There are plenty of situations where you need to get rid of a lot of trash and junk. For instance if you are a realtor and you just signed on to sell a large home as part of an estate sale. Before you can put that home back on the market you’ll need to clean it up and clean it out. When faced with these types of decisions you have one of two options: rent a dumpster or hire a junk removal service

So which should you do?

The decision largely comes down to a question of speed vs. budget. When I was in film school we often  talk about a triangle. On the right side of the triangle was written the term Cheap, on the left side of the triangle was written the term Good, on the top of the triangle was written Fast. You could only choose two. In other words, you could have something that was good and fast, but it wouldn’t be cheap. You could do something fast and cheap but it wouldn’t be good. Etc. 

This paradigm applies to whether you need to rent a dumpster or hire a hauling service. 

Junk removal services often provide an all in one solution for hauling away junk and trash. It is also a fast solution. Most junk removal services will handle everything for you. They’ll bring a truck, typically two guys, and do everything for you. They’ll haul away what you tell them to haul away and some junk removal services even do a bit of light cleaning. 

But junk removal services tend to be a bit pricey. If you have a large load or multiple loads of junk its not uncommon to spend as much as $1,000 on a junk removal. Perhaps more.

Dumpster rental is cheaper than junk removal, but when you rent a dumpster all you get is a dumpster. You’ll have to supply the labor and the manpower. You’ll also have to spend a significant amount of time cleaning or supervising a clean out. 

So which is best? That’s completely subjective to your situation. You can achieve your goal using either a dumpster or a junk removal service. It just depends on which of you choose. Good. Fast. Cheap.