Are you in the middle of a renovation project? Perhaps you are clearing out the garden? No matter which of these applies, if you are carrying out any type of extensive renovation project or clearance, you will need a skip to get rid of the waste and rubbish you wish to throw away. If you take a look on the Internet, you will see that there are lots of different options when it comes to skip hire, and below we will reveal the most important points to consider.
Of course, one of the most vital factors to bear in mind is the size of the skip. Skips come in a huge assortment of sizes, from two-ton to twelve-ton. For domestic users, you will generally have a choice of three skip sizes – two, four, and eight-ton skips. A two-ton skip, also known as a mini skip, can hold roughly two cubic metres of waste. When filled with soil or any other type of heavy material, this equates to around two tonnes of weight. This is ideal for room clearances, shed clearances, and small DIY projects. To give you a better understanding, you can get rid of about 30 to 35 full bin bags with a two-ton skip.
A four-ton skip, also known as a midi skip, can hold about 65 to 70 full bin bags of waste, making it ideal for large DIY projects or garage clearances. If you need the skip to hold large items such as radiators and doors, this type of skip is ideal, as it is almost seven feet long. Finally, you have the option of an eight-ton skip, or a maxi skip, which is the biggest skip suitable for domestic use. This is ideal for three-piece suites and other large items of furniture, as well as builders’ waste. This is the preferred choice for house clearances, major renovations, and when digging out the foundations for large extensions.
The next thing to consider is whether you are going to need a skip hire permit. The company you hire the skip from will be able to advise you on this, or you can ask your local council. Generally, if you are going to put the skip on private land, i.e. your driveway, you won’t need a permit. But, if you plan to put it on the road, for example, you will need a permit. Nevertheless, you are still advised to enquire about this.
Aside from this, there are some questions you will need to ask the company you hire the skip from. For example, you will want to know how quickly the skip can be delivered. You should also ask them what you can’t put in the skip. There are certain materials that for environmental purposes cannot be put in the skip, as well as anything hazardous, including toxic materials, medical waste, gas bottles, fridges, and electrical equipment. Finally, determine what is included in the skip hire price – in most cases this will be delivery, collection, and disposal.