You don’t’ even have to do any heavy lifting yourself. Just point to what you need removed and they can haul it from where it is.
They can also take care of bigger items you might want removed such as an old hot tub or a swing set. They can demolish and haul away a broken down shed or other small building.
They can also help clear out an estate.
The problem is that you don’t always know what to look for in a junk removal company.
The company you hire might not show up when they’re scheduled or suddenly the price you were quoted has changed.
They might be inexperienced and damage your home or property while hauling things out.
A bigger issue is if they dispose of your items improperly. This could come back on you.
You also want a company that is eco-friendly, who doesn’t just haul everything to the landfill adding to the pile of debris.
Here are some things to look for in a good junk removal company.
Check reviews online. Most likely this is something you already do when you are looking for a new place to eat or a hotel to stay at. Yet, they are just as important for home service providers, such as junk removal companies.
Google is one of the first place to look, but Yelp, Facebook and Angie’s List are also good sources for reviews. Don’t just go by the stars, but read a few comments to get a feel for how the employees are.
Are they licensed and insured? Being licensed means they’ve met the requirements of the state they serve and are a recognized business. And if they’re insured you’re covered in case something goes wrong.
Upfront prices. They should provide you with a quote once you tell them what you need hauled and from where.
You might have some additional items that you hadn’t mentioned when they arrive. Let them know at the start and find out what the additional cost would be.
Unless there is something unexpected with your junk the price they quote you should be the price you pay.
Compare prices and the size of their trucks with competitors. As with any business it doesn’t hurt to shop around. Get a couple estimates.
Also ask about the size of their truck. Is it going to be too small to take care of your needs all in one trip? Even if the price is good, it means twice the amount of time for you to be there.
Also don’t necessarily go with the lowest price. Take into consideration the other factors we’ve mentioned such as reviews. Don’t just go with someone you found on Craigslist that offered a really good price, but which might be a headache in the long run.
Check for discounts. It also doesn’t hurt to find out if they offer discounts that you might be eligible for. For example, at Nova Junk we offer a 5% discount for seniors and people in the military.
They only take cash. This should be a red flag for it they’re a reputable business they should take credit cards. If not, you have to wonder if they’re a full time business or something that a person is doing on the side.
How quickly will they arrive and how long will it take. Remember it’s not just money that is involved with your hiring someone, but your time. You don’t want to have to wait around for hours for them to arrive. They should be able to give you an estimate of when they’ll be there and after hearing what you have, an idea of how long it will take.
They are eco-friendly. You might not think of a junk removal company as being environmentally friendly, but the best ones usually are.
What does eco-friendly junk removal mean? It means that they don’t just haul your stuff to the nearest landfill, adding to the mounting problem of what to do with all the trash. Instead they separate items out that can be recycled.
They also look for items that still might have value for some people.
One of the things we pride ourselves on is the relationships we have with many of the local charities. We take them anything we find that might still have some use and they put it to good use with the people they serve.
This way you can feel better about some of the items you had thought of taking to a charity, but never found the time to do.
For us and for many junk removal companies, the landfill is the final option for junk. We try to take as little as we can.
Do they take precautions during COVID-19 Look on their website or their Google local listing to see what precautions they’re taking.
At the very least their staff should be masked up and they should offer contact free service.
Nova Junk takes a number of precautions due to COVID-19 both for our staff and our customers.
If you live in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, or Prince George or Montgomery County in Maryland and need a reputable junk removal company, then consider Nova Junk. You can find links to many of the reviews our satisfied customers have left, as well our pricing. You’ll find we have some of the best prices in the area. We’ll show up at the time you schedule and haul everything away. Call us at (877) 211-6682 to schedule a pickup when it’s convenient for you and your family.