Dumpster Renting 101

It can often be intimidating to a first-time dumpster renter, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. It is quite easy. You can quickly make an appointment to get your dumpster dropped off, but not to overpay and also get the most out of your dumpster experience there are a couple of things you need to know first.
There are so may different dumpster rental companies to choose from. To make things a bit harder you have many choices to choose from when it comes to sizes, rental periods, and disposal fees you need to consider.

I will be covering various dumpster sizes, prices, scheduling an appointment, proper loading instructions and much more. Let’s get started

In Which Situations Should I Get A Dumpster?

People rent dumpsters for many reasons, but much more don’t even realize just how helpful they can be.
Some people don’t see dumpsters for all their potential uses. Below are just a few other uses for renting a dumpster other than the typical things.

-When you clean out your basement, attic or garage
-Spring cleaning projects
-Decluttering a house for any reason (you don’t have any idea on how much you don’t need until you declutter your home)
-Yard waste removal
-Any roofing project
-Kitchen and bathroom projects (Remodeling)
-The replacement of siding or windows
-New construction

How To Rent A Dumpster
As stated above, renting a dumpster is a pretty simple process. With already going through the reasons for the need for a homeowner to rent a dumpster, let’s jump right into how to rent one out.

First things first, make sure you plan ahead. Chances are if you need to remove a lot of bulky waste items from your property, you already have a lot on your mind. If you are the forgetful type, you should even go as far as making a checklist, and you should always begin planning a week before the actual cleanout.

  • Step 1: Assess The Project
  • Start by taking a detailed look at your project. Make sure you know what kind(s) and the amount of waste you need to remove Also, figure in the start-date of the cleanout. You should always write everything down so that when you call the dumpster rental company, you have all the information ready.

    By writing all the information down, you can get a rough estimate of the container size, only if you get everything down.

    Size Reference:(Typical Estimate)
    Basements: 10 – 20 Yard Dumpster
    Roofing Projects: 40 Yard Dumpster
    Bathroom/Kitchen Remodel: 10 Yard Dumpster – At Least
    *The dumpster rental company can give you more information when you call them

    This is also an excellent time to figure out what your budget is! Remember, dumpster prices vary by size.

  • Step 2: Find The Right Company For Your Needs
  • Do a simple search online to find different local dumpster rental companies. Call more than one to get the best estimate and availability. You should always get a firm price quote from each company (Don’t forget about the landfill fees!). Also, don’t forget to ask if there isn’t anything they can’t carry off and ask if there are any drop-off requirements.

  • Setp 3: Prepare For The Drop-Off
  • Dumpsters need to be left on a hard, level piece of ground. If you need to have your dumpster dropped off in your driveway, make sure it is evident and readily available for the drop-off.

    Ensure that you have the proper city permit necessary for your dumpster to be dropped-off on the city street, and pick this option only if you need to choose it.

    It is important to be completely ready to start loading your dumpster right after it has been dropped-off. Make sure you can get the job done in the allotted time you have your dumpster for unless fees will occur.

    *When delivered, dumpsters are rolled off a truck, onto your property with a hook and pulley system. Once finished with the dumpster, all you have to do is call the rental company, and they will pick it up for you and use the same hook and pulley to take it away.

    Fill It Up & Call Them Back
    Next is the important part, filling the dumpster up. Once you’ve filled your dumpster up, it is time to call the rental company and pick a time for them to pick it back up. Also, if you are done ahead of schedule, they can pick the container up early for you.

    Never overload the dumpster, most companies prefer you fill it up to about 75% full, or at least below the top of the container. That gives them the clearance they need to cover the dumpster during the transport.