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When Colton Bailey was 19, he had kids, knew he didn’t want to work for anyone else, and had an old Pathfinder from high school and $1,000.
He bought a hitch, got a trailer, installed wood walls, and started Ready Removal in Everett, Washington.
He started a one-man operation by offering three services. Clearing junk, cleaning out the garage, scooping poop.
Nine years later he has a bigger truck, a bigger trailer and an excavator.
Ready Removal offers demolition, excavation, hoarding, asset removal, whole house demos and more.
“We are still a small company,” Colton told me. “It keeps us flexible so we can respond to people quickly, work with people on pricing, and provide quick turnarounds.”
Colton says he tries to upcycle many of the items he comes across in moving, demolishing, and hoarding homes. Electronics are recycled, and items are either donated to charity or sold and resold.
I asked him if he had any unusual discoveries, and he said that a woman had a phonograph from the late 1800s that she was about to throw away.
Ready Removal works with furniture stores and realtors where customers need to replace old furniture or dispose of it before it is sold. They also work with county civil affairs departments to remove property from evictions.
If you’re interested in removing junk or cleaning out property, the process is simple. Take some photos of the item or area and text Colton at (425) 446-1992. Their estimates are based on the size and weight of the items they remove.
More information about the business can be found on the company’s website. Also, their Facebook page has lots of before and after photos.
You can also call Colton personally at (425) 446-1992.