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Junk Removal Service Comparison
When looking at junk removal services, you as the customer have many options. Some of these junk hauling companies may use different types of trucks to provide their service. The type of truck your junk removal provider uses can give you a good idea on the type of services they provide.
Not all junk removal companies are the same. This article will break down the pros and cons of each type of junk removal business you may consider hiring. Read more to compare junk removal services in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA area.
Junk Removal using Box Trucks
The typical box truck ranges in size between 25 and 45 cubic yards, although large ones can be over 80 cubic yards. The typical dump truck ranges in size between 12 and 20 cubic yards. An average house cleanout (furniture, appliances, clothes, living room set, kitchen set, etc.) will require 1 to 2 box trucks, depending on the amount of items being removed. When using dump trucks, that number can jump to 4 or 5 truckloads.
Certain types of trucks are best suited for certain areas. Cities, for example, thrive with small dump trucks because there are typically numerous “transfer stations” nearby where the trucks can dump their items. In more rural areas, there are no transfer stations and landfills can be up to one or more hours away!
Therefore, in rural areas such as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, it is important to maximize the amount of items in each load. In those situations, a box truck is many times the best option due to it being able to haul over twice as much junk as a dump truck.
One downside to junk hauling with a box truck is small debris. We have found that during basement & garage cleanouts especially, box trucks make life very difficult. Basements and garages are loaded with small items.
These items are then dumped in the box trucks, creating a “mountain” of debris. This debris can slide down, and you can only fill about half the box truck before it all rolls out. Unloading this debris mountain can also be a difficult and time consuming process.
Dump Trucks for Junk Removal
The most common type of truck used by professional junk removal services is the Isuzu NPR Dump Truck. It is reliable, safe, and easy to operate. They are most famous for being used by 1800-GOT-JUNK.
The types of companies that operate dump trucks for junk removal services are typically not the cheapest junk removal option. With that said, they are professional and responsibly dispose of your old items.
A drawback with using a dump truck compared to a box truck is the amount of items you can hold. A typical junk removal dump truckload is 15 cubic yards. With a typical box truck, that number jumps to over 40 cubic yards! This means fewer trips to the dump – which is beneficial on large cleanout projects.
Junk Removal Alternatives
While we just mentioned the two most popular methods of junk removal services, there are other ways that your junk can be hauled away. It is also important to compare these alternative junk removal services to see which is the right fit for you.
- Pickup Truck
- Dump Trailer
Pickup Truck Junk Removal
The pickup truck is the favorite method of “cheap” junk removal. This is because many people already have pickup trucks, so there is a very low barrier to entry into the junk removal business.
The benefit to using a person with a pickup truck is they are cheaper than most competitors. A downside to pickup truck junk removal services is that they are small, and can only hold approximately 4 cubic yards of debris.
We receive many calls from people that tell us they know someone who offers extremely cheap junk removal. We warn all of our customers that while the junk removal services are cheap, many of these “pickup” companies are uninsured. In addition, they typically do not properly dispose of your items and resort to illegal dumping.
Dump Trailer Junk Removal
The least popular, but often-times most flexible option is dump trailer junk removal. Dump trailers are very versatile, in the fact that they can hold 12-40 yards of items depending on size, and can haul tremendous amounts of weight.
Where dump trucks can only haul 2-3 tons of items before they are overloaded, most dump trailers can haul 5-7 tons of junk! This means that dump trailers are great for concrete removal, debris cleanup, and demolition cleanup jobs. They also dump, which makes unloading extremely easy.
The only downsides to dump trailer junk removal is that they often-times cannot fit into tight spaces. If the driver of the truck and dump trailer is inexperienced, backing the trailer into driveways, alleys, yards, etc. can become a challenge. This is why it is important to ask your junk removal company what type of truck/trailer they use to haul your junk away before you agree to the project!
The Best Junk Removal Service
Now that we have compared junk removal services, you can clearly see that some companies are better than others. depending on the type of junk removal project there is.
A+ Enterprises Junk Removal uses ALL these types of trucks/trailers, to custom-fit for your job! This means that we are able to provide the most cost-effective, time saving, and efficient option for every type of junk removal project.
We have expanded our fleet to also introduce Switch-N-Go trucks. Our junk removal company currently has two of these trucks, which allow for the versatility of a small dump truck and the hauling capacity of a rolloff dumpster truck. Another benefit is when we fill a dumpster on a house cleanout junk removal, we just switch it out for an empty one which speeds up our junk removal process.
We understand that every junk removal project is different, which is why we maintain a fleet of box trucks, dump trucks, pickup trucks, and dump trailers to serve the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and all of Northeast Pennsylvania!
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- Margaret Esopi
Sal really helped us out. We needed some junk removed right away and he got there within a couple of hours, was very professional and polite and did not charge an arm and a leg. He has a customer for life in us now!
EXTREMELY PLEASANT AND PROFESSIONAL! Gave them a call to remove some old furniture and assorted boxes of junk. They said the had a crew in my area the next morning and could be here at 9am. Arrived right at 9 on the dot and got straight to work. They battled through all my cobwebs and work quick and efficiently. No trouble or damage from moving some big items in narrow areas. The price they quoted was great value for all the work they did. I have already and will continue to HIGHLY recommend them.
8/03/2019Mark Van Dyke
I can't say enough about Sal. He was very patient, knowledgeable, and went out of his way to ensure my company was taken care of. I absolutely recommend anyone to use this company. They get in and out very quickly and offer a great price. They also stick to their word which is very rare now-a-days!
- Mary Jane Meaney
Very professional. Very polite. Efficient. I will use this company again. Prices were reasonable.
I was looking for someone to haul away some things from a home remodeling project. I called A Plus and within 10 minutes I received an email and was able to call the owner right away. He sent his crew out the next day and took care of my hauling needs with a great price. I cannot tell you how pleased I am at the prompt, courteous service I received from both the owner and the crew. I highly recommend them. Mary Gadomski
Fast service, excellent price. Picked up on the same morning that we called.Will definately recommend and call again. Sal was very professional.Guys who showed up at our home were professional as well.We prefer to use local companies and this is one we expect to keep on our list.
- Sandra Hill
Very nice to deal with. Showed up promptly. Worked throughout the entire day. Did a fabulous job! Would highly recommend.
One of the best companies I have ever dealt with. Professional, courteous, reasonable and efficient. Highly recommend.
The A+ Crew led by Joe G were very courteous and professional.I highly recommend A+ without any hesitation
- Charles Zaffuto
Professional and courteous. We have sought the services of this company twice now. Each time they were more than accommodating with very reasonable prices. A+ service.
Kyle and Joe were wonderful! Very efficient process. I called and gave brief information to a very professional person. They came out the next day. Wiped their feet, quoted me a very fair price, and removed my furniture. I’m very pleased with their service and friendliness. I will definitely recommend them to my family and friends! Meredith R.
Fantastic customer service. Sal was on time, very responsive to messages and professional. The price for the dumpster was very reasonable also. I have had issues with other junk removal companies in the past and wish I had found them sooner. I will definitely use them again in the future.
- Daryl Williams
I got a 100% accurate estimate from the owner and he dispatched a crew to clean out my house the next day (!). The guys were professional and very nice and personable, making a tough situation much easier to handle. Moreover, they worked until the job was done way over my expectations. This company has the best prices in our area and they are complete pros. I would recommend them to anyone...don't hesitate and call A+ first! They will be my first call in the future!
Requested a free estimate and they called me back in seconds! They were much more affordable than other big name companies in the area and provided service the day I requested. The movers were friendly and awesome! They moved out my awful bulky sofa with no issues! Absolutely would recommend to anyone! They are efficient and completely organized!
This company is not just professionals at their work but also very kid and hardworking. During the scheduling the staff was very helpful and were able to work with my last minute call with no issues. I received a reminder of my appointment witch was very helpful. The team that arrived to the job took care of business before I knew it it was all done. Very respectful and hard working team. Will definitely recommend anyone and will definitely use this company on my next project.