Tis the season to get rid of some unwanted items in your home or office. Whether your spring cleaning, moving into a new home or office, out of an existing space or cleaning out the dorm room, junk removal services can dispose of furniture, appliances and even yard waste easily.
How does it work?
Junk removal companies will come to your home or office and remove any unwanted items, determined by you and haul them away in one of their trucks. Some companies charge by the hour, by the ton, by the item or by volume. When talking to the junk removal representative, make sure you list all of the items you would like them to haul away and if there are any special circumstances such as no elevators, excessive stairs, certain hours they can come or even any obstructions that might cause extra steps for removal.
What do they do with the unwanted items?
Disposal of your unwanted furniture, appliances and yard waste for example, varies by company. Some companies will take the items to the landfill; some will donate useable items to local charities or recycle them. Most junk removal companies offer a combination of disposal methods in an effort to help others in need and to help reduce the impact on the environment. Appliances specifically have to be disposed of per waste removal requirements and cannot just be dumped into a landfill. If items are donated to a local charity, most junk removal companies will furnish a receipt for the donation.
Talking with a junk removal professional is important to find out how their process works, how they charge and what disposal methods they use. Some important questions to ask are:
1. Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
During the removal process, if your home or office gets damaged, you want to ensure they are bonded and insured to repair or replace the damaged items or area.
2. Do you donate items and if so, how do you determine what can be donated?
Finding out if your unwanted furniture, clothing, toys or appliances for example can be donated is an important part of junk removal. Most junk removal companies will take gently used items to their local charity partners to help those in need. Make sure you ask if a donation receipt will be provided to you.
3. How do you charge for your service?
In order to eliminate any payment questions the day of service, discuss how the company charges for the removal and what payment methods are accepted. A conversation prior to the day of removal will ensure that everyone’s expectations for service and payment are met.
4. Will you remove Hazardous Materials?
There are strict guidelines on how to dispose of or even recycle hazardous materials such as oil, batteries, paint and pesticides. Some junk removal companies will dispose or recycle the material for you. Others will not. Make sure to talk with a junk removal professional to see if they will remove hazardous items and how they will be disposed of or recycled in accordance with county, state or federal guidelines.
Junk removal companies can help make moving or cleaning out unwanted items effortless for a homeowner, property manager and contractor or office personnel. As the old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Make sure you talk to your junk removal professional about item donation and recycling.
Author: Carolyn Dobson, QuoteMyContractor.com