Once most of us reach adulthood, one of the more sobering realities of life that we quickly learn is that everything costs money. including junk removal services.
And it seems that with rising inflation, out-of-control fuel prices, and an unpredictable housing market, that everything costs more money than it used to. Of course, most of us also want to be smart when spending money on goods and services, which can include professional junk removal.
When times are hard and money is in shorter supply, it’s natural to cut costs and look for ways to save.
Whether at home or work, being frugal and wise with money is commendable. But sometimes it makes more sense to spend money than either do without or do it yourself.
Why Being Penny Wise and Pound Foolish is… Foolish When It Comes To Junk Removal Services
For those over the age of 35 or 40, this is an old English saying that many of us are familiar with. It may have been something our grandparents used to say, or a phrase we picked up in our reading when we were younger.
While it’s not as commonly heard today, the principle behind this ancient maxim still holds true.
According to one grammar website speaking on idioms in the English language,
“Penny wise and pound foolish describes the act of concentrating so hard on economizing in small matters that one misses the opportunity to save or gain a large amount of money in larger matters. This alludes to the pennies that make up a British pound. An example of someone being penny wise and pound foolish is a person who travels to many grocery stores to buy items on sale at each one, but ends up spending more in gas money driving between the stores than he saves in buying the grocery sale items.”
Here in the Washington DC area, we might see this play out with the neighbor who refuses to spend money to properly repair his roof and uses an inexpensive approach but ends up with expensive water damage because the roof leaked.
There are many scenarios where this tendency to be “cheap” in the wrong places can end up costing us much more in the long run.
And there are many times when junk removal can be one of those scenarios.
When DIY Can Mean WTAM – Wasting Time and Money
While that may seem a bit harsh, there are many instances where homeowners, tenants, and business owners and managers make the unwitting mistake of spending time, money, and effort doing some task or chore that could be done better, faster, and – ultimately – for less money by someone else.
Plumbing might seem like something you can do yourself. Until you can’t. Then you end up spending more money to bring in a professional, plus you spend valuable time and labor on something better left to a trained plumber.
For many car owners today, even something that used to be a common DIY task – changing the oil – can almost always be done faster, better, and more conveniently by an oil change service.
The point here is that many things that homeowners, business owner, and others could do themselves may not be things that they should be doing. While someone at home may not think that their time and labor has intrinsic value, this is certainly never true of business owners and managers.
That old saw, “Time is money” is quite true in a business environment. And it is simply a way of pointing out that any time and effort expended in a business represents money being spent. The question then becomes, “Is my time or my employee’s time costing me less than having a professional do this task?”
And the reality is that, many times, it is not.
Your Costs Versus Their Costs – and the Value of Convenience
In small businesses, for example, it is common for an owner to carry out multiple tasks and wear multiple “hats” in the course of building and running his or her new business.
Then the day comes when these owners realize that their time is worth quite a bit.
Let’s say that they calculate their hourly labor “rate” to be in the neighborhood of $50 an hour but they are doing $25 an hour work in the administration tasks for their business. These owners soon realize that it is far more cost-effective to hire someone or outsource that work.
In addition, for every hour they spent on these lower-paid tasks, they lost an hour doing their higher-paid work. So, in essence, it was costing them $100 an hour to do $25 an hour tasks!
And, while it is difficult if not impossible to place a dollar value on convenience, it does have value. In fact, some tasks are not only inconvenient, but they are also stressful and difficult. Work such as putting snow chains on car tires during a blizzard or getting on tall ladders to trim tree branches away from your home’s roof or the powerlines crossing your property.
Far better to have someone else do it for you, right? In other words, convenience has value.
As it turns out, junk removal and disposal ranks right up there with tasks that need not be appeached as DIY jobs because they are less cost-effective than hiring professionals and are highly inconvenient.
This is why Junk King Washington DC specializes in both residential and commercial junk removal services for all of our friends, neighbors, and fellow business owners in the Capital region. We will always provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate before you agree to work with us. And our prices are both fair and transparent.
No extra charges, no hidden fees, no surprises.
Junk King Washington DC – Your Local Cost-Effective Junk Removal Solution
There are several good reasons for calling us to take care of your next junk hauling project. One reason is that, not only are we affordable, we also do everything we can to make the process easy for you! Our professional and highly trained junk removal services team can remove and dispose of any type of junk you need to get rid of, except for hazardous waste.
Junk King Washington DC is a proud part of one of the nation’s largest and top-rated junk removal firms. And we’re also proud to be both a locally-owned business as well as a veteran-owned business.
Our professional, insured, and bonded junk removal team will come to your home or place of work, and we’ll always call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once we’re there, we’ll provide you with a free estimate based on how much room your debris, trash, and other junk take up in our truck.
You simply point, and we’ll load your junk quickly, safely, and efficiently. Once it’s loaded and we sweep up, we’ll haul it away. And we do it all without any extra charges or hidden fees!
Also, if you choose to take a DIY approach to load your own junk on your own schedule, you can easily book one of our convenient MINI Dumpster rentals and have us pick it up when you’re done.
So, ready to take make use of our affordable junk hauling services? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.