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.
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.
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!