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If you’ve ever moved, bought a new home, or taken care of the estate of a loved one, you probably already know that the process can be full of clutter. Junk removal services can be a lifesaver when you want to get rid of unwanted items. However, finding a reliable and affordable service can be a daunting task. With so many scams and hidden fees, it can be hard to know which service to trust.

But don’t worry, we got you covered! In this cost-effective guide, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know to hire professional junk removal services without breaking the bank.

At Junk Relief, we strongly believe in providing our clients with upfront, honest quotes, with no hidden or unexpected fees. We know that transparency is key to building trustworthy and long-lasting relationships with our clients. Our team of experts is highly trained in junk removal and will handle your items with the utmost care and respect.

Whether you need to clear out a garage, basement, home, or office space, we got you covered. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a clutter-free life, book an appointment today and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

The Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing a Professional Junk Removal Service

As you can imagine, when you decide to get rid of your old clutter, the most important part is to choose a reliable and cost-effective junk removal service. 

Today, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step approach to hiring a junk removal service that meets your needs and budget. We’ll cover everything from understanding your needs and researching the right company to checking credentials and choosing a service that aligns with your values.

Understand Your Needs

Before hiring a junk removal service, it’s essential to understand your needs. Take the time to assess the amount and type of junk you need to dispose of. This will help you determine your nest options, ensuring the company has the number of workers and trucks required to get the job done efficiently.

For instance, if you have a large amount of junk or bulky items, such as a full home or property cleanout, you may need to verify that the company has the proper trucks and workers to get the job done within your deadline. Also, think about what your deadline is. If you are in a time crunch, we encourage you to also verify that the company can hit your deadline and coordinate the pickup properly.

Nothing is worse than feeling the stress of moving or home closing, and choosing the wrong junk removal company that is unreliable or unable to meet your needs. Understanding your needs will help you determine the right service for your specific situation.

Do Your Research

Once you understand your needs, it’s time to do some research. Look for reputable junk removal services in your area and read online reviews to get an idea of their reputation. Check if they offer free quotes or upfront pricing and compare their rates to other services in your area. We highly recommend only going with companies that are upfront, honest, and transparent with pricing – as this could cost you significantly more if you trust the wrong junk removal company.

When researching different companies, pay attention to how they communicate and respond to inquiries. A professional company should be responsive and helpful, answering any questions you may have about their services. Also, consider the professionalism of the booking and pickup reservation process as it will help you know what to expect from your junk removal specialists on your pickup day.

Ask About Additional Fees

One of the most significant concerns people have when hiring junk removal services represents scams and unexpected fees. To avoid this, make sure to ask the company upfront about any additional fees, such as fuel and additional labor charges or disposal fees. A reputable company should be upfront about all fees, so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

At Junk Relief, we believe in providing our clients with honest, upfront pricing, so you know exactly what to expect before we start the job. We’ll provide you with a free quote that includes all fees and will never surprise you with any hidden costs.

Check Their Credentials

Before hiring any junk removal service, make sure to check their credentials. It’s vital to look for other customers’ past experiences on review sites like Google or Yelp. Also, you can check with the state business registry that the business is licensed and registered. 

Finally, it’s a good idea to check for experience and training. How long has the company been in the junk removal industry? Are they professionally training their crews? This could be the difference between protecting your home and belongings, and two random people showing up with a pickup truck coming into your home and potentially damaging your walls, or worse.

With professionals, you have the assurance that any issue of this nature can be resolved, but with fly-by-night operations you may be left to pay the repair bill.

Don’t Forget About Recycling

Many junk removal services offer recycling services to help minimize the impact on the environment. Currently, the municipal recycling rate remains as low as 35%, so if you have items that can be recycled, ask if the company offers this service. At Junk Relief, we believe in doing our part for the environment, and we rehome and recycle as much furniture, electronics, clothing, and other materials as we can. 

We also sort through all the items we pick up and separate recyclable materials, such as metal, plastic, and paper, to ensure that as many items as possible are recycled.

Schedule the Service

Once you’ve reached a decision and chosen a junk removal service, it’s time to schedule it. Make sure to confirm the date and time of the appointment, and provide the company with any necessary information, such as the location of the junk and any special requests.

We offer flexible scheduling options to fit your busy schedule and we’ll work with you to find a time that works best for both parties. Needless to say, we’ll always show up on time and ready to get started.

Prepare for the Service

To help your pickup day go smoothly, we have a few tips that might help you! First, it’s a good idea to clear a path to the junk (if possible) and move any obstacles or fragile items out of the way. This will help the team work efficiently and avoid any damage or accidents.

Secondly, clearly labeling what stays and what goes can help the team move faster, and avoid any confusion on pickup items.

We take your home’s safety very seriously, and we’ll always take the necessary precautions to protect your property during the job. It’s generally a good idea to prepare appropriately with the recommendations above if you’re able. If not, we’re happy to help and do the heavy lifting!

Pickup Day

On pickup day, it’s very important to make sure that the team that shows up looks like professionals in uniform, from a reputable company, with a branded truck and proper tools for the job. This could prevent future headaches like damage to your home or belongings. 

It’s also important to verify the price upfront before any work is completed. It should be the same price you received on the phone, unless you add or remove items in your request.

If the company fails either of these tests, feel free to turn them away and contact us or another reputable company. Avoid the hassle of a loaded truck and the price changing at the last minute!

Enjoy Your Junk-Free Space

Once the junk removal team has finished the job, it’s time to enjoy your newly decluttered space! Whether you’re clearing out a garage, basement, or attic, a professional junk removal service can help you reclaim your space and simplify your life. 

At Junk Relief, we’re committed to helping our clients achieve their goals, whether it’s creating more space in their homes or offices, preparing for cleaning out the home of a friend or loved one, or simply getting rid of unwanted items. We take pride in our work and strive to provide the best possible service to every client.


Professional junk removal services can be a game-changer when it comes to decluttering and organizing your home or office. With the right service, you can eliminate the stress and hassle of dealing with unwanted items and enjoy a clean and clutter-free space.

By following the steps we’ve outlined in this guide, you can find a reliable and cost-effective junk removal service that meets your needs and budget. Remember to research your options, compare quotes, and choose a service with a reputation for honesty, transparency, and professionalism.

At Junk Relief, we strive to provide our clients with the best possible service at an affordable price. We offer honest, upfront pricing with no hidden or unexpected fees, and we always prioritize safety and respect for our clients’ property.

If you’re ready to reclaim your space and simplify your life, contact us today to schedule a service. Our team of professionals is ready to help you get rid of your unwanted junk and enjoy a clutter-free space.


Joe Weidman

Joe is a Chicago native, born and raised in Elmhurst. He founded Junk Relief more than 10 years ago and has worked with more than 20,000 homeowners and businesses throughout Chicagoland. His passion for starting a business in junk removal stemmed from seeing the need to do things differently. He prides himself on his company's model to provide unexpectedly professional service.


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