Do You Need a Dumpster Rental or Junk Removal Services?

when to rent a dumpster vs junk removal service


If you’re working on a home clean out project, you may be wondering what the easiest way is to store and get rid of your waste. Put simply, you have two options: rent a dumpster or hire a junk removal service. 

Large clean out projects can leave a homeowner feeling overwhelmed by a household full of unwanted items. Whether you’re cleaning out space for a spring-cleaning project or getting ready to move, large projects will quickly overflow the storage capacity of a regular garbage can. To avoid having piles of junk laying on your curbside, a dumpster rental or junk removal service is your best option.

But between the two of them, how do you know which is the better option? What are the differences between renting a dumpster and hiring a team for junk removal services? 

In this blog, we go through everything you need to know to make your next home clean out project easy and stress free.

Should You Rent a Dumpster or Hire Junk Removal Services?

Junk Removal Services

Junk removal service is a hired team of professionals who come to your home and haul away furniture, debris, appliances, or other household goods. 

The biggest benefit of hiring for junk removal services is that all of the work and labor involved in cleaning out a room or a house is done for you. The team comes in, removes all of the furniture, appliances, or other household goods, and hauls it away, regardless of the size or weight of the objects, or what floor of your house it’s on. The process is quick and stress free, but best of all you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting! 

Hiring for junk removal services is easy: 

  • Contact Sourgum for a free estimate 

  • Book your clean out date

  • Watch as the team hauls your waste away without you lifting a finger! 

Of course, because you’re hiring someone to do the job for you, the labor costs are more expensive. Junk removal services typically cost more than a dumpster rental because you’re paying for the time and labor of a team of professionals. Additionally, junk removal services are priced by the size of the job and volume of the items so hiring a team for a full home clean out can quickly add up. 

Projects that are best for junk removal services include: 

  • Appliance disposal 

  • Carpet removal 

  • Large furniture disposal 

Dumpster Rental Services

Renting a dumpster is a popular and cost-effective choice for homeowners looking for an easy way to store the debris from clean out projects. Roll-off dumpsters can be rented for a few days or even weeks, depending on the size of your project, so there’s never a rush to get the job done. You can work on your schedule, cleaning out the house when you’re able. 

Roll-off dumpsters come in a range of sizes from 10 – 40 yards so there’s a size that will hold everything you need to clear out. If you’re not sure what size dumpster you need, check out our handy dumpster sizing guide.

Renting a dumpster is an easy process when you use Sourgum Waste. We offer 3 ways to rent your dumpster; online, via email, or over the phone at (732) 838-6712. Our exceptional customer service team is available to you 24 hours a day. 

  • Contact Sourgum via email, online form.

  • Choose the size of the dumpster you need, the drop off date and the pick-up date 

  • Fill the container 

  • Watch the dumpster get hauled away! 

Renting a dumpster is a cost-effective way to clean out a home, but it does put all of the labor on the homeowner to move the items from inside the house to the dumpster. You also need a certain amount of space in order to hold the dumpster during your rental period on a driveway or stone path. 

Projects that are best for dumpster rentals include: 

  • Construction project debris 

  • Yard work 

  • Roofing debris 

  • Home or hoarder cleanouts 

If you’re disposing of hazardous waste or eWaste, neither a dumpster rental nor junk removal service is the right option for you. Contact Sourgum for specialty disposal rates for hazardous materials and eWaste.

Costs to Consider

There are costs to consider for both a dumpster rental and a junk removal service. The cost of waste disposal is location-dependent, as each county and municipality may have different rules, regulations, taxes, and fees associated with garbage disposal. You will pay the going rate for waste disposal whether you rent a dumpster or use a junk removal service.

Junk Removal Service Costs

When hiring a team for junk removal services, you pay for the time and the labor of the team and you may also pay for the gas used to get to the job site and haul the waste away. Rates for junk removal services aren’t determined by the weight of the objects being moved, but by the size of the job and the volume of the debris. Cleaning out a living room will be much less than a full house clean out.

Dumpster Rental Costs

Dumpster rental rates are determined not only by the rules and regulations of your county, but also by a predetermined weight of the dumpster. If waste in the dumpster exceeds this weight, you’ll have to pay an overage rate or fee for the extra disposal costs. 

Dumpster rental rates are determined by several factors including: 

  • Location

  • County waste disposal rates

  • Dumpster size

  • Rental time period 

  • Weight of debris 

Time Constraints to Consider

Home clean out projects can be stressful because of the amount of time and coordination they take up. Busy homeowners want to make the best use of their limited time, and it’s important to understand the difference in time constraints between hiring a junk removal service and renting a dumpster.

Dumpster Rental

A dumpster can be rented on your timeline. You have it available to you for as long or as little as you need, so you never have to rush or worry about running out of time. When you work with Sourgum for your dumpster rental, you don’t even need to be home for the dumpster drop-off and haul away. However, dumpster rental rates are determined by day, and as the homeowner you must also plan enough time for clearing out all of the rooms that need to be cleaned. This can take hours or even days depending on the size of the clean out project and how many people are available to help you.

Junk Removal Service

A junk removal service presents a different time constraint for homeowners. While the struggle of moving furniture and household goods is no longer on you, you must be ready for the team when they arrive, and you’re working around their schedule. They may only be available during certain days of the week or during business hours, and the homeowner will need to be present during their time onsite. But in return, the team should be able to complete most clean out projects in just a day, taking care of a mess quickly and efficiently.

Is Dumpster Rental or Junk Removal Better?

There are several determining factors in deciding if a dumpster rental or junk removal service is a better fit for your project. 

If you: 

  • Don’t mind cleaning the house out yourself

  • Want to work on your own timeline 

  • Are looking for a more cost-effective option

  • Want to keep labor costs low 

A roll-off dumpster rental is the right choice for your project. 

If you:

  • Don’t want the hassle of cleaning out the house yourself 

  • Don’t mind paying more for someone else to handle it

  • Want the project taken care of quickly 

  • Don’t have enough items to need a 10-yard dumpster 

  • Have a few, large items to get rid of 

Junk removal services are a better fit for your project.

Whether you decide to go with a dumpster rental or junk removal services, Sourgum can help you get the job done right! Check out our dumpster rental page for more information on roll-off dumpsters, or our junk removal services page to generate a quote for your project.

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