Many of us have never hired a skip before, which means that when it comes time to hire one, whether that’s for a spring clean at home or a renovation project at work, we may find that we have little idea of what to look for. After all, a skip’s a skip, right? Or is it?
Fortunately, there are many outstanding providers of skip hire services located in Birmingham and across the country, many of which can be found on Thomson Local where you can access reviews from other local customers. This enables you to quickly determine which skip hire company in your local area, for instance Bartley Green or Edgbaston, best meets your needs and delivers the best service. Here are a few important things for you to consider when making arrangements for skip hire.
Choose the Right Skip for Your Needs
Along with selecting the best service provider, one that really cares about their customers, choosing the right skip for your needs is probably the most important aspect of hiring a skip. As you’ll quickly come to realise after taking a look at a few skip hire companies’ websites, skips are available in several sizes (some companies offer as many as five or six different sizes), but what do these sizes really mean?
2-Yard Skip – Most skip hire companies offer 2-yard skips. This is the smallest skip size that you’ll come across, one that can fit about 20 – 30 bin bags of waste.
6-Yard Skip – This is another popular skip size, one that takes about 50 – 60 bags of compact waste and a good size if you need to remove bulky items from your property.
18-Yard Skip – Not all local skip hire companies have skips of this size available. This is a very large skip, one that you’d hire if you’re undertaking a large project or have some very bulky items to remove. A skip of this size will take well over 100 bin bags.
It isn’t only the amount of waste that a skip can fit that’s important to look into, but also access considerations. As many commercial and residential customers have realised, it’s very important to make sure you can get the skip where you want it. If you’re moving bulky, heavy items from the backyard of your Chelmsey Wood home or the side of your workshop in Knowle, you want to get the skip as close to the site as you possibly can.
As a result, you want to find a leading provider of skip hire in Birmingham that can provide you with the advice you need to make the most astute decisions about the skip you hire for your project. And don’t forget to ask about where to position your skip so that you don’t have to request council approval or deal with traffic while you’re loading it.
Prepare the Area
It isn’t always the case that you need to prepare the area in readiness to have a skip delivered. However, if the skip will be delivered and picked up from a paved or concreted area and you don’t want to have that surface scraped and scratched, it’s a wise move to get some timber, or an old piece of carpet, to lay down and have the skip placed on top. A leading provider of skip hire services should advise you of this when you discuss your needs and requirements with them over the phone.
Sort Your Rubbish
It’s tempting to throw everything in the skip and let the skip hire company sort it out (most companies are specialists in waste management), but you can often get away with a smaller skip if you’re savvy and sort your waste, especially recyclable and gardening waste, before throwing it away. Here are a few of the benefits to properly sorting your waste before you throw it out.
Save space – The more space you save by sorting your waste and putting it in the right bin (recycling, green waste, etc.) the more money you’ll save and the more cost-effective your project will be. Even though skip hire is usually very affordable across the West Midlands, there’s no reason why you should pay more than you need to.
Recycle more – Recycling is good for all of us as well as the environment, so taking the time to sort your waste and put as much as you can in the recycling bin will not only save you money, but make the world a cleaner place for generations to come. Most skip hire companies are registered waste management service providers, so don’t hesitate to ask about the services they provide if you have a lot of waste that’s recyclable.
Pack the Skip Properly
‘Air pockets’ are a common problem that many people experience when packing the skips they hire for commercial and residential projects in the West Midlands. However, it’s actually very easy to pack waste compactly in a skip when you know what to do.
Fill hollow objects – Whether it’s a building site in Kings Heath or a factory in Redditch, chances are there will be hollow objects like buckets and tubs in amongst the waste. To make the most of the space in the skip, fill these hollow objects with rubbish.
Flat objects first – If you’re throwing away flat objects, like chipboard or flattened cardboard boxes, place these flat on the bottom of the skip and then load other waste on top. This will help you in maximising the space in the skip you hire for your project.
There’s actually quite a lot to take into account when hiring a skip, whether that’s for a home renovation project in Mosely or an office fit out in Selly Oak. However, a good skip hire company will happily provide you with tips on how to maximise space in your skip, so be sure to make the most of the online reviews on Thomson Local to source a top skip hire company that really cares about delivering excellent customer experiences.