Spring is here, which means it's time to start taking care of home maintenance. If you're going to be tackling large projects, you'll want to rent a dumpster. One of the benefits of renting a dumpster is that you won't have to fill your curbside trash bins with debris from your home improvement projects. If this will be your first time renting a dumpster, there are a few things you'll need to consider. Here are three steps that will help you avoid problems with your dumpster rental.
Plan Your Time-Frame
When renting a dumpster for a home improvement project, it's important for you to have an estimate of how long it will take to complete your task. Having a time-frame for how long your project will last will allow you to arrange for your dumpster rental. Many refuse companies require you to provide an estimate of how long you'll need the dumpster for. If you don't plan properly, you could be left without a dumpster before your project is finished.
Choose the Right Size
Dumpsters come in a variety of sizes – from about 10 feet in length up to about 20 feet in length. When you're planning your project, take the time to choose the size that will work best for you. Most dumpsters are emptied – or replaced – one a week. However, if you choose a dumpster that's too small for your project, you may fill it up before the scheduled service date, which means you'll have to stop working until you have more space available. To avoid work delays, rent a dumpster that's one size larger than the one you think you'll need. It's better to have too much space than not enough.
Know the Restrictions
When it comes to renting dumpsters, it's important to know what the restrictions will be. Renting your dumpster without knowing the specific rules could leave you facing problems later. Here are three issues you should consider.
Before you rent your dumpster, you should contact your local city planner's office. They'll be able to inform you about any municipal requirements they have in place regarding dumpster rentals – including property placement and safety requirements.
Types of Waste
Before you start using your dumpster, make sure you know the types of waste that can be disposed of in it. Some dumpsters can only be used for yard debris such tree trimmings and grass clippings. Other dumpsters can be used for construction material such as concrete and wood.
When you rent your dumpster, be sure to ask about the weight restrictions. Most refuse companies have limits on the amount of debris you can place in your dumpster.