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The average cost for a junk removal specialist is $95. You are likely to spend between $55 and $170 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated September 1st, 2017

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Professional property cleanup services can help with private homes, multiunit buildings, business or offices, and commercial spaces. Pros are frequently called when someone is moving out, to help with general cleaning and organizing, yard cleanup, estate sale preparation, foreclosure and hoarding situations. Yard waste, assorted junk, construction debris, furniture and appliances, and electronics are items frequently targeted for cleanup. Professionals can clean up small areas or large swaths of land over thousands of square feet.

Type of cleanup

The type of cleanup requested significantly affects the cost. Many professionals charge an hourly rate for standard lawn and garden cleanup, including general appearance sprucing. More intensive brush clearing and debris removal generally costs more. The price of junk removal varies depending on the weight and scale of items be removed and area to be cleaned up. Concrete and gravel cleanup usually has a much higher rate because it’s harder to move and haul, and also requires more labor and fuel. Because of all these variables, Thompson’s Demolition & Hauling in Sacramento, California, prefers to visually assess a cleanup situation before providing an estimate.

Flat rate

Some companies charge a flat rate for cleanup services after assessing all the variables in a property cleanup situation. Thompson’s Demolition & Hauling calculates how many work hours the job will likely require, the amount of fuel that will be used, dump fees, whether or not a Bobcat tractor is needed, and the intensity of the labor before drawing up a flat rate proposal for customers.

  • Here are a couple examples of flat rate fees from Thompson’s Demolition & Hauling:

    • Cleanup and removal of 5–6 cubic yards of yard debris: $700—chainsawed through brush and trees, removed it all from the property and made two trips to the dump

      • 24 work hours—three people working one eight-hour day
    • Cleanup and removal of a 1,000-square-foot wood and tile floor: <$2,000—ripped all the tile and flooring out and hauled it away

      • 48 work hours—three people working two eight-hour days

Cubic yard

Some property cleanup companies charge by the cubic yard. Prices per cubic yard may vary depending on the type of material to be cleaned up and its relative weight. J.N.J Home Works in Silver Springs, Nevada, charges the following for hauling away various dump truck loads:

  • Lawn and tree waste: $18 per cubic yard

  • Home goods, trash and general debris: $22 per cubic yard

  • Concrete and heavy material: $95 per cubic yard

By load

Some companies charge by the truckload. Companies may use a tractor trailer dump or box truck. Some smaller operations work with a standard-size pickup truck. For larger cleanup projects, a larger truck generally provides more value per volume because customers can pack more into one load. Smaller companies may be a better choice for small cleanup projects, on the other hand, because they have less overhead and lower costs for hauling small loads. Joe & A Truck in Vacaville, California, charges the following per load:

  • Average price per load for standard size pickup truck: $200

    • $130, minimum service price for yard and green waste

    • $100, minimum service price regardless of what is being cleaned up

    • $30 per mattress


The accessibility of the cleanup site affects the cost of services. Thompson’s Demolition & Hauling charges more if debris or junk is in an inaccessible backyard and the team has to hand carry or wheelbarrow each load out. When they can use a tractor or load the material right into a truck, the same volume or type of material costs less.

By item

Some properties need old patio furniture, appliances, cars, bikes, mattresses and other large items removed. Sometimes this removal is in tandem with a larger property cleaning, but not always. Some property cleanup pros charge for removal by the item, and others charge by the cubic yard. Pricing depends on what part of the country the company is in and the price of dump fees. Typically overalls cost are lower with more items to be removed at once. Starting prices have to cover a company’s overhead in arriving at the site, paying for labor, paying for fuel and dumping fees. Junk King of Orange County in Irvine, California, charges the following for removal of these specific items:

  • Queen mattress: $75–$99

  • Patio furniture set: $138–$188

  • Queen mattress and patio set at the same time: $188–$258, for a savings of $25–$29

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