All You Need to Know About Furniture Removal Costs

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Updated May 5, 2023

There comes a time when you have to part ways with your saggy sofa, three-legged chair, or non-reclining recliner. Junk removal services can come haul away a single piece of furniture (or multiple) quickly and for less than you probably think. If your furniture is still usable, they'll even donate it on your behalf and provide you with a donation receipt. In this guide, we’ll touch on the average costs of old furniture removal, as well as other options, like renting a dumpster or hauling the furniture to a local donation center yourself.

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Furniture Removal Costs

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You can expect to pay $75 or more to get a piece of furniture hauled away by a junk removal company. The minimum fee for most junk removal companies in the U.S. ranges from $75-$125. For jobs bigger than 1-3 small pieces of furniture, the costs will go up incrementally. The average cost for furniture removal by a junk removal company is $150-$500.

Furniture removal costs depend on several factors:

  • 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 than the same job in New York City. The distance a junk hauler must travel to get to your location may increase the price as well in order to compensate for fuel costs and time.
  • Type and amount of furniture: Many junk removal companies base their fees on how much space your 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.
  • Accessibility of the furniture: The complexity of the job can influence the price. For instance, a junk hauler will 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. Increasing the accessibility of your furniture can help save on your furniture disposal costs.

What’s Included in Furniture Removal Pricing

Furniture and junk removal are generally all-inclusive, meaning the quoted cost of the junk removal project will include pick-up, disposal, labor, cost of fuel, and any applicable taxes.

Real-Life Furniture Removal Cost Examples

See what others have paid for their furniture removal project to get an idea for how much these junk removal projects cost.

Location Furniture Removal Description Cost
Fenton, MI Piano $310
Philadelphia, PA Sofa, Bed Frame, Mattress $225
West Covina, CA Queen Mattress, Box Spring $110
Doral, FL Computer Desk, Chest, Bookshelf, 2 Side Tables, Mattress $250
White Marsh, MD Sofa $125
Castle Rock, CO Reclining Couch, Chair, Standard Couch, Wheelchair $250
Yonkers, NY Dresser, TV $150
League City, TX Queen Mattress, 2 Full Mattresses, 3 Box Springs $200

Tipping a Junk Removal Crew

Should you tip a 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 definitely something to consider. A 10-20% tip is a good range to target for a complicated junk removal job well done. 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!

Ask for Discounts

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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, request quotes from local junk removal companies today. 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 for your junk removal project.

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Other Furniture Removal Methods and Costs

As previously mentioned, the average nationwide cost to hire a junk removal service to remove your furniture is $150-$500. There are, however, other options at your disposal when it comes to getting rid of furniture, appliances, or other heavy items.

Dumpster Rental for Furniture Removal

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10 yard dumpster 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 $250-$550 to rent a 10 or 20 yard dumpster. Your cost may be higher or lower depending on your location and who you rent your dumpster from. If you’re clearing out a whole home and have lots of furniture to offload, a dumpster is a cost-effective option that allows you to complete the cleanout at your own pace.

Total Average Cost: $250-$550

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Hauling Furniture to Charity or Landfill Yourself

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If you have a trailer or truck that can safely transport the furniture, DIY furniture removal may be a cost-effective option. But keep in mind the time and costs associated with this option. For example, fuel costs can add up fast, especially if the nearest charity or landfill isn’t located right down the street or if your job requires multiple trips to complete the job. This not only adds to the fuel costs but incurs multiple dump fees at the landfill too. Hauling large items yourself is the most time-consuming method for furniture disposal since you do all the removal, loading, hauling, and unloading of the furniture on your own.

Donating or giving away furniture is a great option if the item is still 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 or Facebook Marketplace, but it's not that easy to get rid of big, heavy furniture, especially if you don't live in an area with lots of traffic and passers-by. 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 Average Cost: Free-$50+

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