Renting a dumpster is easy and convenient. It is intended to simplify your clean-out and save you time and money. Yet, it is also very easy to add unnecessary pain and aggravation to the experience by making one or more common dumpster rental errors. Let’s take a look at four of the most common of these mistakes and how you can avoid them. 

Getting The Wrong Size Dumpster

Renting the wrong dumpster is the most common mistake because it is probably the easiest one to make. You can’t always estimate what the volume of waste is going to be. You have to go on guesswork, and that can lead to choosing a dumpster that is either too big or too small. Dumpsters take more junk than you realize, so it is quite common to rent a large one and then find that, when you have finished the job, you have only filled your dumpster to the halfway mark. On the other hand, you may underestimate what you have to throw out and end up with an overloaded dumpster, which we would not be able to haul away. Speak to us about what you need to get rid of and we can advise you on the best size for your project. It is always better to err towards more space, rather than less. If the dumpster exceeds your needs, try to take advantage of the extra space. Go through your home and be extra discerning – there is probably some extra clutter that you can clear up.

Improper Dumpster Placement

It is so important to place your dumpster correctly. Preferably, the dumpster is placed on your property, not on the street. Be sure to choose a good space that is clear of any obstruction, and that is close enough to the house to make carrying and loading convenient, but far away enough not to cause any obstructions. If you do not have space on your property, the dumpster may be placed on the street. Be aware that most cities, such as Colorado Springs, require a permit to be obtained beforehand. 

Disposing of Prohibited Items

Dumpsters can take almost anything you wish to throw in them, but there are important exceptions. Remember to go through our material guidelines to see what you can and can’t deposit in our dumpsters. Things like liquid waste, food waste, medical waste, light bulbs, oil, paint and more, are not allowed in our bins. Throwing away the wrong items can be costly. If we find them onsite, we will have to remove them before hauling the bin, if we find them after hauling the bin, we will have to return them to you and charge you $85 per item, as well as any fines administered plus ten percent.

Misjudging The Amount Of Time You Need

Time is another tricky variable, much like dumpster size. You may think a cleanout project will take you five days, only to find that you really need seven to ten days. Luckily, if the job is taking a little longer than you expected, you can always call us and ask for an extension. We will be happy to make an arrangement with you depending on availability.

Avoid these common errors and you will find renting a dumpster to be a hassle-free experience. If you need a roll-off dumpster for your next clean-out project, call Bargain Bins. We are happy to recommend the right size bin and talk you through all the best ways to optimize your dumpster rental experience. Contact us today.