Do you need to rent a dumpster for a construction site, home remodel, or roof replacement?
For most, a dumpster rental is a rare occurrence and our knowledge about how to pick the right dumpster for the job is limited.
Knowing the right questions to ask can make the rental process a little less intimidating and will save you money. Here are a few suggestions to consider before your dumpster rental.
5 Tips on How to Pick the Right Dumpster Rental
- Size Matters
The first thing to consider before renting a dumpster is to determine what size you’ll need. Ordering the wrong sized dumpster is a common mistake. After all, paying for a dumpster that is only half filled makes no sense.
Most dumpster rental companies offer a variety of dumpster sizes;
- 10 yard dumpsters are good for smaller remodeling projects or medium sized cleanouts such as a deck under 300 square feet or shingle roof removal under 1,500 square feet. A 10 yard dumpster will hold 10 cubic yards of material which equals about 3 pickup trucks full of debris.
- 20 yard dumpsters are perfect for a medium sized remodeling projects or for major cleanouts such as carpet removal, shingle roof removal over 1,500 square feet or deck removal over 300 square feet. A 20 yard dumpster will hold 20 cubic yards of material which equals about 6 pickup trucks full of debris.
- 30 yard dumpsters are generally used more for commercial purposes or for a major home addition or new construction. They hold 30 cubic yards of material which equals about 9 pickup trucks full of debris.
- 40 yard dumpsters are also usually more for commercial or industrial purposes, however if you are doing a complete window or siding replacement, this might just be the size for you. They hold 40 cubic yards of material which translates into around equals about 12 pickup trucks full of debris.
- What Are You Tossing Out?
Another consideration is the type of waste you will be generating. Many dumpster companies don’t allow a mixture of materials. For examples gravel and fill most likely cannot be combined with other materials. Also, depending on what you will be dumping, the weight just might be a factor. Heavier items will cost more to dump. The best way to determine your cost would be to consult with the dumpster company as to the exact nature of materials you will be disposing.
- Know the Law
It is against the law to dispose of hazardous waste. Hazardous wastes include chemical products, oil filters, herbicides & pesticides, radioactive material, solvents, paint (except completely dried latex paint cans, no liquids), other flammable liquids, partially filled aerosol cans, propane tanks, motor oil, transmission oil/lubricating/hydraulic oil/, contaminated oils (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.), antifreeze, refrigerators, petroleum contaminated soil/lead paint chips, tires, batteries, fluorescent tubes, railroad ties, medical waste, asbestos, dead animals, sealed barrels or cylinders, and all liquids.
- Comparison Shop
Renting a dumpster can be a big expense and prices can greatly vary from one supplier to the next, so do your homework and get at least two quotes from dumpster rental companies. It’s wise to inquire about added expenses such as; overage charges, tipping fees, late fees and fuel surcharges, so that you can have a true comparison.
Commercial contractors negotiate the price all the time, why shouldn’t you? Also, don’t be too embarrassed to ask about special discount pricing. Some dumpster rental companies offer discounts to military personnel, seniors, veterans or members of certain organizations. More than likely you won’t hear about them unless you ask!
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