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Whether it’s moving out of your home, redoing the yard or
simply deep cleaning the house of all the years of useless accumulated stuff,
it’s important to think about how you’re going to dispose of all the junk that
piles up around you. A dumpster rental is a great way to solve that problem but
it can be a little intimidating for the first-time renter.
There are several things to think about to make sure you
don’t end up overpaying, one of which is figuring out the dumpster size you’ll
need. Considering you have no way of estimating how much junk you’ll have by
the time your task is done, it’s easy to make the wrong guess. From
understanding how dumpster rentals work, to an overall size guide to additional
tips, our dumpster rental size guide covers it all.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
Most dumpster rental companies have a few things in common,
including their dumpster sizes. Dumpster sizes are measured by the cubic yard,
which is a measure of how much the volume they can hold. The size of a dumpster
is measured typically in feet while its volume is measured in yards.
There may be a slight difference with the sizes you see, but
this guide should serve for you to get a basic broad understanding of the
About 10 ft x 7 ft x 3 ft and able to hold 2,000 to 4,000 pounds. Approximately 2 and a half pickup truck beds.
Good for small to medium projects like:
About 14 ft x 7.5 ft x 3.5 ft and able to hold 4,000 – 6,000 pounds. Approximately 4 pickup truck beds.
Good for small to medium cleanouts and landscape projects like:
About 16 ft x 7.5 ft x 4 ft and able to hold 4,000 – 6,000 pounds. Approximately 46 pickup truck beds.
Good for medium to slightly larger projects like remodels, roof renovations and larger landscaping projects like:
About 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 4.5 ft and able to hold 4,000 – 6,000 pounds. Approximately 8 pickup truck beds.
Good for larger projects and small construction jobs like:
About 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 6 ft and able to hold 7,000 – 10,000 pounds. Approximately 12 pickup truck beds.
Good for large scale projects like:
About 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 8 ft and able to hold 10,000 – 12,000 pounds. Approximately 16 pickup truck beds.
Good for big projects involving high amounts of debris like:
Also read: 1800-GOT-JUNK Review
The dumpster size you’ll need will depend entirely on the
amount of junk you need to get rid of, and their size. While no one understands
this correlation better then dumpster rental companies, leaving everything to
them is likely to be confusing. Try to get a reckoning of just how much junk
you’ll have. That way, you already have a rough idea of the size you’ll need
and you can narrow this down better with someone from the rental company.
As with anything in life, jotting down a list helps bring organization and method to the task. While it is practically impossible to have an exact inventory of the things you’ll be dumping, it is still important you do this. We recommend a close assessment of the task; if you’re moving out, go from room to room making a rough note of the things to be dumped. If it is a bathroom renovation, stand in your bathroom and take stock of just how much will end up being debris. Keep in mind that size and weight matter- if there’s just three items but they’re extremely bulky or heavy, you’ll need a big dumpster.
It may seem easy to go with the smaller sizes to cut
corners, but remember that one 20 cubic yard dumpster is cheaper than two 10
cubic yard dumpsters. Do not underestimate your junk. Also remember to include
objects in spaces like the basement, the attic, the garage and the yard if it’s
a move out or a cleanout – these tend to escape our purview until sudden
realization strikes when it’s too late.
As mentioned, no one understands dumpster sizes than the
pros themselves. When picking a dumpster rental company, ask them if they do an
on-site inventory. Having one of their guys physically come over to your
property to assess your project gives you more accuracy in terms of the dumpster
size. However, remember that this is just an estimate and if your junk goes
over the limit, you will have to take on the responsibility yourself.
Dumpster Size: If
you’re renting a dumpster, you have to make sure you have the space for it to
sit for the needed duration. If the dumpster is too large for your yard, you
will have to approach authorities for a permit for street placement.
Certain dumpsters are meant to haul certain types of material, which you’ll
have to confirm with the dumpster rental company. For instance, the large,
heavy debris dumpsters only accept materials like concrete. Additionally,
construction materials like shingles or concrete are only accepted if they are
“clean loaded” i.e. the dumpster is filled only with that material. This is
occasionally a rule so that it can be directly taken to a recycling facility.
Find out about this in advance, as you may also be able to get a discount if
you clean load.
Overage fee: You
will have a weight allowance: the upper limit to the weight of objects that go
in the dumpster. Exceeding this weight means being charged the overage fee that
goes above and beyond the price you’ve been charged for the dumpster rental.
Most dumpsters also come with a fill line. Going above the fill line and having
your dump sticking out the top means incurring the overloading fee. This is
also why it is important to take a good reckoning of what size is best.
Get a list beforehand of the prohibited items; these apply to all dumpsters,
irrespective of size. Some of these items are-
Check with the company if they will automatically come to pick up the dumpster
at the end of your rental period. Nevertheless, call the company as soon as you
are done anyway as the sooner it’s all out, the better for you.
Don’t leave this for a few days before your project is due to begin. Lookup
dumpster companies and compare prices and sizes a few weeks in advance.
Finalize the drop date a week before the project, and ensure the dumpster is
set to be dropped a day before your project is to begin.
Despite taking every precaution, your rented dumpster has proved to be too
small for the task at hand. Now what? Simply dial the company and ask for an
additional dumpster to be sent to your place. A word of advice? Don’t wait till
your current dumpster looks like it’s bursting at the seams to do this. If it
seems certain that you’re falling short, make the call so junk doesn’t end up
accumulating all over while you wait for the second dumpster to arrive.
Easy access for the pick-up: Try your best to make sure the dumpster is easily accessible to the pick-up truck that comes to get it. For example, if there’s a blockade, a car parked in front of the dumpster is cutting it off, or you’re not home when they come, you may have to pay for a “trip charge” or a “dry run”.
Renting out a dumpster is one of the most effortless ways to rid yourself of junk. Most dumpster rentals make sure that salvageable items are responsibly donated, and the rest are responsibly disposed of as well. Just like it’s important to choose the right dumpster size, it is also important to make sure you have the right movers for a move. If that’s the case, 9Kilo Moving can help.
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