Sure, you’ve heard of NIMBY–Not In My Back Yard– but have you heard of NIMD: Not In My Dumpster?
Our Dumpster has been quite the hub of activity since we parked it on Turner Street on Friday. In our naivete, we thought it would be big enough to hold all of our demolition debris. We quickly learned it wasn’t big enough for that, but we didn’t bank on part of the reason for that being that the entire neighborhood was using our Dumpster as their own personal dump! When Nick went to the house on Saturday morning, he discovered that the Dumpster had been filled with, among other things, a couch, a massive rolled up carpet, a couple of TVs, a dorm fridge, and an air conditioner.
Needless to say, the Dumpster needs to be emptied now. Unfortunately for us, I already pre-paid the city permitting fee to keep it on the street ($10 per day) for 10 days, and it got filled up in just 4 days. So not only have we spent about $60 on permitting fees we didn’t need (the fees are non-refundable), but we’ve already burned through the $400 Dumpster rental fee, which includes just one pick-up and empty. I see now how renovation costs add up more quickly than you can anticipate.
Oh well. Chalk it up to a lesson learned. I’ll just think of the Dumpster as our gift to our new neighborhood.