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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to haul off junk?

The average cost to haul away junk is $150, though this price can be expected to vary between around $75 and $375, depending on several factors. 

The first factor is the quantity of junk removed. Most junk removal services charge by the truckload, and most residential projects only require filling up part of a truckload.

Another factor is the type of junk. E-waste like computers and TVs may cost more to dispose of, as will more hazardous materials like mercury, paint and used motor oil. It also may cost more to remove big items like beds and couches.

To find out how much it will cost to get rid of your junk, get free estimates from the best junk removal companies near you.

How do you prepare for junk removal?

To prepare for junk removal, start by listing all the items you should get rid of. Organize your list by which items are appropriate for the junk collection team and which may have some resale value or could be donated. 

Move through your house and hit problem spots like closets, attics and basements. Make a pile of items you plan to keep, give away, sell, donate and have the junk removers pick up. Finally, contact at least three junk removal companies for price quotes.

How can I get rid of junk fast?

To get rid of your junk fast, start by organizing and making a list of what you have. Sell what you can, and give away items that you value but you don’t want to friends and family. 

If you don’t have the means to transport items or if you have too much junk to get rid of on your own, it’s time to hire a pro. A junk removal service can quickly and efficiently get rid of junk for you, including lifting heavy objects and making sure nothing is damaged.

Find a junk removal service near you and start asking for free estimates.

Do you tip junk removal guys?

You may want to tip your junk removal team if they did an exceptional job. For instance, if they show up on time, are courteous and professional, take extra care not to damage your possessions and home, and leave a clean site afterwards, you may feel like giving them a tip. A reasonable tip might be $20 per crew member.

It’s also nice to tip them on especially hot days, or when the weather is inclement. You can also provide food and drinks for them.

How do you throw away a couch?

You can get rid of a couch by hiring a junk removal pro who can get it safely out of your house and dispose of it. There are other options as well, including renting a trailer and hauling it to a proper disposal facility, or leaving it out for someone to pick up. 

However, a junk removal service is the easiest option. This keeps you from having to lift a heavy object or risk scuffing up your walls. Furthermore, a licensed junk removal service can responsibly dispose of a couch, saving you from having to find a site.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a junk removal service during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You can set up consultations and appointments with a junk removal service near you during the COVID-19 pandemic by messaging the professional of your choice in an online search. Ask if they are willing to set up a video call to assess the project and answer any questions you have. Discuss a strategy for staying safe during the job, including sticking to guidelines on social distancing as well as paying through digital platforms instead of cash or check.

Does a junk removal service need to enter my home?

A junk remover may not need to enter your home if all of the materials are located outside. If a junk remover needs access to your home and the project is deemed essential, you’ll need to discuss a strategy for safety. For example, avoid being near each other, sanitize involved surfaces and conduct payments using digital platforms. Discuss potential strategies with junk removal companies in your area.

Do junk removers offer remote or virtual services?

Because junk removal requires manual labor, it is not typically a remote service. However, if you see a profile that states the junk removal company is offering remote services, ask the company what those services include. And schedule a phone or video consultation with local junk removers, and ask what precautions can be taken to comply with social distancing guidelines. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a junk removal service when social distancing?

If you hire a junk removal company near you, take precautions to avoid person-to-person contact, sanitize involved surfaces and use virtual payments. If possible, it might also be a good idea to move the items that are getting picked up outside so the junk remover doesn’t need to enter your home.

How can I find out if a junk removal service is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Junk removal may be considered essential in certain cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. A good place to start is by searching your city or state government’s website for a list of guidelines.

For national guidelines, visit CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage, which identifies 16 types of essential infrastructure sectors that can continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.  

Reviews for Washington furniture removal professionals
Ayanna W.
He made the process of removing my old furniture very easy and stress free. I strongly recommend Ronald and will use his services in the future if needed.
Ronald's Junk Removal ServiceRonald's Junk Removal Service
Thumbtack Customer
Fair Pricing. Very prompt response. Good Customer service. All of the above! I would highly recommend this professional. He quickly removed my old furniture and junk. He is now my go to person for junk removal!
K. Brooks Junk Removal LLCK. Brooks Junk Removal LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent service! They arrived early and were swiftly able to remove all of the old furniture from our house. Mr. Cabrera is very respectful and I would be more than happy to use his services in the future.
Cabrera LandscapingCabrera Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Kyle to remove some scrap wood, broken appliances, and broken furniture that were left behind in a house I recently moved into. Kyle was on-time, professional, and charged a fair amount for his services. I would highly recommend Kyle for your junk removal or landscaping needs.
K. Brooks Junk Removal LLCK. Brooks Junk Removal LLC
Marissa E.
Working with Elvise was a pleasure. He responded quickly to my request to remove my studio apartment full of furniture, books, trash, etc. He came out the same day to look at my things and give me an estimate. His estimate was lower than others I received for the removal service. We scheduled the removal for only a few days later. Elvise and his moving partner were incredibly professional, efficient, and on time with the removal. The whole process was done in roughly an hour. No secret upcharges as has happened to me with other movers in the past. Very satisfied!
Refined Junk Haulers & MovingRefined Junk Haulers & Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I had several pieces of furniture I needed removed for an apartment move out in DC. This including a queen sized bed, box spring, bed frame that needed to be disassembled, and a few broken items. Assembly Pros arrived on time and were very prompt in removing the pieces. I was charged the same price I was quoted and found the workers to be very enjoyable. Would definitely use their services again if I were staying in the DMV area.
Assembly Pros Plus, LLCAssembly Pros Plus, LLC
Rebecca O.
Ronald removed some very heavy furniture out of an apartment for me, which included 1.5 flights of stairs. He and his assistant completed the work quickly and smoothly. They left the area clean and made sure I was happy with the cleaning before they left. The price was very reasonable for the job, and both men were pleasant and kind. I highly recommend this service.
Ronald's Junk Removal ServiceRonald's Junk Removal Service
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