DARTMOUTH South Dartmouth resident Alex Simon says his growing business, Ace Junk Removal, isn’t just about getting rid of clutter, it’s about helping people reclaim their space.
“I feel like a lot of people feel helpless with the amount of stuff they’ve collected over time.
Simon grew up in Dartmouth, doing freelance work in the community, including landscaping, mowing grass, and running trash cans. He oddly said he liked to help people clean up the junk.
“I fell in love with it,” he said. “I’m not very methodical and tidy at home — let his wife check it out — but it turns out I like cleaning for other people.
“People are really happy when the space is back. It feels great to do it for them.”
Beginning of Ace Junk Removal
In 2019, Simon started Ace Junk Removal as a side business while working for the Dartmouth Public Works Department.
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“I saved enough money to buy my first truck,” he said. “My first year on that truck I did every kind of job I could get, but as time went on, it was just junk removal. Now I have two trucks, one There are huge dump trailers, employees, and more vehicles on the road.”
Simon’s full-time job is currently in Dartmouth, but he travels all over the South Coast from Fall River to Acushnet. He said he’s called “Ace” Junk He’s Remover because he’s obsessed with the Ace of Spades. He sounds like Ace when you say the initials “AIS”.
According to Simon, they had 20-40 customers in the first year, over 100 in the second year, and now serve 120 customers.
“I think the junk removal is definitely one of the things that has benefited from COVID-19,” he said. “At some point, everyone was at home with nothing to do but clean the house.
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“I also think people who were at home did a lot of shopping.
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“It’s my turn to let go of the old. It’s Amazon’s job to bring in the new,” says Simon.
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“People are constantly getting new furniture, new clothes, new TVs to improve their lives. They are constantly tearing down decks, sheds and pools and installing new ones. And when you need to get rid of it, I’m one of those people you can call and get rid of everything.
Alex Simon’s success is mostly word of mouth
He also thanks Carrie Mason Almeida, creator of the Dartmouth-backed Dartmouth Facebook group All About Dartmouth. Besides sharing his flyers digitally, Simon says his growth success is due to word of mouth.
“There is no better advertisement than when people have a great experience and endorse you,” he said.
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The Ace Junk Removal will take almost anything except toxic chemicals and oil-filled boilers. Simon says you can tear down sheds and decks and even tear down pools. “Many women have asked me to take their husbands away,” he joked. “And I always say sure, we charge in pounds.”
He says it’s interesting to see what people throw away. He came across some pretty wild junk, including arcade machines and a collection of Civil War memorabilia. But he tries not to stick to anything, he says.
“If I were to get all the desks and lamps I thought I could resell, I would need a warehouse the size of BJ,” he said. Now he has “tunnel his vision” and takes everything to the dump.
Help people reclaim their space
Simon says he’ll check the location for a free quote, then talk a price and set a date for pickup. It may also provide a provisional indication of whether it is necessary. Most of the time people know what they want to remove, but sometimes he has to help them along the way.
“I work with people whether they are sure or unsure of what to do. I’ve seen it all and I can work with anyone.” said Simon.
He said his best advice to people on the fence about hiring a junk removal service is to look closely at what they plan to dispose of and how long it’s been sitting there. be.
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“Most of the time, even if you’re asking these questions, the answer is to get rid of it,” he said. You don’t want a 500 lbs square TV, they have a 50 inch flat screen HD model that weighs 10 lbs.”
After all, Simon says helping people really brings him joy. “And I really enjoy offering a service to get rid of that.
“It’s priceless to see their satisfaction when the space is back after all the years of clutter is gone.”
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