When shopping around for junk removal there are a few things you should know that can make the process a lot easier and that can save you a lot of money. Before scheduling your next junk pick up, be sure to read this first.
Volume vs. Weight
In the junk business the usual way companies charge is by volume. There are generally a few exceptions including very dense items like concrete or very labor intensive that require demo.
Most removals are calculated based on volume. You will usually hear terms like cubic yards or cubic feet when estimating your job. A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet and most commercial removal companies have 12 to 20 cubic yards (324 to 540 cubic feet) of space available on their trucks.
A regular three seat couch is approximately 50 cubic feet. A love seat is about 35 cubic feet. A king sized mattress and box-springs are 70 cubic feet while a queen size set is 55 cubic feet in volume. Total for all items above would be 210 cubic feet or almost 8 cubic yards.
If you have a lot of boxes and miscellaneous junk it’s fairly easy to estimate the volume by comparing it to a couch or loveseat. If the pile is roughly the size of a three seat couch then you could estimate it’s volume at 50 cubic feet.
If you have rock or concrete to be removed these will always be charged by the weight or tonnage of the items to be removed. For example, a cubic yard of concrete can weigh somewhere around 3000 pounds!
The other exception to the volume rule are items that need demolition or dismantling first before hauling away. These include sheds, carports, trampolines and hot tubs. Usually there are some additional labor that is required to get these items ready to be hauled.
When contacting a junk pickup company, it’s always best to have a general idea of how much volume of stuff you need removed. This will allow you get an apples-to-apples comparison between estimates.
Be careful of companies that will not give you an estimate or at least a ballpark on the phone or over email. Many times they will schedule an on-site estimate at your home only to pressure you into having it removed at whatever inflated price they tell you. It is a common tactic and easily avoidable by calling the prospective company first for an estimate.
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