What is the Average Price for Junk Removal?

June 3, 2024

Price for Junk Removal: If you have a lot of old junk to get rid of, you have two choices: hire professionals to carry it away or lease a dumpster and fill it yourself. Both choices have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and costs vary depending on where you live and how much trash you have.

It’s difficult to offer an exact price for either service because it depends so much on your particular situation, but we’ve found that full-service junk removal will cost anywhere from $100 to nearly $800. The cost of renting a dumpster for a week will range from $300 to $525.

A complete junk removal service is probably correct for you if you don’t have the time or resources to haul your junk yourself. However, if you need to keep dumping trash for a few days and are willing to put in some effort, a dumpster rental might be a better option for you.

Continue reading to learn more about the different types of junk removal services and their costs.

What is the average price for junk removal services?

There are a lot of variables that go into junk removal service pricing, and there are a lot of local and national companies with widely varying prices. As a result, determining exact rates for both full-service junk removal and dumpster rentals is difficult.

Furthermore, the majority of junk removal firms do not give online estimates. Instead, they’ll just give you a quote after one of their employees evaluates your junk removal job on the spot. This ensures that you receive correct pricing details, but it makes it more difficult to shop around and compare prices if you’re in a rush.

What goes into junk removal pricing?

The cost of junk removal is highly dependent on your location. In New York, for example, Junk King charges over $800 to remove a complete truck of junk, but in Oklahoma, the same job costs only $500. Some businesses don’t even serve those regions, and having fewer options can lead to higher costs.

The following variables, in addition to location, influence pricing for both full-service and dumpster rental options:

Seasonality and demand
Gas prices
Local disposal fees
How much time a job takes

The final (and most obvious) element in full-service junk removal pricing is the amount of trash you have. You won’t be paid the same amount if you just throw away half a truck’s worth of renovation debris as anyone who throws away a truck full of old refrigerators, sofas, and mattresses.

This does not, however, extend to dumpster rentals. You’ll be charged the same amount regardless of how much of the dumpster you fill (though you might be charged more if you overfill it), just make sure you rent the right size dumpster for your work.

Should I pay for full-service?

For someone with a lot of things to get rid of, full-service removal is the way to go. For many people, the ease of being able to relax or go about your daily life while the heavy lifting is being done is worth the expense.

It’s also important to have the right equipment. Wheelbarrows, dollies, and carts can make even the most challenging junk removal jobs seem easy, but without them, you’ll be stuck dragging that old fridge or broken cabinet up your stairs or across your lawn.

In the end, if you don’t have the time, supplies, or extra support to get rid of your belongings, full-service junk removal, despite the cost, will make your life much easier.

It’s tough to anticipate the exact junk removal price because most companies won’t give you an estimate until they know how much old junk you need to be hauled away. But we will give you a general idea so you know exactly what to expect when you go to book.

HomeAdvisor, a home services marketplace, polled its users and discovered that the average cost of a complete truckload (roughly 450 cubic feet) of junk was $500.3.

College Hunks’ pricing

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Since College Hunks doesn’t publish pricing on its website, we contacted them directly and received the estimates listed above. These costs are lower than Junk King’s but higher than the HomeAdvisor-estimated average.

College Hunks’ vans, according to the representative we spoke with, can carry 440 cubic feet of trash.

1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s pricing

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For pricing details, we also called 1-800-GOT-JUNK? The representative we spoke with stressed that these figures are based on the company’s national averages, so if you employ 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to remove your junk, your price would almost certainly be different.

A 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck will carry about 400 cubic feet of junk, according to the company’s website.

Should I rent a dumpster?

So, why should you rent a dumpster if it’s not significantly less expensive than full-service junk removal? Since, unlike junk removal, you usually only pay for one day of operation with a dumpster rental, you can keep the dumpster for as long as you need it–as long as you pay the weekly rate.

This ensures you can fill your dumpster at your leisure during ongoing repairs and cleanup projects, rather than waiting weeks or months for a full-service company to arrive and haul it away.

A dumpster rental could be cheaper than full-service junk removal depending on where you live and how much you have to throw away; we suggest investigating costs, available sizes, and customer feedback for companies in your region.