There comes a time when you have to part ways with your saggy sofa, three-legged chair, and non-reclining recliner. You can expect to pay $75 or more to get it hauled away by a junk removal company. The minimum fee for most junk removal companies in the U.S. ranges from $50 - $125. For jobs bigger than 1 - 3 small pieces of furniture, the costs will go up incrementally.
Based on data from HometownDumpsterRental.com, the average cost for furniture removal jobs in the U.S. is $163.
This average cost focuses on furniture disposal using a junk removal service. However, we’ll touch on other methods of furniture removal, such as renting a dumpster or donating used furniture.
Jump to a section:
- Learn what’s included in a quote from a junk removal company
- See what other customers paid for their furniture removal
- Alternative ways to get rid of furniture
- Factors that influence the cost of furniture removal
- Should you tip the junk removal crew?
- How to score discounts
Prices are generally all-inclusive, meaning the quoted cost will include pick-up, disposal, labor, cost of fuel, and applicable taxes.
That said, it’s important to inquire about the “out the door” price when obtaining a free junk removal/dumpster rental quote over the phone or online. Taxes, fees, and other surcharges may apply in some cases, so it’s important to ask about these things when getting a quote.
Below, you can see examples of costs recently quoted for real jobs by Hometown's nationwide community of verfied junk removal providers.
|Winthrop, PA||Remove a sofa, bed/mattress, bed cover||$175|
|West Covina, CA||Queen mattress and box spring removal||$110|
|Doral, FL||Computer desk, chest, bookshelf, 2 side tables, mattress||$200|
|White Marsh, MD||Sofa haul-away||$125|
|Castle Rock, CO||Reclining couch + chair, another couch, wheelchair||$250|
|Yonkers, NY||Dresser and TV set removal||$148|
|League City, TX||Queen mattress, 2 full mattresses, and box springs||$150|
Data derived from verified junk removal projects at HometownDumpsterRental.com (2017)
As previously mentioned, the average nationwide cost to hire a junk removal service to come pick up your furniture is about $163. The average range for a basic couch and chair removal is between $75 and $200.
Below, you’ll find some other options to get rid of your furniture.
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Rent a dumpster
A 10 or 20 yard dumpster is a viable option in cases where you have more than a few pieces of furniture to get rid of. Dumpster rental prices vary, but you can expect to pay around $200 - $350 to rent a 10 or 20 yard dumpster. Your cost may be higher or lower depending upon your location.
FYI: A standard sofa consumes at least 3 cubic yards of space. Due to its shape, it may take up more than 3 cubic yards in the back of a truck or dumpster. Because of this, it's always a safe bet to size up 10 yards or more.
Total Cost: $200 - $400
Haul it to the landfill yourself
If you have a trailer or truck that accommodates the furniture, you may find that a DIY furniture removal is the most cost-effective option. But keep in mind the factors below when determining if this is the right option for you:
- Fuel costs can add up fast, especially if the nearest landfill isn’t located right down the street.
- It may require multiple trips to the dump to complete the job. This adds to the fuel costs and incurs multiple dump fees at the landfill.
- This is the most time-consuming method for furniture disposal. You do all the removal, loading, hauling, and unloading of the furniture.
Total Cost: $50 +
Sell, donate, or give it away
This is a great option for furniture that is still in usable shape. That is the key point though: The furniture must be in overall good condition! Damaged furniture is not something you should donate to local charitable organizations, and in fact, most will not accept it.
A great resource for selling or giving away furniture is Craigslist. Use the “Free” section to get rid of it fast. This method of furniture removal works great if you live in a mid-to-large metro area, but may not be quite as effective if you live far off the beaten path.
Donating used furniture is an excellent way to help the local community and get a tax benefit to boot. Some organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, offer furniture pick-up services (not available in all areas).
Total Cost: Free (Potentially)
Your location — Your geographic location will influence the cost of furniture removal. For example, a sofa removal job in Little Rock, AR would cost less compared to the same job in New York City.
Location in relation to the junk hauling company — The distance a junk hauler must travel to get to your location may increase the price in order to compensate for fuel costs and time.
Volume of furniture — Many junk removal companies base their fees on how much space your junk (furniture) takes up in their truck(s). For example, a few small dining room chairs would cost less than one large sofa because the chairs take up less volume.
Ease of access to the furniture — The complexity of the job can influence price. For instance, a junk hauler could very well charge more to carry a sofa down five flights of stairs than they would for hauling a sofa that's already at the curbside when the junk removal company arrives to pick it up.
Find a way to mitigate these factors to save on your furniture disposal costs.
Should you tip the junk removal crew? You should never feel obligated to tip, but most companies do allow for tipping. One of the largest junk removal franchises in the U.S., 1-800-Got-Junk, says this about tipping:
If you think the crew did a great job and you’d like to recognize their hard work, tips are always appreciated.
On a more complex furniture removal job, tipping is something to consider. Only ever do so if the service warrants it! A 5% - 10% tip is a good range to target. It’s also a good gesture to offer a beverage, or even snacks, to the workers for jobs that span several hours.
Great service should always be rewarded!
One simple way to score a nice discount on junk removal costs is to ask the junk hauler if they offer discounts for military/veterans, seniors, large haul-aways, first-time customers, or any other promotions they may be running. You can check the company’s website or Facebook page to see current offers, too.
If you’re ready to save on the disposal of your furniture, start here. Enter your city in the search box to find local dumpster rental and junk removal companies. Be sure to read customer reviews and call around to get multiple quotes.
Hopefully, the tips above will help reduce furniture disposal costs for you. If you found this article helpful, do us a favor and share it!
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