Renting a dumpster is a smart idea for many projects. Whether you're doing a healthy spring cleaning or getting rid of debris at a construction site, having a dumpster onsite can be a huge help. However, dumpster rentals typically require you to pay by the day. That means that, if you're not efficient about how you use your dumpster, you could end up paying a whole lot more than you bargained for. Fortunately, that doesn't have to be the case if you keep a few simple tips in mind.
Get the Right Size
First things first, most people who rent dumpsters end up wishing they'd gone for a larger size. When you assess your mess and then compare it to the size of a dumpster, it's easy to think you can fit more than you actually can into a specific dumpster size. Plus, the policy of "the smaller the dumpster, the cheaper the rental price" often makes people lean toward smaller size containers.
However, it's expensive to change your needs halfway through your cleanup project and be forced to order a larger dumpster or more dumpsters. If you end up doing that, you'll inevitably spend more than you would have if you'd just gotten the right size dumpster from the start. So, be smart and cautious. Decide on the size you think you'll need and then go up a size or even two. After all, it's much better to have more space than you think you'll need than to not have enough space.
Have a Gameplan
Most people who rent dumpsters take this approach: they rent the dumpster and then start throwing their garbage into it haphazardly. That's not really much of an approach though.
It's much better to already know what you're going to throw away before you order the dumpster. That way, you can start thinking about how to maximize the dumpster space. Putting more compact items on the bottom, for example, and then filling in the top with bulkier items will enable you to fit a whole lot more in your dumpster than just throwing items in as you come across them.
Once you have a plan of action in place, there's no reason not to take it one step further. Before you order your dumpster, why not collect items to be thrown away and bag or box them up?
When you do that, you'll be able to keep your rental period short and cheap. Plus, stacking pre-packed items is a whole lot easier and more efficient in general.
The bottom line is that you can rent a dumpster (from professionals such as Bay Disposal Inc.) and then get the job done, or you can get the job done and then let a dumpster make getting rid of your junk a whole lot easier.