Roll off dumpsters are a convenient way to get rid of large amounts of waste, but there are some important things you need to know before renting one.
Here are four tips to help you make the most of your dumpster rental.
1. Do your research before choosing a dumpster rental company.
Not all companies are created equal. Some dumpster rental companies may have hidden fees and charges, or they may be a headache to deal with. It's a good idea to look for online reviews and ensure you are going with a company you can trust.
2. Place the dumpster in the right place.
Continue doing your homework by checking with your HOA (if you have one), and make sure there aren't any requirements for roll off dumpsters. Similarly, some cities permit dumpsters on city streets. Check with your city municipal and make sure you are safe to use a dumpster.
After that’s complete, find a flat, hard surface for the dumpster to sit. In most cases, your driveway is the most recommended. If you’re concerned about placing a dumpster on your driveway, you can lay sheets of plywood down first to ensure the dumpster doesn't leave cracks. And if, for some reason, when the dumpster is picked up, your driveway is left with scratches, usually a good pressure washing will get rid of them.
If your driveway isn't available and there isn't a street or parking lot nearby you can use, then the next best option is to use loose sand with the help of sheets of plywood. If you’re still concerned about where to place your dumpster, let the company you choose make a recommendation for you.
3. Determine what size dumpster you need.
When considering what size rental dumpster you’ll need, here’s an important rule of thumb to remember: it costs less to have the largest dumpster rolled away once than it does to have a smaller dumpster rolled away twice.
If you underestimate the amount of trash, debris, or mess you’ll be using the dumpster for, the dumpster will have to be hauled away and brought back.
4. Consider what needs to go in the dumpster.
Throwing away junk or trash that’s against the company's policy may result in fines, even if it's a small amount. It’s critical to make sure to pay close attention to the rental company’s policy when reserving the dumpster.
Chemicals, batteries, fuels, paints, etc., are all substances that you cannot throw away and have to be disposed of properly. Typically, debris from remodeling, household waste, and trash from your yard will be safe to throw away in the dumpster.
Before you rent a dumpster, make sure you know these four tips. They’ll help make your rental process smooth and ensure that you get the most out of your dumpster.