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Which Type of Dumpster Should I Rent?

As a homeowner, there are many situations in which you have a lot of unwanted junk in your possession. Maybe you’ve recently cleaned out the attic or the basement, and you didn’t realize just how much clutter has been built up over the years. Maybe you’ve embarked on a landscaping cleanup during the spring or fall, and you have mountains of yard waste to deal with. Maybe you’re dealing with roofing or siding repairs, and the amount of waste is building up fast.

Some people deal with these situations by piling the unwanted material on the curb and hoping the local waste management services will deal with it — but more often than not, this strategy backfires. The garbage trucks won’t touch it, the neighbors are getting annoyed, and it’s time to come up with a solution.

That solution is obviously to rent a dumpster. This should give you plenty of space to get rid of all that unwanted material. And on the appointed day, the dumpster rental company will show up and haul everything away for good. You can dust off your hands and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

But how do you know which type of dumpster to rent? What if the dumpster you rent is too small, or far too large? In either case, you could end up paying more than necessary. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right type of dumpster for your disposal project.

Size matters

Nobody wants to go through all the trouble of organizing a dumpster drop-off and pick up, only to find halfway through the project that the dumpster is too small. This is going to mean more costs on your end. A good specialist should be able to help you choose the right size — depending on the nature, size and duration of your project.

Technology matters

Obviously you want a dumpster that’s well-built, and yes — clean. It’s also worth considering the skill and technology with which the dumpster will be picked up and dropped off. Some companies have special roll-off trucks that make it easy to negotiate tight spaces and get that dumpster right where you need it — which can actually make your project a lot easier.

Knowledge matters

Not all companies who rent dumpsters have the same knowledge and expertise. The more experienced and knowledgeable your specialist is, the easier it will be to carry off your project successfully in all respects — including the customer service experience.

Getting professional advice

If you’re perusing companies in your area, cost is obviously going to be an important factor. After all, it’s just a dumpster. As long as it’s big enough — and as long as the pick-up and drop off are handled professionally — there’s really not much else to it. But you also want a clean, empty and quality-built structure. You want a company who shows up on time and answers any questions you might have. You want a reputable service provider who has earned plenty of positive feedback from the community — don’t make the mistake of thinking it doesn’t make a difference!