Checklist for Bidding Junk Removal Jobs


Checklist for Bidding Junk Removal Jobs

Junk Removal Checklist

You’re more motivated than ever to succeed with your  junk removal business. You’d also like to make good money and get adequate pay for the work you do. So how much should you charge? What are the ways you can formulate your bid for a job? What things should you consider? Here’s a checklist to help you:

1. Size

What’s the size of the load? Most junk haulers charge by the cubic yard. Consider charging between $30 and $50 for each cubic yard.

2. Weight

What is the weight of the load? That could mean more work for you in getting it into your truck or van. This is an important consideration, especially when you consider some dumps charge by the weight of the items.

3. Cleanup

If there is any cleanup involved, this should definitely bring with it an extra charge. Most junk haulers use an hourly rate in addition to the load charge. As of this writing, the national average is between $20 and $25 an hour per person.

4. Location of items

Sometimes you’ll be picking up a load right off the curb. Other times you’ll have to do a little more work to get to the items. If you have to haul items from an attic or basement, or it’s difficult to get to in any way, this should bring with it an additional charge. The going rate is also $20 to $25 an hour.

5. Bag or Box

If you have to bag or box items, you should also charge an additional fee. You should be adequately compensated for any work you do, especially if it’s more than simply picking up the item and putting it in your truck or van.

6. Dump fees

Keep in mind dump fees when figuring out how much to charge your customers. Many dumps charge by the pound, so consider adding an extra charge if you’re asked to haul away a particularly heavy load.

7. Rush service

Are you being asked to haul away something a couple hours after you get the phone call? Because it is last minute, it’s more than appropriate to add an extra charge. Pick something like 10% extra.

8. After hours

When you start your business, decide what your normal work hours are. Chances are, they’ll be something like 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If someone asks you to do a job outside of your normal working hours, charge an additional fee, such as $15 extra, or $30 if it’s particularly late at night, early in the morning, or on a weekend or holiday.

Keep this checklist with you. It’ll make it much easier for you to quote an accurate price to a potential customer. Let them know ahead of time, if at possible, about any additional fees you might be charging. You want to keep your customers happy and your wallet too. To learn more, read Haul It Away.