Pinellas County Electronics & Chemical Drop Off Schedule

Got trash that the trash man won’t take? Trash that cannot be disposed of in the usual manner includes: automotive fluids, cleaners, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, paint, pool chemicals, solvents, TVs, computers, VCRs, microwave ovens, copiers, printers, telephones, etc.

Pinellas County has several mobile collection services throughout the year planned to help you get rid of this stuff in an appropriate manner. It’s free and the times are Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. There’s a few items that they will not take so check their website before you head out at http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/mobile.htm

Jan 24, 2009 East Lake High School 1300 Silver Eagle Dr.,
Tarpon Springs
Feb 7, 2009 Dunedin High School 1651 Pinehurst Rd.,
Dunedin
Feb 21, 2009 Seminole Home Depot 10550 Park Blvd.,
Seminole
Mar 7, 2009 St. Pete Home Depot 2300 22nd Avenue N,
St. Petersburg
Mar 14, 2009 Clearwater Home Depot 2495 Gulf to Bay Blvd.,
Clearwater
Mar 21, 2009 Largo Home Depot 10689 Ulmerton Rd.,
Largo
Apr 11, 2009 Palm Harbor University High School 1900 Omaha St.,
Palm Harbor
Apr 18, 2009 Tarpon Springs High School 1411 Gulf Rd.,
Tarpon Springs
Apr 25, 2009 Pinellas Park Home Depot 4040 Park Blvd.,
Pinellas Park
May 2, 2009 Oldsmar Municipal Services Center 300 Commerce Blvd.,
Oldsmar
May 16, 2009 Indian Rocks Beach City Hall 1507 Palm Bay Blvd.,
Indian Rocks
May 16, 2009 Treasure Island Community Center 1 Park Place,
Treasure
Island
Sep 12, 2009 Largo Solid Waste Facility 1551 Starkey Road,
Largo
Sep 26, 2009 Gulfport Recreation Center 5730 Shore Blvd., Gulfport
Oct 3, 2009 St. Pete Home Depost Tyrone Blvd., St. Pete
Oct 10, 2009 Safety Harbor Public Works 1200 Railroad Ave.,
Safety Harbor
Oct 24, 2009 Palm Harbor / Countryside Home Depot US Hwy 19 & Curlew,
Palm Harbor
Nov 7, 2009 St. Petersburg Kmart 3451 34th St. So., St. Petersburg

Now here’s an unrelated tip. If you live nearby any of these collection sites, take full advantage of the traffic coming in – schedule a garage sale or better yet if your home is on the market, have your real estate agent do an open house. You will be surprised at the interest you will receive!

7 Tips to Finding the Best Home Quickly

1) Hire a good Realtor

A home purchase will most likely be your largest purchase ever. Don’t hire an inexperienced Realtor to represent you. Do your research and find an agent that represents both buyers and sellers. Some of the highest producing Realtors only work with sellers and don’t represent buyers that well. Your goal is to find a professional, experienced agent that has great market knowledge. This will save you plenty of time and aggravation.

2) Arrange financing before you look at homes

The worst feeling is to find your dream home and realize later that you cannot afford it. Don’t assume that you can get a mortgage. The lending industry has been turned upside down lately. Before you look at property know what you can afford.

3) Know what you want

Make a list of your needs and wants. Discuss with your Realtor what you need to have and want to have. You most likely will have to make compromises. Everyone does when purchasing a home. Your experienced Realtor who knows the market will be able to tell you if your needs and wants match your budget.

4) Narrow down your geographic areas

Make a list of areas that you like. There is no point in looking at homes in areas/neighborhoods that you hate. That is just a waste of everyone’s time. Spend a day driving around the city if you are unfamiliar with it. Your Realtor would be happy to give you an area map and highlight areas to drive through.

5) Drive by

Once you have a good Realtor, have arranged financing, know your needs and wants and have narrowed down your areas get a list of homes and drive by them. You will eliminate several homes by just driving by them. This will save you hours.

6) Know that there is no perfect home

Everyone makes compromises. There is no such thing as a perfect home. I have seen people in all prices ranges make compromises.

7) Stay on top of the market

If you do all of this and can’t find a great home then you either have to lower your standards, raise your budget or sit tight and wait for more listings to come on the market. Your Tampa Realtor can usually set you up on an automated email system. When a home comes on the market that matches your criteria you will be notified of it immediately. This is a great way to be the first one in the door. Good luck.

Marc Rasmussen
Realtor in Sarasota, Florida
Sarasota Homes For Sale