Renting a dumpster can solve a lot of problems if you have unwanted junk around the house. But before making the arrangements, there are a number of things to consider. Whether you've found the perfect company to rent from or you're just starting the research, here are three things to think about before deciding on what you need.
What will the dumpster be used for?
People rent dumpsters for a number of reasons, including the following:
- You're spring cleaning the garage or some other part of the house and have a lot of junk to toss out.
- You're expecting a baby or you've decided to re-purpose a room.
- After remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you have wood, tile, cabinets, bricks, etc. to dispose of.
- You've just bought a foreclosed home that's filled with the previous owner's trash.
It's important to establish what the purpose of the rental is because certain types of trash shouldn't be tossed in a dumpster. For instance, if what you have to discard consists mostly of old electronics or construction waste, the dumpster rental company can let you know what to do with those items. In a lot of cases, you are allowed to put recyclables in the dumpster for them to sort through after the fact. But this should be worked out ahead of time as every company is slightly different in what they allow.
What size of dumpster do you need?
Most rental companies will be able to help you determine what size dumpster you need. This is where calling around can be helpful because some companies may have one size/type whereas their competitor may offer multiple sizes to choose from.
The general rule is to go with the smallest you can get away with, not only for financial reasons but because you don't want to get into a situation where you have trouble placing it on your property.
On average, most dumpsters start out at 10 cubic yards and go up to 40 cubic yards. If you're cleaning out a large house, a 30-yard dumpster ought to be plenty. Small landscaping projects require a 10- or 15-yard dumpster. 40-yard dumpsters are typically required for large demolition projects. Again, keep in mind the amount of available space you have on your property before deciding.
Where will you put your dumpster?
Most cities have laws that dictate where dumpsters can and cannot be placed. Obviously, you want to be able to get to it easily while not blocking certain vehicular access points and that sort of thing.
Avoid placing a dumpster where it will block a public roadway, sidewalk, alleyway, or any other public right-of-way. And be sure to investigate the laws in your area before having your dumpster delivered. To learn more, contact a company like Keith Krupenny & Son Disposal Service Inc.