Hiring a Skip – The Complete Guide

Hiring a Skip – The Complete Guide

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There are many reasons where you might find a skip an invaluable assistant when certain tasks in the home or garden take place. Home renovations or moving house will often produce enough unwanted clutter to warrant hiring a skip.

If you are building a patio or clearing some small trees from your back yard – you are going to need a skip. The so-called “brown bin” for food waste and garden rubbish will often be way too9 small for those major jobs and clearance operations right outside your home.

Which Size?

Skips come in many different sizes and it will all depend on the sheer volume of rubbish and clutter you expect to trash that will determine whether you go for a simple midi skip or a much larger builder’s skip.

The midi skip is usually good to go for jobs like small patio builds and some concrete waste, garden overhaul and small clearance work within the home. The next size up is the builders’ skip which can be six or eight yards in size.

The Maxi Skip (or simply called “Large Skip”) comes in three sizes: 12, 14 or 16 yard and there is even a roll on and roll off container which is more suited to industrial-sized tasks. If you are having an office renovation or works rebuild, for example, the roll-on and roll-off containers are ideally suited.

However, it is worth noting that a skip hire company will need to know the type of waste you are planning on dumping in your skip. It can affect the price. If it is for soil and rubble or metal waste, the skip hire business can provide specific types of skips for these materials.

How Long Can You Have a Skip For?

The minimum term for skip hire is usually a week, in most cases. However, all skip hire firms will offer a good rate for a 14-day hire service too. Other terms are available on request and The Skip Company are one of the best to check.

There are items you cannot place in a skip: things like tyres, mattresses, fridges and freezers will need to be collected by a local council (for which there is a standard collection service fee) and cannot be left inside a skip.

When hiring the skip and using the unit, be careful not to overload your waste. The refuse must not exceed the height of the skip and you may be asked to remove some items before the skip is taken away.

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