The Benefits of Junk Removal Services


Sorting and clearing out your junk are probably not high on your list of favorite things to do. Maybe you put off this job because of the time involved, or maybe you did not know what you would do with the junk once you determined it could be discarded. Even if you find a junk removal service you may have wondered what a good price is or what services a junk hauling service offers.

Not all junk removal services are the same. In most instances they are independently owned and operated so the owner sets the fee scale. Additionally, not all junk hauling services will haul everything you wish to remove. Some will haul anything and everything while others will haul most things but not appliances. Hiring a company that is willing to haul your junk for a good price is the goal. A secondary goal may also include where the junk haulers are going to haul your old junk. Do they just haul it to the local landfill, or do they donate gently used items to a charity? Use this quick reference list to learn what services are common for junk hauling companies and what you should expect to pay.

Services Offered by Junk Removal Companies:

Most junk hauling companies offer a range of services and some offer storage as well. The items most junk hauling companies will haul off for you include:

  • Mattresses.
  • Furniture.
  • Electronics.
  • Yard Waste.
  • Hot tubs.
  • Construction debris.
  • Appliances.

Junk removal services do not haul anything considered hazardous such as gasoline containers or anything holding old oil. In general, most companies will haul anything you want removed as long as it will fit on the truck. One of the greatest benefits of having a junk hauling company rid you of unwanted items is that it frees up space for you to be more productive and organized. Additionally, the items you no longer want, may be just want someone else has been looking for.

What a Junk Removal Company Will Cost

National junk removal companies standardize their costs, but it can vary slightly from state to state. This is because each state may have restrictions on what can be placed in the landfill, or which types of junk can be taken to a charity organization. Disposal fees could also be imposed, depending on the state. Additional situations could cause the price to increase such as how far the company must drive to get to your home or where you want them to take the items for disposal.

Where to Find Junk Hauling Services Locally

It is to your advantage to find someone who hauls junk locally. Not only will it cost you less but they may be able to fit you in quicker than a national chain. Find these independently owned junk hauling companies by using such companies as Home Advisor or Angie’s List. These are two very reputable companies who vet the service companies who register with them.  A very good way to find someone local is to speak with others via social media. Ask if anyone has a junk hauling service they would recommend. Avoid a recommendation that is a friend of a friend with a pickup truck. If you have a large amount of items, or you have oversized items, it could end in disaster. Junk Hauling Services have insurance and workers compensation in case anything goes wrong. A private individual, though well meaning and helpful, does not. Other places to find and discover junk haulers in your area is to consult YELP or the online Yellow Pages. Each of these list companies within your area code.

Best Junk Hauling Companies

The following companies are national chains with sterling reputations and good ratings with the Better Business Bureau. Select a few from the list and do not forget to also include private contractors who operate an independent small business. When you contact the hauling companies, make sure to let them know you are calling around to several companies and are trying to find the best cost and service. Make sure to ask the following questions:

  • Is there a cost for you to travel to my home?
  • Are there items you do not haul off?
  • How do you dispose of the junk you haul?
  • Can you give me an estimate over the phone?

Junk King

Junk King has been the junk hauling powerhouse for a long time. They were one of the first and they have remained a customer favorite for a long time because of their price transparency. Junk King offers to work with you on budget and have the ability to be flexible with terms. If you find a price lower than the one they offer you, they will make a lower offer. Better than half of the junk they haul goes to a recycling center or donation charity. Expect to pay around $99-$550 depending on what you have to haul and where you live.  

LoadUp

The company opened its doors in 2014 because it was tired of the way junk hauling services were doing business at the time. Their customer service receives the highest marks compared to other services and they haul your unwanted items to donation sites. They rent dumpsters for your construction projects and haul it away when you are finished. You can get an estimate for your job via their website so you know exactly what the junk haul will cost you. Expect to pay from $99-1200 depending on the items you want moved.

College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving

While the company cannot guarantee a nice looking individual will show up to move your unwanted items, this junk moving company offers a full line of services. Not only will they haul off junk you do not want, but if you are moving they can move you as well. If you find yourself in between homes then they offer storage solutions, both long and short term. Almost all of the junk they haul goes to charity, is donated or is recycled. They are good for the planet and your wallet. Use their online calculator to see how much it will cost you because they charge by the square foot of space you use on the truck.

1-800-GOT-JUNK

While it was not the first junk removal company in the U.S., it is the largest. The “Got Junk” people have been in business for more than 20 years and have branches spread throughout the U.S. Use their online booking app or use their online estimator to get an idea of what the move will cost you. They are willing to haul your gently used items to a designated charity of your choice. Expect to pay around $150-$700.