When you think of DIY or contractor renovations the first thing on your mind is generally not how to rent a dumpster. You probably immediately think of the price, aesthetics, materials, and more.
Today I want to talk about one of the most important steps in any home or business renovation project: getting a dumpster. It’s easy to get tunnel-vision and focus only on the outcome of your renovations, but thinking about where all the old material you will be tearing down goes is vitally important.
I read an article a few weeks ago talking about how a man decided to completely renovate his basement, including tearing out drywall, carpet, windows, and more. Basically, he had a lot of junk that needed to be removed in order to make room for the new material. Instead of getting a dumpster or clean up service, he decided to throw all of the material out in the front yard as he was working. His project went on for over a month and he had all sorts of junk in the front yard.
The man ended up getting a huge fine from the home-owners association that governed his neighborhood, and ended up killing the grass and some shrubbery in his front yard.
If he would have planned ahead properly and rented a dumpster he wouldn’t have had to worry about any of this. The cost of renting a dumpster is far cheaper than the cost of paying an HoA, as he was fined close to $5,000.
Having somewhere to dispose of old material also keeps things safe. Imagine if a kid or adult would have walked into his lawn and stepped on some rusty nails hanging out of the material scattered on his lawn. Luckily, this did not happen, but it definitely could have opened him up for lawsuits or other issues down the road.
Not all dumpster rentals are created equal. It’s important to look at reviews for each company before you make a decision. The cheapest option is not always the best, and while you may save yourself a few bucks, you end up paying for it in time and headaches later.
Look for good customer service, properly maintained dumpsters, and no-hassle contracts/rentals. Be sure to check for hidden fees, as some dumpster rental companies will advertise a very low price per day on the rental, but charge huge rates for pickup and drop-off.
Overall, it’s important to plan ahead and keep the big picture in mind! Properly dispose of your trash and save yourself from complications down the road.