How Junk Removal Can Save You Money

Local junk removal contractor meeting with a homeowner.

Junk removal services can help relieve the stress of decluttering and save money by eliminating trips to the dump.

When it comes to saving money or improving your finances, it can be difficult to know where to start. Whether it’s for a short-term goal, such as a vacation, or a long-term one, such as a retirement fund, there are many savings strategies to choose from. Getting rid of your junk can help you save money while being motivated to declutter your home and have some fun in the process. Many people find it easier to give their stuff away, letting The Junkluggers donate, responsibly recycle, or resell through local partner organizations.

Whether you’re looking to get rid of junk yourself or hire a professional, here are the top ways junk removal can help your financial situation.

Avoid buying unnecessary or duplicate items

How many times have you bought batteries, toothpaste, or yet another white t-shirt, only to find these things hiding in the junk drawer or the back of the closet? Sorting through your items and taking inventory can help you see what you have and avoid spending money on stuff you don’t need. If there are certain items that you tend to spend too much money on, such as shoes or video games, consider following the 30-day savings rule. This is where you adjust your spending habits by putting off all non-essential purchases and impulse buys for 30 days.

The Junkluggers pick up and drop off junk donations.

Letting a local junk removal company sort your unwanted items can save you a lot of time and money.

Eliminate trips to the donation center, recycling center, or landfill

Money spent on gas driving back and forth to bring your items to donation centers, recycling centers, or the landfill can quickly add up, especially when gas prices are higher than average. Hiring a junk removal company to take your unwanted items can save you time and money spent doing it yourself. If you’re worried that your stuff might end up in a landfill, rest assured that The Junkluggers’ eco-friendly mission is to donate and recycle as many items as possible to keep items out of the landfill. Check out a list of the junk items we take.

Make money by selling or donating unwanted items

You can potentially make money while decluttering if you don't mind putting in some effort. There are lots of ways to make money from things you no longer want or need. The most popular ways to sell stuff are yard sales (also called garage sales, tag sales, or rummage sales) or online marketplaces. There's no shortage of online selling sites and marketplaces, including Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, Poshmark, and others. Whatever you’re getting rid of, there’s likely someone out there who will buy it. You can also bring items you no longer want to a local thrift store.

If you'd rather give away your items, the local Junkluggers haulers can pick up your stuff and donate or resell your stuff to charitable organizations on your behalf. Qualified donations of clothing or household items in good condition can sometimes be claimed on a federal tax return, but deductions need to be valued and itemized. The chosen Junkluggers in your area can provide donation receipts for any items that they’re able to donate. It's unlikely that you'll make as much money donating your items as you would selling them. But by donating your items to a local charity you can put your items to good use helping others who need them.

Save money spent on entertaining and eating out

It’s easy to acquire too much stuff over time, especially if you’ve lived in the same home for a while or if you’ve gotten married or moved in with a partner or friend. Do you avoid inviting friends over or hosting gatherings because your space is cramping or cluttered? Whether it’s eating out often or renting a space for birthday parties, your clutter may be costing you more money than you think. Taking steps to get rid of stuff you don’t need can help make your home more comfortable and inviting while saving you money spent on entertaining out.

Local Junkluggers help declutter a garage.

Junk removal service is less time-consuming, less effort, and is often cheaper than dumpster rental.

Avoid dumpster rental fees

Dumpster rental is a less messy and more convenient option than hauling truckload after truckload of junk to the dump. However, when you factor in the time, labor, and stress, the cost of renting a dumpster can quickly add up. Pricing often depends on the size of the dumpster, the length of time the dumpster is needed, or the amount of space that's filled. The more stuff you have to get rid of and the longer you need the dumpster for, the higher the cost. Some dumpster rental companies have preset time frames. This means you may be charged an additional fee for earlier pickup if the dumpster is full or you need it out of the way sooner.  When moving heavy, awkward furniture or items there's a risk you may injure yourself, which can add to the expense. Reducing stress, saving time, and avoiding injury are popular reasons for choosing junk removal over dumpster rental.

Delay buying a bigger home

All the clutter in your home can make it feel like you’ve run out of space. If you’re considering trading the apartment for a home or buying a bigger home than the one you have now, getting rid of things you no longer want or use can free up space and potentially delay the need to move. While purchasing a new home or moving into a bigger home can each have its benefits, there are many factors in determining if it’s the right time to move. Don’t let the junk in your current living space force you to make a move that you can’t afford.

Local Junkluggers help declutter a garage.

Junk removal can help you declutter and reclaim valuable space in your home.

Reclaim valuable space in your home

Do you have a basement, garage, or spare room that’s full of junk? If so, your junk is costing you money. If you have a 1000-square foot home and your mortgage is $1000 per month, you're paying $1 a square foot per month. By filling up one Junkluggers truck, you can free up about 100 square feet of your home. Instead of paying $100 per month or $1,200 a year to store junk, you can use the space to make your home more functional for you and your family or earn extra income. Clearing out the clutter can give you space to use as an office, playroom, family room, or another use that fits your needs.

If you’ve been renting a storage unit, decluttering the basement or garage can give you more storage space so you can avoid having to pay to store those items. The extra space can potentially earn you extra income by turning it into a rental space. If you have items in storage that want to get rid of, some local Junkluggers offer storage unit cleanout.

Get the greatest value by choosing the best junk removal services

From locking in the quoted price, offering discounts for delayed service, and providing donation receipts. These are some of the top reasons The Junkluggers has been recognized for industry-leading value and customer satisfaction. Don’t wait to reclaim your space. For information about the cost of junk removal, check out this junk removal pricing guide or book an appointment online with your local Junkluggers company.

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