Tired of seeing your garage a mess? If so, it might be time for a good declutter. One of the best ways to do that is to hire someone for the task. 

In this blog, we’ll cover how to choose the right junk removal company so that (A) you can feel confident in your choice and (B) you can trust that the job will be completed affordably and in a timely manner. 

Let’s get started. Shall we? 

How to choose the right junk removal company

With so many rubbish removal services to choose from, it can be challenging to know which one is best for you. Below are some tips on how to choose the right junk removal company:

#1: Ask about licensing and insurance.

The right waste removal service provider should be licensed, especially if you need to declutter paint, oils, or any dangerous chemicals. That way, you can ensure the items will be safely removed and disposed of–and that the service providers will be safe. 

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Insurance is also important. In general, a junk removal company should have commercial liability insurance, vehicle insurance, and workers’ comp. That means that if anything happens to your items or the workers transporting them, everything should be covered. 

#2: Compare junk removal prices.

The average cost for junk removal is about $1.50 for each square foot of junk. That equates to $70 to $570 for most waste removal jobs, but of course, the final price depends on the number of items you have to declutter. 

If you’re looking for a quality junk removal company, one of the best things you can do is get a quote from a few providers or use their junk removal cost calculator (if they have one). Then, you can compare the pricing with the service offerings to see which company makes sense for you. 

#3: Evaluate their professionalism. 

The chances are that you’re going to have the best experience with a company if they prioritize customer service. So, ask yourself whether they’ve been communicative, friendly, and helpful so far. If not, that could be a red flag, and you may want to look elsewhere.

If they are professional, on the other hand, give them a go. The right junk removal company–a professional junk removal company–will go out of their way to help you get the highest quality experience, and they won’t be difficult to reach if you have any questions. 

#4: Make sure they have the appropriate equipment and tools.

The types of rubbish removal equipment might vary based on your needs. However, the following list includes some of the equipment and tools used by reputable junk removal providers: trucks, safety goggles, gloves, masks, shovels, rakes, and garbage containers. 

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Already have this equipment? Great! If not, the fact that the service provider already has it on hand can save you significant time and money since you won’t need to buy it, loan it from a friend, or ensure it’s in proper working condition. The right provider should have all the equipment and tools ready and available. 

#5: Ask what items they accept. 

One of our best tips on how to choose a junk removal company is to make sure they’ll take your items. Always provide a breakdown of the types of items you’re decluttering. That could include couches, beds, shelves, cabinets, TVs, digital devices, glassware, carpets, rugs, or treadmills. 

Most junk removal companies accept all of these items. However, if you need help decluttering something such as cars, paint cans, or oil, you’ll want to double-check that the company can help before the big day. That way, you won’t waste your time. 

#6: Find out what they do with the junk after it’s removed. 

You don’t want your things going to a landfill. Ask the companies you’re vetting whether they recycle to minimize your items’ environmental impact. If they don’t recycle, see if they’re partnered with any charities or other organizations where they donate items that are still in usable condition (e.g., sofas or winter clothes). 

If you go on the company’s website, do they talk about eco-friendliness? If so, that’s great news if you value sustainability, as they will likely do all they can to rehome your items or recycle them so that they don’t wind up in a landfill. 

#7: See what all they offer. 

While working with a professional junk removal company is helpful as is, it can be extra helpful if they offer other services, too. Ask them what all they can help you with. You may find that they offer other services that you had planned to hire out to someone else, and you may save yourself time by working with them.

One example of a service you may find useful is cleaning. After they remove the junk, can they clean the space, or is that your job? If they can take care of that for you, that will save you a few precious hours (or more), which you can spend doing something else instead. 

#8: Read the reviews.

It always helps to see what other people’s experiences have been like with a company. Check out the testimonials on their website, as well as Google Reviews, Yelp, and Facebook to learn more. 

If you see a lot of four and five-star reviews, that’s a green light. Don’t feel like you have to read every review. However, try to read at least a handful of reviews so that you get a representative idea of what it will be like to work with the waste removal company. 

Good luck with decluttering

We hope our tips on how to choose the right junk removal company are helpful. If you’re decluttering because you’re getting ready to move, and you need movers to help you out, Bellhop is here for you. We provide reliable local and long-distance moving services in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Here is a quick guide on how to compare moving quotes so that you can help confirm that we are the best movers for the job!

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