How Much Does Junk Removal Cost?

Jeff Naeem
November 4, 2020

There are so many factors that go into junk removal cost. Do you need to clear out a whole basement that has turned into a collection of old furniture and appliances? Do you have a relative who has passed away that you need to clear out their house of all belongings? Is your attic filled to the brim with old, dusty boxes? Does your business need to be cleared out for a remodel? It all sounds like it may be simple to clean and haul away, but there are many factors to consider. 

Junk Removal Costs to Consider

Costs vary from company to company and according to the specifics of your job. An average junk removal cost is likely around $500-$900. There are so many factors that go into that final price, the most important being the size of your load. What square footage needs to be cleared out? A whole house? A basement? Consider these other factors:

Rent a Dumpster

As stated above, the average junk removal cost can range from $500-$900, while a dumpster rental can be very pricey. An average small dumpster rental can cost  $300-$600, all while you are doing the work yourself. The upside to renting a dumpster is you don’t have to do it all in one day. You can take your time. That can also be a downside as you will pay more if you need to extend the rental time. 

Something to consider with a dumpster rental is if you only fill half of it, the price won’t be any less. For a junk removal cost, how much of the truck you fill is factored into the cost. You won’t be paying for more than you need with trash removal. Also, with renting a dumpster, you need to estimate the size that you will need. You want to be sure you’re not paying for too large of a dumpster. You also want to be sure that you don’t run out of room and need to rent an additional unit. 

Secure and Fill Up a Truck

Do you have a truck to use? How many loads will it take to fill up your large vehicle and drop off the items at various places? Think about yard debris and without composting, how easily that will fill up one load. And when it comes to trash removal, who is going to do the heavy lifting? Do you have the means to move out that old refrigerator on your own? 

You may have to factor in the cost of renting a truck. Combine that with hauling the items around town and the drop off fees at the dumpsites. And don’t forget your time and energy. Junk removal cost can really add up when doing it yourself. Hiring a team to come out and do it all for you can be more valuable and cost-effective in the long run. 

Take Items to the Dump

How hard can it be to take items to the dump? What you don’t know is that the landfill won’t take everything. Do you have paint or oil in your load? The dump won’t take that. Did you know you have to wear an orange vest while unloading at some dumps? And have you considered the smell at the dump? It’s not a pleasant experience. It’s not a one-stop and done experience. Some items need to be dropped at a waste center, while others can be dropped off at the recycling center to cut down on waste. 

Sell Items

Maybe you have some items that are very valuable that you’d like to get rid of, but you don’t want to give them away for free. Part of a junk removal cost can include sorting and selling items of value. Some things are old, and even though they initially held value, they may not be worth selling after many years of wear and tear. On the flip side, some items are considered antiques and are coveted by many people. Our experts can help you decide. 

Donate Items

When you have items that are still in relatively good shape that could be found useful by a different family, then a junk removal cost can include donations. If you are doing it all yourself, that is one extra step that you don’t want to miss. If you’ve ever visited a dump, you can imagine how long it may take for all of those items to decompose. You don’t want to add to that unnecessarily. 

Shred Documents

Another factor that goes into a junk removal cost is the shredding of important documents. When records are kept over a number of years, that can result in boxes and boxes of documents that have sensitive information on them. As you evaluate that the papers are no longer needed, then they will need to be shredded. That may be something you can do yourself, or it may be really convenient to leave that up to a junk hauling service. 

Access Proper Equipment

If we are talking about removing large items like old appliances, couches, and office furniture, we need to consider having the right equipment. You can always rent dollies and padding yourself, or you can remember that a good team will have that all included in their junk removal cost. When moving heavy items, you would need a dolly and straps to secure the items in place. You won’t have to worry about that if you hire out.

You also may worry about breaking valuable items that you are planning to sell. With a team of experts, they know exactly how to move large mirrors, pianos, and TVs without breaking them. When you hire professionals, you can be at ease that your belongings will not get damaged. 

Average Trash and Junk Removal Prices

Several aspects can go into junk removal cost. Here are some of the everyday things that are considered when finding the right price that is specific to your needs: 

  • Busy Season Vs. Slow Season
  • Local Dump and Drop Off Prices
  • How Many Drop Off Locations (Donations, Recycling, Hazardous Waste)
  • Gas Prices
  • Time it Takes to Get the Job Done

Every project is unique. If you are feeling overwhelmed and money is what is stopping you from hiring a service, do some research. You can always find an online estimator to get an idea of what a junk removal cost may come out to be. Or you can contact us to get your exact price. 

Furniture Removal Costs

If you need to get rid of large furniture, you may look into pickup services. There are many who offer to come to your home and pick up a couch or a recliner chair. Those costs can be high for just one item, often close to $200. Think about how much more cost-effective it would be to use junk removal services instead and throw in other things taking up space in your home. 

Our Transparent Pricing

The average cost of junk removal can be anywhere from $500-$900. Many companies charge differently, and it largely depends on the size of the load and the time it will take to load. You can receive free estimates by visiting our website. We are very transparent about breaking down our price that fits into your specific needs. We can go through each service and negotiate a price that will be worth your time. 

Ways to Save

When it comes to dumpster rental, you know that it can be very costly. When you commit to doing a large project by yourself, such as yard debris or construction debris cleanup, time can add up. The longer that dumpster is in your driveway, the more you have to pay. Those costs can really add up. 

You may find yourself loading up donations, dropping those items off, and then going back for the next load of hazardous waste and finding a place to take that. If you look into a junk removal service, all of those drop-offs will be done for you. You won’t spend your time and energy running around town, finding a place that will take some items but turn away others, leaving you on a continuous search. 

The Junk-A-Haulics Difference

As you break down the details of your project and consider the time and energy that would go into tackling the job yourself, decide to hire a junk removal service instead. Think of the money you will save on dumpster rental or truck rental. Think about the expertise and equipment that a professional team will have. 

It sounds like a good time to call Junk-A-Haulics. We can assist with any project you may have, including a business cleanout, a basement or attic cleanout, an estate clearance, you’ve got it. Please book with us now and find out how much your exact project will cost. Just think of the day after your project is complete and the relief that will come with that. We can take care of all of the stress that comes with junk removal. Contact us today.

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