LoadUp Junk Removal 2021 Review

Bottom line: With a commitment to low prices, customer satisfaction, and responsible waste disposal, LoadUp is one of the best junk removal companies for both full-service junk hauling and dumpster rentals.
Load Up Junk Removal
Our Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
Joe Roberts
Researcher & Writer
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Published on December 22, 2020
6 min read
Load Up Junk Removal and Covid-19

LoadUp is still open and offering in-home pickups nationwide. However, the company is asking customers to opt for outdoor/curbside pickups, if possible, and is offering $5 off these bookings. LoadUp is also encouraging its employees to carry gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer to jobs when possible.

Founded in 2014, LoadUp is one of the newer junk removal companies in the biz. However, just because LoadUp is relatively young doesn’t mean it can’t keep up with more established companies like Junk King or College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving.

LoadUp is available in over 170 cities and has a presence in 49 US states. This wide reach puts it on equal footing with other junk removal brands.

The only category where LoadUp falls behind companies like College Hunks is in the variety of services it offers. You can hire College Hunks for moving labor, heavy lifting around the house, and an assortment of other hourly jobs, whereas LoadUp focuses on junk removal and dumpster rentals.

That being said, LoadUp excels at both of those jobs (according to its customers), and since it isn’t trying to do as much as some of the bigger brands, LoadUp can keep its rates low.

Keep reading to learn more about LoadUp’s services and prices.

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See where LoadUp ranks among our favorite junk removal companies.

How much does LoadUp junk removal cost?

LoadUp claims that its prices are typically 20%–30% cheaper than its competitors. To check this claim, we compared LoadUp’s prices to the prices in our Average Cost of Junk Removal guide.

Rates vary by location, but we found that LoadUp consistently charges less than other companies (though it’s not always a full 20%–30% cheaper).

For example, it costs roughly $140 on average to get an old fridge taken off your hands, but LoadUp charges around $126 for this service. And while other companies typically charge at least $150 to haul away a sofa, LoadUp will do it for a mere $96.

LoadUp junk removal pricing

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Air conditioner




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Mattress + bathtub + sofa


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Data as of 9/12/2019. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

LoadUp's quote process

We gathered the averages in the table above by requesting quotes in five different ZIP codes in different regions across the US.

This is where we typically say that our prices were gathered from online estimates, and that to get a more accurate price, you should do an in-home estimate. Most junk removal companies will adjust their prices at least a little after giving a quote online.

However, with LoadUp, we don’t actually need to do that.

Why? LoadUp guarantees its online quotes. All you need to do is enter your ZIP code and start adding items to your LoadUp inventory. Whatever price you’re quoted online is the price you’ll pay for your service.

Of course, if you enter your inventory incorrectly (i.e., you don’t disclose everything you want hauled away or you misjudge the size of a table you’re throwing out), your price will go up. Make sure you enter your information as accurately as possible.

It’s also important to mention that there are some ZIP codes that we couldn’t get online quotes for. LoadUp’s site doesn’t explain why online quotes aren’t available for some areas—it just tells you to give LoadUp a call instead.

Got a pile of random junk?

If you want to get rid of a pile of trash or demolition rubble that doesn’t fit into the categories on LoadUp’s inventory survey, the company still has you covered. The company lists a phone number on its online booking form beneath the order summary. Simply text that number a picture of your junk pile, and LoadUp will respond with a quote.

LoadUp’s service fees

You may have noticed that the price we listed for hauling away a sofa, a table, and a fridge together is much cheaper than the sum of hauling all three away individually. This is because LoadUp charges a service area fee (generally $50–$80) on every order.

These fees are the same whether you’re paying LoadUp to take one item or a dozen, so it’s much more cost-effective to book a LoadUp service if you’ve got several large items to throw away.

These fees cover taxes, transportation, and loading costs. Service fees ranged between $50 and $80 on our quotes, but they could very well be more (or less) in some areas.

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LoadUp's features and services

Like we mentioned earlier, LoadUp’s menu of services is a little basic. If you’re looking for a company that can do more than just haul your junk away, we recommend checking out College Hunks.

However, LoadUp is a first-rate choice for the services it does offer:

  • Junk removal
  • In-home pickup
  • Curbside pickup
  • Dumpster rental

Why we recommend LoadUp

Its full-service junk removal

What LoadUp lacks in additional services, it makes up for with a comprehensive junk removal program that’s designed for your convenience.

All of LoadUp’s drivers and junk loaders are background checked for your safety, and the list of items the company accepts is as extensive as any of its competitors. From furniture and appliances to rusty grills and old carpet, LoadUp’s competent and qualified loaders can take it all off your hands.

Since LoadUp was founded in 2014, you’d expect it to be more tech-savvy than an older company, and it doesn’t disappoint! LoadUp allows you to track the truck that comes to haul your junk away. This feature works similarly to Uber’s driver-tracking system, and it means you won’t be sitting around waiting and wondering when your truck will show up.

In case you can’t be there when the junk removal crew comes, LoadUp also offers curbside pickup. This service does require a little extra effort on your part since you’ll need to move all your junk to your curb or lawn, but it means you can run errands or go to work instead of staying home on your appointment day. When you get home, your junk will be gone.

Its affordable dumpster rental

Full-service junk removal isn’t always the best option if you’re doing a home renovation project and you need to clear a lot of trash or busted-up furniture over the course of a week or two. For situations like this, LoadUp offers dumpster rentals.

LoadUp’s dumpsters can hold 15 cubic yards of junk and trash, which is roughly the same as four and a half loads in a pickup truck.1 While this isn’t the biggest dumpster around, LoadUp does sweeten the deal with affordable rates starting at $325 for every rental.

This flat rate includes delivery and pickup charges and seven total rental days. Every additional day you want to keep the dumpster will cost an extra $10.

The average price for a 15-yard dumpster from another company is around $350, so LoadUp is still a budget-friendly option if you’re renting a dumpster instead of going with full-service junk removal.

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In a hurry?

If you need a dumpster and you need it NOW, LoadUp can usually fit you in on the same day as long as you complete your booking before noon. This service does depend on availability—so while it’s not guaranteed, it’s worth a try if you’re in a tight spot and you need a dumpster immediately.

Its recycling policies

LoadUp works hard to “recycle or donate as many items” as it hauls away,2 and the company claims that it has diverted over three million pounds of junk from landfills through its donation and recycling programs.

This means that if your junk (especially your furniture) is still in reasonable condition, you aren’t condemning it to rot in an overburdened landfill. Instead, LoadUp will try to take it to a recycling or donation facility to ensure it gets reused or repurposed.

LoadUp doesn’t have a lot of information about its recycling process online, so we reached out to a representative for more info.

While they couldn’t tell us what percentage of LoadUp’s junk gets recycled or donated, they said that a lot of the donated items go to women’s shelters, the Salvation Army, and veteran donation centers. Additionally, they told us that LoadUp is currently working to calculate exactly how much junk it donates and plans to update its website soon.

Lastly, they told us that your junk is more likely to be donated if there are donation facilities near your home.

Our recommendation

LoadUp is one of the best companies in the industry for affordable junk removal and dumpster rental, and customer reviews of the company are almost unanimously positive.

However, if you’re looking for a company that can do more than just junk removal jobs (i.e., help you move, demolish a wall, or stage your home), we recommend you go with one of our other junk removal picks.

Ready to get rid of some junk?
Got some thrashed furniture, dead appliances, or assorted rubbish that you’re sick of looking at? Request a quote to see what LoadUp can do for you.

Other junk removal picks

If LoadUp isn’t quite the right fit for your situation, go read our list of the Best Junk Removal Companies, or check out one of the other companies we love:


Joe Roberts
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Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over four years of copywriting experience. He previously worked at Overstock.com, where he wrote about furniture, home decor, and moving. Joe has moved all over Utah, so he knows his way around a moving truck—and he spends his time (and money) expanding his personal library so it will be even heavier next time he moves.