Hiring a skip is just one step in preparing for any DIY project or household clear out. If you’re in the process of booking a skip for waste removal, here are a few tips that we would recommend you follow.
1. Size matters
Depending on the company you hire with, skips can be available in a range of sizes – at Batemans Skip Hire, we have 8 different sizes to choose from. Different sizes will cater for different projects, so be sure take some time to think about this before making a booking. A Mini 2 yd skip, for example, will hold approximately 25-35 black bin bags and is small enough to suit a typical house or garden clearance. An 8 yd skip, however, will hold approximately 100-120 black bin bags and is more ideally suited for large DIY projects like house extensions. Knowing which skip size you need will save you a lot of time, and more importantly money!
If you’re not sure what size skip you need, take a look at our handy size guide.
2. Is there enough access available?
If you live on a narrow or typically congested road, it may be difficult to have the skip delivered to your door. By letting the skip hire company know of any access issues, they will be able to make the necessary arrangements or offer advice on an alternative solution.
Please be aware that if you have nowhere on your property for the skip to go, such as a driveway or a large garden area, and it, therefore, needs to be placed on the road, you will need pay for a Council-issued permit. Depending on the company you hire with, they may be able to help you through this process.
3. Don’t leave it to the last minute
It’s days before your home project begins. The builders are booked, you know exactly what interior style you’re hoping to achieve, and you’ve even picked out some paint samples, all that’s left to do is hire the skip to deal with any rubbish. The issue with leaving such an important job until days before the project begins is that all the skips available may be booked! This will either mean your project is delayed, or you’ll have to pay extra for a cowboy company.
Always hire your skip with plenty of time before your project is due to start, that way the necessary permits can be put in place, and the skip delivered in plenty of time.
4. Keep to height regulations
Believe it or not, there are actually strict regulations in place that set a specific height limit when filling a skip. The important thing to remember is to not stack your skip to the point of overflowing, if you do, the skip company could refuse to take it back as it poses danger to themselves and the general public. This is another reason why taking time to decide on the right skip size is important.
5. Nothing perishable
There are certain things that you are NOT allowed to throw into a skip. Foods and other perishables are not advised, as it could attract some unwanted guests to the skip – no one wants to deal with that! Items such as Asbestos, Tyres, Fridge Freezers, Electricals or anything hazardous like solvents, oils, or toxic materials are strictly not allowed. General household waste and building materials are accepted, and will even be recycled depending on the company that you choose to book with.
Batemans Skip Hire offers simple and affordable skip hire that you can trust. We even recycle 95% of the waste we remove. Give our team a call on 0117 986 5275 for Bristol skip hire, and 01225 650 229 for Bath skip hire, or book online today.