Whether you’re doing some home renovations, extensive yard or property cleanup, or cleaning up after a natural disaster, you might need to look into renting a dumpster container, since most local garbage collections won’t take certain types of refuse. Renting a dumpster can become quite expensive if you aren’t careful, but luckily, there are several methods you can use to lower those rental fees.
Know What You're Getting Into
It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway – make sure to read your chosen rental company’s agreement and policy so you know what’s expected of you and what you can expect from them. Make sure to ask lots of questions, especially regarding the cost of the dumpster you need, the weight allowance, and any overage fees if you overfill the dumpster. Don’t forget to double check what type of junk they allow in the dumpsters!
It may sound counterintuitive, but renting a larger dumpster than what you think you need could save you big bucks in the long run. It can be difficult to estimate the volume or weight of the items you’ll be tossing, and it’s really easy to underestimate that amount. Renting a dumpster slightly larger than what you think you need may cost up to $50 more, but you get so much more space that you won’t have to worry about overweight fees, or worse, renting another dumpster altogether.
Keep to Your Purpose
When you rent a dumpster, you’ll usually be asked to identify what type of debris will be going into it. You really need to stick with this plan and make sure not to toss in extra items. In other words, if you’ve rented a dumpster to dispose of debris from removing a section of your house, make sure that you’re only tossing in construction materials. Many companies don’t allow mixing of types of items, so even though it seems like a good idea, dumping your kitchen trash and other household waste into the dumpster could cause you to rack up extra weight fees and mixed debris fees.
The longer you have your dumpster, the heavier it is likely to be. As the dumpster sits on site, you’ll find that you’ll be tossing in lots of items that could have been recycled, reused, or otherwise disposed of in a different way. Furthermore, if your dumpster is accessible to others, it’s likely that people will toss trash in illegally. Don’t make the work easy for them – get your dumpster, fill it up, and get it out as quickly as you reasonably can.
Renting a dumpster doesn’t have to be costly. Stick to these commonsense tips to keep those fees down. If you’re having a hard time figuring out your dumpster needs, give Schiebel Waste a call to find the best option for you.