Whether you're clearing out your attic, yard or your entire home, enlisting the help of a junk removal service can be an efficient way to handle the situation. Besides finding a licensed and insured contractor or company, there are several key points to consider when it comes to junk removal. For starters, you'll need to decide which method will be best, full service or renting a container. Knowing beforehand which items are permitted and which are banned is essential as well. There's a lot more to junk removal services as well, which is why it helps to keep the following pointers in mind:
1. Decide Which Service is Right for You
Most junk removal companies offer various options, primarily container rental or full-service. You need to decide which will work to your advantage. For instance, if you have only a few items to discard or mostly lightweight pieces, you might opt for a rental container or truck-like vehicle (sometimes referred to as a "pod"). Conversely, full-service works best for a large volume of trash or for heavy and bulky items.
With the rental option, the container, dumpster or pod will be delivered to your desired location. You will then be responsible for lifting all the "junk" onto the designated container and loading it yourself. Consider the pros and cons to the self-serve option. It could save you money over the full-service option, although you may need a permit to park a dumpster on the street.
Full-service means not having to do the work yourself. All you will need to do is set out the items to be discarded. With this option, the company will drive to your area, load the truck with your trash and haul it off.
2. Determine Which Items Are Not Permitted
Don't assume that a junk removal company will discard anything. Some items may be prohibited by law to discard in waste landfills and streams. For instance, asbestos materials, automobile batteries, lawn clippings and leaves, propane and oil-based paint might not be permitted nor loaded onto the dumpster.
You should also inquire about the penalties for inadvertently loading a banned item. Will you face a fine if a banned item is found in a dumpster or container? Your junk removal contractor may also recommend ways of legally discarding items that are banned from by state laws.
3. Find Out How Pricing is Determined
Some contractors will charge by weight of the load or by the size of the dumpster or container you are renting. You might pay more or less, depending upon if the container is full or only half-full with junk. You may also be charged by the hour or by the day. Many companies will offer a free at-home estimate that will give you an idea of the approximate rates you'll incur.
If rates are determined by the weight of the load, you'll need to consider another factor: how the weather may affect the weight load. For instance, during a heavy rain, snow or ice storm, considerable water and ice may gather in the container, adding weight to the load. You could end up paying more unnecessarily. This is why it's a good idea to refrain from junk removal during inclement weather.
4. Be Sure to Have the Proper Tools on Hand
In many cases, a rental pod or container will come with the necessary haul-away tools. Otherwise, you will want to have a few helpful tools on hand. This may include some type of push broom, and if you're hauling away yard debris, a rake and shovel.
5. Be Certain The Area is Accessible
Is there driveway or street construction, a pile of snow or other obstacle that may obstruct the junk removal container? If so, the contractor may not be able to remove it. In such a case, you may be charged additional fees on a daily basis until the area is cleared and removal can be accomplished.
Take the time to discover more on such services and contact a removal company in your area if you have specific questions.