Housing Crash Leads to Boom For Foreclosure Cleanup Businesses

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Profits in Foreclosure Cleanup Business

The housing slump, which brought falling prices and growing foreclosures, is still going strong after three years. Realty Trak, a company which follows foreclosure activity, projects that 2011-2012 will be the peak years for foreclosures, with an estimated 1.2 million foreclosures in 2011.

Why the growing number of foreclosures now? First, the “robo-signing” scandal caused a foreclosure freeze last year, which has just been lifted. That will push the numbers higher this year, as banks play catch-up. Second, many homeowners who owe more than their home is now worth are simply walking away from their homes, creating yet more foreclosures.

Once a bank has foreclosed on a home, it’s in their best interest to maintain the property to preserve the value of their investment. To do that, banks and real estate management companies hire foreclosure cleanup companies and junk haulers to haul away the stuff people leave behind.

A trash removal business is essential to foreclosure cleanups. Usually, when a home is abandoned, the former owners move to a smaller, more affordable place and leave many of their possessions behind. That’s where a junk removal service is needed – to dispose of the sofa, the broken TV, the lawn chairs and broken BBQ in the back yard. Some even leave pets behind!

In addition to cleaning up and hauling away all the stuff left behind, many homes require additional services, such as repairing broken windows, cleaning carpets or mowing the lawn every few weeks. If you’re not interested in doing that work yourself as part of the cleanup package, find the people with those skills to refer work to. A referral fee of 10-15% is common, so you can make extra money without doing the work. It’s a two way street – those same tradespeople will refer haul-away business to you in the future.

You’ll find opportunities for haul away and foreclosure cleanup work in most towns by simply contacting local banks, property management firms and REO (real estate owned) real estate agents in your area.

With foreclosure rates still growing, now is the time to profit from the foreclosure cleanup boom with your own haul away business. If you have a truck and a cell phone, you should be able to get started for just a few hundred dollars – and potentially make it back on your first job. Those who specialize in this “niche” report earning $400 to over $3,000 on each foreclosed home to get rid of the mess left behind by the former owners. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

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How to Start a Trash Removal Business for Just $400

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sweep up profits with a trash removal business

There is a pressing need for trash removal services all across the United States. As people dispose of unwanted items, a new house is built or renovated and homes are foreclosed, people are needed to haul away the debris. The current national average for haul-away services is $53 an hour. But won’t a haul-away business be expensive to start? Not really. Do you already have a truck or van? Okay good, there are only a few other things you’ll need. In fact, you can start your own trash removal business for around $400. Here’s what you’ll need:

You might need a special kind of insurance, because you’re using your vehicle for business purposes. Check with your insurance agent to find out more. Also inquire about any other insurance you might need.

Chances are you probably already have a computer. You’ll need that to take care of billing, record keeping and other things. If you don’t have one, get one! This will help you immensely.

A cell phone is another thing you might already have that you’ll definitely need. It’s the best way to keep in contact with your customers.

A reliable GPS system is something you should consider. This is not a must, but can greatly ease stress when you’re trying to find a dump site and where you are supposed to pick up the discarded items. It’s not only safer and easier than using a map, it could greatly speed up your time in traffic, which can mean more money for you.

Business cards are a great way to advertise your business. Make sure you have your business’s name and your contact information on the card. Get in the habit of handing these out to prospective customers. After awhile people will start to be familiar with your junk removal business and what you have to offer.

You’ll need a day planner or other reliable way to keep track of your schedule. An organized haul-away service is a successful one. There are many schedulers available for computers and cell phones too.

Many items might be too heavy for you to pick up. That’s where a hand truck can come in handy. Many hand trucks can lift as much as 500 pounds. Get one that is capable of that. And don’t forget about moving blankets. These are the best way to transport fragile items, such as a computer or television.

There is also a variety of hand tools you’ll need, such as a shovel, rake, broom and screwdriver. You might need to clean up a site you just removed debris from, or take apart a box or other item to move it. You might also need some more heavy-duty tools, such as a sledgehammer, bolt cutters, a saw and more. Play it safe and be prepared. You don’t want to arrive to the job and not have the appropriate tools.

It might sound like a lot, but it’s really not. Make a simple to-do list and you could have these items all checked off before you know it. It shouldn’t cost you a lot of money either. Do a full day of work and you’ll have paid off your supply costs. It’s really quite possible to start a successful trash removal business for just $400. To learn more about how to get started, read: Haul It Away.

 

 

 

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How to Start a Trash Removal Business in Just a Week

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Vintage Junk Hauler

Starting your own trash removal business is probably easier than you think. You already have a truck or van and probably have a lot of the other supplies you need as well. There are no classes required and your start-up costs shouldn’t put you into debt. In fact, you can start your own junk removal business in about a week. Here’s how:

First you’ll need to take care of some legal matters. Begin by deciding your legal structure. Is your haul-away business a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability corporation? You’ll pay different taxes and have different liabilities based on which one you choose. After deciding this, you’ll need to get a tax identification number, or EIN. Next, you’ll need to license your business. Check with your state or town for their rules and regulations.

Now let’s pick a name for your business. Think of something fun and memorable. Here are some suggestions: Good Riddance, Junk Be Gone and Clutter Busters. Have fun with it. Be sure to pick a name that’s easy to remember, and most importantly, isn’t already taken! Check to be sure it isn’t trademarked or being used by another company in your area.

Now you’re going to need some insurance. In addition to auto insurance, some states require additional insurance if you use your vehicle for business purposes. You also might need business liability insurance. As always, it’s best to check with your state or insurance agent to learn more.

So now you’ve taken care of some legal matters and getting insurance. You also picked a really fun name no one will forget. So now what? It’s time to gather all your supplies. You’re getting close to setting up your junk-hauling business!

First you need a reliable vehicle. Chances are you already have a truck or van. That was probably what inspired you to get into the haul-away business in the first place. Now you’ll need a good computer to keep track of all your expenses and income and other administrative tasks. You probably already have that as well. So what about a cell phone? Yep, you’ll need one of those as this will be your primary way to communicate with customers. And what about a GPS unit? You don’t have to have one, but it will greatly help you find where you need to be. Plus it’s much safer than using a map. Now let’s look into some business cards. Those are a great way to promote your business and get your name out there. And don’t forget a day planner or some other way to keep track of your schedule. Your computer could help you for this, or maybe you’d prefer something you can easily carry around.

There are some tools you’ll need for your business, such as a hand truck. This makes it easier to haul heavy loads to your truck or van. Get one that can handle at least 300 pounds. Also, get some moving blankets for transporting fragile items that you don’t want destroyed. Next, get some hand tools, such as a shovel, saw, broom, rake, sledgehammer and other tools you might need when cleaning up debris. You want to be prepared for whatever you might need to do when you pick up debris or unwanted items.

Now, decide your rates. Most haul-away businesses charge by the size of the load, specifically cubic yards. Many often charge between $30 and $50 a cubic yard. Also, charge an additional fee if you have to do any clean-up or the load is hard to get to, such as in the attic or basement.

Next, make a list of the services you offer and start handing it out. Call up realtors, property managers and contractors and tell them about your service. Soon enough, the jobs will be rolling in.

This sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, you can complete all these items in no time. Make a to-do list and get started now. It shouldn’t cost you a large amount of money either. And don’t forget, after working some jobs you’ll have paid for all these supplies. So don’t fret, starting your own haul-away business is quite easy. In fact, you can get started in just a week! To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

 

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How to Make Money Hauling Away Other People’s Junk

sweep up profits with a trash removal business

sweep up profits with a trash removal business

Your treadmill breaks down. Your stove stops working. You clean out that old tool shed and have a lot of stuff you want to get rid of. But how can you get this large stuff off your property? Easy, you use your truck or van to carry it away to a landfill, recycler or charitable organization, such as Goodwill. But what if you could do this same thing for other people and make money doing it. Good money too. That’s all possible by starting your own junk removal business.

When people have large items or debris they’d like to get rid of, they often call on a haul away business. A haul away service is an important need for any community. Someone needs to transport large items and debris to the landfill or other place, items that your neighborhood garbage company won’t take. You help clean up the neighborhood, and ease the stress on other people. As the owner of your own haul away business, you stand to make some nice money.

A trash removal business is not a get rich quick scheme. You probably won’t make enough your first month to be able to buy the Los Angeles Lakers. But still, you can make a nice profit. So how much are we talking about? How much you make depends on what part of the country you live in. After deducting landfill fees, fuel and vehicle maintenance, the average comes out to $53 an hour. Work an eight-hour day and you’ve just made $424.

You simply pick up the unwanted items or debris, load it into your truck or van, and haul it away to a landfill, recycler or wherever you see fit. And get this, in some cases you might find an item worth keeping, or better yet, selling! That’s right, you could make even more money if you’re able to sell an item you were also paid to haul away. You could find the perfect item for a garage sale or auction.

So what people or places are you most likely to get business from? Well, how about: banks, contractors, home owners, property managers, businesses, professional organizers, realtors, seniors and more. As you can see, it’s a long, long list. It’s likely that everyone will need to use a haul away business at least once in their life, if not on a regular basis.

Starting your own trash removal business is the perfect way to turn trash into cash. No longer will the word “junk” evoke a negative image. Instead, you’ll now be thinking of money in the bank. You not only can make a good profit, but you’re providing an important service for your community. Before you know it, your haul away business will be the profitable new career you’ve always dreamed about. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

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How to Earn $43 to $87 an Hour With Your Pickup or Van With a Junk Removal Business

How to start a trash removal business

How to start a trash removal business

Wouldn’t it be nice to turn that truck or van of yours into profit? Good money too. It’s all possible by starting your own haul-away service. Everyday people need junk, trash and other discarded items taken off their property. That’s where you come in. Hauling away items that people no longer want can be quite profitable. In fact you can make over $40 an hour doing it.

Over time, appliances and furniture break down. A brand new house is completed, leaving behind a lot of debris that needs to be disposed. A house is foreclosed and must be cleaned out. So what does that mean? A lot of work for you and your haul-away business. Not only can you make money simply picking up the stuff, but you can also make money by selling it at a garage sale or recycling the items if appropriate.

So how much money are we talking about here? A large number of junk-hauling services charge by the size or weight of the load. If they have to get stuff from upstairs or a basement or it’s simply difficult to reach, there is often a surcharge for this as well. How much you get paid does vary by the location of where you live. Haul-away services on the East or West coasts typically make more than those in the Midwest, South, or in rural areas. Still, after you deduct the cost of dump fees, gas, vehicle maintenance and other overhead, the national average comes to $53 an hour. So wait, if you worked a full eight-hour day how much money would that be? $424 a day! And that’s not even counting if you’re able to resell any of the items you haul away.

Most junk-hauling businesses charge by the cubic yard, typically between $30 and $50 a cubic yard. They also have a minimum charge if it’s a single item, say a couch for instance. Jobs that require a little extra work (cleaning, taking things apart, having to bag or box items) usually bring with it a surcharge. Often, this is in the form of an hourly wage in addition to the charge for the size or weight of the load. At the moment, an average hourly wage is $20 to $25. Also, if you are working outside your normal business hours or you’re asked to do a rush job, these can also bring with it various surcharges.

By starting your own haul-away service, it’s quite possible to make $43 to $87 an hour or more. You charge based on the size or weight of the load and add a surcharge if there is additional work involved, or you’re performing the task outside your normal business hours. You also stand the chance you’ll be hauling away an item you can sell yourself for big profits. There is simply unlimited profit potential by starting your own haul-away business. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Breed of Trash Removal Business Profits from “Quality” Junk Removal

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Recycling - another profit center for a trash removal business

Why are people willing to pay more than the city garbage collector charges to get rid of that old sofa or broken treadmill? According to industry experts, private haul-away companies provide a complete service far beyond a simple curbside pickup. Is that old sofa in the basement? No problem – they’ll haul it out, take it to the landfill and sweep up on their way out of the basement.

Big on recycling? No problem – they will take all the junk that’s recyclable to the best spot, such as local charities or a firm that recycles specific items, like lumber or bricks.

Most private junk haulers get more than half of their business from homeowners in upscale neighborhoods, who throw out lots of recyclable items. Although many charities offer a free pickup service, they may not be able to take all the junk, and will not clean out the space. Another big chunk of regular business comes from property managers who hire a haul-away business to clean out rental units, from simple storage units to apartments to single family homes.

What sets this new breed of junk haulers apart? The first thing you notice is that most are neatly dressed, often with a polo shirt monogramed with their company name. Their truck is clean and tidy. They don’t just take away single items, they will also clean up the mess left behind, including that multi-year accumulation of dust and dirt behind the items they remove.

Seems there are lots of busy folks that would rather do something else besides haul their own junk. Two income couples who put in long hours at the office, for example, and don’t want to spend the weekend working too. Seniors, who simply aren’t able to lift and move heavy objects any more. Property managers, who would rather share a tenant’s cleaning deposit with a junk hauling business than do the work themselves. All in all, enough people to keep a junk hauler busy for a very long time.

To learn more about how to start a profitable haul away business, read Haul It Away.

 

 

 

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Junk Removal Business Secrets

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Junk Removal Business

You’d love to make good money hauling away other people’s junk. Finally you can turn your truck or van into a profitable new career. A job where you can not only turn trash into cash, but also enjoy the freedom and benefits of being your own boss. So what are the secrets that can put you ahead? Here are some:

1. Foreclosures

Foreclosures can be an excellent opportunity for your haul-away business. Someone needs to do the cleanup involved and that can be you. When a home gets foreclosed, the tenants will often leave the house in a mess. Some, due to anger, might even trash the place. That means more work for you, which in turns means more money. If you offer cleaning as well, you’ll get even more business. So how can you get started cleaning out foreclosures? Contact realtors that specialize in foreclosure listings. And don’t forget to contact the banks and lenders who own the foreclosed homes. There are a large number of services you might be asked to do in addition to hauling away junk and cleaning. Consider taking them on or working with other folks in the trades to complete the job. A foreclosure cleanup business can be very profitable.

2. Working with others

As with foreclosed properties, you might get a job that asks for additional work, work you might not be able, or want, to perform. That’s why it’s good to get in with people in trades related to hauling away junk, such as handymen, house cleaners, plumbers, painters and more. If you hear about a foreclosure job, talk with your “team,” get everyone’s price, and then you can put together a bid for the job. It’s also just a good idea to get to know people in other trades as they can throw work your way and you can throw some their way too.

3. Learn to love complaints

You certainly don’t want people complaining about your business, but use complaints to make improvements for your haul away service. Talk with customers and learn what they didn’t like about your work for them. Try to fix any problems and find out what could be done better next time. If possible, follow up with a customer to ensure they’re satisfied with how you’re handling the problem. Learn from your mistakes and you’ll have a great haul away business.

4. Colleges

Move-out day at college dorms and other student housing is a great way to make some nice money. Students often move back home for the summer or simply don’t want to haul that old couch or other furniture around. This is where you can come in and get a lot of work. Plus, you might then be able to sell the furniture for a nice profit or donate it to Goodwill or other charity.

You’d like your haul away business to be the talk of the town, the business to call for any junk removal needs. Use these secrets and you’ll find business will be booming in no time. Before long, you’ll be turning trash into cash. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Can You Spare 10 Hours a Week? Here’s How to Earn an Extra $400 to $600 Hauling Away Trash

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You’d really like to make some extra money. Who wouldn’t? And you know it’d sure be nice to be able to put aside some money for a college fund, a family vacation or any other way you’d like to spend it. But then again you already have a full-time job or other commitment, so you can only spare a few hours a week. And you don’t really want to sign up for a job that doesn’t pay well and forces you to work set hours. So what could you do? Do you own a truck or van? Perfect! Now you can start your own haul-away business.

Haul-away businesses do just that. They haul away debris, trash or other unwanted items. They often transport large or heavy loads to landfills, recyclers or donate the items to charities, such as Goodwill. They’re often carrying loads or items that the local garbage company won’t take. It’s a much-needed service for any community.

So what kind of money can you make with your own junk-hauling service? Pay varies on what part of the country you live in. After deducting dump fees, fuel and vehicle maintenance, the national average comes to $53 an hour. Okay, let’s do the math. Say you want to make $400 a week. How many hours would you need to work if you’re making $53 an hour? The answer is a little over seven and a half hours. Okay, what about if you wanted to make $600 a week. You’d need to work about eleven hours. That’s not bad at all.

Plus, there is no time commitment. You can work as little or as much as you’d like. Have 10 hours a week to spare? That could mean well over $500 you could make in a single week. You could do all that work in a single day or spread it out throughout the week. You’re the boss, you decide.

Best of all, there is no formal training or expensive start-up costs. If you have a van or truck, a cell phone and a computer, then you have most of the basic items you’ll need. After those you’ll want to look into some additional tools and insurance and then you’ll be on your way.

If you want to make some extra cash and work when and how long you want to work, then you should seriously consider starting your own haul-away business. It not only helps the community, but can put great money in your pocket. To learn more, read Haul It Away.

 

 

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Can You Really Make $424 a Day With a Haul-Away Business?

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You love driving your truck around town. Your friends often call on you when they need someone to haul something heavy or large for them. You’re more than happy to. Still, you wish there was a way you could turn your truck into a new business where you’re the boss and can make a large profit. There is such a business—hauling away junk or other items.

People often have large amounts of junk they need hauled away. They’ve recently cleaned out their house or their house has been foreclosed. Or maybe their stove finally conked out. That’s where you come in. You get the call and haul it all away to big profits. There is no special training needed. You just need a reliable truck or van and a few other small supplies, and then you can be in business.

Junk-hauling businesses provide an important service. They clean up debris and take it away. Who can take away this old treadmill? This busted lawn mower? A haul-away business. Best of all, many haul-away businesses are green businesses too. They don’t just dump everything in a landfill. Recyclable and re-usable materials go to a local recycler or Goodwill.

So what kind of money can you make? Pay varies on what part of the country you live in. Generally, you can make more money if you live on the East or West coasts, while those living in the Midwest, South, and in rural areas typically make less. After deducting dump fees, fuel and vehicle maintenance, the national averages comes to around $53 an hour. If you work an eight-hour day, you make, that’s right, $424 a day! That equates to $2,120 a week for a five-day work week, and $106,000 a year.

That sounds good. But who would use a haul-away service? Easy: banks, businesses, contractors, home owners, property managers, seniors and more. The list goes on and on! It’s simply an important service that almost everyone will need to use at some point.

Haul-away businesses, like other businesses you start yourself, are dependent on your motivation, your desire to succeed, your ability to build relationships with others, your dependability and overall, providing a great service. It’s not necessarily easy work, but it’s not overwhelmingly difficult either.

As the owner of your own junk-hauling service, you’re the boss. You decide when you want to work, you work as little or as much as you’d like, and you set your prices. Simply put, you’re in charge.

Can you really make $424 a day hauling away junk and other debris? You sure can. It’s all possible by starting your own haul-away business, a business where you set your own rates, work as little or much as you’d like, and enjoy the freedom that comes from owning your own business. You provide a much-needed service, while also making a really nice profit. To learn the insider secrets, get your copy of   Haul It Away.

 

 

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