renting a dumpster

11 Tips for Renting a Dumpster

No matter what project you’re trying to tackle, you need to come up with a waste and debris solution. Most people don’t realize how much space they need for rubbish when decluttering their homes, doing pre-move cleanouts, or undertaking renovation projects. Unfortunately, this lack of foresight can lead to big problems. What will you do with all of the waste materials produced during a home remodel? Do you really think your weekly garbage service will handle your old furniture or appliances? In most cases, the answer is no. This is why people resort to renting a dumpster.

But how do you go about getting a dumpster? Is there anything you need to know?

Keep reading for 11 of our top tips.

1. Figure Out How Big of a Dumpster You Need

First, while it may be difficult to know in advance how big of a dumpster you need, you should avoid paying for waste space you won’t use. The dumpster cost will vary based on how big it is and most companies offer a myriad of options.

However, we would also recommend playing it safe and erring on the side of caution if you’re unsure. The last thing you want is to run out of room in your dumpster mid-project. Additionally, you need to be careful not to over-fill the dumpster, or it may not be safe for the company to remove it.

2. Determine When and How Long

The logistics of your dumpster rental are very important in keeping costs down and streamlining the process. Once you determine when you need the dumpster, you need to book it in advance. That will give the company time to orchestrate the dumpster drop off and work out the details with you.

This period also gives you time to get organized to make sure you’re making the most out of your dumpster rental time.

3. Ask Around

If you’re not entirely sure how to go about renting a dumpster with the right company, start asking around with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.

If you think about it, you’re sure to remember seeing homes in your neighborhood with large dumpsters in their driveways from time to time. Don’t be shy, ask them who they used and about their experience as a customer.

4. Look Into Customer Reviews and Testimonials

Next, it may be time to do a little research on your own. We recommend using Google or any other search engine to look for reviews and testimonials on the top dumpster rental contenders. Find out what their customers have to say about their professionalism, convenience, and customer service.

Many companies will even post their customer reviews or testimonials on their website and social media pages to add credibility to their company.

5. Know What the Dumpster Will Be Used For

When renting a dumpster, it’s also important to know what you’ll be using it for so you can relay that information to the dumpster rental company. While not all companies discriminate, some companies may send over different dumpsters for different purposes.

For example, you may get one type of dumpster for a declutter project that primarily creates waste from garbage, household objects, old furniture, etc. However, if you’re doing a large renovation on your home and will be tossing out building materials and other hardware, you may get a different dumpster.

6. Get Price Quotes

Once you have a few dumpster rental companies in mind, try to get a free price quote from each of them to compare costs. However, you can’t necessarily rely on price alone to dictate your choice.

Different companies have different perks, such as:

  • Green initiatives
  • High-quality customer service
  • Money-back on early returns
  • Better dumpster options
  • Last-minute drop-offs
  • Etc.

7. Ask About Restrictions

When renting a dumpster, you also need to make sure you’re aware of any restrictions in place referring to what you can and can’t throw away. For example, most companies prohibit hazardous waste materials such as large or industrial batteries, motor oil, other vehicle or engine fluids, pesticides, and more.

Be sure to ask the dumpster rental company for a list of anything and everything they won’t allow, even if you’re doing a simple house cleanup.

8. Consider Preparing Your Waste Beforehand

While it may not be the most convenient thing to do, preparing or organizing your waste beforehand can save you a lot of time and money on your dumpster rental. Consider organizing your rubbish into different piles of what can and can’t be thrown out.

Additionally, you may want to take this time to do the majority of the moving to get everything as close to the predetermined dumpster spot as possible.

9. Think Green

When renting a dumpster, it’s also important to keep the environment in mind. While a dumpster makes it incredibly easy to simply toss everything into one location, you could stand to make some serious cash by selling old furniture, appliances, building materials, clothes, kitchenware, and more.

Try to recycle, reuse, resell,  and repurpose when you can to make as little impact on the environment as possible.

10. Figure Out Where You Want the Dumpster Placed on the Property

Before the big day, you need to make sure you have an appropriate spot picked out for the dumpster. It could be in your driveway (most common) or on the street (which may require a permit from the city). Regardless, this is something that should be determined and taken care of long before the dumpster arrives.

11. Enlist Help for the Big Day

Finally, remember that renting a dumpster is a kind of timed event. You’re paying for a specific window to get everything into that dumpster and may even save money if you finish ahead of schedule.

Don’t hesitate to ask friends or family members to help you with your project, especially if you already think you’ll be pushing it. A few extra hands can exponentially increase your productivity rate. Offer to buy everyone pizza and drinks to sweeten the pot and show appreciation.

Are You Looking At Renting a Dumpster?

If you’re in the market for renting a dumpster, you’ve come to the right place. Check out some of our options and be sure to contact us with any questions or concerns. We’d love to help you take care of your waste so you can focus on the project at hand.

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