Nationwide Junk Removal Services
16 Sep 2016
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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.

Tires

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.

Pianos

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.

 

Source:http://www.homeadvisor.com

16 Aug 2016
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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.

Discounts:

  • 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, 1800GotJunk.com 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.

 

Source:http://home.costhelper.com

06 Aug 2016
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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.

 

Source:https://www.thebalance.com