sLets talk about things to consider when renting a dumpster.
Renting a dumpster seems like a pretty simple thing, right?
But we’ve noticed here at Tim’s Bins is most people don’t realize is that there are different things to consider when renting the bin.
In this blog post, I will outline some of the essential things to think about and ask while renting a bin.
This will ensure the following:
- You select the correct bin size for your project needs.
- You choose an honest bin rental service.
- You protect your property throughout the bin rental process.
So let’s go through what you should consider before renting a dumpster.
1. What size Bin or Dumpster is right for your project?
If it’s your first time renting a bin, you might not know what size is right.
For this decision, you might need the bin rental service you select to help you, based on what is going in the bin and what size of a project you are doing.
(Another reason why selecting the “right” bin company is so important, but we will cover that in a moment.)
If it’s a small project, a smaller size like a 10 yard yard bin will likely do.
This is important because a bin rental company will charge you for a replacement bin if you fill the first one.
If you have a big project, but you rented a smaller bin, you might pay more.
Why? Because you’ll need a higher number of replacements.
Conversely, if you have a smaller project, but rent a larger bin, you’ll pay for something you’re not using.
This brings me back to the point I made earlier.
Hire a reliable, trustworthy, bin rental service provider.
Like everything in life, all things are not created equal.
This includes bin or dumpster rental services.
That’s why you should always review the different bin services BEFORE deciding.
2. Select a reputable bin service provider
I’ve already mentioned a few reasons why this is important.
I’d be lying if I told you I haven’t run into less than reputable bin services in the past.
Before hiring a bin service, look online, check out their reviews.
Don’t look in only one place, search their business name on Google.
Check out Yelp, Facebook, HomeAdvisor’s, Trusted Pros, The Better Business Bureau and Google.
Also, try to see how long they’ve been in business.
If they’re a newer business, you might not be able to get an idea of their reputation.
Ask a friend or family member who’s rented a bin before for a recommendation.
3. Get bin rental pricing.
Although the final cost of the rental will depend on a number of factors, you should be able to get an idea of the price.
There will typically be a rental fee, which includes the transportation cost for delivery and pickup.
There will be disposal fees, which include the cost to get rid of the garbage in the bin.
And finally, you may pay additional charges for bin replacement if one full bin isn’t enough.
4. Make sure the garbage or refuse you’re getting rid of can be acceptably disposed.
Another item under the list of “Things to Consider When Renting a Dumpster” is to be sure to inquire if there could be any issues with the garbage you’re disposing of.
There are certain types of materials and items which are not disposable and are NOT allowed to go into the bin along with the garbage. A few examples of these items are:
- Electronic Items
- Hazardous Materials such as paint, oil, gasoline, tar, fertilizers, medicines, stain, glues
- Propane Tanks & Cylinders
When you speak to the Bin service you’re considering, be sure to outline your project with them.
Ask them if there may be any issues, concerns, or unforeseen costs based on what you’re disposing of and if they know of ways in which you can dispose of these restricted items properly.
5. How Is Your Property Protected
Although rarely considered by first bin rental customers, this is an important point.
The bin you’re renting will be heavy and could damage your driveway or property.
When speaking to a bin rental company, ask them what they’ll be doing to protect your driveway.
For example, here at Tim’s Bins, we place wood under the bin.
This wood is placed where the bin would typically have contact with the driveway.
First, the wood stops the bin from damaging the driveway during placement and pickup.
Second, it distributes the weight of the bin over a larger area.
This stops the weight of the bin from leaving indents as it sits over time.
6. Are You Dealing with a Licensed Insured Business?
This question might seem like an obvious one, but it’s a simple question that can save you a lot of problems later on.
Any reputable contractor will have ZERO problems sharing this information with you.
And a company that doesn’t want to share these details with you isn’t a company you want to work with.
You Now Know The 6 Things To Consider When Renting a Dumpster or Disposal Bin
Regardless of which bin rental service you’re considering, you know what things to consider when renting a dumpster and also what questions to ask.
Even though they’re simple enough, they can save you a lot of time and potential problems down the road.