Junk Removal Checklist: Everything You Need to Know

Create a Junk Removal Checklist

With so many health benefits of decluttering a home, more and more people are utilizing local junk removal services. 

If you’ve never hired a junk removal company, there are a few things you can do to prepare for their arrival to make the process as simple and easy as possible.

Junk Removal Checklist:

  1. Organize junk into separate piles.

  2. Get a quote.

  3. Create an accessible path.

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1. Organize Junk Into Separate Piles

Getting rid of unwanted items is a more involved process than it was 30-40 years ago, and for good reason!

Over 260 million tons of trash are produced every year in the United States. 

With over half of this amount ending up in landfills, it’s important to pay attention to the type of trash you’re getting rid of and where it is best to do so.

Your unwanted household items can be divided into four categories:

  • Recyclables

  • Donations

  • Hazardous

  • Trash


separate your recyclables

Items made of glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, and metal can most likely be recycled.

Additionally, electronics and car batteries are items that can (and should) be recycled, but in the proper locations.


donate instead of throwing your used items away

Clothing, kitchenware, furniture, appliances, decor, and electronics are just some of the items that can be donated if they are in decent condition. 

Not only is donating beneficial for the global environment and your local economy, but you also get a tax deduction for the total value of the items you donate. 


hazardous waste infographic

There are hazardous materials that cannot be disposed of in a landfill.

Paint cans, household cleaners, tires, motor oil, and computers are a few examples of the most common items banned from landfills.

Where you live will determine exactly what is and isn’t accepted in your local landfill.

If you’re unsure whether your items are accepted or not, your local junk removal company should be happy to answer any questions you may have.



Any junk you have that cannot be recycled or donated, and is not a hazardous material, can be placed into your trash pile.

2. Get a Quote

Getting a junk removal quote is made easy with Hometown.

Our search engine shows you service providers in your area and verified reviews from real customers. 

When you contact a local junk removal company, make sure that you’re as detailed as possible when describing the junk you need hauled away. 

It’s becoming more and more popular in an era of contactless service to be asked for photographs or video footage of your junk so that you’re provided with the most accurate quote.

If you only have an item or two, a majority of companies can provide a quote before coming to your site. However, most companies will require that an employee comes to your location to assess larger projects and provide you with an in-person quote.

One of the most convenient aspects of junk removal services is that they arrange their schedule so that their crew is prepared to begin your project on the spot after they provide you with their price to complete the job. 

3. Create Accessible Path

clear path to junk

Once you’ve organized the junk to be hauled away and finalized details with your service provider, the next and final step is to make sure that there is a clear and accessible path to your items. 

While it isn’t necessary (unless previously agreed on with the junk removal company) to set items to the curb or near the driveway, doing so will make the process go quickly and easily. 

This is especially true if you’d rather avoid having anyone in your home for safety or hygienic purposes. 

If the junk you need removed is too heavy, or if there is simply too much to move, it's okay to leave them in your home or garage as long as there is a clear walking path to and from your pile.

In the case of a hoarding situation, failing to clear a path to items that are to be hauled away will mean more labor time for your junk removal crew, and as everyone knows, nothing is free.

Longer, more extensive labor can be reflected on your final bill.

In conclusion…

Junk removal services are an easy way to get rid of bulky unwanted items, or an entire home’s worth of junk.

Separating your items into different disposal categories will help you and your junk removal company determine what the scope of the entire project will entail.

Getting quotes from multiple companies is a great way to make sure you’re getting the best price.

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