How Much Does Junk Removal Cost?
Use our calculator to estimate junk removal load sizes.
That’s the question. And it’s not an easy one to answer. Junk removal cost are based on volume and measured in truck space. To start the conversation and to more easily provide an accurate quote, we created this calculator. It’ll estimate load size. Give it a try. And then contact us so we can convert the load estimate to a free junk removal quote for you.
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Junk removal prices are based on volume and measured in truck space. We have a few different truck and trailer setups. Different jobs require different tools and jobs are priced accordingly.
When thinking about junk removal costs, there are a few variables to consider.
1. Space- The most obvious is physical space. We are routing jobs based on usable space. When we arrive at a job and depending on what we’re hauling, we will tightly pack and sometimes breakdown items to maximize all available space. We do not dump or offload after every job. We try to consolidate as many dump or donation runs as we can.
2. Weight- Dump fees are based on weight. The pricing structure accounts for regular weight proportional to the truck space. Every once in a while, an extremely heavy load could become a pricing factor.
3. Time- The pricing structure also accounts for time on the job. The bigger the job, the more time it takes. It is important to remember that there are 2 sides of the job. The pickup that takes place in sight of the customer and the travel and drop off that happens once we leave the job site. In most cases, we do not charge an hourly rate for junk removal. Time is accounted for within the pricing model.
4. Labor- We typically run 2- person crews. This labor is built into the standardized price. Similar to time, if jobs require extra sets of hands, labor will be billed accordingly. We run a timer on jobs so when labor is charged, you’ll only pay for the actual time worked above the minimums.
5. Items- We can take most household items. There are some items however, that carry additional costs. This is because the dump charges extra for these. Most of the time we see this with TVs and paint.
6. Equipment- Different jobs require different tools. Though our standardized pricing model is consistent, the rates vary depending on the equipment used. If specialized equipment is used, there may be line item pricing to account for it.
7. Donation, Resale, Etc.- Our goal is to keep items out of the landfill, put them in the hands of people who can use them and hopefully raise money for good causes. There is a cost to handling “junk” in an environmentally responsible way.
In Real life…
For us, 1/4 truck is about the space of a washer and dryer. A full truck is a filled up van (think of a gray Amazon truck fully loaded floor to ceiling, front to back). Pricing is prorated for 1/4 truck increments.
a.) We can fit less in our truck when items remain intact. This means more road time (more payroll, more fuel and less work potential).
b.) We have to move and store items. This means we need warehouse space and additional, non- revenue labor. The more we put our hands on something, the more it costs.
c.) There’s no guarantee the donation center will accept the donated items. What they choose to accept has to do with condition, available floor space and labor.
For these reasons, we do not discount and give donation credits. Any items destined for resale or donation are priced like regular “junk” removal.