5 Things You Should Consider When Hiring a Skip

Hiring a skip can be a great option if you are doing a home renovation project, clearing out your garden or garage or just having a general tidy-up around the house. However, there is probably quite a bit more involved with hiring a skip than just making a phone call and having one dropped off at your house. Before hiring a skip there are a few things you need to take into consideration. So we thought we would have a look at five things you should keep in mind, such as the size of the skip, how long you need it for, what you’re putting in it, your location and the cost in a little more detail.

What Size of Skip Do You Need?

Before committing to skip hire in Manchester or anywhere else, it’s important to consider the size of the skip you need. Skips come in a variety of sizes, so you should be able to find one that’s right for you. There are a number of options when it comes to sizes of skip, so it is important you try and accurately calculate the amount of waste you need to dispose of. If you don’t do this it could prove costly as you could either end up paying for skip space you don’t need or having to hire another skip to accommodate any excess waste. Skips are usually available in the following sizes 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20 or 30 yards. As a rule of thumb, each yard equates to around 10 bin bags full of waste just to give you an idea of size.

How Long Do You Need Your Skip For?

When hiring a skip, it’s important to consider how long you need it for. Skips can be hired for a day, a week or longer. Prior to starting work try and estimate how long the project will take and if you’re using sub-contractors make sure you factor that in. If you’re not sure how long you need the skip for, it’s best to overestimate and book for longer than you need. This way, you won’t have to worry about hiring another skip later on if you run out of space.

It’s also important to think about when you’ll be able to use the skip. If you need it during the week, make sure you book it in advance as they can often be booked up. If you need it over the weekend, there may be more availability.

Think About What You Want to Put In Your Skip

 When hiring a skip, it’s important to consider what you’re going to put in it. Skips are not meant for hazardous waste, so make sure you’re not putting anything toxic or dangerous in there. Things such as fridges, cookers, televisions, batteries, asbestos, paints or solvents should never be placed in skips. It is prudent to check with your skip hire company when booking to get a full list of what you can or cannot put into the skip. Incorrect Disposal of unsuitable or hazardous waste can result in a significant fine so please check to ensure you remain compliant.

Where Can You Put your Skip

When hiring a skip, it’s important to think about your location. If you’re not sure whether you can place the skip on the street or if there are any restrictions, contact your local council. They will be able to tell you what you need to know.

Another thing to consider is whether there is enough space for the skip. You don’t want it to be too big or too small for your needs. Make sure you measure the space and compare it to the size of the skip before you hire it. You should also make sure that you have enough room for the skip hire vehicle to access the drop-off and pick-up point. It is also worth mentioning to your neighbours you are having a skip delivered just as a matter of courtesy.

The Cost of Hiring a Skip

The cost of hiring a skip will vary depending on the size of the skip, how long you need it for and your location. In general, the larger the skip, the more expensive it will be. If you only need it for a day or two, it may be cheaper to hire a smaller skip than to hire one for a longer period of time. And if you’re located in a rural area, you may find that the cost of hiring a skip is higher than if you live in a city.

Hopefully, this article will have given you a few pointers that will help when hiring a skip. Remember to always make sure you take time to consider the points listed above as they will probably save you both time and money and help your project run more smoothly.

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