Angie Wieck, Published January 13 2013
It's My Job: Junk removal business owner says no job too big, small
Meyer, owner of A-1 Junk Removal, recently talked about the services his business provides.
Q. How did you get into the junk removal business?
We also operate A-1 Moving Co. Sometimes people who were moving decided they no longer wanted some of their stuff, but they didn’t have a way to get rid of it. We began offering to help, and as it happened more and more, we decided to start our own junk removal business.
Who are some of your other customers?
Apartment complexes hire us if a tenant moves or is evicted and leaves things behind. We also work with real estate companies and banks to clean out foreclosed homes.
Insurance companies hire us for jobs like garage fires. We’ll go in with our equipment and trucks and clean out the debris.
We also get a lot of business from private parties. If older people are downsizing or moving into a nursing home, we’ll go in and help them sort through things, box them up and get rid of what they don’t want.
We also just get rid of things people can’t easily dispose of themselves like washers, dryers, automobiles, tires and paint. We also haul out a lot of home remodel debris.
We provide free estimates, and there is really no job too big or too small for us.
Have you ever found anything of value?
One time people who were evicted from a house left their dog behind, so I got a dog out of the deal.
Most of the time if things are abandoned it is because they’re not worth anything. If we do run across anything of value, we set it aside for the family to go through. Sometimes we’ll deliver valuables to an auction or consignment store to sell for clients. We donate a lot of stuff to thrift stores.
Do you have any horror stories?
We have definitely cleaned out the homes of hoarders, but we are very discreet. We assure clients that we never talk about what we find in a home or refer to a client’s name or address.
What are some of the other services you provide?
We also do things like lawn care and snow removal.
How can people contact you?
Our phone number is (701) 356-7889 and our email is A1infm@gmail.com.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501