Whether you’re undertaking a garden clearout or you’re searching for ways to clear a construction site, there are many reasons why you may need to hire a skip from time to time. There are also many benefits to doing so, including making waste disposal convenient and keeping your employees safe on site. However, if this is your first time hiring a skip, it’s important to avoid these common mistakes:

Choosing the wrong size

When it comes to choosing a skip, one of the most important factors to consider is the size you need. This will depend on a number of factors, such as the purpose of the skip itself, so make sure you’ve considered this carefully before making a decision. After all, getting the wrong size is not only frustrating but could also end up costing you more money – something you’ll want to avoid whether you’re hiring a skip for domestic or commercial purposes.

If you choose a skip that’s too small, you’re likely to need it collected and emptied more frequently than you may have planned for, or would need, with the correct sized skip. If, on the other hand, you choose a skip that’s too big, you’ll have spent money on space you simply didn’t need. For this reason, it’s important to make sure you’ve chosen the correct size for your requirements.

Disposing of the wrong waste

Depending on where you hire your skip from, there will be a list of waste items that you can and can’t dispose of. Restricted items tend to include asbestos, car batteries and food waste, but these will vary from company to company. Some skip hire companies will be equipped to deal with hazardous waste whereas others won’t be, and it’s imperative to find out this information before you begin filling the skip.

If you fill the skip with waste your company doesn’t deal with, they may refuse to collect or dispose of it. You will then have to spend time emptying the skip and dealing with the waste on your own terms, which is likely to be both costly and frustrating. Ask your skip hire company for a comprehensive list of items they will and won’t accept before you start filling the bin.

Ignoring weight restrictions

When you hire a skip, it’s likely that you’ll be given a weight restriction. It’s important to find out this information before you agree to a rental, as this will determine how much you can fill your skip. Failing to get this information beforehand, and then exceeding the weight restrictions as a result, could end up costing you a lot of money. If you’re planning to fill your skip with garden waste, the chances are it won’t be too heavy. However, if you’re hiring a skip to clear waste from a construction site, you may be at risk of exceeding your weight limit – in this case, it’s advisable to double check the restrictions beforehand.

At Black Country Skip Hire, our team of highly trained professionals will go above and beyond to help you avoid each of these mistakes during the rental process. We’ll listen to your requirements to help you find the perfect skip for your project, whether you need a 2-yard mini skip for a house clearout or an 8-yard enclosed skip for demolition waste. We also offer a selection of roll-on roll-off skips for larger projects and tip by the tonne services to dispose of household waste.

For more information about our range of skip hire services, get in touch with Black Country Skip Hire today.