How Do Cleanout Services Work?

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Updated December 14, 2023

Junk removal companies specialize in home cleanouts, business cleanouts, and every type of cleanout in between.

If you've never hired a company to help with a cleanout before, you may be wondering what to expect.

The junk removal process is simple, but we'll break it down for you so you know exactly what to expect from the first point of contact to the last.

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Know What You Want to Remove

The first step to beginning any cleanout project is knowing which items you want the company to take.

When you have multiple items, assembling them into a pile is the easiest way for companies to assess your project's needs, how much debris you have, and how much your project will cost overall.

However, piling up your items isn't always a feasible option.

If you have an entire area that needs to be completely ridded of junk and other items, like a garage cleanout, room cleanout, or whole-home cleanout, then you can simply point out the area(s) of items to the company when they come to give you a quote.

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Browse Local Companies to Work With

The next step to a cleanout project is choosing the right junk removal company to help.

Hometown makes it simple to find qualified junk removal companies in your area by searching your zip code and answering a few short questions about your removal needs.

You can read more about each company, read verified reviews from real customers to get a better understanding of the type of service you can expect, and request free quotes to compare each company's pricing, professionalism, and availability.

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Get Multiple Junk Removal Quotes

If you have a small amount of bulky items to toss, like with an appliance removal or furniture removal, then the junk hauler may be able to give you a quote without needing to come out to your site.

However, if you have more than a few items to get rid of, the junk removal company will typically need to see your junk in person before giving an accurate on-site junk removal estimate.

In most cases, a crew of one or two people will come out to your property to assess your cleanout project.

Once you point out the items you need hauled away, they'll be able to determine the junk's volume and the work it will take to remove it safely.

They then provide you with an exact quote for your junk removal services, and if you're happy with the price they give you, the team typically gets to work immediately to remove your unwanted items.

If you don't agree with the price they quoted you, there's no obligation to hire. Junk removal estimates are free and you’re never required to move forward with their service.

We recommend getting a couple junk removal estimates whenever possible to reduce the chances of hiring a company with poor customer service, a busy schedule, or pricey services.

Hometown's single quote request form makes it easier than ever to schedule free junk removal estimates from reputable, local companies in your area—all at once. 

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Watch Your Junk Drive Away

Once you agree to an estimate, the junk removal crew will carefully carry or roll your items out of your home/business and load it onto their truck. The crew will often sweep the area as well to ensure you're left with a clean space.

After your junk is hauled away, all that's left to do is relax and enjoy your clutter-free space.

From there, if you have a lot of items, they typically will take your items back to their headquarters to separate them for donation, recycling, or disposal.

Most junk removal companies prioritize donating and recycling whenever possible to ensure the proper handling of all waste, junk, and debris.

Most will donate reusable items in good condition and recycle when possible, only taking items to the landfill when absolutely necessary.

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