Junk Removal FAQs
Who We Are
Who are The Junk Pirates?
We are a Columbia, Missouri, locally operated family-owned junk removal company. We remove everything you need us to, such as old furniture and appliances, garage items, and renovation debris. We do all the loading, lifting, labor, and disposal of your unwanted junk with a smile on our face.
How long have you been in business?
We have been doing business in the greater Columbia and Branson area since 1999.
Why are you called the Junk Pirates? Aren’t pirates mean and scary?
We are called The Junk Pirates because of an eye accident I had many years ago requiring me to wear a patch until my eye healed. My friends started calling me a pirate, and the name stuck.
Yes, pirates can be scary, but we’re the right kind of pirates, the fun ones, the Disney version, you could say. And the only thing we raid is your junk! Plus, we know how much kids LOVE pirates!
Are you a franchise?
No, we are an independent family business. We do not have bosses in another country. We are our own bosses serving you right here in Springfield. We know this area, and we know you as our neighbors.
As our local 417 magazine says, when you work with local companies instead of large international corporations, the “money earned here stays here and strengthens our economy.”
What We Do
What types of services do you offer?
We remove any junk you need us to remove, including hazardous materials.
Do you throw all of my stuff away?
We dispose of the items you identify to be removed in an eco-friendly matter. Anything and everything that can be legally recycled or donated is.
Do I have to do any of the lifting or sorting myself?
We do all the lifting, including anything that requires over two people to lift. We find it odd that a good deal of junk removal companies don’t remove bulky items. We have a forklift that does the heavy lifting for any bulky items you may have. And you don’t have to do anything.
What kind of junk do you remove?
We remove any items you want us to, including hazardous materials (again, something most junk removal companies won’t touch). Here are examples of junk we take.
Do I need to organize items I want removed?
There is nothing you need to do. Just show us the items you want to be removed, and we will do everything else. We will also clean and sweep the area before we leave.
Do I need to place items on the curb for pickup?
No, we remove items from wherever they are located in your home or business.
Can you complete full house cleanouts?
Pirates love full house cleanouts, which are frequent requests for evictions and estate sales. We will remove every single item and leave the premises clean.
Dumpster rental or junk removal company?
When you consider renting a dumpster, it is generally because you are involved in a renovation or extensive repair. The thought process is that you will generate large amounts of debris that will pile up quickly.
There are many problems with renting a dumpster. The most dangerous problem is that when you rent a dumpster, you are the one responsible for hauling heavy items yourself. We believe injuring yourself or causing property damage is not worth it.
We solve the problem of considerable amounts of debris accumulating quickly by making scheduled pickups during the process. That way, you don’t have to worry about doing anything yourself except focusing on your renovation.
There are many other issues regarding renting a dumpster that you can read here.
Do you recycle reusable/renewable items?
Yes, we recycle ALL reusable/renewable items, including paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, electronics, and anything else recycling center will accept. As long-time residents of Columbia, Missouri, we are proud of our track record keeping recyclables out of our local landfills.
Can you take electronics like computers and televisions?
Yes, we remove any electronics (e-waste) you may have, including computers and televisions, and dispose of them in the most eco-friendly way possible.
Do you clean out barns and sheds?
Absolutely! We clean out and remove junk from many properties and locations, including barns, sheds, and construction sites. If it has junk in it, we can clear it out!
Do you take old car batteries?
Car batteries are one of the hardest things to get rid of for homeowners. But you don’t have to worry. We will get rid of it for you.
Do you remove lawnmowers?
We remove all lawn equipment, including lawnmowers, weed wackers, grass trimmers, leaf blowers, or any other gas engine machine you may have regardless of working condition.
Will you remove my old piano?
Yes, we will remove your old piano. Not sure how other junk removal companies do since they won’t pick up anything that requires over two people. We pirates are strong!
Do you take old bathtubs and toilets?
Yes, we remove bathtubs, toilets, sinks, fixtures, tiles, plumbing, and anything else you may need removed. And remember, you don’t have to drag any items out in front of your property. We remove your items where they sit. Easy and convenient!
Do you work with real estate agents?
We love real estate agents, and real estate agents love us. Working with real estate agents is a cooperative relationship where we refer and trust each other.
Are you able to work with large properties like an apartment complex?
Yes, we are experts in working with large properties, such as apartment complexes.
Being a property manager in Columbia, Missouri, is a challenging, extremely involved job that includes running many aspects of rental properties, including maintenance, handling tenant complaints, and bringing in new tenants for vacant units. When you are transitioning a unit from one tenant to the other, the previous users may leave behind furniture, appliances, and other abandoned junk. Removing it is time-consuming and likely another task to add to the list.
We specialize in hauling all sorts of junk, including what’s left behind in apartments or other rental units. With our simple scheduling system, efficient and friendly workers, and our experience in removing junk, we will assist you with this task in your busy property manager schedule.
My stuff is worth money. Will you pay me for it?
We may be pirates, but we don’t search for treasures. We aren’t pickers looking to sell your junk on the side. Our business is raiding junk to remove it out of your way.
How To Start
How quickly can I schedule a junk removal appointment?
What areas do you pick up junk?
Whether you’re from Columbia, Branson, Nixa, Republic, Ozark, or any of the communities surrounding Columbia Missouri, The Junk Pirates will travel to your home or place of business and carry off your unwanted items.
Can you pick up my items if I’m not at home?
You need not be at home when we arrive as long as we have access to where the junk is located. We will call to confirm and coordinate everything with you beforehand.
How You Pay
How much do you charge?
We offer complimentary, no-obligation estimates before we charge anything. Our pricing differs from most junk removal companies in that we provide 100% transparency with our upfront pricing and free estimates. Before you pay us a dime, you’ll know exactly how much the charge is, and you don’t pay until the junk is loaded and ready to go.
How does your pricing work? Is it per item? Load size? What is included in your price?
Our volume-based pricing ensures you get the most junk removed for the lowest price. This type of pricing means that we charge by load size—not per item. You simply pay for space the junk takes in our truck(s). So, depending on the amount of junk you need to be removed, we can determine what price point you likely will fall into.
Our pricing differs from most junk removal companies that generally charge by the truckload AND by the hour. We do not charge for labor, having to climb stairs, lift more cumbersome items, or anything else that may be required. Our full-service junk removal service price also includes any disposal fees.
How do I get a quote?
We provide you a fair and upfront price that will never change no matter what we may encounter while removing your items—Guaranteed!
Call (573) 352-5865 or complete the online form. We can give you an estimate on the phone, or come out at no cost and give you an on-site estimate. If you’re satisfied with the price, we’ll haul off your junk. If not, you have no obligation, and we don’t charge for our travel.
What type of payments do you accept? Do you accept PayPal?
Yes, we accept PayPal, unlike other junk removal companies. We also accept all credit cards, debit cards, cash, and checks.
What are your credentials? Are you licensed and insured?
We are licensed, insured, and bonded. We also carry workers’ compensation insurance even though we’re not required to because we care about our customers and employees.
Isn't it better to work with a big franchise company like 1-800-got-junk?
You’re virtually guaranteed to pay more and receive less when you work with a large corporation opposed to a local family-owned business for your junk removal needs.
Since we don’t pay expensive franchise fees, we pass those savings onto you. We also offer a more robust service than a franchise since we can move anything that requires more than two people to lift. We also remove hazardous waste that franchises and other junk removal companies do not.
Imagine a franchise junk removal company surveying your items and later informing you they can’t pick up this or that because it’s too heavy or dangerous. It takes strong pirates to handle these things!
I have some old paint in my garage. Will you take it for me?
Yes, we will remove your old paint cans in the garage. We also eliminate other household hazardous waste like paint thinner, oils, and gas. We dispose of these items responsibly through lawful means, ensuring we follow our vision for a cleaner, healthier planet.
Do you know any pirate jokes?
Okay. You asked for it!
Q: How much do pirate earrings cost?
A: A buck an ear.
Q: Why can’t the pirate play cards?
A: He was standing on the deck.
Q: How do pirates know that they are pirates?
A: They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!
Q: What did the ocean say to the pirate?
A: Nothing, it just waved.
Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A: A nervous wreck.
Q: What did the pirate buy from the Apple store?
A: An iPatch
Turner round because there’s a pirate behind you ready to pick up your junk!
Do you know any pirate jokes? Be sure to share with us the next time we see you!
Our eco-friendly appliance removal service prevents ozone-depleting chemicals from leaking into landfills.
We can remove carpet if necessary and have it recycled instead of having it tossed it in the garbage.
We are pros at taking care of your old computers, printers, and other electronics, so you don’t have to.
Our scrap metal disposal service gets rid of your eyesores. We know what to do so it can be reused.
Getting rid of yard debris is difficult and time-consuming. We haul away heavy tree branches and other debris.
We are here for you and look forward to helping you with ALL your junk removal needs. Call today to get started. Ahoy!