DIY Guide for Junk Removal

Once you’ve packed up all your belongings, or completed your extensive bout of spring cleaning, you may find yourself with an abundance of junk. This junk usually encompasses garbage, recycling, broken furniture and any old items you decided to discard. Hiring a junk removal company to haul out your unwanted trash is a convenience that you may not have the money for, especially if you just put a down payment on a new house or paid any of the other countless expenses that come with relocating. In this case, you may want to save your money and instead, dispose of the waste yourself. Here are a few tips for DIY junk removal.

Rent a small truck, or borrow a pick-up truck. If you’re doing some serious cleaning or moving, you will undoubtedly have a lot of trash to get rid of. You are not going to want to put that trash inside your car to bring it to a landfill, so your best bet is to rent or borrow a pick-up truck from a friend or truck rental company.

Keep track of your waste and divide it up accordingly. To be as efficient as possible, it’s important to keep track of the waste you accumulate and divide it up according to material. This will help make sure the trips go as smoothly as possible.

Recycle before dumping garbage. To reduce your environmental impact, always separate recyclables from the rest of your trash. Dispose of recyclable items beforehand so that you do not accidentally take them to the dump. Recycling centers will accept aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper items, glass items and cardboard free of charge. In some states including New York, Maine and Hawaii, you can get money back per item for recycling glass or aluminum cans.

Contact your county landfill before bringing your junk over to hammer out the details and ensure you are bringing the correct amount of money for the amount of trash you’re throwing out. Some county landfills don’t charge citizens for dumping, while others charge a flat rate or a fee after dumping a certain amount. Because some landfills charge to dump, many people decide to just hire a junk removal company instead of transporting the trash and then paying to dump it.

Before deciding to haul your junk yourself, you must take into consideration the possibility of hidden fees. Many truck rental companies charge rates based on fuel or milage.

There are also always the possibilities of risking personal injury, car accident or property damage. When you hire a professional trash removal company, you are trusting someone who is insured against damages. If your garbage falls out of the back of your pick-up truck, for example, and damages another car on the road, your truck is probably not insured for that kind of damage, which may result in a higher payment than if you had just hired a junk removal company from the very beginning.

Questions to Ask Before Shipping Your Car

Whether you’re buying a car online or moving to another state or country, it can be easier to hire a professional auto transport service to ship your car than it is to drive yourself. Before hiring a car shipping company to take your automobile somewhere far away, there are a few questions you should ask.

Do you offer free quotes? Make sure you get a free quote from all companies you are looking at, so you can compare their different prices. You should never be charged for a quote by a car shipping company — that is a red flag.

What is offered in your quote? Ask this before obtaining even a free quote from a vehicle transport company. You don’t want to waste your time by seeking out a claim, only for it to be vague and not helpful to you. Before you sign an agreement with a car shipping company, you need an itemized list of all the expected charges up front, as well as any mid-transport charges. The quote should end by telling you where the car will be dropped off.

How do you determine these rates? Don’t just sign without really reading the quote and understanding where the charges come from. All vehicle transport companies are going to give you different quotes, but they determine their price rates from the same criteria: distance, vehicle type and transportation method. The farther away your car needs to be shipped, the higher your rates will be. Door-to-door shipping will be costlier than if you were to drop off and pick up your automobile at a terminal. Typically, delivery to urban or densely populated areas costs less than delivery to a rural region. Larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs typically cost more to ship than sports cars. You might have to pay more, depending on the kind of trailer used to ship your vehicle. An enclosed trailer, for example, would protect your vehicle better than an open-air trailer, but it would incur a greater fee as well.

What kinds of insurance coverages do you offer? You remember what they say about when you assume? Do not just assume your regular insurance policy will cover any damages done during transport; it won’t. Your personal insurance policy only covers your vehicle when it is being driven or parked, not shipped. The FMCSA requires car shipping companies to provide you with minimal coverage, but depending on the size of your vehicle, this could not be sufficient. Ask about the extend of their standard coverage, as well as anything that isn’t covered by the standard coverage, for which you may need to purchase additional coverage.

Are you licensed and registered? Any legitimate car shipping company operating across state lines is, by law, required to register for a US DOT number by the FMCSA. Companies that operate overseas are required to be licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission. Ensure a company meets all license requirements before hiring them to transport your vehicle.

Before committing to shipping your car, you should ask these questions (and any more you can think of) to all vehicle transport companies you’re looking at, in order to compare and get the best quote for yourself.