Cleaning House? Why Junk Removal Services Just Won’t Cut It

by Greg Westfall


You may have heard people use the terms ‘dumpster rental’ and ‘junk removal’ synonymously. But we’re here to set the record straight: These two services are very different. Understanding why is crucial in helping you decide which one is better for your needs. People will turn to either when cleaning out the house. But although there are some benefits of junk removal, usually this type of service just won’t cut it. Let’s explore why.

Not meant for longer-term projects 

Depending on your belongings and size of your home, it could take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to clean things up. You’ll likely go room-by-room picking through unwanted items, such as old furniture, unwearable clothing, and broken appliances. But no matter how efficient you are, these things take time. And that’s why a dumpster rental is the preferred choice for this kind of task. 

A container is kept outside, so you can toss items in as your cleanup progresses. Think about it; it’s highly unlikely you’ll clean up the house in one shot. You’ll probably set aside a bit of time everyday to pick through each space. Maybe you’ll tackle the walk-in closet one day, the basement the next. A dumpster allows you to work at your own pace. A junk removal service, on the other hand, expects all your items to be out on the curb for pick-up at a designated time. 

Junk Removal is designed only for one-time scenarios

This service is usually designed to handle bulkier items, such as an old fridge, broken dishwasher or electronics. If you’ve accumulated garbage bags full of books, clothing and knick-knacks -- a small dumpster is your best bet. 

Junk removal is more suitable for one-time scenarios that involve big-ticket items, which cannot be disposed of through regular trash collection. They’ll arrive at your home and pick up everything in one shot for a flat fee. 

You’re paying for labor

If you’re an able-bodied person who doesn’t mind tossing your own trash, why pay someone else to do it? Junk removers are charging you for labor, which can get expensive. But a dumpster rental allows you to load up the container yourself. Therefore, you’re not paying a premium for manpower. 

They charge extra for additional trips

Found more waste after the junk removers have left? You’ll have to pay extra for them to come back. Cleaning the house often means finding other things you could’ve gotten rid of along the way. Because junk removers are designed for one-time scenarios, extra trips will mean more money. Instead, opt for a bin rental that’s in your driveway for the duration of the project. So you can toss items in as you please. 

No flexibility

Junk removers work by appointment only. So be prepared to pay a penalty if your items are not ready for pickup by the agreed-upon time. Dumpsters, on the other hand, offer much more flexibility. If after a week your clean-up is not finished, simply extend your rental by another few days. 

Although a container may seem like more money upfront, it can actually save you a lot in the long-run. Complete your project in your own time, without worrying about penalties. After all, who knows how long your clean-up will take once you get down to it? 

At VaVia, we offer affordable waste disposal solutions at competitive prices. If you’re looking for an efficient way to clean out your house, simply rent one of our dumpsters for your next project. And see for yourself how a container can add much more value than a traditional junk removal service!

For more information on renting a dumpster, contact us here.