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How Much Is It to Rent a Dumpster in Fairfax?

How much does it cost to rent a dumpster in Fairfax, Virginia?

how much is it to rent a dumpsterThe answer to that question is going to vary depending on a few different factors. Ideally, any dumpster rental company you are considering should be happy to provide you with a no-obligation price quote. You can get quotes from a few different providers and then compare costs as a means of deciding where to rent your dumpster.

Here are a few different factors that may impact your cost:

  • The size of the dumpster you decide to rent: With some junk removal companies, the question “How much is it to rent a dumpster?” is perhaps most contingent on the size of dumpster you choose to rent. Many companies serving this niche offer half a dozen different dumpster rental sizes, usually ranging from 10 cubic yards to around 50 or 60 cubic yards. Obviously, you are going to pay more to rent a bigger dumpster.

  • How long you need the dumpster: Is your project a weekend cleanout or a renovation where you expect the demolition stage to take a week or longer? The answer will reflect in the cost of your dumpster rental. You will need to pay extra if you wish to keep the bin for longer. Most dumpster rental companies have multiple different tiers, based on the length of your rental. By standard, these tiers will probably be set for three-day rentals, five-day rentals, seven-day rentals, etc. You can rent bins for longer, of course, but you will need to arrange that with the company.

  • Your location: The location of your home or business is always going to affect how much you pay for a dumpster rental. Any dumpster rental service involves both a bin delivery and a bin pickup. The distance that the delivery/pickup driver needs to travel to reach your location, therefore, is going to be a major factor in the cost of your rental. As such, it’s not a bad idea to look at where different dumpster rental companies are in relation to you. If you live in the heart of Fairfax, you will probably save money by finding a dumpster rental company located in or near the downtown area.

  • Availability: Especially with dumpster rental companies that offer a variety of different sizes to choose from, how much you pay might depend on the availability of the type of bin you need. For instance, if the dumpster rental company nearest to you has rented out all its 15 cubic yard units, you might have to pay extra to bump up to the next biggest size or to have the dumpster delivered from another location.

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  • Type of trash: Some companies rent out different types of dumpsters for different types of trash. Some might have specific bins for construction debris, yard waste, electronic waste, or the like. In general, you can expect to pay slightly different rates depending on the type of bin you choose to rent. The variance in cost is because some types of trash are more difficult to dispose of safely than others. For instance, electronics or appliances often can’t just get dumped in the nearest landfills. There are necessary protocols that companies follow to prevent pollution and dangerous environmental effects. As a result, tougher-to-handle waste will sometimes cost more to get rid of than more standard garbage. In some cases, though, you might find companies that sort your junk for you at no additional cost.

  • The amount of junk you have: As we already mentioned, there are dumpster rental companies out there that bill flat rates based on dumpster sizes. There are also businesses that bill on a more contingent basis, either based on weight or on how much dumpster space you fill. In many ways, these models are more customer-friendly, as you pay based on the amount of trash you are disposing of and not based on the bin you choose. Especially if you have no idea which dumpster size is right for your situation, looking for a company that bills based on weight or dumpster space might be a better option.

  • The company you choose: Even aside from the other items featured on this list, different dumpster rental companies charge slightly different rates for their rentals. These rates may be based on a company’s longevity or reputation or might just shift as different services try to compete with one another. Because prices vary so much, it’s always a smart strategy to get three or four quotes to compare. If you only get one quote, it will be difficult to know whether it’s on the high or low end of the market.

  • Fees and add-ons: Some dumpster rental companies have billing systems that supplement the cost of your actual dumpster hire with fees and add-on charges. Permit fees, dumping fees, rental fees, and other additional expenses are all semi-common. Fees aren’t a massive problem if they aren’t pushing you out of your budget range and if the company is being transparent about them. However, just make sure you know what you are dealing with upfront. When you get a quote, ask if the price estimate is locked in or if there will be any additional costs or fees. You shouldn’t expect a guaranteed quote—especially if your dumpster rental company bills based on the amount of bin space you use. However, any dumpster rental company worth its salt should either disclose fees or clarify that there are no hidden fees. You can do some internet research here as well, to find out if a company has any complaints about unfair or misleading pricing practices.

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Start Asking Around: How Much Is It to Rent a Dumpster in Fairfax, VA?

Renting a dumpster is an efficient way of streamlining any extensive cleanout process. Whether you are divesting yourself of unwanted belongings, preparing to move your business to a new location, or renovating your kitchen, waste is going to build up quickly. Having a place on your property where you can toss everything temporarily can help keep the project moving at a steady clip.

Ideally, a dumpster rental should also be affordable. After all, you are just paying for the bin. The actual cleaning and hauling work remains DIY, which makes for a cheaper price tag than full-service junk removal. Just how affordable your dumpster rental is, though, will depend on all the factors listed above.

To find the best price, start asking around. Look at different companies in Fairfax, research their websites for ballpark pricing figures, or call for more accurate price quotes. Clear a couple of hours to devote to the research process, and you should find a dumpster rental service that meets your needs for a price that seems fair.

At Junk King, we are always happy to provide pricing information to prospective customers. We are one of the dumpster rental companies that bills you based on the amount of dumpster space you use. We also only have one dumpster rental size, which means our pricing structure is more straightforward than what most of our competitors are using. On average, our prices start at $125 and go up from there, depending on how much junk you have, how long of a rental you need, and where you live or work.

How much is it to rent a dumpster from Junk King in Fairfax, you may ask? If you are in the midst of planning your project, then start the quote process with us by using our online pricing calculator. Just let us know your zip code, prepare a basic inventory of the items you are getting rid of, and we will give you a zero-obligation price quote. If you decide to work with us, you can book online to save $30 instantly.

As you compare dumpster rental costs, though, try to find companies that will give you concrete estimates or quotes. Services that are cagey about price quotes will often try to hit you with unexpected fees after the fact. Reading online customer reviews should also help you spot—and avoid—these dumpster rental companies Call us for more information at (888) 888-JUNK.

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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.

Junk King Fairfax is 100% Landfill Free!

Junk King Fairfax is now 100% landfill free. We set that goal last year. We reached 95% landfill free by June, and now in November, we’ve finally made it to 100%!

And the news gets better—we achieved our 100% landfill free goal without sacrificing any service or convenience to our clients. Moreover, we achieved our 100% landfill free goal without adding one penny of cost to our clients.
We are still full service: we haul everything but hazardous material.

Therefore, we had to find a end use for concrete, tile, porcelain, dry wall, treated lumber, dirt, paper, trash, yard debris, used furniture, e-waste, TV monitors, mattresses, tires, metal, glass, and other materials. We donate, recycle, or purpose 100% of everything we haul. Even the debris to be burned becomes electricity for Fairfax County homes.
Our 100% landfill free achievement is practical because our trained crews know how to separate debris at the job site, and further separate the debris at our warehouse. Then, we take the separated debris to the most cost efficient disposal sites where we have excellent working relationships. These end-users know that our debris is well sorted which saves them time and money. All this good will and value come back to our clients.
Therefore, we can offer our clients the greenest junk removal service and still offer King-size service with King-size savings.

Storing Junk compared to Dumping Junk

This article is not a knock on public storage. I, myself, have rented storage space for my inventory until I could build my own storage. When I had a temporary overseas assignment, I rented storage space for my furniture, until my return. Note, in both cases, the decision to use temporary storage had a specific exit strategy, and I had specific uses for the items stored.

The Self Storage Association reports that 50% of storage unit renters store what won’t fit into their homes. 1 out of every 11 Americans rents storage. However, too many of those people use public storage to store junk – stuff they’ll never use again. They do not have an exit strategy.  In effect, they use public storage to postpone the decision to get rid of unused furniture, junk, and clutter.

Public storage isn’t cheap. In the DC Metro Area, a 10 foot by 5 foot climate controlled storage unit (about the size of a walk-in closet) costs $75 per month, or $900 per year. In addition, you provide the labor and hauling to move your stuff to the storage unit.

As an alternative, getting rid of the unwanted items requires decisions, time, labor, and often some expense. A 10 foot by 5 foot unit with an 8 foot ceiling packed tightly holds about 16 cubic yards. You can rent a 15-yard dumpster for around $450, and you provide the labor. You can hire Junk King to perform all the labor and remove the unwanted items for less than $450.

As a rough rule-of-thumb, the cost of disposing unwanted items is equal to the cost of 6 months’ rent to store them.  A lot of people opt for the “free” first month of rent and slow $75 bleed than paying the cost for disposal. The problem is that at the end of 6 months rent–$450–you still have the unwanted items and you face the same decision: pay to dispose or pay to store.

If you need help solving this store vs dispose dilemma, you may want to engage a Professional Organizer.  These professionals are excellent at helping people prioritize.  Check out the National Association of Professional Organizers, or contact us for a referral.

Finally, here’s an enlightening case study written at another blog.  This person spent $48,000 over five years to store junk.