Updated September 2, 2022
When most people have a junk removal or debris disposal project, they tend to think about cost and labor first and foremost.
The two most common waste disposal methods for homeowners and business owners—junk removal services and temporary dumpster rental—are great options, but each method has its place.
To maximize cost effectiveness and minimize stress, do your research to be sure you choose the service that suits your physical ability, time constraints, and budget.
We'll go over:
- Junk Removal Services Pricing
- Typical Costs for Dumpster Rental
- Comparing Costs for Your Project
- Choosing the Best Disposal Company
Average Junk Removal Costs
Junk removal pricing depends primarily on how much you have to get rid of, how much space your items take up in the truck or trailer, and whether or not your items require special care or handling, like with heavy, fragile, or hazardous items.
That being said, let's take a closer look at national averages for various size junk removal projects to get a better idea of what junk removal costs are like.
|Project Type||Average Cost|
|2-3 Pieces of Furniture||$100-$300|
|Whole Home Cleanout||$500-$1,500|
|Attic, Basement, or Garage Cleanout||$200-$800|
|Foreclosure or Estate Cleanout||$800-$2,000|
- Understanding Junk Removal Quotes
- How to Choose the Best Junk Removal Company
- Questions to Ask Junk Removal Companies Before Hiring
- Signs of Quality Junk Removal Services
Average Dumpster Rental Costs
- Size of the dumpster you rent
- Fees at your local landfill or recycling facility
- The company you rent from
|Container Size||Average Cost||When It's a Good Option|
|10 yard dumpster||$250-$450||Attic, garage, or basement cleanout
Small kitchen remodel
Patio or walkway removal
|20 yard dumpster||$350-$550||Kitchen remodel
Small home cleanup project
Small to medium interior demolition
|30 yard dumpster||$450-$650||Medium home cleanup project
Medium remodel or demolition project
|40 yard dumpster||$550-$750||Large home cleanup project
Large remodel or demolition project
Though these averages give you a good idea of what a dumpster costs to rent, your local prices may vary, and we want to help you get the best price for your disposal project.
- Understanding Dumpster Rental Quotes
- Renting a Dumpster for Home Cleanouts
- How to Estimate the Weight of a Dumpster Load to Avoid Overage Fees
Comparing Disposal Costs for Your Project
In most cases, dumpster rental prices fall between $250 and $550 for a seven-day rental, while junk removal can be as low as $75 or as high as thousands of dollars.
Typically, junk removal services cost more than renting a dumpster because of the added labor costs involved.
However, the exception to this is smaller cleanups, such as hauling away a couple pieces of furniture or getting rid of a refrigerator.
In general, if you need to get rid of only a few larger items like appliances or furniture, junk removal is the more cost-effective option, but if you have a larger project, then dumpster rental is likely less expensive.
Renting a dumpster is the more economical choice for bigger jobs where you have to throw out seven or more cubic yards of material.
Choosing the Best Waste Disposal Company
Regardless of whether you choose to rent a dumpster or hire a junk removal company, Hometown can help you find the best company for your disposal project.
We make it easy to browse local companies in your area, read about each company's history and services, see what customers have to say about their services, and request quotes from as many companies as you'd like.
We also can help provide answers to some of your biggest waste-related questions.
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