On the surface, renting a commercial dumpster might seem like a simple transaction. A quick Google search, maybe an email or phone call, and boom, you have a dumpster sitting somewhere on your property; but wait, could it really be that simple? Unfortunately, the answer is no, it is not because any number of miscues can result in your bank account taking a direct hit, not to mention the risk of property damage. So, to help safeguard your wallet, property, and overall sanity during this process, here are some tips to help you avoid common mistakes made while hiring a commercial dumpster rental.
Cliché or not, size matters! Before you start calling different companies, it is worth your time to take a thorough look at the scope of your project. From there, you should look for companies that will offer a specialist to help assess the overall volume of your project. This is a great way to avoid stress that comes with guessing how small, large, or anything in between you can go. Seriously, the last thing you want to do is rent a dumpster that ends up being a complete mismatch for your needs. Something else to keep in mind when it comes to size, especially if you end up going with something too small, is the cost of multiple trips for the company to empty and return the dumpster. Not only does this add downtime to a project but will likely lead to a higher total cost than if you had rented a bigger container.
Even though you might not realize it, size also matters when it comes to height and weight. Odd as it might sound, another pair of common mistakes are having an underweight dumpster that is overfilled or having one that is overweight despite being underfilled. Either mistake can easily lead to additional costs, not to mention the additional risk of becoming a hazard during transit if the unit cannot be properly covered.
Of the final two mistakes to avoid, one is straightforward, do not throw away any hazardous materials unless you have specifically discussed them with the company. You will want to read the regulations and follow them to avoid any headaches. The final, yet incredibly important mistake to avoid is working with a company that will not work with you when it comes to placement. Locations to avoid are blocking entrances, being near windows, and obstructing access to an area like the garage or objects like vehicles and toys. Also worth mentioning is the fact you should want the dumpster elevated, especially if it is placed on grass because prolonged placement without elevation can inadvertently ruin your grass.
Hopefully these bits of advice will help you find the perfect dumpster container for your project.
Ashley Rodriguez is an administrative analyst and customer service expert at Bins 4 Less, Inc. She has over two years of direct experience in the waste hauling industry and a lifetime of knowledge from her family’s business. She has refined the customer service experience and helped hundreds of customers find the right dumpster for their projects.