Dumpsters have long been a go-to option for cleanouts – especially whole-home cleanouts. For about $400 you’ll get a 15′ dumpster dropped somewhere on your property, then you get about a week to load it full of (almost) anything you want. You can’t throw things that legally need to be recycled in there (bulbs, old TVs, etc.), but everything else is fair game.
If you’re doing a large project, and you have all the help you need to haul stuff out and load the dumpster, maybe it’s the best option for you. This might also be true if you have remodeling contractors coming in over the course of a week or so, and you can get them to throw all the stuff in the dumpster for you.
For many people though, dumpsters have some downsides.
- You still have to do all the hauling. This is probably the biggest challenge. Even if you can fit all that junk in the dumpster, you still have to haul it out of your house and throw it over the 4′ high sides.
- It can damage your property. It’s not uncommon for the loading / unloading of a dumpster to mess up the lawn or the edge of the driveway.
- It takes up a lot of space. If it’s at the end of your driveway, it’ll be harder for you to get in and out. And if it’s on the street, it takes up parking spaces in what might already be a cramped neighborhood.
- It’s ugly. Pictures of dumpsters always show nice, clean units – but that’s almost never what shows up at your home!
- Other people can cause problems. Whether it’s neighbors that are upset about the dumpster itself, or neighbors that decide to dump their stuff in your dumpster in the middle of the night, it’s stress you don’t need.
- Everything goes to the dump. The bags of aluminum cans, the construction materials, everything – it’s all going to the landfill. There are more eco-friendly ways to get rid of your junk!
Our approach is different. We drive out with a 14’ x 7.5′ x 7′ trailer (which can actually fit more than a standard 15′ dumpster!), load everything, sort the recyclable stuff from the stuff that goes to the landfill, and make it disappear at the end of the day. We’ll also haul off electronics, light bulbs, and other things that you couldn’t put in a dumpster. A single trailer load is a little more than the cost of a dumpster – $500 – but a lot of our customers find it to be worth the slight extra expense. And if we need more than one trailer load, we pro-rate additional loads to save you money.
If you have a large project where things need to be thrown away over the course of a week or so, and all the labor you need, a dumpster is a fantastic option. If you’re like most people though, you’ll likely find our services to be more convenient and just as affordable!