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Dumpster Rentals vs. Junk Removal Services: Which Is the Right Choice for You?

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Cleaning out junk can be a liberating experience as you free up space in your home or garage for items you actually use. There are several ways to address the problem and eliminate unneeded items from your home or property. Sometimes it calls for renting a dumpster, while other times it calls for a junk removal service. Consider these factors when deciding which is right for you.

What does the majority of your junk consist of?

Sometimes the items themselves give you clues to whether renting a dumpster is the answer or whether you need junk removal services. Consider the size and weight of the objects, the amount of junk you have and whether the items are allowable in dumpsters. Hazardous items like batteries, tires and paint are often prohibited either by law or by the dumpster rental service. If a large portion of your items are prohibited, dumpster rental may not be for you. Likewise, if your junk consists primarily of large pieces of furniture, a dumpster may not be the most convenient means to get rid of it.

How much time do you have to spare?

Cleaning out your own junk and tossing it into a dumpster allows you to control what gets thrown and what does not, but it also takes time. If you find yourself limited on time (and energy) there are several options.

  • Contract for Junk Removal Services: The contractors typically arrive and get right to work loading your junk on their truck and promptly haul it away. You don't need to do any of the heavy work and the job is usually completed in a day or two.
  • Enlist the Help of Friends and Family to Load the Dumpster: There is no shame in asking for help when you need it. Family and friends can be a great service when it comes to toting junk to the dumpster saving you time and energy as you sort through your junk.
  • Rent a Dumpster for a Longer Period: If you have limited time to spare, but prefer to do the work yourself, consider renting a dumpster for a longer period of time and spending some time every day on the task of clearing out your junk. While it may take longer than hiring a junk removal service, you maintain control over sorting and decision making.

Are you physically able to move the junk?

If you have physical limitations, moving or lifting items to fill the dumpster may be a challenge. Unless you can enlist the help of others to help you carry and toss the junk into the dumpster, you may be better off with a junk removal service. However, with a rear door dumpster, you can wheel trash to the dumpster with a wheelbarrow or dolly and load the dumpster without the need for major lifting. If you are able to move the items and only have problems with lifting, this may be a good alternative for you.

Which option costs more?

That depends on the nature of the job. To remove a few pieces of furniture, a junk removal service may be less expensive, but for loads miscellaneous items in a garage or attic, a dumpster is probably the better deal. The cost of a dumpster rental depends on the size of dumpster you require and the length of time you rent if for. A one-week rental is common, but many dumpster rental services offer flexible plans and a wide selection of sizes. Keep in mind that the weight of your trash is also a factor in the cost. If you are in doubt, talk to your local contractor about the options available to you.

How do you know what size dumpster you need?

Make a note of all the items you wish to get rid of and then call your local dumpster rental service. They can estimate the size dumpster you will need and give you a quote on the cost. As a rule, a 10 cubic foot dumpster is large enough for a basement, attic or garage cleanout. For more information, contact services like Tri-State Disposal. 


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