Junk Removal 101
Why should I consider junk removal?
Junk removal is the simplest way to be free of your debris. Hiring a junk removal expert is a convenient, pain-free way to get rid of any unwanted furniture, appliances, junk, bulk trash, and just about any unwanted items you have cluttering up your home or business... all without lifting a finger.
No matter how much junk you have, junk removal is a great route to take if you like the idea of someone else doing all the heavy lifting and dirty work.
What can I get rid of using junk removal?
The easier question to answer would be "What can't I get rid of hiring a junk removal service?"
Generally speaking, junk removal companies accept more items than dumpster rental companies. A junk removal service may be more willing to remove some of the items that you can't put in a dumpster, like tires, refrigerators, or old cans of paint.
Here's a list of the most commonly accepted items:
Note: If you're in doubt, be sure to ask the company you're requesting a quote from whether or not they accept a particular item. Most junk haulers will NOT accept hazardous chemicals. Pickup of non-standard items like concrete, dirt, paint, tires, and yard waste vary from company to company.
How does the junk removal process work?
Find the right company for you.
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Get a quick quote (from one or more companies).
If you have just a couple of bulky items to toss, like appliances or furniture, then the junk hauler may be able to give you a quote over the phone or possibly via email.
If you have more junk than a few items, the junk removal service will likely need to see your junk to give an accurate estimate. Typically, a crew of 2 people comes to your property to assess the junk's volume and effort necessary to remove it. An exact quote is provided in a few minutes and if you're ok with the price, the junk is removed on the spot.
Say "goodbye" to your junk.
If you don't like the price, then no worries—estimates are free, and you’re not obligated to buy. Payment is only taken after the job is completed and your junk is gone.
If the price works for you, then most haulers will remove the junk on the spot.
The crew who gave you the estimate will then load all your unwanted junk onto their trucks and haul it away, leaving you with a clean-swept space.
Relax and rest easy.
It definitely feels great to get rid of unwanted or unneeded items cluttering up your life... especially when someone else has done the work. After your junk is hauled away, relax and enjoy your clutter-free space.
Most junk removal experts will handle your debris responsibly, donating good condition re-useable items and recycling when possible.
How much does junk removal cost?
Getting a no-obligation quote is always free. Hiring a junk removal service to remove your unwanted items always has a cost. As you can imagine, the cost of junk removal depends mostly on how much junk you have. The effort required to remove your debris and where you're located may also impact your quoted price.
It's relatively common for companies to charge a minimum of $50 to $100 for any removal, no matter how small it may be. If you have an entire house worth of debris, then you could pay upwards of $500 - $1000... or even more in a hoarding situation or other large volume cleanup project.
If you have more than a couple items, most companies quote a price based on the expected volume of the debris in the truck. For instance, a full truckload, 1/2 truckload, or 1/4 truckload.
Is there a way for me to cut back on costs?
That all depends on what "junk" you have. Is any of it in reusable condition? Perhaps it can be donated.
It's always a good idea to do a quick once-over of the stuff you're getting rid of before requesting a quote from a junk hauler. If you have some furniture or items that still have usefulness and could be donated to charity, give the charity a call first. The charity may pickup the items and take them off your hands for free.
Below is a list of common charities and other networks & organizations that will come take your useable "junk" off your hands—for free!
Renting a dumpster is also an option that can save money in some situations. Of course, you have to be willing and able to load the debris yourself.
If you only have a few bulky items, renting a 10 yard roll off dumpster is overkill and probably going to cost more than hiring a junk removal service. If you have enough debris to fill up a 10 yard dumpster, you may be able to save some money by loading your junk yourself.
- Compare the cost of junk removal to dumpster rental
- Should I hire a junk removal service or rent a dumpster?