3 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Junk Removal Service

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Maybe you need to clean out your home to get it ready to sell, or perhaps you're trying to rid your space of items that you no longer want or need. One option that can make eliminating junk from your home as easy as possible is hiring a company that offers residential junk removal.

A junk removal service will literally come to your home and haul away that things you want to get rid of. You won't have to worry about borrowing a vehicle large enough to hold your bulky stuff or spending time making multiple trips to the junkyard. Before hiring a residential junk removal service, ask the following questions to check that the company is a good fit for your needs.

1. What happens to the junk that you haul away?

Some homeowners may not care what happens to their former belongings; they just want them out of their homes. However, you may prefer to use a company that donates like-new items to community organizations or disposes of things in the most eco-friendly way possible. If this matters to you, it's important to understand the company's disposal policy and see if there are any steps you should take to differentiate items that can be reused.

For example, you might be asked to place items that you believe can be donated into a separate pile. Or, the company may do its own sorting and donate only the things that it deems suitable. Know the rules before you sort your stuff to make sure you don't waste time completing tasks that are unnecessary.

2. How do you charge for your service?

You don't want any unpleasant surprises when it's time to pay your bill for the junk removal. See that you understand exactly how the company charges for its services. Some businesses might charge by the load, while others charge by the pound. There are certain companies that charge the same per pound rate for every item, while others may charge more for items that require additional handling to dispose of properly, like appliances or old electronics. 

3. Are there any items that you don't haul away?

Each junk removal company has its own policies regarding what they will and won't haul away. You might encounter a company that will haul anything away except for hazardous waste. Or, you may find a service that doesn't accept non-household items, like construction waste, concrete, or yard debris. Know the rules before you sign an agreement so that you know the company offers the services you need.

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