Last Update May 15, 2024 @ 12:17 am

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Are you doing a large-scale cleaning of several large junk removal projects at home? Perhaps you’re emptying a loved one’s place after they have passed. You could also be renovating your place, which could result in a lot of old items that need to be disposed of. In any event, you’re going to need something to store all the excess trash before getting rid of it. Rather than do everything yourself, which would also be time-consuming, you could rent a dumpster. This would be done through a service dumpster rental. You’d like to save money while doing it — but you also worry about sacrificing quality.

Make Sure That the Company is Reputable

When it comes to finding a dumpster rental, this should be one of the first things that come to mind. Fortunately, thanks to the internet, the thing that allows you to read this post, you can research all the ones in your area and see which one has the best reputation. All you have to do is put “dumpster rentals” and your zip code into a search engine like Google, and you’ll get a lot of results right away.

Look through the reviews on sites like Yelp! or even Google Business. This way, you can see whether previous customers, whether they are residential or industrial customers, thought they got a good deal or if they were extremely unhappy with the service that they got, like the company misrepresenting the dumpster sizes. You want to make sure you get your money’s worth when it comes to dumpster rentals. Otherwise, you might as well throw your money in the dumpster, too. Once you’ve determined that that they are reputable, you can move on to the next step, hiring them.

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Make Sure There Are No Hidden Fees

This is one of the ways that some companies get you, whether they work in waste management or not. They quote you a price and then they add other things at the end. They might charge you more if there’s any medical waste, but they don’t mention that to you when you’re first talking with the customer service representative. The same goes for fuel charges, travel charges, or even environmental fees. You should get what you pay for. Make sure you get a firm price from them and have them give you a printed quote, too, that outlines every charge. That way, you can point to it in the event of any dispute about your dumpster rental.

When you look at the reviews, see what they say about how transparent the dumpster rental company is. Are they known for being up front about things like the actual weight limits for the dumpster size, whether they are clear about the drop off and pick up times and if there is any leeway when it comes to going over that time. You want to go over as many scenarios as possible and get the dumpster that you want and that they will also do a proper job of waste management afterward and not overcharge for that.

Know Your Weight Limit

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When it comes to junk removal or construction, sometimes they can wind up having a lot more items or debris than you thought. That’s why, when you set up your dumpster rental, you should always try to see about getting a larger dumpster size than you might initially envision. That way, even if your project has more items to dispose of than you initially thought, you’re still going to have the right dumpster. You might even find that it would be better to get multiple dumpsters.

Talk with the customer service representative about the dumpster and see what kind of weight specifications they have for each dumpster size. This can help you pick the right size container. It depends if you’re going to have a lot of heavy debris, then you’re going to have to tailor your expectations accordingly. Otherwise, you’re going to have to pay a fee for going over the weight limit, and there’s nothing hidden about that — the companies will tell you before they even deliver the first bin. It’s part of doing a dumpster rental and you need to make sure you’re prepared for that.

Pay Attention to the Drop Off and Pick Up Times

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You want to be ready when the company comes to drop off the dumpster or dumpsters. They will arrive at a specific time and come to pick them up at a specific time. That means you want to start working immediately when they come. Otherwise, you’re going to have to pay for going over the time limit. Plan out things like your junk removal, what rooms you’re going to work on and how many things need to be put in a yard dumpster or can be outright disposed of another way. This way, you’ll be in much better shape once it comes time for the company to come pick up the dumpster.

Make Sure You Know About All State Regulations

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Here’s another one that could cost an unsuspecting person or business money. You need to make sure you have all the proper paperwork. Check that you can get something like a yard dumpster for residential use. If not, you could wind up paying a hefty fine. The dumpster rental company is just there to drop off and pick up their containers, which they will then take to a facility. It’s up to you or your contractors to know about filing paperwork.

It might seem like a lot when all you want to do is rent a dumpster, but you need to protect yourself or your company. Making a mistake when it comes to a dumpster rental can be very costly. That’s money that you could have used for other things. Be very thorough when talking with a customer service representative or an employee of the company, especially with the dumpster sizes. You’re looking out for yourself and your budget. This way, you can relax while doing the actual home projects or general junk removal, since you will have correctly researched dumpster rentals and saved as much money as possible.

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