LoadUp’s founder started the company in 2014 to bring “transparency and fairness” to the junk removal industry.3 From what we can see, it’s well on its way. In addition to transparency, the company also has some of the most competitive prices we’ve found, making it our top recommendation for budget shoppers.
Getting prices for any junk removal service can be difficult—and for good reason. Prices change depending on location, seasonality, and various other factors. Because of this, most companies won’t give prices online or over the phone.
But LoadUp gives you the rare opportunity to get a customized price on its website. All you have to do is provide the company your ZIP code and list which items you need hauled away. As you’re filling out your inventory, the tool will recalculate to give you an accurate estimate of what your service will cost.
LoadUp claims to charge 20%–30% less than its competitors. We wanted to verify that this was true, so we did a little digging. On average, the price of full-service junk removal ranges from $100 to $800 depending on what you want removed.
When we filled out our LoadUp inventory, we found that the price for the first item we added (e.g., a fridge, a mattress, etc.) fell between $80 and $120—even for small stuff like microwaves.
But when we added more items, even bulky junk like treadmills and couches, each increased the price by just $15 to $40 depending on size (exceptionally large items like ATVs increased it by about $200).
This means that LoadUp’s transportation costs—the cost of getting a truck to and from your location—are about average, but once the crew is at your house, they’ll haul away everything for a relatively small additional cost.
Bottom line: when we filled out an inventory with an entire truck’s worth of stuff, it was definitely 20%–30% cheaper than the average price of a full truck at another company.