cubic yards of garbage up there.

So we cleaned out this amazing load of trash and then I saw that there was another part to the attic that was covered by a large curtain. I had to go get several flashlights to see what was behind this curtain. When I move the curtain away I could not believe my eyes. Stacked in the corner on a shelf were hundreds of old Civil War journals from the 1800’s. I opened some of the books and the way it was written you could tell the script was from that time. There were also a lot of very old magazines from the fifties like American Rifleman and others.

I dusted all of them off and stacked them neatly near the exit of the attic. When I brought them downstairs to show the homeowner she could not believe her eyes either. She commented that she had no idea that there were up there nor did anyone in her family even know. None of her immediate family who lived there were up in the attic in a long time, since they are older and unable to get into it.

I explained to the customer that the books were probably worth a considerable amount of money. I checked and it turns out that the books are worth thousands according to an auction gallery. She was very pleased that I provided her with that information. She said anyone else would have just pocketed the items and never said anything because she didn’t even know that they were in the attic. She decided to keep them and donate them to the Historical Society. She was so happy with us that she even sent me letter thanking me for bringing those items of value to her attention and for the great job we did as well.

I know that she will highly recommend me if anyone ever asks her about a trash removal service, especially if anyone needs to prepare a house for sale. From a business point of view, that’s a good reason that honesty is the best policy.

Another reason, although not first on my list is that I am the compliance officer for my company. I ensure that we comply with all the local, state and federal laws concerning removal and hauling. These regulations state that items of value must be manifested, signed for by the owner and notarized if ownership is to be transferred to us. And Trash Removal PA complies with all laws and regulations.

And a third reason is that I sleep better at night knowing that I did the right thing by my customer.

I do all size clean out jobs, if I find anything that I recognize or suspect to be of value I’ll let you know. Who knows, I might even make you an offer for it myself.

If you have any areas, large or small, that you need cleaned out, give me a call. With or without valuable items hiding in your trash I’ll always give you the lowest prices around.

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