You’ve been thinking about remodeling your kitchen, bath, guest room, all of these, for quite some time now. After months, or even years, of mulling over plans, choosing the new fixtures, and dreaming of how wonderful your home will look, the big day finally arrives.
And with it, a large dumpster placed in your driveway.
Wait a minute! Who ordered that? Who authorized that?! The supervisor tries to tell you it will be necessary. Is he right?
Construction debris from remodeling, regardless of which room it is, means trash cans full of drywall, lumber, glass, and more. These items cannot be dumped in your regular trash can.
On top of that, most remodeling jobs end up creating quite a bit of debris that will require a dumpster.
If you are doing it yourself, renting a dumpster is an excellent and practical choice that you will really come to appreciate as the job goes on.
Here are a few pointers about what you can expect during your home renovation and everything you need to know about dumpster rental.
You Probably Need a Larger Dumpster Than You Think
If you are doing some or most of the work yourself, chances are you will need a dumpster that is one size larger than you are picturing. This will depend on the material you plan on filling it with as well.
Concrete, rocks, gravel, and dirt are heavy. While they don’t take up much room, the weight of these items means that you can most likely only fill the container a quarter full.
Carpet, drywall, some tile and a toilet or tub, for example, don’t weigh much but they can be bulky. If you aren’t sure, ask your rental company!
Prices Are Deceiving
You might think that the rental company is trying to rip you off when you ask for the 10-yard trailer to remodel your kitchen. They are trying to get you to pay much more for the larger one, but you know better.
Let’s say they quote you $200 to rent the smaller trailer. That isn’t $200 no matter how many times they take it and empty it. That’s $200 EVERY TIME they empty it! This is why that $600 forty-foot dumpster would be the better deal.
On average, you can expect:
- A 10-yard dumpster for small jobs such as a small bathroom or even half baths.
- A 20-yard dumpster will work for large bathrooms (that have a spa, for example) or a partial kitchen remodel
- A 30-yard dumpster is best for medium sized kitchens or small remodeling jobs, such as removing tile from a pool
- A 40-yard dumpster is the one you want if you are remodeling a large kitchen or several bathrooms at a time
If you are still unsure, talk to the dumpster company salesperson. They are experienced in this area and can help you estimate which size would work best for your remodeling job.
You Can’t Cheat the Scale
You might think that you can get away with a smaller dumpster because you will be filling it with drywall, cement, or other heavy items. Unfortunately, that’s not how this works.
When the truck reaches the land fill, both the truck and the dumpster are driven onto a scale. After they are weighed, the truck dumps your trash, then returns to the scale with the empty dumpster. They are weighed again. The difference between these two numbers is the weight of your trash. If you overfilled the dumpster with heavy items, you will be charged for the overage. This can be quite expensive in some cases.
Don’t try to wiggle by with a smaller dumpster. Speak to the dumpster rental representative and be honest about the size of the job you are planning.
There are a lot of good reasons to rent a dumpster for your remodeling job that make them well worth the cost. The convenience, the cost, and keeping the area neat and tidy so you don’t have construction debris in your driveway, on the street, or in your home!
If you are unsure about how much debris your remodeling job will entail, or whether you need a dumpster at all, give us a call! We will be more than happy to give you an estimate and talk with you about your renovation, and what you might need to have a dumpster delivered to your home.
Author: Douglas McGinty