Many homeowners will reach a point in their life where they look around their living space and see that they have allowed a good deal of clutter to build up. For some people, this clutter can be so bad that it affects a homeowner’s ability to move around freely in their homes.
In fact, hoarding disorders impact between 2% – 6% of the population, so if this is your situation, then you aren’t alone. For some people, the amount of clutter can seem overwhelming to even begin to get rid of. Others wonder who they would even call to haul off junk, or if they should do it themselves. For some, they worry about the cost of junk removal. So how much does junk removal cost, anyway, and should you just hire a cleanout service? Well, that depends on the following factors.
Who is doing the junk removal?
When decluttering your home and removing junk, you have two options: paying for professionals to get rid of it for you, or renting a dumpster and doing it yourself. If you choose the latter option, you will be paying for the cost of a dumpster, which can range anywhere from $300 to $525 a week. If you enlist the help of friends or family members, this can be a good option, but if you’re going to be doing it all yourself, it may be better to pay for professionals to do it for you.
How much is needed to be hauled off?
Another factor that impacts how much it will cost, whether you decide to go with a cleanout service or to do it yourself, depends on how much junk you have that needs to be removed. The more junk you have, the more dumpsters you’ll have to rent if you choose to do it yourself. However, professional junk removers typically charge by the load and will do an inspection of your yard before they give you an estimated price. Some cleanout service providers can charge as much as $800 for one full truck’s worth of junk, whereas another company may charge $500 for that same load. You won’t have an idea of the cost of junk removal until you have a good idea of how much you need to get rid of.
How much time do you want to spend on this project?
A determining factor between choosing to go with professionals or doing it yourself is just how much time and tools you have on your hands. If you prefer having a week to go through your junk to determine what you need to be hauled off versus what will be staying and you have the tools you’ll need (wheelbarrow, gloves, dollie, etc.), you might be better off renting a dumpster or two. However, if you don’t have the time, equipment, or extra set of hands, then it might be a smarter choice to go with a professional cleanout service, no matter the cost. How much time and effort you’re willing to put into this project will in large part affect the overall cost.
The price of junk removal really depends on who is doing the junk removal, the size of the load needing to be hauled off, and the time you have at your disposal to get rid of the junk. Regardless of the choice you make, decluttering your home is a huge stress relief and is, in the end, priceless.