8 things to do before junk removal

Recent winter storms have created a great deal of waste in the Northeast. But before you call a junk removal company, you may want to do some legwork first. Of course, it all depends on what you’re trying to dispose of: household waste removal, yard waste removal, trash removal, renovation waste, and so on.

This list tries to address a bit of everything so hopefully you can begin your task with a bit more preparation.

Junk comes in many shapes and forms. It may be a stack of old magazines in your garage. It may be the garage itself. It might be lawn clippings, or a tree that has fallen due to a storm. Whatever it is, there’s a way to remove it. But first:

1. Make a detailed list of your articles to get rid of

Why? Because you may be surprised at what you actually own. Certain items can be recycled. Others can be taken away by the city. Others may work for someone else. A detailed list will also help your junk removal specialist determine a more exact quote for their services when they show up on site.

2. Consider resale value

Not everything is junk. If you have renovation waste, antique wood doors, hinges, handles, knobs, brass fixtures and more, all have a re-sale value to collectors and modellers. If you’re willing to brave the classifieds, eBay, or if you think you should get something appraised, there are many options to getting a few bucks out of your ‘junk’.

3. Create three piles

Create three piles: what to keep, what to toss, and what to give away. Be nice about it. Don’t give away items that don’t work or are destined for the junk pile as well.

4. Declutter the closet

Give away unused clothing and household items. If you haven’t worn it or plugged it in for a year, odds are you won’t ever use it. If you’re going to pay for junk removal, you may as well take advantage of it by ridding yourself of basement buildup and attic annoyances as well.

5. Ask if you’re even responsible for this junk

If you have garden waste, is it your problem to get rid of it?  After a major storm or flood, certain aspects of the cleanup, such as fallen trees or branches, may be Certain junk removal costs may be absorbed by your policy; it would be worth looking into it.

6. Don’t panic

Once you’ve made a plan to dispose of waste, you’ve taken the first step in dealing with it. Junk removal can be a taxing and emotional issue, but there are professionals there to help you. Take advantage of their services.

7. Call for a quote

Once you’ve made your list of essential items destined for junk removal, call your favorite local provider (we hope it’s 1-800-GOT-JUNK?) to take care of your unwanted items.

8. Make some tea

Now that you’ve put your junk removal plan into motion, make some tea and relax. Armed with research and information, you can rest assured that your home will soon feel much, much bigger!

Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

One Response

  1. John Ferrell says:

    I like the suggestion of making 3 piles. If I was trying to clean out my house then I would want to get rid of all of the stuff that I don’t want. When someone has a lot of garbage to remove then they might want to contact a professional garbage removal company.

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