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Old TVWe noticed recently that a local charity had posted a sign near the drop-off entrance that stated they no longer accepted CRT and DLP TVs or rear-projection flat screen HDTVs. But still there were several people wanting to donate their old television set, and they were subsequently turned away to haul their big, heavy TV back to the garage…or worse.

Rather than lug their old TV home again, you unfortunately find that people leave their outdated television nearby or dump it in a non-dump area. Those are not viable options. Storing it inside the home isn’t a pleasant thought either, but it happens. In fact, according to the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse study, in 2015, Americans were storing about five billion pounds of CRT televisions in their homes.

123JUNK Wants Your Old TV

There’s a better solution. Instead of having to figure out how to get your oversized television into your family car, then gathering the family to help lift it. Call 123JUNK. We’re experts at hauling and lifting, and you never have to leave the couch…except to open the front door, of course, once we arrive.

What’s great about 123JUNK is that we have plenty of charitable partners who would love to have your old television. We partner with organizations who furnish refugees from other countries with household goods, and others who sell items to raise money to build housing for our local residents. To them, your old TV is like gold.

Old TVs Contain Toxic Materials

Another reason to call 123JUNK is to prevent your old TV from going into the landfill. Televisions, computer monitors and other electrical equipment contain non-recyclable and hazardous materials that can infect our soil and water with toxins. It is not unusual to find toxic substances including mercury, lead, beryllium and cadmium within an electronic device. Older CRT, or cathode ray tube, TVs contain lead in their glass tubes—up to six pounds of it. LED and Plasma TVs do not contain lead.

If your old TV is working, we’ll deliver it to whatever charity can use it. If not, we’ll take it to the recycling center where it can be stripped for re-usable materials and disposed of properly.

Watch 123JUNK Work

Don’t strain your back or your brain trying to figure out how to dispose of your old TV. Call 123JUNK. We serve families and businesses throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Call us today from the comfort of your favorite TV-watching chair and watch us get to work. We can be there as soon as tomorrow in many cases. Contact us today.

Garbage in middle ages

What did cavemen do with their garbage? That’s probably not a question you ask yourself too often. But what people do with their trash is a Number One Priority here at 123JUNK and it’s always on the tops of our minds.

So we had to ponder—where would the world be today if it weren’t for garbage men and junk haulers?

Well, first off, the world would probably be disgusting. Mounds of trash would be everywhere. And it would smell bad. Luckily, we’re here to call so this doesn’t happen.

Way back when, people didn’t own much, and what they did own, they kept for a long while, repurposing items as they became older. Anything unusable, they commonly burned or buried. These trash piles are treasure troves for archaeologists!

As cities grew and populations expanded, there were more people making trash and less land available. So it started to build up. This brought on vermin and disease. Remember the Black Plague of the 1300s? More than 25 million people died of this disease within five years. The pandemic urged sanitation changes, and resulted in the introduction in London of the first garbagemen. Their job? The weekly raking up of trash into carts for disposal outside the city limits.

In the later 1300s, the British Parliament stepped in and decided to implement regulations. First, they mandated that people must keep their front lawns clean. Second, they banned the dumping of waste into public waterways and ditches. In 1407, they passed a law stating that all waste must be kept indoors until the garbagemen arrived. So it piled up.

With the onset of the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s, the concept of trash bins became popular in Britain to deter scavengers. People were charged for them whether they used them or not. Britain then created giant “destructor” plants to burn trash and generate electricity from the steam.

The History of Garbage in America

Here in the United States, Benjamin Franklin started up a street cleaning service in 1757, and encouraged people to dig pits to bury their waste.

In the mid-1800s, residents of Washington, D.C. were freely dumping their garbage and slop into the streets where rats, cockroaches and other unpleasants created infestations—even in the White House. In 1894, residents of Alexandria, Virginia were so disgusted by the sight and smell of trash barges on the Potomac River coming from Washington, D.C. that they began sinking them upriver. In 1885, New York City developed the first system for garbage management.

Come the early 1900s, people were still dumping trash everywhere, filling up the waterways and byways, despite the installation of incinerators. It wasn’t until 1934 that the Supreme Court banned people from dumping municipal waste into the oceans, and by 1945, sanitary landfills were in full use. The very first sanitary landfill opened in Fresno, California in 1937 using trenching, compacting and the daily covering of waste with soil. Burning of waste was prohibited in most areas by the Clean Air Act of the 1950s.

Modern Trash Hauling

In 1965, the Solid Waste Disposal Act was established, and once President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Act in 1970, recycling and environmental concerns came to the forefront.

1991 marked the EPA standards for landfill groundwater protection, and the beginning of hazardous waste programs.

And probably the most significant date—at least in our lives—was the founding of 123JUNK in 2008. We’re celebrating 10 years!

In a report by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, every American produces 16.5 pounds of trash per day. And with more than 315 million people, that is more than 5 billion pounds of trash every day that needs to go somewhere. Two of the world’s largest landfills are right here in the United States: in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with each processing more than 10,500 pound of trash daily!

Trash Hauling is Our Life at 123JUNK

We hope you enjoyed this brief journey through the history of trash. When you need your own junk and trash hauling, please think of 123JUNK. Your trash creates our history. Contact us today to schedule a pickup.

iIlegal dumping


Environmental damage can begin right in our own neighborhoods when people illegally dump items where they do not belong. As defined, illegal dumping it is the abandonment of waste in places other than authorized sites. It can include dumping of your trash into someone else’s container, abandoning items along a public roadway, or leaving them in an open field or vacant lot, or any other unacceptable location.

The effect can become cumulative. Where one item is dumped, often many items can begin to accumulate, either tossed by one individual or as the effect of others viewing this location as an easy dump site. When noticeable quantities of junk build up, the site becomes an open dump.

People toss all kinds of items with some of the more common dumped items including trash and garbage, old tires, mattresses, household appliances and furniture, yard waste, paints, fuels and chemicals. Other dumped items include construction materials left over from a residential job. Even leaving household goods on the curb with a “FREE” sign can be considered illegal dumping.

Serious Consequences of Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a significant problem with serious consequences. Chemicals and pesticides that are dumped on the ground or into storm drains or waterways can pollute the soil or leach into the water or air supply, creating serious health hazards for plants, wildlife and humans alike.

Jurisdictions are taking the issue seriously as well since illegal dumping it is considered a criminal offense. In Manassas, Virginia, residents who are moving or remodeling and who leave large quantities of trash at the curb can face fines up to $2,500, jail time, and removal charges of up to $400.


In Washington, DC, the Police Department’s Environmental Crime Unit is hard at work cleaning up the district using illegal dumping signage and high-tech surveillance cameras to catch illegal dumpers in action. If caught, a perpetrator’s fines can run as high as $40,000.

Maryland, too, is cracking down on illegal dumping with signs on MD highways posting maximum fine amounts in highly-visible numbers. Illegal dumping here can result in a five-year prison sentence for a higher penalty or a 30-day jail sentence and a $1,500 fine for lesser charges.

Why Do People Illegally Dump?

The most common reason for illegal dumping is laziness. People can’t be bothered to take items to the landfill or appropriate dumping location. Or they falsely believe that if one person dumps their items in a location that it must be okay to add to the pile. Another reason is cost; fees are sometimes incurred with disposal.

123JUNK Provides Illegal Dumping Removal

The easiest and simplest way to remove items from your home or business is to call 123JUNK. Our professional team members can handle any size job, and know how and where to dispose of items both legally and responsibly. We even clean up illegal dumping sites when contracted for the job.

Don’t let illegal dumping or piles of unwanted items or garbage destroy our environment, or ruin your aesthetic views. If you are in Maryland, Northern Virginia or Washington DC, all it takes is a call to 123JUNK. Contact us today at 1-800-364-5778 to set your pickup appointment.

all hands meeting


At 123JUNK, we believe it is important to outfit all of our workers with branded clothing, and we go the full mile to ensure that everyone who works here gets full head-to-toe gear. We offer a variety of clothing options, including short-sleeved and long-sleeved polo shirts, pants, jackets, baseball caps, beanies for winter, and even boots to our employees.

Not every piece of our branded wear looks the same, however. There are different colors and styles available to allow our workers to still showcase their own personal styles while supporting the 123JUNK brand.

Why is outfitting our employees in uniform gear important?

Consistent Brand

Having a professionally-uniformed staff reinforces the 123JUNK brand through its colors, its logos and its commitment to company-set standards. The brand begins inside our company, and then translates our quality outside to our community partners, our charitable organizations, and of course, our clients, and everyone who sees our brand throughout the day.

Equal Playing Field

Since everyone at 123JUNK is dressed similarly, it blurs the lines between management and staff. Uniforms create an equality among workers and foster camaraderie and solidarity. It is not unusual for anyone who works at 123JUNK to jump in to help others at a moment’s notice. You might even find Collin working a truck alongside the latest hire.


Our workers are proud to wear the 123JUNK brand because it creates a team spirit, a sense of belonging among everyone. It really feels like a family when you look around the room during a staff meeting and notice how everyone takes pride in wearing the brand.


With our work, we are invited into people’s homes and businesses, sometimes into the most intimate rooms of a client’s home. When our workers show up looking uniform, it helps to reinforce the fact that we are an established, quality company that can be trusted, and offers security to our clients. They can feel safe opening up their homes and lives to us.


We did a post previously on how it was important to us to present shiny clean trucks. It’s the same with our uniformed staff. It all goes back to our commitment to professionalism. We want to be the best junk hauling company, bar none. And, of course, we want to make a good impression.

Employee Benefit

Providing uniforms is a great employee benefit that saves money for our workers and wear and tear on their own clothing. They don’t have to worry about staining or damaging their own clothes, so they feel freer to “dig in” to a job.

We not only see the benefits of wearing branded uniforms within our company, we are sure these benefits reflect as well to the public. We are professionals within the junk hauling business, and it shows.

MD, VA, DC Junk Hauling

123JUNK is pleased to serve the homeowners and business owners in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. You might see our big red trucks or our uniformed workers throughout this region. If you need junk hauling, want to have large items like appliances, office equipment or mattresses removed, or have debris or yard waste that needs to go, contact 123JUNK today to set your pickup appointment.

Organizing a home


Go to any bookstore or library and you’re faced with shelves of books offering helpful hints and systems for organizing your home. Here are some of the best-selling books on the subject:

Organizing Your Home Book Recommendations

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

As a professional organizer, Marie Kondo created her own method for organizing. She suggests taking everything and putting it into one pile, then seriously sorting items to only keep the ones that you truly love. Even sentimental items can be culled, although she recommends taking time to accept closure in order to move on from those items. With fewer belongings and less clutter, Kondo claims that her KonMari method will “magically transform your life.” This #1 Best Seller was followed by Kondo’s second book, Spark Joy.

“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” --Marie Kondo

Make Room For What Your Love, by Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels focuses on why you develop clutter in the first place, and defines how to make decisions about belongings and organize them in a way that offers a new perspective and makes them special. Like Kondo, she encourages readers to keep only the things they love right now, disposing of things from the past. Michaels’s blog, The Inspired Room, is a Better Homes & Gardens favorite. She is also the author of Love the Home You Have.

“The home that is supposed to be our sanctuary, our haven from the chaos outside, is full-to-overflowing with things that drown out the peace we are craving.” –Melissa Michaels


How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets, by Dana K. White

While most organization advice comes from organized people, self-confessed slob Dana K. White chronicles her failures and successes with her self-described “deslobification process,” ideas she has developed, tested and proven in her own home. With humor, she explains that cleaning is a series of ongoing pre-made decisions. White is also the author of Decluttering at the Speed of Life. Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff that helps readers end their paralyzing emotional attachments to stuff and make real decluttering decisions.

“My attention span and my available time and caring “whatsoever about this mess” are not guaranteed to exist in Later Land, so I can’t go there.” -- Dana K. White


The Complete Book of Home Organization, by Tony Hammersley

“Less is more,” says Tony Hammersley in her #1 Best Seller. This book is pretty enough to display on a coffee table and pick up time and time again for quick-reading methods and tips on how to organize every space in your home. She offers a yearly 14-week challenge to help others conquer clutter and is the author of the popular blog A Bowl Full of Lemons that offers a variety of printable organizational tools.

“Clutter happens when we have too much stuff to realistically manage.” – Tony Hammersley

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, by Fumio Sasaki

Fumio Sasaki was a regular guy who eliminated stress by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need, with remarkable results. He gained true freedom and focus, and felt a sense of gratitude for all that was around him. He shares his minimalist experience with tips on how you can reduce your belongings and enrich your life.

“Why do we own so many things when we don’t need them?” --Fumio Sasaki

Organize Your Home with 123JUNK

These books offer great advice on how to declutter and streamline your home for a happier and more fulfilling life. So what do you do with all the stuff you’re getting rid of? Call 123JUNK. We make it our business to make it easy for you to donate, dispose, or recycle items you no longer need or want. Like Marie Kondo says, “Just make piles.” Our uniformed team members will take your entire lot so you don’t have to go through the trouble of sorting out items again. We make it our job to sort through each pickup to pull out items that our charitable partners can use or sell to raise money, cull out recyclable items like electronics and metals and take them to the recycling center, and take only what is truly unusable to the landfill.

Organizing a home is never easy, but we’re trying our bit to make it a less challenging task. Call 123JUNK today to make your pickup appointment.

This Is Us crock pot episode 2018


In the opening scenes on a recent episode of the hit drama This is Us, an elderly couple mulls over their overstuffed garage, lamenting the fact that they are overwhelmed with junk and can’t move on with their lives because of it.

“What a mess,” she says.

“Why throw it out, why not have a yard sale,” he retorts.

“Nobody wants this stuff, George.”

“This junk is the stuff of our lives,” he said sadly.

“The house has been on the market for three months and we haven’t even had a nibble,” she answers.

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The couple pulls out a crock pot that has “hardly been used” and ends up donating it to the Pearson family. Unfortunately [SPOILER ALERT], that crock pot has a short in the switch that ends up causing the devastating fire that shocks fans of the popular nighttime drama.

This is Us hits close to home on many accounts, which is probably why it has become so positively reviewed and nominated for Best Television Series.

But let’s get back to why we noticed this particular segment. At 123JUNK, we run into this situation quite often. We meet couples, especially older couples who have had decades to accumulate “the stuff of their lives,” who want or need to sell their home. But they can’t seem to let go of the old.

There is no way that all their possessions will fit into their new, probably smaller, home. And there is really no reason they need to take with them items like the crock pot they never use, the toys from their children’s youth, or the skis they haven’t touched in 20 years. But as the couple in This is Us references, these are the reminders—the touchstones—of their lives together.

Nobody can go into this home and tell the owners that they need to toss out all of their stuff in order to move, although that may be what needs to be done ultimately. No, it is much more delicate than that.

We train our staff to be sensitive to situations just like this. From the first conversation on the initial call to the uniformed team members who arrive at the home, the caring people at 123JUNK know how to listen and help our clients.

Sometimes it is the couple themselves who call us, however, we also work with Realtors, or a staging or organizing professionals who are helping the couple prepare for putting their home on the market for sale.

Donation Makes Downsizing Easier

The 123JUNK three-pronged approach to junk removal (Donate—Recycle—Dispose) often helps these couples with their culling process. They like that we have a donation aspect and will take perfectly good household goods, furniture and other items to our local charity partners like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore or A Wider Circle who offer these items back to the community. This can make it easier to “let go” of items that have a particular sentimental value.

Having too much stuff can be immobilizing even if you’re not planning to move. This particular couple on This is Us obviously has not been able to use their garage as anything but a storage area for many years.

Believe it or not, we actually function better in less cluttered spaces. In a 2011 study by researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, it was reported that in a cluttered environment, the chaos restricts one’s ability to focus and process information. It creates distraction and competes for your attention, wearing down your mental resources.

Clutter can also pose a physical hazard as well, especially for older individuals who may be more likely to trip and fall.

With the 123JUNK system, there is no need to separate items for donation, recycling or trash. To make it easier on our clients, these items can all be accumulated together. We’ll do the work for you. We’ll load our big red trucks accordingly, separate out items, and deliver them to our charity partners, the local recycling center, or the landfill, as appropriate.

Contact 123JUNK for Junk Removal

If you are looking to clear out a space, prepare your home for sale, or have a client that needs junk removal in Maryland, Northern Virginia or Washington DC, call 123JUNK today. 



We don’t think about the items we toss into the trash can or recycling bin. We figure someone else will haul them away, never to be seen again. But many of those used-once, non-biodegradable items can linger in our landfills, not breaking down for hundreds or even thousands of years…if ever.

As professional junk haulers, 123JUNK must be knowledgeable about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, the types of items we haul, and their impact on our ecosystem and environment. We don’t just take everything to the landfill and dump it off. We make a conscious effort with each pickup to cull through and remove items that can—and should—be recycled and deliver them to the proper recycling centers located throughout our region.

More harmful items that don't break down in landfills:

Plastic Bottles

Because plastic bottles are designed to hold liquids, they also are designed to keep other elements out, which can prevent them from being broken down by the very microorganisms that facilitate decomposition. Eventually, say in about 500 years, they may break up into smaller pieces, but they will never break down.

Glass Bottles

Similarly, glass bottles are also designed to resist penetration by liquids or organisms. Since they are made of up silica, just like sand, they are resistant to breaking down. Some say they could take up to a million years to biodegrade, but nobody’s been around long enough to measure.

Plastic Bags

Grocery bags and sandwich bags that end up in the landfill can take up to 1,000 years to break down. An even larger problem is the issue they post with wildlife. Birds and animals are attracted to food or odors left by foods in the bags and chew into or swallow the plastic bags, which wreaks havoc with their digestive systems and can prove fatal. Washing out and reusing plastic bags is one way to help recycle.

Aluminum Cans

Even aluminum can take between 80 and 200 years to break down in a landfill. Metals, like tin cans, will eventually rust and flake apart, but are not biodegradable because microorganisms do not feed on metal.


Styrofoam, or polystyrene foam, was actually designed not to break down, it is toxic to burn, and normally cannot be reused. It will retain its shape for thousands of years. And since it is light enough to float, it can end up in polluting our waterways.

Disposable Diapers

Disposable diapers are made up of a number of layers: plastic, absorbent, paper. And in addition to taking up to 500 years to decompose, disposable diapers carry biohazards in the human excrement that can cause bacteria and diseases to flourish. Don’t even think about putting disposable diapers into your recycling bin.


Most electronic appliances and devices contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury and beryllium, and hazardous elements including hexavalent chromium, arsenic, brominated flame retardants, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC plastic) that can leech into the soil and pollute our ecosystem. Some are extremely toxic, even in very low concentrations. A modern cell phone can contain 500 to 1,000 elements.

Printer Ink Cartridges

Printing ink contains harmful chemicals like alcohol, fungicides, ethylene glycol and toxic metals that although they are not toxic to humans, can release toxins into the environment. Their contents can also be flammable, reactive or corrosive, and make take 500-1,000 years to break down.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

CFL, or compact fluorescent lamp bulbs, contain mercury phosphorous and yttrium that, if broken, could contaminate local ecosystems. LED bulbs contain aluminum. Both of these types of light bulbs are much more damaging to the environment than the older-style incandescent bulbs.

123JUNK Knows Its Stuff

As you can see, we in the junk hauling business have to “know our stuff” to do our jobs right. There’s more to it than just hauling junk to the landfill. Yet sadly, not all companies consider the environmental impact when operating their business.

Schedule a Junk Pickup with 124JUNK

If you need to make a junk pickup in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington DC, call 123JUNK. We were the thought leaders in our donate—recycle—dispose philosophy that is the heart of our business. Contact us today and talk live to one of our friendly representatives.

DC street


Washington, D.C. has strict regulations and parking permit requirements when it comes to loading commercial vehicles for junk hauling in the District. This makes it a little more difficult, but not impossible, to work with our clients there.

For loading and hauling jobs, special permits can be obtained including: Overweight/Oversize, Commercial Vehicle Loading Zone, Single Haul and Annual Tag.

A commercial vehicle loading zone permit allows trucks to use curbside loading zone spaces for up to 2 hours (during specific hours for each zone) with the rights to make trips in, out, or in and out of the District. A single haul permit is good for one trip and one day. Those are the ones most used by 123JUNK.

For someone who is moving, the District offers an online permit system called TOPS that enables tenants to reserve an “emergency parking permit” that reserves a particular parking space (preferably in front of their home). Application and payment for this permit must be made by the homeowner or tenant; it cannot be made by the hauling company like 123JUNK. In addition, homeowners can visit their local Metropolitan Police Department district station to print out a parking permit at one of the DDOT kiosks.

Reserving a parking space can be key when coordinating a move, as finding a legal space to park near the home can be next to impossible at times. Putting out cones or chairs to “save a space” is not allowed in the city. That spot can be taken by anyone, so getting a permit is advisable.

Because the streets are narrow and parking spaces are few, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) restricts commercial truck parking to loading and unloading activities only.

Commercial vehicles can be ticketed for:

  • Double parking
  • Parking at meters
  • Stopping, loading or parking on streets with rush hour prohibitions
  • Parking in any area posted “No Parking” or “No Standing”
  • Parking in a commercial vehicle zone for longer than the posted time limit
  • Parking in a residential neighborhood.

The DDOT also designates a “Through Truck and Bus Route Network” that guides commercial vehicle operators through the District. This helps them avoid the streets where trucks are prohibited from travel due to resident and infrastructure concerns.

How 123JUNK Navigates Washington, D.C. Parking Permits

When 123JUNK is called upon to work with clients in Washington, D.C., we must obtain our correct permit for that particular day and job. The permit must remain with our truck at all times when it is within the District, and is only valid for the load and vehicle identified on it.

However, even with a permit there are restrictions that can render it invalid, such as when adverse weather or road conditions impair a truck’s safe movement. We’ll let you know if conditions prevent us from attending to the job you’ve scheduled and we’ll gladly reschedule for you.

With narrow streets and no driveways, our clients in DC most likely don’t have space for a roll-off dumpster, so they rely on the convenient in-and-out service 123JUNK can provide. We help you navigate the permits and any HOA or municipal regulations that might be necessary to complete the job quickly and legally.

Schedule Your DC Junk Hauling with 123JUNK

If you have questions or simply wish to schedule a junk pickup, please contact 123JUNK at 1-800-364-5778 where you’ll reach someone in person. 

Mourning widow


When a loved one passes, it falls upon the family or executors to perform a professional estate cleanout or estate liquidation. It is a difficult task in the best of times, compounded by the grief and flow of memories that come from sorting through a family member’s personal belongings.

Many items will be disbursed to family members. However, there will be many more items that nobody in the family either wants or needs. That’s where 123JUNK can help.

You will want to pull out any item that has substantial sentimental value, and those with tangible value like money, art collections, or jewelry and either keep, pass down or sell those pieces.

For all the rest, call 123JUNK.  You won’t have to worry about sorting items because that is what we do as part of the Donate—Recycle—Dispose process that is the heart of our business. Simply direct us to the items you want removed. We can clear an individual room, garage or attic, or empty an entire home in an estate cleanout. Not job is too large or too small.

If there are items you want to consider donating to a local charity, like clothing, furniture, antiques, and household goods, we can take them for you and provide you with photographs and a receipt of your donation for tax purposes. For junk and debris, we’ll sort through it to see if there is anything else that can be used by one of our local charitable partners, and dispose of the rest.

Our professional staff is respectful, both to your situation and to the property. We take care to pad corners and floors to protect your home and your belongings as we work.

We understand the nuances of working with clients who are grieving, and are respectful of both your possessions and in all our interactions with you. Just ask Rob Rowlett, our client account representative who is often the first contact with an estate cleanout client. These can be some of the most difficult conversations he holds with clients, who always appreciate the extra time he takes to actually listen. You can expect that type of personal communication with everyone you come into contact with at 123JUNK.

Just to note, an estate cleanout is different from an estate sale or an estate liquidation. In an estate cleanout, items are removed from the home and taken elsewhere for disposal or donation. In an estate sale, items within the home are put up for sale and potential purchasers come to the home on advertised sale days. An estate liquidation disposes of one’s real and personal property and can legally include stocks, bonds, real estate and collections like fine art or jewelry. These most often involve the estate attorney or a CPA.

For Estate Cleanouts, Contact 123JUNK

123JUNK can work with family members or the executor, estate attorney or Realtor to ensure that your estate cleanout goes smoothly. Please contact us today to obtain a free estimate or schedule your pickup appointment. We serve families in in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C.

123 Junk Winter home


Even though the spring and summer markets are the hottest times for selling a home, don’t overlook the winter months when people still need to move. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t wait to put your home on the market, and many tips on how to sell your home even when the weather is cold.

Why You Should Sell in the Winter

We are currently in a seller’s market, meaning there is less inventory on the market than there is demand for homes. People want to buy a home, even now. If you put your home on the market in the winter months, you will stand out with less competition. In addition, buyers will be able to acquire loans more quickly, as there is less competition for loan officers’ time there as well. And Realtors have more time to spend with clients showing them homes. Since inventory is limited, you can often get a higher price for your home, and sell in fewer days on the market.

How to Sell a Home in Winter

Staging a home for a winter sale is just as important as any time of year, and there are tips for making your home more appealing this time of year.

Brighten Up

Since winter has short days with less light, it is important to make your home seem bright and cheery. Turn on all interior lights when showing, and brighten up the interior with white paint and accessories. A consistent light color throughout the home will give a spacious feel. Add twinkling white lights to the trees and landscaping outside of the home in the front and back yards, or use a spotlight on the house to illuminate an inviting entrance.

Light the Fire

When you know prospects will be visiting the home, light the gas fireplace to give a warm and inviting atmosphere. In lieu of a fire, stack wood in or near the fireplace or light candles in the fireplace to give the feeling of a fire.

Set for Cozy

Create tableaus in your home of coziness by displaying afghans across a chair or bed or by laying out a board game or buffet setting on the table. Remove and pack up holiday items to create a neutral atmosphere—you want the potential buyers to be able to envision their own decorations in the house. Don’t’ forget the exterior décor. Set a cozy firepit surrounded by chairs and warm throws to show out outdoor entertaining spaces can be appealing.

Clear the Path

Be sure to clear all pathways, parking areas and entrances (front and back) of snow, ice and icicles. You want the potential buyer to be able to safety maneuver all around the home.

Inside the home, clear away all extraneous items including personal items, clutter, extra furniture and household items, etc. to give the feeling of a spacious and airy home. Make it easy for the potential buyers to walk through, look into closets and cabinets, and envision that they will have lots of room for their belongings once they move in.

Store items you want to keep neatly packed in the attic or basement, or better yet, offsite. You don’t want to clutter up your storage spaces with too many boxes either.

Donate and Dispose of Extra Items with 123JUNK

Another great way to winnow down your belongings is to donate items you no long need, use or want. All you need to do is make a pile of these items and call 123JUNK and we’ll take care of the donation for you. We’ll pick up whatever you want to donate and deliver it to our pickup points for our various charitable partners. We’ll document your donation and give you a receipt for your year-end taxes. You can read more about our charity partners’ missions throughout our blog.

Include in your donation pile any items you just wish to get rid of, including items that don’t work, broken things, and trash. We’ll take everything you point us to; you don’t have to separate items yourself. Our professional staff at 123JUNK is trained to sort through every pickup to divide out items we think can be repurposed or recycled, and only then deliver non-salvageable items to the local landfill.


If you’re thinking about selling your home in winter, we’re here to help. If you’re located in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., contact 123JUNK for easy, professional junk removal.


By the way, we know quite a few Realtors if you need a referral!


Rob Rowlett


For many of our customers, the friendly voice of Robert “Rob” Rowlett is their first contact, so we thought you might want to meet Rob and learn a little more about the person at the other end of the line. 

Meet Rob Rowlett, 123JUNK Inside Sales Representative

Rob’s main duty at 123JUNK, in his words, is to “Man the phones, book the jobs, and keep a full schedule for the guys to keep a consistent work schedule, give the team enough hours to make their livelihood and be profitable as a company.”

When talking with customers, Rob is both the voice and the face of the company, and takes the core values of 123JUNK to heart on every call. “How you present yourself and how you relate to people are very important as to whether they choose our company to work with. People buy from those they like and trust, and if you can establish the rapport, reliability and trust factor with them, it goes a long way to making that sale,” he said.

“Working at 123JUNK takes sales down to a very basic level where you are dealing one-on-one with someone—particularly when dealing with a move, the death of a loved one, or any of the very difficult personal situations some clients are dealing with,” Rob continued. “Especially with a stressful situation, I have a real opportunity to connect and be a good listener. And I’ve learned that it is important to give them the opportunity to both speak and feel like they’re being heard.”

“I get calls every so often where I connect with the caller a bit more than most, and those calls really mean a lot to me. Feeling like we’ve helped someone, given them some peace of mind, and helped them square things away is more gratifying to me than just making a sale.”

What does Rob want people to know most about 123JUNK? “Our brand is donations. We firmly believe in the donation process, and in trying to help repurpose things people don’t need any more and not just taking everything to the landfill. There are people who need these items who get them through our donation process. It’s a win-win for everybody—the tax receipts for giving on one end, and the people who receive the items at little or no cost on the other.”

Prior to joining 123JUNK, Rob worked for many years as an estimator and salesperson for a Manassas-based flooring company, helping homeowners and custom builders select and purchase flooring from options that included wood, tile, marble, ceramic, and more. 

Personal Life

Rob is happily married and he and his wife reside in Spotsylvania, Virginia. When not working, he enjoys dating his wife, playing guitar and loving on his cats. The couple has two sons who are grown and out on their own; one son is in graduate school in Colorado; the other has completed college and is working in the computer industry. Rob holds a business management degree from North Carolina State University.

Rob’s ongoing goal? To continue to put forth a good face for 123JUNK so that every customer has an excellent experience. “When they get off the phone, I want them to say ‘I feel really comfortable talking with him.’” 

Contact Rob at 123JUNK Today

If you’d like to talk to Rob to schedule junk removal, donation, or labor-only services in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., contact 123JUNK today.