Junk Removal Service or Dumpster Rental: How to Decide What's Best for You [Ultimate Guide]

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Are you struggling with how to dispose of a large amount of waste or clutter?

With so many waste disposal options available, it can be challenging to determine which one is right for you. But never fear, Wise Guys Dumpsters is here to share some wisdom from the Wise Guys on the topic.

We'll compare two popular waste disposal methods: junk removal services and dumpster rentals. By the end of the article, you'll have a clear understanding of which option is best for your specific needs.

Whether you're tackling a home renovation project or just trying to get rid of some clutter, we’ll help you understand which waste disposal method will work best for you.

Here is what we’ll do.

  • We'll examine the benefits and drawbacks of both junk removal services and dumpster rentals.
  • You'll learn when to choose each option, as well as the pros and cons of each method.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of waste disposal, don't worry! Our guide will help you make the best decision for your needs.

Keep reading to learn more about junk removal services and dumpster rentals.

Understanding Your Waste Disposal Options

Before embarking on a waste disposal project, it's essential to understand the available options. In general, there are two ways to get rid of unwanted items: hiring a junk removal service or renting a dumpster.

Junk Removal Services Explained

Junk removal services involve hiring a team of professionals who will come to your property and remove unwanted items for you. Junk removal companies typically provide all the necessary labor and equipment to remove items like furniture, appliances, and other large items.

Dumpster Rental Services Explained

Dumpster rental services provide customers with a large container (dumpster) that they can fill with their unwanted items. Once the dumpster is full, the rental company will come and haul it away. Dumpster rentals are often a good choice for larger projects, such as home renovations or construction jobs.

But we also have clients who rent a dumpster for a small cleanup project in their yard, or if they need to finally clean out their garage.

No project is too big or small for a dumpster.

When to Hire a Junk Removal Service

Junk removal services are an excellent option when you need to get rid of a few large, heavy items. Junk removal companies can quickly and easily remove items like appliances, furniture, and mattresses, making them a good option for small to medium-sized projects. They are also good if you don’t want to do the heavy lifting yourself.

Best Items for Junk Removal

  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Mattresses
  • Electronics
  • Yard Waste

Pros of Hiring a Junk Removal Service

  • No heavy lifting required
  • Fast and efficient service
  • Don't need a permit or designated space for a dumpster
  • More suitable for smaller projects
  • No need to worry about disposal regulations

Cons of Hiring a Junk Removal Service

  • Not cost-effective for large projects
  • Limited to items that can be carried by a team of professionals
  • Requires scheduling to fit within the company's availability

Cost of a Junk Removal Service

Junk removal services typically charge based on the volume of items they are removing. Prices can vary depending on the size and weight of the items, but expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $800 for a single load.

When to Rent a Dumpster

Dumpster rentals are a good option when you have debris or waste to dispose of and want to do it yourself. Dumpster rentals are often used for larger projects such as home renovations or construction jobs.

They are also good for quick cleanups when you have limited time and don’t want to haul your items to the dump. You fill up the dumpster, and we will haul it away for you. That way you can spend the bulk of the time you have cleaning up.

Best Items for Renting a Dumpster

  • Construction Debris
  • Yard Waste
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Mattresses

Pros of Renting a Dumpster

  • Cost-effective
  • Provides a designated space for waste disposal
  • No scheduling required - can fill the dumpster at your own pace
  • Suitable for a wide range of waste types

Cons of Renting a Dumpster

  • Can require a permit to place the dumpster on public property
  • Some cities have restrictions and won’t let you rent a dumpster for your property
  • Requires sufficient space for the dumpster on your property
  • Requires lifting heavy items into the dumpster
  • Limited to a set rental period (But this can always be extended)

Cost of Renting a Dumpster

The cost of renting a dumpster can vary depending on the size of the dumpster, the rental period, and the location. Expect to pay anywhere from $375 to $500 for a standard-size dumpster rental.

You can view our pricing here.

Dumpster Rental or Junk Removal: Which Should You Pick?

When it comes to choosing between renting a dumpster or hiring a junk removal service, there are several factors that you need to consider. It's important to choose the option that will be the most efficient, cost-effective, and practical for your specific needs.

Waste Items More Associated with Dumpster Rentals

Dumpster rentals are a good option for projects that produce a large amount of waste, such as construction projects, major landscaping work, or home renovations.

They can also be useful for household cleanouts or decluttering.

They are a great option for disposing of yard waste, including tree branches, leaves, and grass clippings.

Additionally, they are ideal for getting rid of household items like furniture and appliances that are too large or heavy for curbside pickup.

Waste Items More Associated with Junk Removal

On the other hand, junk removal services are an excellent option for projects that produce smaller amounts of waste or when the items are too large or heavy to be lifted by the customer.

They are also a good option for disposing of items like mattresses, electronics, and yard waste.

When you hire a junk removal service, you won't have to worry about the logistics of loading, transporting, and unloading the waste.

The company will take care of everything for you.

Items You Won't Dispose of With Either Disposal Method

However, certain items cannot be disposed of using either junk removal or dumpster rental services. Hazardous waste, such as paint and chemicals, and medical waste cannot be disposed of using these methods. You will need to find a specialized service that handles hazardous waste.

Factors to Consider When Choosing between Junk Removal and Dumpster Rental

When deciding between junk removal and dumpster rental, there are a few factors you need to consider.

The size of your project, the type of waste you are disposing of, and your budget are all essential factors to take into account. If you have a large project that produces a lot of waste, renting a dumpster may be more cost-effective.

On the other hand, if you only have a few items to dispose of, hiring a junk removal service may be a better option

Conclusion: The Final Verdict

Ultimately, the decision between renting a dumpster or hiring a junk removal service will depend on the specifics of your project.

Both options have their pros and cons, so it's essential to consider your needs carefully before making a decision.

By taking the time to evaluate your waste disposal needs, you can make an informed decision that will help you save time and money.

Whether you choose a dumpster rental or a junk removal service, make sure that you are working with a reputable company that is licensed and insured.

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Frequently Asked

How long are your rentals?

We offer 3 options 3 days, 7 days, and 10 days. If you wish to keep the dumpster longer than the initial rental period, the fee is $10/day. If you have a commercial or construction project, we offer a 14 day rental with an overage fee of $5 a day. We also offer custom pricing to fit your needs. If you need custom pricing, give us a call.

What happens if I keep it longer than the rental period?

We charge a $10/day fee after the initial rental period is over. For those taking advantage of our construction project pricing, the overage feee is $5/day. If you need a dumpster for a bigger construction project or commercial project, we would love to talk.

When should I have my dumpster delivered?

We recommend you have your dumpster delivered the day before you need it for a project.

Not only do we recommend this, but we have built our pricing structure around it. We don’t count the dumpster delivery day or the dumpster pick up day in the rental period.

You can be confident you will be able to use your dumpster for the full 3, 7, or 10 days when you rent from Wise Guys Dumpsters.

Do you offer same day dumpster delivery?

In most cases, we can provide same day delivery. Call us for availability and so we can provide a rush for your order.

We know situations change, or other dumpster companies back out. We are here for you when that occurs. And will do everything we can to get you a dumpster so you can start your project.

We, however, recommend that you plan ahead, if at all possible. Booking your dumpster delivery a day before your project begins will ensure it is available for you to use the moment you're ready to start your project.

As mentioned above, we won't ever penalize you for ordering your dumpster delivery a day before. You will always get the full days for which you booked.

How do I prepare my site for dumpster delivery?

Ensure the area is free from vehicles or other obstacles and is easily accessible for our delivery trucks.

Is there anything I can't put in the dumpster?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that the Denton County landfill won’t allow and a few other things that are allowed but require special care.

Not allowed:

  • No paint
  • No tires
  • No batteries
  • No chemicals
  • No rocks
  • No dirt
  • No concrete
  • No bricks
  • No shingles unless spread out over multiple dumpsters. If you are a roofing company, we can serve you, but please give us a call so we can talk about the best approach for your work site.

Allowed with exceptions:

  • Appliances are allowed, but there is a $10 charge per larger appliance item, such as a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, etc.
  • Please let us know if you place appliances in the dumpster, and how many, we are required to take those to a different area of the dump when disposing of them.
  • If you are demolishing a brick house, items such as rocks, dirt, concrete, bricks, and shingles, you would be better off with a dump trunk rather than a dumpster.

What should I do if I have paint to dispose of?

If you have paint you need to dispose of, you can put kitty litter in it and once it has dried, your county/city will have a facility that you can take it to.

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

Prices can vary depending on location, length of rental and weight of what you are disposing of but, for most customers, dumpsters start at are $375 for a medium sized (15 Cubic Yard) dumpster and $400 for a large (20 Cubic Yards) dumpster.

What is the difference between a 15 yard and a 20 yard?

They are identical except that the 15 yard is 4 foot tall. The 20 yard is 6 foot tall. All our dumpsters have barn doors that open on the back, so you can completely walk into them, making it easy to load them efficiently.

Still have a question?

Give us a call. We would be happy to answer your question.
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