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06 Nov 2016

7 Tips for Removing Junk From Your Home

If you are starting your spring cleaning, you may already wish it was winter. After all, if it has been months, or a year (or longer) since you last really tried to get rid of the unwanted things residing in your home, spring can easily turn into anyone’s least favorite season.

So if your house is beginning to resemble the inside of a garbage can, or your backyard looks like a junkyard, try these strategies for removing the unwanted stuff from your home.

Set goals. It might not be practical to tackle all the clutter throughout your home, or even an entire room, depending on the severity of your situation and what your energy level is. So don’t even try. Just determine what you want to attempt.

Cecilia Anderson, a professional organizer based in the District of Columbia, says you might decide your goal is “to get rid of 40 percent of the contents of the garage. Or you could … limit family keepsakes to four bankers’ boxes’ worth of space in the basement.”

(Bankers’ boxes, for those who don’t know, are thick cardboard boxes with lids and side slits for handles.)

Set guidelines. Anderson also says you might want to give yourself guidelines, like “making a blanket decision that all magazines more than two months old can automatically be thrown out, or that any clothes smaller than one size below your current size can automatically be donated.”

Having guidelines will speed up the process, she says. Plus, Anderson says, “If you start with some low-hanging fruit, it will get easier to make decisions confidently.”

Throw away all garbage. If you have rooms crammed with clutter, you probably have items that can be immediately ferried to the garbage can without giving it a second thought. Maybe there’s an empty bag of chips lying around (you know, real garbage), or some empty shoe boxes you kept, thinking you might store something in them one day. Get rid of them. Make getting rid of trash one of the first things you do, advises Felice Cohen, a professional organizer based in New York City.

“This lightens the load quickly,” she says.

Identify what you want to get rid of. If you can, at the start of your junk-removal process, put everything in one area, Cohen says. If moving everything to one area isn’t practical, she suggests labeling the items so you know what will eventually be going to charity or what you plan to sell and so on.

Set a timer. This doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. If you want to work in small doses, Cohen suggests setting a timer or planning to fill up a certain number of boxes, echoing Anderson’s advice about setting goals and guidelines. It’ll keep you from getting overwhelmed, Cohen says.

Know who will be getting your junk. That is, if you’re going to start writing your junk-removal story, try to have your happy ending already planned. In other words, where is all this stuff going to go, if not to another part of your home? You have several possible exit doors to consider, according to Cohen.

Hire a professional junk remover. There are plenty of them out there, like 1-800-Got-Junk and Junk King.

“For a fee, they will come and take the stuff away,” Cohen says. “That’s the quickest way to do it, but it’s not cheap.”

Have a garage sale. But Cohen recommends you think long and hard about that before committing.

“A garage sale takes a lot of effort, and the payoff isn’t always worth it,” she says. “Shoppers come looking for a bargain, and you won’t make that much money, and most likely you’ll end up either bringing it back into the house or donating it.”

Speaking of which …

Donate it. Cohen says this is usually the best strategy.

“Salvation Army and Goodwill may even pick up the stuff if you also have furniture included,” she says. “You receive a tax write-off, and while it’s not the equivalent of what you spent on those items, you’re not going to make the money back from selling it at a yard sale.”

She also recommends donating your items to a local church or charity. “You will feel good, knowing your stuff went to help others,” Cohen says, adding that, sure, you could sell your junk in a yard sale or on Craigslist, but she’s guessing most folks “would rather have the free time than the extra few dollars.”

Have the right mindset. You really do need to be in the right place in your thinking if you’re going to be ambitious about removing junk from your home, says Drew Johnson, who used to have a junk business in the early 2000s but now upcycles old electronics and turns them into wearable art like neckties and jewelry at a website called

“Junk is very easy to get rid of. It’s making the decision to let go that’s the hard part,” Johnson says. “Residual, lingering value is often projected onto items that we collect, even though its usefulness has long passed. People are often tempted to cling to items, thinking they’ll have the time to clean it up and sell it for close to what they paid for it. This rarely works out.”

You could always do what a lot of experts propose: Before getting rid of an item, take a photo of what you’re admiring but ultimately know needs to go. However you approach things, if you want to be successful at getting rid of a lot or most of your junk, you have to be a little ruthless and shove sentimentality and emotion to the side.

And that’s the sad irony of serious spring cleaning. Before you can successfully clear your house of junk, you have to clear your mind.



26 Oct 2016

Bulky Item Pick-up

Acceptable Bulky Items
Examples of bulky items are: furniture, appliances, electronic equipment (E-Waste), wood waste, tree branches, scrap wood, debris from building remodeling, rocks, sod and earth, clothing, tires, car motor parts.

Bulky items cannot exceed eight feet in length, four feet in width or weigh more than 150 pounds.

Non-Acceptable Bulky Items
Household hazardous waste (such as paint, oil and batteries), spas, piano, camper shells, cast iron bathtubs or items requiring more than two persons to safely handle.

Annual Bulky Waste Drop Off Event
Waste Management will provide one Annual Bulky Waste Drop-Off Event for the residents of Winters. This event is held annually during the month of June. More information will be provided in the quarterly newsletter or billing statement.

Monthly Bulky Waste Pick Up
Waste Management offers residents one bulky item curbside pick-up at no additional charge per calendar year. The pile may be up to 5 cubic yards of large items. Additional bulky pick-ups may be requested at a rate of $15.00 per cubic yard. The curbside bulky item collection takes place on the first non-recycle Friday of each month. To participate, please call at least one week prior to the bulky item collection day.

Electronic Waste Pick-up
Electronic Waste (E-Waste) is the term used to describe discarded electronic equipment. Television, microwaves, computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, VCR’s, fax machines, electronic games and cell phones fall in this category. These products contain Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) which are made of lead and cannot be disposed of in your trash or recycling carts.

E-Waste is acceptable for bulky item pick-up (see rules above).

E-Waste is accepted daily free of charge at the Yolo County Landfill for Yolo County residents. Please visit for more information. E-Waste is also accepted at the Annual Bulky Waste Event held every June.

Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste (HHW) is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. HHW items include items such as paint, batteries, oil, and pesticides. These products, if mishandled, can be dangerous to your health and the environment, and therefore should be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Also, these materials should never be discarded in a sink, storm drain or in your regular trash.



16 Oct 2016

Starting a Junk Removal Business?

Starting a junk removal business seems like a straightforward enterprise. People are looking to get rid of junk, and they pay you to do it. While junk removal can be a very successful small business, here are eight points that you might weigh while you are deciding whether or not to enter this line of work.

1. Perform market research in your area. In terms of competitor analysis, find out who the local junk haulers are, and try to determine which ones are successful, and why.

Call some of them and ask for junk removal prices. This will include not only independent junk removal providers but also some of the larger junk removal franchise players such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and others. In order to be successful, you need to understand not only the prevailing rates charged but also your cost, including overhead, of properly disposing or recycling junk, so you can determine your profit. You will need to find out rates for various types of junk. Some will go straight to the landfill, while other might be sold to scrap dealers, donated to charities, or other use, and as such impact your cost of removal.

2. Check out the regulatory hurdles. There may be local, state and federal laws applicable with regard to the lawful disposal of junk, and especially hazardous waste. There may be fines applied if disposal is not carried out legally. For example, in Oregon, you will need a transportation certificate to transport scrap metal.

3. Another aspect of your market research might be to take a job with another junk removal company for an initial period so as to gain a better understanding of the business. If you are planning to make an investment to get into your new enterprise, this will help you gain an understanding of the business before making that outlay.

4. If you have a pickup truck, you may wish to advertise on Craigslist or another listing, and take a few jobs for cash, just to see how you like it. Remember that your market research has already been undertaken, so you know how much to charge.

5. Understand that the entrance of 1-800-Got-Junk? and others have raised the bar with respect to customer expectations for appearance, professionalism, and price.

6. Also, understand that if it does not take you much research or financial investment to get into the junk hauling business, then it won’t take much time for others, either. This is known as a low barrier to entry. What this means in effect is that new participants may be continually be cycling in and out of the industry, first entering and possibly underpricing their services, because they do not have a realistic picture of the overhead costs they will have to meet to remain viable.

7. Another point to consider is seasonality. The spring and summer are the busy seasons when it comes to junk removal.

Anticipate that these will be your busiest seasons, with things slowing down in the fall and winter.

8. After doing the research, you are ready to put together the business plan for your junk removal business. According to Susan Ward,  “A business plan is a document that summarizes the operational and financial objectives of a business and contains the detailed plans and budgets showing how the objectives are to be realized.Because the business plan contains detailed financial projections, forecasts about your business’s performance, and a marketing plan, it’s an incredibly useful tool for business planning. Here is a business plan template to help you get started.



06 Oct 2016

Trash Removal Service Tips

Whether you are moving , remodeling , or just do some long overdue cleaning in and around the home , you may need help to get rid of all the unwanted things .

Sooner or later you will find yourself contrary to what should be done with some unneeded items lying around . They may be too big , or too heavy , garbage trucks to pick up : just like with old furniture , old appliances , construction or garden waste . Put them on your curb , and they may be ignored by the garbage collector .

Some items are specifically prohibited from disposal in the regular trash : certain items are prohibited by law to just throw varies from place to place , but in general , the chemicals – including paint – are on that list .

Waste is not only an eyesore , but it can even lead to health treats . For example , old tires can collect rain , making them a breeding ground for mosquitoes . Oil from old car parts can be toxic to your pet !

Get rid of the trash can indeed seem like a daunting task . Fortunately , there are professional services that specialize in the removal of waste . Let them deal with all the mess !

Trash removal service will have the right vehicle and manpower at their disposal to rid you of the things you do not want safely and efficiently . They will come to you and haul away all trash and recycling company will not take the garbage truck .

Before calling junk removal services , be clear about what exactly is in your trash , and how much junk you have. Make sure that all items are empty and clean .

Good money saving tip is to first contact the recycling service for free ( if available in your area ) for recyclable items , and then use a trash removal service for the rest of the items .

Many sites also provide cleaning services after the garbage is removed . A professional company will have a junk removal trucks and their drivers are insured .

They will give you a quote based on how much space you will pick up trash in their truck .



26 Sep 2016

Benefits of Junk Removal Service

Junk removal service can save a lot of time and energy when spring cleaning the home. While some would balk at paying someone something you could do yourself, others see the value in being freed up to accomplish other tasks. In addition, those without trucks may not be in a position to haul their junk, making these services additionally desirable.

Use Junk Removal Service for More Space

An annual clean-out of unwanted items can do wonders for the space in the home. While clothing, food, toys and household items can go to charity, there are some items that aren’t as straightforward to be rid of. Therefore, junk removal companies can be a valuable resource.

Keeping Green With Junk Removal Service

In an age where material consumption is higher than ever, junk companies can be a major help in your recycling efforts. To ensure your junk is recycled, seek out free hauling companies, which make their money from recycling goods.
Health and Safety After Junk Removal Service

Keeping your home, yard and garage free of junk also will enhance the health and safety of your household. For example, tires in the yard can collect rain and breed mosquitoes and dirty car parts with oil can pose a threat to pets.

Junk Removal Service Tips

  • Make sure your items are clean and empty before collection. Items containing harsh chemicals or hazardous waste most likely will not be picked up by junk collectors. Contact your local waste management services to determine how to handle these items.
  • Be prepared to show a photo ID and, in the case of junk vehicles, the title to the vehicle.
  • When calling your junk removal service, make sure they know exactly what your junk is and how much of it you have.
  • Keep in mind that while some junk removal services are free, others charge for their services. They may charge by load volume or the hour.
  • To save money, you may consider using a free junk removal service first for recyclables, then follow up with a paid service.
  • Maximize the benefits of your junk removal service by sweeping your entire home, yard and garage of junk.



16 Sep 2016

How Much Does Junk & Trash Removal Service Cost?

We all accumulate junk, trash and waste — whether it’s from parties, remodeling projects or the activities of our day-to-day lives. And, unless we want to be the eyesore neighbor with a smelly house, we’ve all got to purge the stuff once in awhile too. Fortunately, we have the option of hiring a waste removal service to do the dirty work. Here are a few things that factor into the cost of waste and junk removal.

Waste, Junk and Trash Services – What’s the Difference?

The difference between “waste”, “junk” and “trash” removal is an important one, as prices and professionals will differ greatly among them. Trash removal is the regularly scheduled service — generally provided by the city in which you live — that you include in your monthly utilities. Junk removal, on the other hand, is the one-time removal of materials that a trash company won’t haul away (i.e., major appliances, furniture, etc.). Waste removal is the removal of certain types of materials that trash and junk removal companies do not have the capacity to handle.

Waste Removal Costs

Waste removal takes a little more time and preparation than trash and junk removal because it involves anything from dangerous fluorescent bulbs to old latex paint and other harmful chemicals. The price of waste removal will vary greatly, depending on which of the following categories it falls into:

  • Solid Waste: Garbage and household clutter generally fall into the solid waste category. The cost for solid waste removed is usually around $160, unless you have specialty or excess waste that might require special attention or take longer to remove.
  • Hazardous Waste: The professional removal of old latex paint, mercury or other chemicals will take careful preparation and specialty equipment. Hazardous waste removal will be quoted on a per-pound basis, so you could pay anywhere from $50 to $100, depending on the volume of waste.
    • Construction Debris: If you recently remodeled or added onto your home, it’s likely that you have leftover materials — most of which will need to be removed. The cost for construction debris removal averages around $200, depending on the quantity involved.
  • Composting: Yard and food waste can be removed and professionally composted for around $100.

Additional waste removal options include recyclable and universal waste removal. Recyclable waste removal hauls cans, glasses, paper and other reusable items away in bulk. Universal waste removal involves batteries, light bulbs and other reusable materials that do not fall into the hazardous waste category.

Junk Removal

Junk is less dangerous than other types of waste, but it can be bulky. Generally speaking, junk waste removal usually involves the removal of large items (e.g., appliances, tires, pianos, etc.) that will require two or more people to haul away to a landfill or other specified location.

Removal prices will reflect level of difficulty, costing about:

  • $100 for major appliances
  • $80 for large furniture pieces
  • $130 for an outdoor hot tub

Average Trash and Junk Removal Prices

Usually, making a trip to the dump to get rid of yard waste, appliances and smaller garbage loads is no big deal. But sometimes you need help with the bigger loads. On average,homeowners pay between $138 and $373 for junk removal, though costs depend largely on contents, volume and service policies.

Trash removal is usually offered as part of your city utilities. But there are also independent companies who sometimes offer the service at a lower price. Trash removal generally costs:

  • Monthly: $10 to $40
  • Annually: $140 to $250

These costs do not include a one-time setup fee, which may fall anywhere between $30 and $50. (Note: This cost guide and its chart DO NOT include the costs for trash removal. Please contact your local city provider or private companies for true fee schedules.)

Junk Removal Prices

Junk removal services will remove junk from your home or your businesses — charging around$200 for removal from a single family home and around $250 for removal from an apartment. Waste removal from a business will cost about $400. More information on junk waste removal costs is included below.

By the Truck:

Truck Load Volume (ft3) Avg. Cost
Min Load up to 60 ft.3 $100
1/6th Load 60 to 80 ft.3 $130
1/4th Load 80 to 120 ft.3 $200
3/8th Load 120 to 180 ft.3 $260
1/2th Load 180 to 240 ft.3 $300
5/8th Load 240 to 300 ft.3 $360
3/4th Load 300 to 360 ft.3 $400
7/8th Load 360 to 420 ft.3 $450
Full Load 420 to 480 ft.3 $500

By Item:

Fluorescent Lighting

Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and are considered hazardous waste. If you decide to upgrade your home to CFL and LED lighting, you may have to have your fluorescent lights professionally removed. This will cost an average of $.10 to $.50 per foot.

Freezer and Refrigerator

Since large appliances like freezers and refrigerators contain gas freon, they cannot be thrown away without posing a threat to the ozone layer. You’ll need to hire a waste removal service to junk them properly. This will cost an average of $30 to $50 per unit.

Latex Paint

Since latex paint cannot be recycled and must either be dried out or thrown away, it can’t just be tossed into the garbage. Most often, you’ll need to have it professionally removed. A junk removal service will charge about $10 per gallon.


You can recycle some types of tires, but there are limitations at transfer stations. A professional service will charge per four tires. With rims, it will cost $10 – $15 per tire; without rims, you could pay around $5 to $10.


Because pianos are so heavy, it’s likely that you’ll need a waste removal service to haul your old piano away. The average cost to get rid of piano is about $50 to $100, depending on the type of piano and any extenuating circumstances involved in getting it out of the home.

Planning for Junk and Debris Removal

Waste removal services may offer bulk or itemized pricing, depending on the type of waste. Usually, a professional will look at everything and determine a final price based on the materials involved, the manner in which the company charges (by truckload or by item) and your location in proximity to their company’s base and the landfill.  You can save some time — and maybe even a few dollars — by assembling everything together prior to pick up. And, you can take easily transported junk waste to the landfill yourself.

How Do Junk Removal Professionals Charge

Most junk removal services charge two fees — one for either the type or size of the junk and one for either the amount of truckloads or the total time it takes to haul the junk. Additional charges may include fees for delivering waste to its proper place. This is because some items have special delivery needs — paint, freezers, A/C units, fluorescents, etc. — and cannot be left in landfills. Be sure to have a list of all of the items you need professionally removed, especially if some have special requirements.

You will also be charged for labor — especially if the job takes more than one hour or takes more than their default number of waste removal professionals. Homeowners who pay for waste removal will:

  • Have all of their items sorted and delivered to a landfill or other proper delivery area.
  • Have their home, garage or landscape properly cleaned following the removal
  • Get a team that can easily remove all of the debris

It’s worth noting that:

  • Most junk removal services don’t take chemicals or hazardous products. You need to call your local garbage or waste collection company to address these.
  • If you have recyclable trash, save yourself some money and see whether a free hauling company will pick it up.
  • Take advantage of this service by getting everything out of your home at once.



06 Sep 2016

7 Signs of Quality Junk Removal Services

When hiring a company to haul junk and garbage away from your home, it’s important to know all of the facts about what makes a reputable junk removal service.
A reputable and reliable junk removal company should be a full-service organization that can handle a single item such as a couch or refrigerator or the removal of an entire property or estate. Companies can range from a guy with a truck to a franchised behemoth, and are not all created equal.

The following seven items can help in your decision making process when it’s time to hire a junk removal service.

1. Quick removal.

The junk removal industry considers the amount of time from customer contact to actual removal as one of the yard sticks of a good service provider. This is a service business and usually by the time a customer picks up the phone, the pile of debris is ready to go. The good ones can coordinate a pick-up with 24 to 48 hours of your call.

2. Every item goes.

A good service provider will not turn away from any type of junk. They are responsive to customer requirements and will work with you to remove and dispose of your junk properly — in whatever forms, shapes or sizes they come.

If you ask what they take, the answer should be something like, “It’s easier to tell you what we don’t take.” Things on the “don’t take” list should be hazardous materials such bleach, oil and fertilizer.

3. Adequate resources.

The junk removal service company should have the necessary tools, equipment and vehicles for the job. Removal and disposal relies on such resources to actually get the job done.

Can they do any size of job, from removing an old couch to an entire house or multiple locations? They need to have the contacts to be able to drop a dumpster for the larger jobs or be nimble enough to get through the small city streets.

4. Certifiable skills.

A good junk removal company has trained and experienced crew to capably handle the customer’s removal needs and provide quality work. Training a crew starts with a commitment to customer service and continues with how to carefully remove the items and not make more of a mess.

5. Competitive price.

The pricing format should be simple for the customer to understand. It is based on volume or the amount of space filled up in the truck. Some companies’ price is based on the hour and weight of the debris. This is confusing and open-ended for the consumer.

6. Proper disposal.

The company needs to have an established system of junk disposal. They should dispose hazardous and non-hazardous junk in a responsible manner, with a mind for environmental protection.

They should also have relationships with recycling centers and other facilities to ensure the reuse and recycle of the junk removed. At a minimum, over half of the junk removed should able to be diverted from a landfill. The company should be able to tell you what happens to all your stuff.

7. Clean-up.

A good, professional junk remover will cleanup and sweep the areas that the junk is removed from and leave the space ready for the customer to reuse.




26 Aug 2016

Dumpster Rental vs. Junk Removal: Pros and Cons

Want to trash the old junk around your house? Find out whether a dumpster or hauling service fits your junk-hauling needs.

Many home improvement projects produce large amounts of waste.

Few homeowners are equipped with the proper tools and knowledge to haul the waste off to the proper facilities on their own. It requires a large, weight-bearing vehicle that in many cases they’ll need to fill and empty several times, the fuel for multiple trips to the correct disposal facilities, and, in some cases, the permits to drop off waste at those facilities.

It can be a lot of backbreaking work that costs more than you save by hiring a company to dispose of everything properly.

Depending on how hands-on you want to be, there are two main choices when it comes to disposing of large amounts of waste: junk removal services or dumpster rental.

Junk removal pros and cons

Junk removal services typically advertise that they’ll do all the work for you — including getting that freezer out of the basement and hauling it away.

Keep in mind that you’ll most likely pay for additional trips, if necessary. It could add up if you have to call them back because you found more waste after they left or if they need to return after filling up their vehicle one or more times.

Dumpster rental pros and cons

Dumpster rental businesses require the renters to fill the container on their own instead of hauling items out for them.

Because dumpsters are generally rented by the week, they’re best for projects the last several days or longer.

You can take your time filling the dumpster as you go, and the larger rental window also allows room for projects that take longer than originally expected as you are in charge of the pickup day.

For smaller jobs, another option is purchasing a Bagster from a home improvement store like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menards or even Walmart. Bagsters are heavy-duty bags with a 3,300-pound capacity designed for jobs that are too big for trash bags, but too small to require a dumpster.

Cost considerations

There are a couple other specifics to consider when making the choice between a junk hauler or a dumpster rental.

Your location may affect pricing, as costs vary depending on the municipality and available disposal facilities. Every municipality is different and you should check in with them first, but your location and dumpster placement may require a permit. A local dumpster rental company should be able to guide you to the correct channels and authorities to secure any necessary permits.

Renting a dumpster for three to four days can cost anywhere from $90 to $850, including dump fees, according to Angie’s List members reported paying anywhere between $385 and $500 for a dumpster rental and pickup. Be sure to ask about the weight limit, since you can get hit with additional fees if you overfill your dumpster.

Depending on where you live, for around $170, you can purchase a Bagster, fill it up and have Waste Management haul it away.

Junk removal services are fast and, as long as they are parked legally and not for longer than local street laws allow, they typically don’t require permits and the fees that go with them.

Junk removal fees depend on the job, and most hauling companies charge a minimum of $50 to $150 for pickup on a smaller job, according to CostHelper. For larger jobs, such as hauling away yard or construction debris, fees can range from $100 to $650. Angie’s list members reported paying around $85 for small junk pickups and between $250 and $500 for bigger jobs.

Material, size matters

Finally, the size, type and amount of waste you are disposing of are the most important factors to consider when it comes to comparing prices between the two services.

If you have only a couple of large items and they’re too dangerous to move on your own, junk removal services may be your best bet.

However, if you’re dealing with a large amount of waste that includes a mixture of items, such as concrete and construction waste, storm and yard debris or multiple pieces of furniture and appliances, a dumpster rental is probably more cost efficient.

You can put almost anything other than hazardous materials, such as oil, paint, and toxic chemicals. Junk removal companies sometimes have a longer list of “do not take” items, depending on their size and abilities.



16 Aug 2016

Debris Removal Cost

The need for debris removal may be prompted by removing overgrown landscaping; remodeling that includes ripping out existing building materials (such as wallboard, shingles); fire, flooding or other disaster which leaves extensive debris behind; a tenant leaving a rental property filled with unwanted junk; or simply clearing a house of many years’ accumulation of unneeded items.

Typical costs:

  • If you have only a few items (usually less than 5 or 6) to discard and can leave them in one spot in front of your house, many hauling companies will pick them up for an average minimum charge of about $50-$150 — although prices vary considerably in different parts of the country. Having a larger pile of debris picked up from a driveway, yard or construction site might run anywhere from $100-$650 or more, depending on the total amount of debris and whether it’s clean recyclable materials, “green” yard clippings or garbage. Depending on the size of the truck, a California hauling company charges $175-$575 per load, plus any fees charged by the dump.
  • Renting and filling a dumpster can run anywhere from $90-$850 for a few days rental depending on location, dumpster capacity (10-40 cubic yards) and the type of debris.
  • Some companies specialize in hauling away debris and then cleaning up eviction, foreclosure or abandoned properties. Costs vary considerably between regions and depend on the amount of work needed, but start around $500-$2,000 for a single family home and can be $2,500-$3,500or more. One company advertises a flat fee of $800 to remove up to 12 cubic yards of debris from a 1,600-square-foot home with a 1/4-acre yard. A Pennsylvania company charges $440for two employees working an 8-hour day, plus dump fees of $125-$325 per load.
  • Sometimes homeowners use more than one debris-removal method. When removing a concrete patio to install bricks, a homeowner paid $350 to fill a dumpster with the initial load of old concrete, but later placed the last of the debris in the driveway and paid $250 to have a hauling company take it away.

What should be included:

  • Some hauling companies will not accept tires, household appliances (such as refrigerators or air conditioners, which contain Freon), electronics or other potentially toxic items; many firms will accept these items but charge additional fees. The type of debris will have a big impact on the cost. Hiring someone to haul away piles of green waste (such as branches and clippings from extensive landscape removal) is a lot less expensive than roofing materials, which can be extremely dense and heavy.
  • Services provided by a clean-up company can include putting an evicted tenant’s property into your storage facility; removing all trash both inside and outside a home, including abandoned vehicles and appliances; sweeping clean all rooms including the garage; vacuuming carpets and mopping floors; and mowing the grass, trimming shrubs and other landscape maintenance, then hauling away the clippings.


  • Check with your local waste management (garbage) company to see if they will agree to haul away items placed in one spot on your property; sometimes the fees charged by these agencies are cheaper than private companies.

Shopping for debris removal:

  • Check with family, friends, neighbors and at the local hardware store for recommendations for hauling companies or property clean-out services. If you’re using local contractors for portions of a remodeling project, ask them for recommendations for someone to remove your specific type of debris. Real estate agents, mortgage brokers, appraisers, construction contractors or landscaping companies may be able to recommend local property-cleanup and debris hauling services. And while they don’t cover all areas of the country, lists hauling companies throughout the US.
  • When hiring a hauling or clean-up company, be clear about what types of things are included and ask about any additional fees on specific items such as refrigerators or air conditioners (which contain Freon), electronic equipment, tires or other potentially toxic items. Most clean-up companies will need to see the site before giving a quote. Whether it’s hauling or clean-up, get several estimates because prices can vary widely even within a small community. Check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau.



06 Aug 2016

How to Price Your Junk Removal Services

In a junk collection business, how to price your junk removal service right can mean all the difference between success and failure. Pricing too high can leave your potential customers looking to give their business to a competitor, and inversely, overly aggressive pricing can find you spending too much time taking on unprofitable or money-losing engagements.

When comparing pricing, look at providers that have been in business for years and have a proven track record of success.
There are often new entrants who offer their services at low rates that are unsustainable to business viability, and you do not want to follow that path. That’s why it is so important to understand your costs in relation to pricing.

Factors to Consider
Vehicle operating cost and overhead. Your charge should capture not only the operational cost of running your truck but also a portion of payments, insurance, and maintenance. Consider the distance and time involved in going to and from a job. Obviously, if you have to travel further, or anticipate sitting in traffic for extended periods, reflect that in your pricing. Will there be multiple stops at charities, recycling centers, and the landfill to unload the customer’s junk or more than one trip required? Additionally, you should not only factor in your hourly rate but a reasonable percentage for non-billable hours related to record keeping, marketing, and administration.

One person job or two? Some jobs may be appropriate for a single person while others will require a two (or more) person crew for lifting appliances or other heavy items. For extremely heavy items such as old pianos, it may make sense to develop particular expertise before attempting to handle these items.
Piano moving in itself is a specialized niche that you may be interested in exploring.

How long will loading take? Depending upon the nature of the junk to be removed, it may be as simple as loading an old sofa at the curb, or as tedious as picking up litter at a housing project cleanup. Sweeping or hosing down a driveway will add extra time. A quick check of quoted prices ranges from $20 to $30 per hour for excessive time spent picking up the load. Ask the right questions before taking on a job to limit the surprises. If possible, provide a price range rather than a hard quote to allow for unanticipated costs.

Consider drop-off fees. You will soon become familiar with fees. For instance, your area may have recycling centers that take such items as old paint for a charge, or other goods such as old computers, mattresses, and box springs or stuffed chesterfields and chairs. Again, be sure to incorporate these additional fees and mileage in your pricing.

Restricted items. There may be some items that are restricted, and which you might not be able to dispose of legally.

Get to know if there are any restricted items in your market area that you will not be able to take, such as drywall, solvents, asbestos, old paint or other items.

Residual revenue from junk. Be aware that pricing on some items may be more competitive, especially if there is apparent value to the junk removal service provider. Items such as washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, hot water heaters, air conditioners, metal shelving, or scrap metal may provide an income opportunity. Aside from scrap, old appliances may be sold on Craigslist, or to appliance dealers. Providers or charities in some areas offer free appliance pickup. Again, do your due diligence and understand how to get the best value for appliances or scrap metal, and to understand what the competition offers in this regard.

Reality Check
Due to the competitive nature of the business, in many respects, you might expect to be a “price taker” rather than a “price maker.” Having said that, you do not want to take on business that is unprofitable. If you find that you will have to charge above the going rate to generate a profit, take a close look at your operating model versus the competition. Can you change your approach to reducing costs, for example? Once again, be reminded that due to ease of entry into the junk business, there will often be new entrants who offer pricing that is unsustainable for long-term business viability, and that it will make no sense for you to match them.