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Four Things You Should Know Before Renting A Roll-Off Dumpster

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Renting a roll-off dumpster can be a great option for your landscaping, remodeling, or decluttering project, but there are a few things you should know before you rent a dumpster. Use this guide to help avoid extra fees and ensure you are using your rental dumpster properly.

Create A Clear Path

You'll need to make sure that the area you have set aside for your dumpster can be easily accessed by the rental company. This is critical for placing the dumpster properly and for being able to remove the dumpster when your rental period is over. Be sure that there are no low-hanging tree branches that can impede access, and removal all vehicles from the path leading to the dumpster on pickup and drop-off days. If the driver of the truck is not able to access the dumpster and has to make another trip to your home, you may be assessed an additional fee.

Avoid Overloading

Your dumpster rental company may asses an extra fee if you overload the dumpster. Remember that overloading doesn't just mean filling the unit until it is overflowing. In some cases, you may find that everything you need to dispose of fits inside, but the weight will be more than is allowed for the dumpster. It's a good idea to discuss what you expect to put in the dumpster so the customer service representative can help you to find the right dumpster size. He or she can also help you to determine how much you can actually put in the dumpster before it is overloaded.

Make A Realistic Project Schedule

Keeping your dumpster beyond the initial rental period can sometimes lead to extra charges.  Determine how long you expect to have the dumpster, and be generous with the amount of time you budget for your project. If you are hiring a contractor to do the work for you, ask for a time estimate so you can schedule your dumpster rental around this estimate. It's also a good idea to check with your local government before renting a roll-off dumpster, as there may be limits for how long you can have a dumpster parked on the street or on your property.

If you have questions about the rental process or how to best budget for a roll-off dumpster, don't hesitate to talk to the customer service representative at the rental company. This will help to ensure you fully understand the charges and the services included with your dumpster rental.


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