Dumpster Rental 101: What You Need To Understand Before Your First Rental

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Whether you've decided that it's time for a warm-weather home cleanout or you're looking for a solution to deal with some over-run storage, you may be thinking about renting a dumpster. If so, for those who have never rented a dumpster before, the process may seem to be a little daunting. If you want to be sure that you're getting the best possible experience from your dumpster rental, there are some things that you need to think about. 

How Much Space Do You Need?

The first thing that you need to think about is how much you're planning on putting into the dumpster. That means talking with the dumpster rental company about what your plans are. They can help you estimate the size of the dumpster that you need based on what you're trying to do. For example, if you're just cleaning out a small storage room, a smaller-sized dumpster may be sufficient. However, if you're going to be doing a spring cleanout of your whole home, you may need a much larger one.

What Can You Put In the Dumpster?

The next thing that you need to clarify is what types of things you can dispose of in the dumpster. Most dumpster rental companies have a clearly defined list of the things that are not permissible in their dumpsters. Don't throw these things in there and think that they'll never know. In fact, if they find prohibited items in your dumpster when they pick it up, you may have extra charges to pay. It's best to respect their list and discuss any additional services if you need them.

How Can You Secure The Dumpster?

Some dumpster rental companies offer options with locking lids and locked side doors. If you're concerned about pest access to the dumpster, ask your rental company about ways to secure the dumpster so that you don't have to worry about it. This is often the better solution compared to trying to cover the dumpster with a tarp or other means.

Where Will You Put The Dumpster?

Finally, you need to know that you have a place where the dumpster can go. Ask the dumpster rental company about the dimensions of the dumpster and the requirements of the placement location. You'll need to have enough room for the dumpster to be placed, plus space to allow for the truck delivering it to navigate your property. You may also need to have pallets or some other foundation in place for the dumpster, and you should ensure that the area where it will be placed is level.

These are some of the most important things to think about when it comes to your dumpster rental. Talk with a company near you today for more help with dumpster rentals.

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