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Cleaning house: Man finds success in hauling junk from Tri-Cities homes

The Junk Removal Dudes take on a variety of projects from people looking to clean out their homes or other structures. Pictured is a scene of a barn clean-out in Campton Hills.
The Junk Removal Dudes take on a variety of projects from people looking to clean out their homes or other structures. Pictured is a scene of a barn clean-out in Campton Hills.

Alex Broches said he wouldn’t have thought that – at age 28 – he would be making a living out of other people’s junk.

But he has – kind of by accident, as he put it.

He started The Junk Removal Dudes – a business that offers foreclosure clean-outs, hoarder clean-outs, barn clean-outs and all-around junk removal – as a weekend gig after his mother repeatedly asked him whether he knew anyone who could haul junk out of a property, he said.

He noted she has a cleaning business, St. Charles House Cleaning, and would give him leads.

“My mom definitely got me started,” Broches said.

The Junk Removal Dudes soon took off and has turned into his full-time business, he said.

Although he lives in Sycamore, Broches said, the bulk of his jobs are in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities.

“I might as well call St. Charles my home because I am there more than in Sycamore,” Broches said, adding he is considering getting an office in or near St. Charles.

Broches said he loves the work because of its unpredictable nature – he never knows what he will get himself into.

“Every job’s different,” he said.

The work has taken him to million-dollar homes, hoarder properties, basements and garages, Broches said. He said the jobs can take as little as a few minutes or as long as several days.

One particularly daunting task involved an estate in Campton Hills, Broches said. He had to hire temporary workers for that job, he said, adding it included a basement, attic, garage and about half a dozen bedrooms.

“We were there for, like, seven days,” he said. “That one was pretty intense.”

When possible, Broches said he recycles items or takes them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Otherwise, he said, he pays dumping fees to properly dispose of the trash.

Visit www.thejunkremovaldudes.com for information, including pricing and photographs from previous jobs.

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