Home renovations and construction projects generate lots of waste and to dispose of it you’re going to have to rent a dumpster. You can’t put construction waste into conventional trash bins, so there is no way around having to rent one. That being said you should still look for the best price possible. Getting the best deal on your dumpster starts with being prepared, so here’s how you can do that.
Figuring Out the Size
Dumpsters come in a bunch of different sizes and figuring what you need can be difficult. Contractors are pretty good at this, they rent dumpsters all the time but for the average homeowner taking on a DIY renovation they may have no clue. Remember the bigger the dumpster the more that is going to cost. For a home renovation project or addition you can probably get away with a dumpster that is between 30 and 40 cubic feet. Getting the size right helps to control the costs of hauling the trash away from your property.
How Long Will You Need It
How long do you expect your project to take? Remember the dumpster isn’t just for the trash from demolition but you will also need some place to put the waste and packaging from the materials that you will be using. Again the longer you need the dumpster the more you will have to pay for it. If you know how long your project is going to take and keep to the deadlines then you can keep your costs down.
The Allowable Weight
Rental companies give a certain amount of weight that is allowed in the dumpster and if you go over that amount then you are going to be charged additional fees. Most companies will have a flat rate for every ton of trash that is over the limit. Factor some extra weight into your budget just in case that you go over the weight limit.
Never book with the first company that you call but rather get a couple of different prices. Try and find companies that only do dumpster rentals instead of going through a retailer. Retail outlets like will charge a markup so it’s best to avoid the middleman altogether.
If you are doing any kind of home renovation then a dumpster is something you can’t do without. That doesn’t mean that you have to overpay for it. Follow these tips and you can get a bargain price on your next dumpster rental.