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Jun 02, 2017

Should I Use a Junk Removal Service or Rent a Dumpster?

There are three options when it comes to removing junk from your home or office:

  1. You can hire a junk removal company
  2. You can rent a dumpster
  3. You can load your car or truck and do it yourself

When it is a really small job, sure, throw the junk in your car and take it to the dump. But when the load is large or the objects are bulky or heavy, your best option is to choose a service that will haul your junk away for you: a junk hauling service or a roll-off dumpster.

Use a Junk Removal Service

The simplest option is to schedule a pickup from a local junk removal company. You decide what needs to go, and schedule a pick-up date. Fees are generally determined by the volume of junk or debris to be hauled, and truck, labor, fuel, mileage, and dump fees are included in one price.

With a junk removal company, a crew will do the work for you, quickly removing the items you’ve selected, while taking care to protect your property as they work. They are usually in and out in one day for the least disruption to your schedule.

If there is a mix of items, companies like 123JUNK will sort through them after the pick-up, donating reusable items to our charitable partners and providing you with a tax-deductible receipt, delivering recyclable items to the recycling facility, and only then disposing of the rest. A junk removal service is not always ideal for large amounts of construction or demolition debris, but is an excellent choice for large or bulky items like a refrigerator, mattress, wall unit, shed or above-ground pool or hot tub. One of the main benefits of hiring a junk removal company is that most will pro-rate the price based on volume. In other words, you get what you pay for.

Rent a Dumpster Container

Roll-off dumpsters come in a variety of sizes, from a 10-yard container for smaller jobs to a 40-yard container more suited for large demolition or construction jobs. When you call, you must decide which size is best for your job, and schedule delivery.

Weight restrictions are an issue and place restrictions on the load; going over the weight limit may result in additional fees. In addition, since a dumpster can weigh up to several tons once filled, care must be taken to protect your driveway, asphalt or yard from damage. Placement of a dumpster may additionally require a permit if it is to remain on your street or property for a period of time, and can be unsightly.

A dumpster is often rented for a week or more, allowing you to complete your project on your own schedule. However, you must do the work of yourself. Once filled, you call to schedule a pick-up and the company will haul the dumpster away and dispose of its contents.

Dumpster rental can be more cost-efficient when working with large jobs construction or demolition jobs and allow for bigger loads and lower labor costs. Be sure to check with your community HOA or property manager to make sure dumpsters are allowed on your property. Some towns will require you to get a permit.

Hazardous materials like paint, oils, or toxic chemicals are not accepted in either option.

Need a Quote? Contact 123JUNK

123JUNK is happy to give you an all-inclusive quote on junk hauling in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. Please contact us today.


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