The Ultimate Guide To Residential Dumpster Rentals

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Big clean-ups are messy and often time-consuming. You end up with large amounts of heavy debris that needs to be removed from the premises. You could load your pick-up truck (if you have one) with junk and head to the local dump, but you will probably find yourself making far more trips than you expected, wasting time and fuel. You could also call a waste removal company to haul some of the junk for you, but that is a more expensive option. When you are doing a major clean-up, what you should do is look for local residential dumpster rentals. This option is convenient, easy, and affordable. Here is what you need to know about dumpster rentals and how they can help you with your home clean-up. 

The Hidden Hazards Of Having Too Much House Clutter

Why go to the trouble of doing a home cleanout in the first place? The truth is that we all have a tendency to accumulate varying amounts of clutter over the years. If left to pile up indefinitely, house clutter can become a major health and safety concern. Junk collects dust and draws vermin, both of which can jeopardize your family’s health. However, it is not simply a matter of your physical health; clutter can affect your mental health too. A messy environment can adversely affect your stress levels. Excessive hoarding can cause a homeowner to become isolated, which can have a severe effect on your mental health. Clutter can even impact our memories. Our brains are not designed to keep track of a vast number of details over an extended period. With so much stuff scattered throughout the house, you may start to find that your short-term memory starts to suffer. Even insomnia and weight gain have been found to be linked to clutter.  For the sake of the health of all a home’s residents, cleaning out clutter is essential.

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How Does The Dumpster Rental Process Work?

You have decided to go ahead and commit to cleaning out your house – what now? The first thing you should do is set aside a specific period to get the job done. Perhaps you can do it in a weekend or two, or maybe you need to take some time off and spend a week just cleaning the house. Once you have done that, the next step is to book your dumpster. Dumpster rental happens in four easy steps:

Pick your size: Speak to your dumpster rental company about the work you plan to do and how much junk you think you need to move. We will be able to advise you on which dumpster to rent. For most annual household cleanouts, 3 yards should suffice. But if you haven’t done a serious purge in 5 or 10 years, you might be dealing with a building needing a 15 yard bin. For big remodeling projects, we often recommend a 20-yard bin for all the demo materials and scraps. The sizes in between could suit your purposes depending on your exact needs

Get a quote: Consider the sizes of bins available and their prices relative to your budget. Also, think about the amount of time you will need to have the dumpster for. The standard rental period is one week – if you need it for longer, you will need to pay additional fees. Tell us your needs and we will give you a quote.

Order your dumpster: Once you are happy with the quote, call and order your dumpster. Give us your address, the dumpster size, duration of rental, and the preferred delivery date.

Schedule your pickup: Let us know when you want us to collect the dumpster.

Safety Tips For Using A Rental Dumpster For Home Cleanups

You need to follow a few fundamental safety procedures to ensure that your cleanout goes well. It is extremely safe to use a roll-off dumpster for this purpose, but it pays to be conscious and maintain good health and safety practices. Here are five vital dumpster safety tips:

  • Choose the right size dumpster: Avoid the temptation to get as small a dumpster as you can and then stuff it as full as possible. Overfilling a dumpster is both a safety and legal issue that can lead to extra fees. 
  • Place it in a safe location: The dumpster should be placed close enough to your house to be accessible, but far enough away that safety is not compromised inside the house or near any of its entrances.
  • Keep the work area clear: Check the area around the dumpster regularly to make sure that it is clear of debris and tripping hazards.
  • Don’t try to move the dumpster by yourself: Dumpsters are heavy even when they are empty. They should only be moved with trucks that are specially fitted to do so.
  • Never climb inside the dumpster: Once the dumpster is starting to fill up, you should never climb in. You do not know what you might be stepping on and you could get hurt. Perhaps you threw out a lot of broken glass the day before, which is now scattered around the dumpster with all kinds of other debris. Exposed screws and nails or sharp edges from other broken debris is very dangerous. It is best to stay out of the dumpster completely.

How Full Can Dumpsters For Rent Be Filled?

You may think that dumpsters for rent can simply be filled as you see fit – until you have gotten rid of all you need to throw out – even if the junk towers above the rim of the dumpster. The truth is that dumpsters need to be filled in line with certain rules. Exceeding the filling guidelines can make the dumpster dangerous to you and anyone else on your site, to the people who collect the full dumpster, and even to other road users around the truck that is carrying the overloaded dumpster. No dumpster should ever be filled above the rim. If we come to collect your dumpster and it is overloaded, we will have to ask you to offload the excess, and we will charge you for the extra time it will take to do so.

If we were to haul an overflowing dumpster, we would put the lives and property of other road users at risk. All it takes is for one sizable piece of debris to fall off during the trip. It could block the road and cause an accident, or it could hit a vehicle and cause damage and injury. Not to mention, this would violate local laws. In short, it is always safer to ensure that the junk does not exceed the height of the dumpster itself.Roll of Bargain Bins

Common Mistakes When Renting a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is an extremely easy thing to do, but there are still a number of common mistakes that renters tend to make. Here are some of the main ones we have noticed. Be sure to avoid these the next time you rent a dumpster.

Renting the wrong size dumpster: If you get a dumpster that is too small, you could find yourself overloading it. A dumpster that is too large will simply end up being a waste of money. If you are not sure which dumpster you need, it is best to ask for advice from the dumpster rental experts.

Improper dumpster placement: It is so important to place your dumpster correctly. Preferably, the dumpster is placed on your property, not on the street. The City of Colorado Springs requires a permit to place a dumpster in the street. Be sure to choose a good space that is clear of any obstructions, and that is close enough to the house to make carrying and loading convenient, but far away enough not to cause any obstructions.

Disposing of prohibited items: Unfortunately, you can’t throw just any old thing into your dumpster. Carefully check the list of prohibited items and make sure not to dispose of them in the dumpster. If you do, we will have to ask you to remove them.

Misjudging the amount of time you need: You may think a cleanout project will take you five days, only to find that you really need seven to ten days. You can always arrange for an extension if you need the dumpster longer. Note that we are often booked out for weeks at a time, so we may not be able to accommodate all requests for extensions.

Green Bags vs Dumpsters, Which One Should You Use

While planning a home cleanout, you have two choices when it comes to disposing of your junk. You can either purchase a green bag or you can rent a dumpster. What is the difference?

A dumpster is a large steel bin that is delivered to your property by a dumpster rental company, like Bargain Bins, for a certain number of days. Once you have filled the dumpster, Bargain Bins then comes and takes it away again. A green bag, or bagster, is a durable, single-use bag used to hold and transport waste. You purchase one at your nearest hardware store, place it in your yard near the street and fill it up as you need. You can then call Bargain Bins to come and collect it for you. There are pros and cons to both options, so consider the costs, availability, placement limitations, restrictions on the items you can dispose of, and weight limits, among other things.

Bargain Bins specializes in dumpster rentals and roll-off container rentals for residences and businesses in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. Our range of roll-off dumpsters starts with our 3-yard Clutter Buster, and goes up to our giant 20-yard dumpster, which can take up to 5,000lbs of junk. If you are planning a house cleanout or remodel project, first think about the above expert tips for cleaning out your home, then call us and ask about our residential dumpster rentals. We have the right bin for the job.