How Does Junk Removal Work?

06.01.2020

Whether you’re moving, renovating, or just looking to get rid of extra stuff in your house, junk removal companies can help you do it. These types of companies specialize in taking unwanted items off of your hands quickly and efficiently. Many of them even take it a step further and in addition to hauling away your junk also make sure that all salvageable items are donated to appropriate charities. Working with junk removal companies is a great way to clear out your space, and can also take a lot of the guesswork out of how you’re going to get rid of all those unwanted belongings ahead of your move.

The average American generates about 4.5 pounds of waste every day, and that’s not even considering the things in your home that you’ve held on to for a while but no longer have a use for. If you think that you might be able to benefit from junk removal services, read on to learn everything you need to know about working with a junk removal company, including what types of services they offer, how much it typically costs, and what happens to all your stuff once it’s hauled away.

What is Junk Removal?

We always recommend getting rid of as much as you can prior to your move, and junk removal companies are a highly efficient way to do it.

Junk removal is a service that helps you get pretty much all kinds of trash removed from your home or office space. These services are often available on demand, meaning you can call a junk removal company and they’ll come haul away your stuff on the very same day (though you can also make an appointment ahead of time if you don’t want to risk it).

Typically, junk removal companies will provide you with two options for getting rid of your stuff:

Truck hauling. If you choose this service, the junk removal company will arrive at your location with a large truck fitted with a dumpster in the back. They’ll haul your junk onto the truck’s dumpster and then drive it all away as soon as they’re done. This option is excellent for post-renovation clean-ups and other times when all of your trash is already piled up and ready to go.

Dumpster rental. With dumpster rental services, a junk removal company will drop off a dumpster in your preferred size at your location. You fill it up at your leisure and then when you’re done they’ll return to pick it up and haul it away. This option is a good choice if you’re going to be clearing out your space over the span of a couple of days or if you’re undertaking a home renovation project.

What Will Junk Removal Companies Take?

If you need to get rid of it, chances are that a junk removal company will take it off of your hands (caveats to that are listed in the next section). This includes:

    • Large and small appliances
    • Air conditioners
    • Furniture
    • Mattresses
    • Computers, monitors, TVs, and other electronics
    • Exercise equipment
    • Bicycles
    • Tools
    • Construction debris (roofing materials, old carpeting, etc.)
    • Yard waste
    • Hot tubs and spas
    • Boxes
    • Books, toys, and other miscellaneous home items
    • Musical instruments, including large items like pianos
    • Clothing

The less stuff that you have to move, the smoother your move will go. Go through each room, closet, and drawer and separate out the items that you no longer want or need. It will be a lot easier to get rid of things when you know that you have a junk removal company ready to come pick it all up for you.

What Won’t Junk Removal Companies Take?

As for what junk removal companies won’t take, it’s basically the same as what professional moving companies won’t take since these items are dangerous to transport and need to be properly disposed of. This includes:

    • Opened cans of paint
    • Chemicals and solvents
    • Gasoline
    • Asbestos
    • Oil drums and oil tanks
    • Any other kind of toxic and/or hazardous waste

These types of corrosive, combustible, reactive, and toxic materials need to be disposed of according to the specific laws of your county. Check out our article on how to dispose of hazardous waste before you move for guidance.

What Do Junk Removal Companies Do With the Stuff They Take Away?

In terms of what happens with your junk, it depends on what it is and the junk removal company that you’re working with. Most junk removal companies today aim to protect the environment and give back to their communities by ensuring that any and all salvageable junk ends up with those who can benefit from it, instead of in a landfill. In these cases, things like furniture, clothing, toys, and linens that are in good condition will be brought to local shelters and relief groups who can put them to use.

When you’re choosing a junk removal company, be sure to ask them what happens to the items that they pick up. And if you have a choice between companies, opt for the one that goes out of their way to reduce waste and donate your items—it’s a much better alternative to simply dumping your items in a trash pile, especially those items that someone else can still get a lot of use out of.

How Much Does Junk Removal Cost?

Just like moving companies, junk removal companies can’t offer set prices or give you a fixed estimate over the phone. That’s because the cost of junk removal services depends on a number of factors, including how much junk you have to be hauled away and the type of materials that you need removed, where you live, and how accessible the job is (i.e. will they have to go up and down a set of stairs with your junk? Will they be able to park in a convenient location?). You’ll also pay a different price depending on whether you opt for a traditional junk haul or a dumpster rental.

Still, there are some benchmarks for junk removal pricing. According to HomeGuide, the average amount that people spend for junk removal services is between $150 and $350, though prices can range from about $70 to $750. Most junk removal companies price their services according to how much space you fill up in the truck. The more space you need, the more you can expect to spend.

To get the most accurate price, ask if you can get an on-site quote. Seeing your inventory of junk in person will allow a junk removal service provider to get as close of an idea as possible about how much truck/dumpster space you’re going to require.

Choosing a Junk Removal Company

There are a lot of junk removal companies out there. To choose the one that’s best suited to your needs, we recommend choosing and comparing between at least three different providers based on availability and pricing. This way, you’ll be able to make sure that you end up working with the company that’s going to offer you the best service at the best price.

As always, it’s a good idea to look at the reviews when hiring a junk removal company. This way, you’ll be able to learn about past customers’ experiences with the company and whether they would recommend working with them. You’ll also get some additional insight into their reliability and equipment.

Junk removal companies offer a great option for getting rid of things before your move. If you’ve got stuff to haul away, save yourself the time and trouble and bring on junk removal experts to do the job.

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