Ahh…Spring is here. Is it time for a major clean-up project at your place? If you envision a project bigger than your household trash can will hold, you should consider hiring a junk hauler or renting a dumpster.
The Reasons to Remove Junk
There are many reasons to remove junk. Perhaps you are preparing for a move and need to get rid of “stuff” to make the move easier, more practical, or less expensive. Or perhaps you are about to begin a home renovation project and there’s some junk getting in the way of progress. (There may be remnants of the renovation project that need to be removed too.)
Other reasons to remove junk include freeing-up space, decluttering a home and property, improving safety and health in the home, seeking a way to improve property value, or doing a “tune-up” to improve your outlook on life, along with your mental and physical health.
The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Junk Hauler
A quality junk hauler is a company that comes to your home and hauls away the unwanted junk for you, saving you some backbreaking work and avoiding possible injuries because they do all the heavy lifting.
The pros include having them do all the work, beginning to end. They have the expertise and the equipment to remove unwanted items, they know where to dispose of them, and where to recycle specific items. Plus, you can schedule a time that is convenient for you.
Junk haulers can handle big and awkward items like refrigerators, washers, dryers, old mattresses, large furniture pieces like sectionals, hutches, and dining room tables. They can also haul away things like heavy construction materials. And if you’ve got a garage full of boxes and miscellaneous items, they can handle that too.
The cons include seeing costs add up if you find more things for them to remove and haul away than you originally estimated. And their haul away time may be limited. This type of service may not be ideal for a major home cleanout.
Pros and Cons of Renting a Dumpster
Renting a dumpster allows a lot of flexibility for a homeowner since a dumpster company will deliver a dumpster during a specific timeframe.
The pros include you knowing the exact cost upfront plus you get to keep the dumpster for the contracted number of days, making that desirable to meet your schedule, and for longer-term projects.
The cons include that you must estimate the days needed to keep the dumpster or pay extra. And you must do all the work of removing unwanted items and depositing them in the dumpster. Some communities or neighborhoods may have ordinances regarding where you can put a dumpster and how long you can keep one.
Items especially appropriate for a dumpster include construction waste, large amounts of yard debris, large quantities of furniture items, and multiple appliances.
Items Not Appropriate for Either Option
Neither of these services will allow loading of hazardous waste materials.
When you are planning a major junk removal process, determine the volume of what you want to remove and have hauled away. Evaluate the costs and how much work you want to do personally.