Last Update Jan 14, 2023 @ 9:08 pm

Dumpsters are a great way to eliminate all the junk accumulating in your home or business. But before you get a dumpster, you should ask some questions first. Here are some things to consider when renting a dumpster.

Are the prices negotiable?

The good news here is that prices are negotiable. That’s because, unlike other rental services, dumpster rental companies have no hidden costs or surprises. The price you see on the screen is what you get.

Two factors determine the price of renting a dumpster: size and length of time it’s rented for. Generally speaking, the larger your dumpster (or bins), the more expensive they will be. But again, it all depends on how long you need them for and what type of debris their contents will contain.

What are your payment terms?

Payment terms are the period between when you pay for the dumpster and when you receive it. They’re usually a week or two but can be negotiated depending on your budget. For example, monthly payment plans might be an option if you need to rent a dumpster for more than two months. If you only need a dumpster for one month, weekly or biweekly payment plans would likely work best for you.

What is the difference between the cost of service and the total cost?

The cost of service is the price of renting a dumpster, which is usually cheaper than the total cost. The total cost includes all fees, taxes, and delivery charges if you need the dumpster delivered to your location.

Total cost is typically higher than the cost of service. That is because it includes additional fees like fuel surcharges, drop-off deposits, and balance due at pick-up. That can add up to hundreds of dollars in extra costs on top of your rental rate.

How much notice do you need before we can use your dumpster?

Knowing how long you’ll need to use the dumpster is essential. If it’s for a few days, you will probably be charged for that time. If it’s for a few weeks or months, you’ll also need to pay for that time.

Can you help us determine the right size dumpster for our needs?

Asking if they can help you determine the right size dumpster for your needs is also a great idea. If you need a large dumpster, make sure they have one available. Similarly, if you need a small dumpster, be sure to ask about that as well.

What can I expect to pay in total, and when?

The cost of a dumpster rental depends on the size of the container, its contents, and how long it is rented. The average unit will cost from $60 to $100 per month, depending on where you live in the United States. Some companies charge by the day or week, while others offer month-to-month service plans. When pricing out a dumpster rental, ask whether there are discounts for longer-term rentals or if any extra fees apply if you need to keep your trash container longer than expected.

If you want a reasonably priced solution that allows you more flexibility than renting an entire dumpster at once (or having one delivered), consider renting by weight instead of buying a set amount of space in cubic yards. Many companies allow customers to pay by weight, so they only pay as much as they use rather than paying upfront for their entire order before even knowing what they’re going to put inside it!

Do you have a location where I should place my dumpster for pickup?

When the dumpster arrives, you’ll have to set it in a location close enough to the work area but not so close that it blocks traffic or pedestrians. You’ll also want to ensure it’s on a hard surface and not on top of grass or gravel because they could get damaged if you’re loading heavy items into the dumpster.

If you’re using your driveway, ensure there are no low-hanging branches or electrical wires that could damage your new rental equipment. Always check with your local waste management company before choosing a permanent spot for your dumpster. Some locations may require special permits or be prohibited altogether.

You can save money on a dumpster if you know what to ask

When renting a dumpster, one must know what questions to ask. If you don’t ask the right questions, you could get ripped off and pay more than necessary for your rental. Knowing what to ask will also help keep you from being scammed by dishonest companies. Remember that you can also save money by downsizing the inventory you want to store, especially during spring cleaning. If you declutter your home and get rid of unnecessary stuff, you will have fewer items to pack and put in a rental dumpster.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions before renting a dumpster

To sum it up, here are some of the most important questions you should ask:

  • What size dumpster do I need?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Are there any discounts available?
  • Can I get a better deal if I rent multiple times within one year, two, or three years?
  • Is there an annual membership fee that provides unlimited access to their services?

Once you get your answers, make sure to sort out your belongings. Remember that there are some things you can’t put in a rental dumpster, such as hazardous materials, food, electronics, etc. For more information, make sure to ask the representatives of a dumpster rental company.


We hope you found this article useful. If you have more questions about our dumpsters and services, don’t hesitate to contact us! We would love to hear from you and help answer your questions about renting a dumpster for your next project.

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