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How To Find The Best Price For Your Junk Removal Services

Posted by on February 6, 2017
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If you’ve decided to make it easier for yourself and hire a junk removal company to dispose of your demolition debris or trash from a major house cleanout (including those bulky old mattresses, large furniture and appliances), congratulations, you’ve made the right decision! You’re sparing yourself a lot of wear and tear on your body, not to mention saving valuable time that would have been spent sorting, bagging, loading, driving, and unloading your junk.

You also want to save as much as possible on the fees for this service, right? That’s just a matter of comparing the prices and services of several companies, and organizing your junk for efficient removal.

Comparing What You Pay And What You Get

If you need to remove just one or two heavy appliances or furniture pieces, you can easily get a quote over the phone—that’s usually just based on a company’s minimum fee. However, for a larger load, most companies require an on-site inspection to provide you with a firm quote. Here are a few things to keep in mind when comparing quotes.

Some companies charge according to the weight of the load, while some charge by the number of cubic yards taken up in the truck—in other words, how much space your junk takes up. Still others charge by the length of time it will take to do the job.

You should also be aware that there is no standard truck size, so ¼ of one company’s truck size may hold much more than ¼ of another company’s smaller truck. Make sure that you know the size of the truck of the companies you’re dealing with.

As importantly, compare the services you get in each quote.

  • How many crew members?
  • Can the removal be done from any location on the property?
  • Does it include sorting, lifting and loading?
  • Does it include recycling, donating and the eco-friendly disposal of items?
  • Are transfer station tariffs and fees, gas and travel included?
  • Does the final cost include applicable surcharges, dump fees and any other possible fees?
  • Does it describe and state the rate for extras, such as extra time spent doing the job because of unexpected obstacles?

Organization: A Saving Strategy

Although you won’t have to sift and sort your junk item by item as you would have to do if you were doing the disposal job yourself with the help of your municipal pick-up service, preparing the junk in some organized fashion for the junk removal company will cut back on the time and effort spent by the crew, saving you money.

  1. Make sure that ALL the items to be removed are in place for the truck. Avoid at any cost the necessity to have two separate jobs! This will incur extra fees, even though the amount of waste is the same.
  2. Ensure that any hazardous materials, liquid waste, or tires and batteries are not part of the load. If your junk removal company has to remove them, it will charge you extra fees.
  3. Make it easy for the removal truck to arrive and leave by ensuring that cars or other obstacles are not blocking the truck’s path.

Often, a newly formed junk removal company may offer lower prices to be more competitive, but keep in mind that you may get some undesirable surprises due to their lack of experience. Anecdotal evidence points to the fact that not all junk removal companies consider respect for their clients and their clients’ property one of their mission values. A crew from an established, well-reputed company will take care not to scrape walls or floors, and is likely to offer a more courteous, careful and clean service. Something to keep in mind when making your choice!