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Tips on calling a pro to get rid of the junk

Posted at 9:00 AM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-16 09:00:08-04
If just thinking about lugging that old, large-screen TV up from the basement makes your back hurt, you should probably call a pro.
 
Jeff Johnson with College Hunks Hauling Junk said they get calls all the time.
 
"We'll go in the basement, we'll go in the garage, we'll go upstairs and haul the heavy items out regardless of where they're at, so we don't ask the homeowner to have everything centrally located in the home," Johnson said. "We'll do all the heavy lifting and all the sorting once we get there."
 
Johnson and his crew will haul away just about anything. No gas cans or propane tanks, but they will take paint cans if the paint has hardened. The most common items they see are exercise equipment, TVs and old furniture.
 
"It's always amazing to us what people are getting rid of, but it's not just the junk that we're hauling away. These are items that they no longer need or want," he said.  
 
That doesn't mean somebody else can't use them, which is why Johnson donates more than half the items they pick-up to Goodwill, thrift stores and other nonprofits.
 
Whether your stuff gets hauled to the Goodwill or the landfill, the price is the same.  Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, explained the pricing options you should look for.  
 
"While some haulers do charge by the hour, most charge on volume - how much space the junk is going to take up on the truck - so you should ask for an in-person estimate and that should be free of charge," Hicks said.  
 
Hicks said you should expect to pay around $500 per truckload, but just one or two large items can be removed for under $100. Most companies are happy to provide same-day service for no extra charge, but Hicks said to make sure they are insured just in case that big TV goes rolling back down the staircase.
 

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