Hiring a Junk Removal Company vs Renting a Dumpster for Spring Cleaning

Whether you’re renovating your home or simply trying to cut the clutter, it can be difficult figuring out the best way to get rid of your unwanted belongings. But, removing junk doesn’t have to be confusing any longer. We’ve got the only guide you need to decide if you should hire a junk removal company or rent a dumpster instead.

Don’t worry if you have more questions than answers. We’ve got you covered, so keep reading to learn all about how to compare whether you should rent a dumpster or hire a company.

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Junk Removal Company

Hiring junk removal companies can be costly and you don’t always get clear pricing. Let’s dive into some pros and cons of hiring professionals.


It can be great to have strong movers come into your home and haul away your unwanted possessions. Usually, you need to schedule an appointment for someone to come to your home and estimate how much stuff you want them to remove. Then you need to schedule the time you’ll meet the team that will haul away your clutter.

  1. Offers a hands-free waste removal service
  2. No risk of injury hauling away your heavy items
  3. Only pay for what they haul regardless of if you fill the truck

Hiring a company can be a great option if you need to remove some stuff quickly. However, there are some disadvantages too.


Some disadvantages include the following:

  1. Can be costly to have the full-service treatment
  2. Not ideal for longer projects such as a remodel

Hiring professionals can be a great option if you want your project to be completed quickly and if the cost isn’t as much of a factor.

Average Cost

On average, in the U.S. you will spend about $250 for an afternoon pickup with a junk removing company. This will vary depending on how much you have to haul away.

For a simple mattress removal, you won’t pay as much as if you have an entire garage you need to be emptied. However, in general, you can plan on between $200-$400 for this premium service.

Pros and Cons of Renting a Dumpster

If your project might take longer than an afternoon, and you want a little more control over what goes in the truck, consider individual dumpster rentals instead. When you rent a dumpster you can take your time filling it up if you need to. Most rentals are based on keeping the dumpster for one week.


There are several pros to renting a dumpster. The top benefits include:

  1. The easy-to-use and sturdy back door allows for easy disposal of your unwanted materials
  2. More control over what gets disposed of and when
  3. Less expensive than a personalized service
  4. Easy to schedule delivery and pickup of the dumpster, including the same day in many locations

As you can see there are several advantages to taking the do-it-yourself method when removing your junk. But let’s also look at some cons as well.


If you’re unsure how much you have to haul away you might end up spending more if your project doesn’t turn out as large as you expected.

  1. You’re charged by the dumpster regardless of if you fill it
  2. If your homeowners’ association doesn’t allow it to stay for long you might not have this option
  3. You remove your stuff yourself

If you don’t mind moving out your belongings, and if you don’t have large bulky items, this can be a great option for you. You can move at your own pace and easily sort through your possession without a team of movers waiting on you. The cost savings alone can decide for you, so let’s dive into that next.

Average Cost

The cost of the dumpster you rent depends on the size you rent. This is why it’s important to have a clear idea of how much stuff you want to haul away or you risk overpaying. Additionally, if you underestimate you might have to schedule a second pickup.

A 12-cubic yard dumpster will hold up to 3,000 pounds of material and possessions and costs $275 with seven days of keeping the dumpster included. To put this in perspective, if you have one room with a sleeper sofa, a dresser, and a desk this can quickly amount to almost a thousand pounds. Then add any bags of toys, clothes, or paper and you can quickly fill a 12-cubic yard dumpster.

A 20-cubic yard dumpster can hold up to 4,000 pounds and comes with up to 10 days of having the dumpster included in the base price of $400. For a larger demolition or remodeling project, this is the better option for you. And when you consider that you get to keep the dumpster for 10 days included in the base price, this allows you to work at your own pace.

Which Is Right for You?

So, which option is right for you? This depends on the size of your project and the amount of material you need to dispose of. Now that you’ve seen the benefits and disadvantages of both your options you can make an educated decision based on your specific project needs.

The three main questions you need to ask yourself at the end of the are:

  1. How much stuff do you need to be removed?
  2. How much work do you want to do yourself?
  3. How quickly do you want it gone?

When you know the answers to these questions, look at your budget and make the best decision for you. And if you decide that a dumpster rental is the right answer for you, we’ve got your back. We offer same-day delivery to many locations, so give us a call and we’ll come when you’re ready.

Make the Best Junk Removal Decision for Your Next Big Project

Hiring a junk removal company might seem like the easier option so you don’t have to haul away your stuff yourself. However, there are other options available and when you have all the facts you can make the best decision for your project.

So, if you’re ready to get your free quote, text us a picture of everything you want to be removed.

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