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The Ins and Outs of Junk Removal 2024: How Does It Actually Work?

backyard junk removal

Are you looking to reclaim some space and hire a junk removal company? Whether it's clearing out your basement, removing yard waste, disposing of old appliances, or cleaning out your attic, junk removal services can make the process hassle-free. In this guide, we'll explore how junk removal works and provide valuable insights into the process.

Junk removal involves the removal and disposal of unwanted items, debris, or clutter from residential or commercial properties. From furniture and appliances to yard waste and construction debris, junk removal services handle a wide range of items, providing convenience and peace of mind to customers.

Assessment and Quoting: The process typically begins with an assessment of the items you want to be removed. Junk removal companies may offer online booking, online estimates or onsite estimates to evaluate the scope of work and provide a quote.

The most common way that a junk removal company will provide an estimate is by how much volume your items will occupy in their truck or trailer, this is how we structure our pricing at SLC Junk. For example; price points are broken down by1/4 load, 1/2 load, 3/4 load, full, etc. Many companies that have larger equipment will break the volume down in increments as small as 1/8th of a load. However, if you have heavy items like rocks some companies will add an additional charge for bedload (weight) or they won't be able to fill the truck or trailer completely full because their equipment can only hold a certain amount of weight but it will be equivalent to a full trailer in price.

slc junk's pricing structure and cost

The second way that junk removal companies structure their pricing is based on time. For example, they may charge $200 for the first 30 minutes and then an additional $50-$100+ per hour afterwards. So, if you choose a company that structures their pricing this way, I would recommend putting as much near the curb or on the driveway for easy access as possible to save time and money. OR some companies will charge a flat rate per hour, but this is less common.

old alarm clock

The third way that junk removal companies structure their pricing is per yard.

Scheduling: Once you receive an estimate and agree to the terms, you can schedule a time that is most convenient for you, for the junk removal company to visit your property. Many companies, like SLC Junk offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate your needs.

slc junk's booking options

Arrival and Removal: On the scheduled day, a team of trained professionals will arrive at your location equipped with the necessary tools and vehicles. They'll efficiently remove the items from your property, taking care to minimize disruption and ensure safety. Many junk removal companies offer "all inclusive" services, which means that all you need to do is show them the items and they'll take care of the rest. Although not necessary, some junk removal companies offer discounted pricing if you have items on the curb, in the driveway or easily accessible in the garage. SLC Junk now offers $25 off, always when items are easily accessible on the curb, in the driveway or in the garage.

construction debris

Loading and Transport: After the items have been removed, they are loaded onto the junk truck or trailer. Whether it's old furniture, appliances, yard waste, or other debris, junk removal companies have the equipment and expertise to handle it all.

construction debris in SLC Junk's trailer

Cleanup: After the removal process is complete, the junk removal team will ensure that your property is left clean and tidy. This may involve sweeping up debris or performing light cleanup to restore your space to its original condition. At SLC Junk we will also do a quick clean up of the area once all of the items have been loaded. For example, we will sweep, pick up small debris, rake or use our leaf blower to help you eliminate any additional tasks after we leave.

construction debris cleaned up

Disposal and Recycling: Once loaded, the items are transported to appropriate disposal facilities or recycling centers. OR the items are taken back to a warehouse where everything is then sorted for donation, recycling and disposal. Like SLC Junk, some junk removal companies prioritize eco-friendly disposal methods like donating whenever possible, recycling, and ensuring that items are disposed of responsibly.

Common Junk Removal Services

  • Basement Cleanouts: Clearing out basements to reclaim space and remove unwanted items.

  • Yard Waste Removal: Removing leaves, branches, and other yard debris to maintain a clean outdoor space.

  • Appliance Haul Away: Disposing of old appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and more.

  • Attic Cleanouts: Clearing out attics to remove clutter and create usable storage space.

  • House Cleanouts: Assisting with the removal of items from estates, foreclosed properties, hoarder properties and investment properties.

  • Furniture Removal: Getting rid of old furniture items like couches, mattresses, and dressers.

  • Garage Cleanouts: Removing junk and clutter from garages to free up space for parking or storage.

Benefits of Junk Removal Services with SLC Junk

  • Convenience: Professional junk removal services handle all aspects of the removal process, saving you time and effort.

  • Safety: Trained, licensed and insured professionals ensure that items are removed safely and disposed of properly, minimizing the risk of injury or damage.

  • Efficiency: With the right equipment and expertise, SLC Junk can complete the job quickly and efficiently.

  • Environmentally Friendly: SLC Junk prioritizes recycling and responsible disposal practices to minimize environmental impact, aligning with Salt Lake City's commitment to sustainability.

SLC junk's Heart over haulers logo

"Heart Over Haulers"


Junk removal services offer a convenient solution for clearing out unwanted items and reclaiming your space. Whether you're cleaning out your basement, removing yard waste, or disposing of old appliances, professional junk removal companies can handle the job efficiently and responsibly. Say goodbye to clutter and hello to a cleaner, more organized space with the help of your local junk removal pros!

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