Becoming a Landlord

3 Important Steps To Take Before Renting A Dumpster

Are you planning a home renovation and cleanup project? Do you think that you need a dumpster, but you're not sure exactly what else you need to do? Renting a dumpster for trash removal isn't complicated, but there are still several steps that you need to take before you can have one delivered to your door. Not following these steps may result in a rental that is wrong for your needs, forcing you to spend even more money to correct the situation. The most important things for you to do include the following.

Decide what needs to be thrown away: Knowing what you're going to throw out is important for two reasons. The first, and most obvious reason, is knowing the volume of waste that you need to dispose of.

The second reason is less obvious. Some dumpster rental companies will not allow certain types of waste. For instance, cans of liquid paint or any other potentially hazardous liquids are almost never allowed. Fill dirt or broken concrete may or may not be allowed, depending on the rental company and the type of dumpster that you are renting.

Always ask the rental company for clarification when you aren't sure about a material. Putting a forbidden material into a dumpster could result in the company charging you a much higher disposal fee than otherwise.

Figure out what size you need: Dumpster size is determined by two things: the space you have and how much stuff you want to get rid of. If all you have room for on your property is a 10 yard dumpster, then you may need to rent several dumpsters in order to accommodate the amount of trash that you have. If you have plenty of space, it may be easiest to calculate based on pickup truck loads rather than using other measurements.

A full-size pickup truck bed can hold about 3 cubic yards of material. If you're transporting bulky things, like old furniture or appliances, a truck may be able to carry about double that. So depending on the nature of the waste, if you think you  might need 3 trips with a pickup truck, that would translate to either a 10 or 20 cubic yard dumpster rental. 

Prepare the area: Dumpsters are heavy, especially after being loaded with waste. If simply left on a driveway or in a yard that hasn't been prepared, the weight of the dumpster could cause damage. To prepare your driveway or yard for the arrival of your dumpster rental, lay down sheets of plywood across the entire area that the dumpster will occupy. These plywood sheets will help spread the weight of the dumpster across a wider area, helping to prevent most damage.

Contact a company like Contractors Disposal Inc to explore your dumpster rental options.