Let me start this off by saying 1-800-GOT-JUNK didn’t pay me to write their praises or provide us with free hugs or cupcakes or anything of the like. Pete and I have been collecting a giant pile of tree branches since the guys removed the trees and hedges in our front yard four months ago. (Just as a quick side note, it’s crazy to think that we’ve been living in our new house for four months now!) Anyway, Pete spent hours and hours trying to bundle the branches and bag them up for trash removal, but it was a never-ending project, involving non-stop Lowe’s bags filling up on our front lawn. On Friday, we decided to give in and schedule a 1-800-GOT-JUNK pickup for the following afternoon.
We had a pretty hefty wood pile in our basement (inherited by the previous owner), which was a total time consuming pain in the arse to try to properly dispose of for trash pick-up. Not to mention the box spring upstairs that we also inherited, with a certain retirement home smell that could not be avoided when walking into the bedroom. Let’s not forget the large mysterious reddish brown stains as well. Eeep. Needless to say, the box spring was still lurking upstairs, due to the fact that it doesn’t fit around the stairwell corner.
Luckily for us, the guys at 1-800-GOT-JUNK came with a handy dandy massive saw, so they were able to cut the box spring in half to dispose of it. Success! Now that I don’t have to smell the box spring every time I walk into the guest bedroom (ew), I have a feeling I’ll be a lot more motivated to start removing wallpaper and making progress on the upstairs. Yeah, we have a whole room of wallpaper still. Big sigh.
When we got our quote for the junk removal, the guys said they thought we’d only fill up 1/6th or 1/8th of the truck (under $200). Once all of the branches, wood and box spring were thrown in, the truck was pretty much filled to the brim. Whoops. They cut us a deal and only charged us for 1/4 of a truck (which ended up totaling to $300), which is definitely a fair price for the peace of mind it brought us.
I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to see the branches gone for the first time, even if the grass is totally dead underneath. We’re having a gardening consultant come over this weekend to give us advice on how to repair our lawn (we are overcome with weeds), so I’m sure I’ll be posting about that soon enough!
Have any of you had any experiences with 1-800-GOT-JUNK (apart from pitying the crews who have to deal with the people on Hoarders)?