Trash and Stash gives general contractors tips to increase productivity

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Optimizing Contractor Productivity for Profitability

General Contractors should outsource construction debris and waste removal.

You’re a general contractor. Your job is to deliver great work for your clients. Beautiful craftmanship. Excellent communication. And (most importantly) projects that are on time and on budget.

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To do this, you need awesome subcontractors who are accountable team members. And you need a process for delegating work that maximizes efficiency (measured in time, materials and labor costs).

One aspect of your operations that can often get overlooked is junk removal. It may seem like a small issue, but the accumulation of waste and debris on a job site can slow down productivity, reduce safety, and even affect your bottom line

That’s why hiring a junk removal service can be a game-changer for general contractors looking to be more productive and profitable.

Boost Productivity with Junk Removal Services.

Increased productivity is a primary benefit of hiring a junk removal service. With a clean and organized job site, your team can work more efficiently. Fewer distractions and fewer obstacles. Getting rid of trash and debris makes accessing tools and materials easier. This makes the work faster and further reduces risk of damage/ breakage. This can help you meet deadlines, reduce delays, and ultimately deliver projects on- time.

On- time delivery means happy clients (referrals) and the opportunity to take on more work. Productivity = profitability.

Additionally, having a junk removal service on hand means that you don’t have to worry about spending time and resources on cleaning up the job site yourself. Instead, you can focus on your core responsibilities, such as overseeing the work, coordinating with subcontractors, and communicating with your clients (more on opportunity costs here).
Skilled tradesmen should be working on their skilled trade. It is a waste of labor costs to have a $100/ hr craftsman doing $20/ hr work.
Delegate junk removal and debris pickup to a junk removal service. This can free up valuable time, energy, talent and money. A strategic decision that will allow you to take on more projects and grow your business.
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Before and after photos of a job site in Charlotte, NC that had Trash and Stash haul off construction debris.

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Improved Safety. Improved Profitability.

Another significant benefit of hiring a junk removal service is the improved safety that comes with it. Job sites can be hazardous places, with sharp tools, heavy equipment, and potentially dangerous materials. When clutter and debris are left lying around, the risk of accidents and injuries increases significantly. Workers may trip over items, fall, or get injured by sharp or heavy objects.

A junk removal service can help mitigate these risks by keeping the job site clean and organized. They can remove large items such as construction debris, old appliances, and furniture, as well as smaller items such as nails, screws, and other debris that can pose a risk to workers. By creating a safer work environment, you can reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries, which can ultimately save you money on insurance premiums and workers’ compensation claims.



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Bonus Benefit. Save Your Truck Tires!

Landfills and scrap yards are risky places for truck tires. We pick up nails all the time in our trucks/ trailers. We account for this in our daily operations. If you pick up a nail, you risk wasting man- hours, falling off schedule and then have to deal with replacement costs.

Landfills are also dirty. Mucking up your truck and equipment comes at a cost. Wear and tear on the vehicle, materials and equipment is a real consideration that often isn’t factored in until after- the- fact.

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Save Time & Money with Junk Removal.

While hiring a junk removal service may seem like an additional expense, it’s not. That’s a short- sighted belief. Though it’s an additional line item, junk removal can actually save you money in the long run. When you have a professional service handling your junk removal needs, you can avoid the costs associated with disposing of waste and debris yourself.

The hard costs of doing junk removal yourself include:

  • Dumpster/ Trailer Rentals (or if you own one for this purpose acquisition costs, insurance, maintenance/ repairs, parking, transportation costs).
  • Disposal fees (& penalties for weight overage & improper disposal).
  • Materials (contractor bags, etc.).
  • Fuel.
  • Labor.

More significantly, the soft costs of doing your own junk removal include:

  • Opportunity (how many jobs are you saying “no” to because you’re too busy? How many prospecting opportunities are you missing? How much time with your family are you sacrificing?).
  • Risk (injury, damage, penalty).
  • Reputation.

A junk removal service saves you money by preventing damage to the job site and equipment. Debris left lying around can damage your customer’s property, your trucks, materials and equipment. By keeping the job site clean and organized, you can protect your equipment and materials, reducing the need for costly repairs or replacements.

More on opportunity costs. These costs are hard to measure, but important to consider.

Opportunity cost is the cost of a missed opportunity, which is the value of the best alternative option that is not chosen. In the case of a general contractor choosing to do their own junk removal instead of hiring a professional, there are several opportunity costs to consider:

  1. Time: Doing junk removal yourself takes time away from your other responsibilities as a general contractor, such as managing the project, coordinating with subcontractors, and communicating with clients. This time could be better spent on more high-value tasks that contribute to the success of the project and the profitability of your business.

  2. Productivity: When you’re doing junk removal yourself, you’re not able to focus on your core responsibilities. This can lead to decreased productivity and efficiency, which can slow down the project and reduce profitability.

  3. Safety: Junk removal can be a hazardous task, especially if you’re not trained in proper techniques and safety measures. If you or your team members get injured during junk removal, it can result in lost time, medical expenses, and potentially legal issues.

  4. Equipment and Supplies: To do junk removal yourself, you’ll need to invest in the necessary equipment and supplies, such as trucks, trailers, dumpsters, and safety gear. These costs can add up quickly and take away from your profits.

  5. Disposal Costs: When you do your own junk removal, you’ll need to pay for disposal costs, such as landfill fees and transportation costs. These costs can be unpredictable and can fluctuate depending on the location and type of waste you’re disposing of.

  6. Reputation: If you’re not able to keep the job site clean and organized, it can reflect poorly on your business and damage your reputation. This can lead to a loss of clients and decreased profitability in the long run.

In summary, the opportunity costs of doing your own junk removal instead of hiring a professional include lost time, decreased productivity, safety risks, equipment and supply costs, unpredictable disposal costs, and potential damage to your reputation. Hiring a professional junk removal service can help you avoid these costs and increase your profitability in the long run.

As a general contractor, your success depends on your ability to deliver quality work on time and within budget. Hiring a junk removal service can help you achieve these goals. Increased productivity. Improved safety. More profit. By outsourcing your junk removal needs to a professional service like us, you can free up time and energy to focus on your core responsibilities, while also creating a safer and more efficient work environment for your team.
Let’s talk about how Trash and Stash can get rid of the waste at your next job so you can increase productivity and profitability.

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Get 10%* Off junk removal & moving help when you donate $25 or more to the Isabella Santos Foundation. Help increase the survival rate for kids with rare pediatric cancers.

*Up to $100 discounted from Junk Removal & Moving Help total.

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Cameron Ungar

Junk removal was not my first career choice. It was my best choice though. I used to run events for a living. I did that for almost 15 years until a global pandemic launched me into the junk removal business. I’m an expert in operations, team building & creating incredible customer experiences. And... I love helping people simplify their lives.

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