Junk Removal: What All Should I Know?

01st Aug 2018 junk removal

Working through a space full of junk is an unpleasant task that very few individuals enjoy. However, it is an important task that shouldn’t be taken lightly if you are looking to clear a space for new ventures or potential property sale. Homeowners and business owners alike have options available when it comes to junk removal. Some are DIY and some involve hiring outside help. Let us share some of these options with you.

Home Sweet Home

As a homeowner, there are undoubtedly spaces in your home that haven’t seen the light of day in quite a while. Basements, garages, attics, storage buildings or warehouse spaces are easy drop sights for clutter or household collections. Over time, things can accumulate and create lifestyle disruptions. If you find yourself in this position, there are some things you should know about junk removal.

Dumpster Rentals

If you aren’t afraid of a little DIY, renting a dumpster for your junk removal needs might be an option. This is an effective way of disposing of a mountain of junk that does not require much time to sort through. Dumpster rentals usually occur by the week and are large enough to hold a variety of materials and furniture.  Size options range from between 10 to 40 feet long.

One of the downsides of renting a dumpster is the manual labor involved with loading it yourself. There may also be charges associated with tonnage, fuel costs, late fees or type of debris being removed. Once the junk has been loaded, you can call and schedule the pickup or wait for the prearranged schedule.

Junk Haulers

Junk removal services are a one-stop shop for those needing to clear out cluttered space. These services often come to your property, load the items you wish cleared and dispose of them. There will usually be a list of acceptable items for disposal, and they will often clear more than just household junk. Possible items they will remove include:

  1. Furniture
  2. Televisions
  3. Appliances
  4. Mattresses
  5. Household Trash
  6. Yard Waste

While your aim is to get rid of junk, removal services may have options for disposal. Your items may be recycled or even donated depending on their condition or composition. If you are supportive of eco-friendly options, look for a removal company that can provide donation locations or assistance for furniture or materials that still have some life in them.

Junk removal services take care of the heavy lifting when it comes to disposing of oversize and awkward furniture items. However, depending on the number of items to be disposed of, the company may require several trips before the work is completed. This could incur additional fees.

Office Space

Space concerns are not just for homeowners. Business owners can find themselves outgrowing office space as files, equipment or products begin to pile up. It is a bit more difficult to classify office clutter as junk, but it may be necessary to weed through or clear out some of the items for a more efficient and productive working environment.

Paper Products

If you find your office is running low on space, determine which things that can be condensed to free up space. Paper records are often stored in bulky filing cabinets, which can quickly eat up prime office space. One way to eliminate the burden is through converting paper files to digital. Hiring a professional shredding company to haul off and destroy the paperwork that is no longer needed can make sure this option maintains confidentiality for client and business needs.


In the event that you choose to eliminate the paperwork clutter, you might find yourself with empty filing cabinets still taking up space. Many junk removal services offer commercial removal options for unwanted furniture or equipment. Companies can help dispose of old copiers, cubicle walls, desks, bookcases, filing cabinets or electronic equipment. Some companies are eco-friendly and will recycle or donate as many of the items as possible. They are also familiar with working around business hours and staffing, making the transition as smooth as possible for all involved.

Rental Properties

Property managers are sometimes faced with the task of cleaning out junk that doesn’t belong to them. They may have tenants who failed to pay their rent and must be evicted. At times, these tenants leave in a hurry and only take their necessities with them. Landlords are then left with the cleanup and removal of the remaining junk.

DIY Dumpster

If there isn’t a lot of debris or garbage left behind, you may be willing to take care of the removal needs yourself. Home improvement stores have begun to offer waste removal bagsters. A bagster is a portable dumpster that is 8 feet long by 4 feet wide and 2 and a half feet tall. It is flexible and strong, capable of holding 600 gallons of debris and strong enough to sustain around 3,000 pounds of waste.

Although the bagster is purchased through a retail store and filled by the individual, removal services are done by a waste management company. There is no timeline for filling the bag, and you are free to clean out the property as needed. When the bag is full, simply call and schedule the pickup through the removal company. There is an additional fee for the pickup.

Donation Services

Although you may decide to call a junk removal company who chooses to recycle or donate waste pickup, there are some non-profit organizations who can assist with cleanup for the cost of the goods being removed. These groups will take the junk and use it to stock thrift stores or distribute what they can to citizens in need. This solution to your junk could also yield a valuable tax donation.

Getting your Workshop Back

Dedicated personal space is often credited for providing creative influence when it comes to having a hobby. Workshop space for woodworking, crafting, mechanics or gardening can quickly overflow with tools, supplies or creations. Although you may not consider it junk, the extra items can tie up your workspace and stifle your creativity.

Turn a Profit

For things that may be stored in your workshop, you may find they have enough value to sell. Items in a workshop are often tools or equipment unique to a hobby or collection. Before having it loaded up for removal and trashed, consider hosting a yard sale, listing items on online or utilizing social media to help sell your items. You could host a sale on-site, allowing individuals to browse through your junk reducing your time and effort in attempting to sell it.

Scrap Metal Removers

Depending on what has been stored in your workshop, you may be able to clean out space by contacting scrap metal removers. They will remove items for you, hauling them off to scrap yards. Although these items may not seem like enough to bring much cash, scrap metal removers amass a stock of material that they will turn in at one time for a bigger payout. These removers often collect and remove your materials for free, saving you valuable time and money.

Having to clear out cluttered space can be time-consuming and quite daunting. Choosing a DIY option may be your preference, given a personal attachment to items in your space. However, bringing in a team of professional removers may be the most efficient option as it can potentially save time and money.