Monthly Archives: September 2013

Comparing Bagster and Junk King for Debris Hauling

Some had to drag this debris 200 feet to the curb.

Someone had to drag this debris 200 feet to the curb.

The concept of the Bagster™ is like having a 3 cubic yard mini-dumpster, but is that solution for debris hauling right for you?

Bagsters require time and effort on your end. You purchase the Bagster at a retail store like Home Depot. You must fill the big green bag using your labor and ensure that the bag is within 16 feet of the curb so the waste hauler can reach the bag with its mechanical lift. On average, you ought to budget at least three hours to acquire and fill the bag. The Bagster hauler may charge extra or refuse to haul if you overfill the bag.  If you have stone, concrete, or dirt, you can fill only 1/3rd of the bag.  No item can exceed 4 feet in length.

The Bagster costs $30 for the bag and you pay another $79 to $249 for the pick-up (average $140) for the hauling. That comes to $60 per cubic yard. You pay the whole $180 whether the bag is full or not.

Junk King has alternatives that provide better flexibility and better pricing. We have 18 cubic yard trucks with crews to provide the labor. We discount for pre-staged debris, essential what a Bagster becomes.  Our pre-staged rate for the Bagster’s 3-cubic yard volume of construction debris is $90. That’s about half the cost of a Bagster.

Junk King also has 12-cubic yard dumpsters for rent.  Our dumpster would hold 4 Bagsters.  These dumpsters are perfect for the DIY  and small renovation. The graphite wheels make the dumpsters driveway friendly.  The cost is $350 for the dumpster and includes the first ton — normal weight for 12 cubic yards of construction debris.  To get the same volume of Bagsters you pay up to $720.  Again, our solution is more flexible and costs about half the cost of the Bagster solution.

Call us. We’ll solve your hauling challenge and save you time, money, and aggravation.

What is the biggest mistake you can make when dealing with a hoarder?

Maria Spetalnik of Conquer the Clutter answered this question for me. Her answer surprised me even though as owner of Junk King, I thought I had a fair understanding of hoarding. Yet I know Maria is an expert on the subject with 20-years of hard-earned experience. So, I trust her answer, and so should you.

She told me, “The worst thing you can do to a hoarder is a forced clean out.

Maria explained the typical scenario. The concerned adult children decide to help their aging mother who has a moderate hoarding or clutter problem. One of the siblings takes Mom on a weekend trip, and while she is safely away, the other siblings secretly clean out the house. They pay haulers to remove the trash and ruined furniture. They pay to clean the house top to bottom, pay to shampoo carpets—even paint. It is a Herculean effort motivated by filial love for Mom. At the end of Mom’s weekend trip, the siblings welcome Mom back to clean, orderly home expecting Mom to get emotional—overcome with gratitude.

As Maria explained, the returning hoarder gets emotional for sure, but it’s not gratitude. From the hoarder mom’s point of view, her children lied to her, violated her home, and stole her possessions—some of which may have great sentimental value. And to make matters worse, within three months the typical hoarder, after a forced clean out, will re-clutter the space.

Such good intentions can have such a horrible outcome! Mom is in a worse position than before the forced clean out. The clutter is back, and Mom no longer trusts her own children.

If you think you have a loved one who has a clutter problem, call a professional like Maria and take advantage of her 20 years’ experience. The small investment in your time may save life-long relationships and ensure that your loved one gets the lasting results he or she needs.

Next month, we’ll look at a metric to help us understand the severity of a hoarder situation.