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Cost Difference Between Dumpster Rental and Junk Removal

Mar 23, 2014 | Blog, Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cost difference Between Dumpster Rental and Junk Removal?

 This is always a good question and it is one we have always tried to answer without bias. Reason being, we feel like the all-inclusive nature of junk removal services is hard to beat since the cost of disposal, the disposal mechanism (dumpster), the labor involved in removing the junk/debris, the labor for loading the dumpster and the transportation fees, among other things, are all included. However, on the other side of the coin, the convenience of having a dumpster dropped off can be hard to top also. So, why do some customers want dumpsters over junk removal services? I think both options are good, but let’s dig into the two services below.

Some customers will rent a dumpster just because they want to do the work themselves. After all, a dumpster in the driveway could be an excuse to work in your garage instead of re-painting another room in the house! Don’t tell your wife ?  Seriously though, there can be advantages to doing the work yourself if you have the time, but there are other times when going with a junk removal company can not only match the cost of a dumpster but also save you money!

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A Dumpster Dawgs Dumpster

Let’s look at some cost benefit analysis. Okay, let’s say you’ve got a garage full of unwanted items and you want to clean it out so that you can re-claim your garage space! In order to remove all the debris, you will need a 16 cubic yard dumpster. The cost of this dumpster can range from $290-350. Now, look out for hidden charges so your credit card doesn’t get hit with a bunch of surcharges after the rental is complete.

Junk removal on the other hand, in this instance, could range from $410-500. Now, the cost difference is obvious but the value is not. Having someone do the laborious work involved with cleaning out a garage could be worth the difference in price because not only will a junk removal company take care of the hard work, but they sweep up afterwards and will recycle, reuse, repurpose or donate as many items as possible before just dumping them, unlike a dumpster.

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An instance where junk removal can be cheaper than a dumpster is when you don’t actually fill or need the entire size of the dumpster. When you rent a dumpster, you pay for the rental regardless of how much you fill. 10 Cubic Yard Dumpsters can range from $250-290 but what happens if you only fill half? You still pay the same fee. Junk removal on the other hand only charges for the amount you fill. In this instance, your price could range from $180-250 but with all the extra aforementioned services included.

So, as you hopefully can see after reading this article, there are times when one can be better than the other and vice versa. Fortunately, we can take care of you regardless of which option you choose. If you need junk removal, visit and/or email [email protected]. If you need dumpster rental, visit Dumpster Dawgs and/or email [email protected]. If you have any other questions about the cost difference between dumpster rental and junk removal, you can reach either service at 317-291-DAWG!

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