When you have a major building or garden project on at home, chances are that you’ll be creating enough waste to make hiring a skip a sensible choice. They’re a convenient and relatively inexpensive way of getting rid of large amounts of waste, but if you’re not careful, it can be easy to spend more than you actually need to.
So in this month’s article, the team at Hinton’s is taking a close look at how you can stop your cheap skip hire from turning into something that costs more than it should.
Book it at the right time
Skips are usually hired for a minimum period. If you’re just doing a big weekend project, that shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re going to be going for a few weeks then make sure you don’t get the skip delivered before you actually need it. That way you should eliminate the risk of it sitting there empty for a few days before you get going, and then having to go over the hire period to finish off the job.
Keep it on your property
If you have a driveway or other suitable space for the skip to go, then use it. It can go on the road outside your property, but you’ll need a permit for which your local council will charge. If you do need a permit, however, Hinton’s will be more than happy to help you.
Get the right sized skip
The bigger the skip you hire, the more it’s going to cost. Given that, it’s natural that many people choose to go for a smaller one to save money. But don’t forget that it will cost you more to have a smaller skip taken away, emptied and returned than to just hire a bigger skip in the first place. So, if you’re not sure, the best bet will usually be to hire one size larger than you think you might actually need. Use our online skip size calculator to estimate your likely requirement.
Don’t overfill it!
Whatever you do, don’t put too much into your skip. Your driver will almost certainly refuse to take away an overfilled skip, as it can be a hazard on the road. So you’re likely to then end up with the worst of all worlds, in that you may not only be needing the one skip emptying more than once, but also having to keep it longer than the hire period if you’ve arranged to have it collected on the final day.
Only put in what you are allowed to
Check carefully what you are and what you aren’t allowed to put in your skip, because if you break your terms and conditions you may be subject to a surcharge. For instance, you’re not allowed to put in any electrical items or any hazardous waste. And don’t try to sneak in anything you shouldn’t – your skip hire company will separate everything you put in so that it can all go to the right place for recycling, which means they will notice!
When you do need to hire a skip, call Hinton’s to make sure you get the best advice and the best skip prices every time — that way, when we say we offer cheap skip hire, you won’t have to pay a penny more than you need to. Contact us today to find out more.