Renting a Roll-Off Dumpster for Your Summer Renovation Project

Summer is one of the best times of the year for home renovations. The weather is more agreeable, and you have more sunlight to work. A part of the renovation process is renting dumpsters for your demolition waste. Construction projects rely on this service to ensure the completion of a successful project. Sometimes, homeowners who have never renovated before forget to include this step. Get familiar with the terminology and the sizes needed to get the work completed.

Dumpster Rental Terminology

Before you call a professional, get a little more information about the dumpster rental terminology. It will help you know what questions to ask for a complete guide to their pricing.

  • Container/Roll-Off are acceptable terms for the large metal boxes delivered to the site. It’s what you will throw your debris in, and the terms can be used interchangeably.
  • Yard sizing is referring to the size of the container. For example, PBS offers a wide size range that starts at 15 yards.
  • Clean load is one material dumped into the container. For example, only concrete or cardboard would be inside.
  • Mixed load is the opposite. It’s when you fill the dumpster with a variety of demolition materials.
  • Maximum tonnage is the maximum weight you can put into a container.
  • Overage is a charge you might incur if you exceed the maximum tonnage.
  • Tipping fees are charged by the company to take your waste to the landfill for you.
  • Prohibited items are any products or waste that will not be allowed to be tossed into your container and may require special handling.

Dumpster removal companies like PBS work with both commercial and residential clients. We understand that not every homeowner is going to have complete knowledge of the industry terms. That’s why we take the time to explain the requirements, conditions, and give you the best information on the size container you might need for the job.

Getting a Permit for Your Dumpster Rental

Some homeowners are surprised to learn that they need a permit to keep their dumpster on the street. Technically, the street in front of your home is a public road. You’ll need to get permission from the local parking enforcement or obtain a building permit to store the dumpster during the renovation. Not sure where to start? Contact PBS Services. We’ve been assisting homeowners like you for decades. We can guide you on whether or not you will need a permit and give you some assistance on who you should call.

You can bypass the permit requirements if you can store your container on the property. Most people will try to make room on the driveway, which is acceptable for most city officials. Homeowners have used their front or backyard if it was closer to the construction location. That should be fine as well, just check with your HOA. HOA’s would decide whether or not storing your roll-off container in this location would meeting their guidelines.

Choosing the Best Size Roll-Off Dumpster for Your Home Renovation

Get the most out of your rental by becoming familiar with sizing available. Each project will have different amounts of debris. Getting a dumpster that is too small and exceeding the tonnage will cost you in fees. At PBS, we have a few roll-off containers on offer that work well for home renovations. Here’s a quick guide:

  • 30-yard Container – about the same size as 12-16 pickup truck loads. Great for home renovations with more than one project on the go.
  • 20-yard Container – about the size of your residential garbage truck and holds about 20,000 lbs of debris.
  • 15-yard Container – a good size for a single room renovation project. It can hold about 6-8 pickup trucks worth of garbage.

Tips for Renting a Roll-Off Dumpster

Here are a few do’s and don’ts about renting dumpsters that might help you choose the best size and reduce surprise fees.

Ask your rental company how you will be charged.

Each rental company will offer a different rental period. Some provide a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly rate. If you need to exceed the time, confirm what the charges might be to extend the rental period.

Check you are in their delivery zone.

Not only your house but the nearest landfill needs to be in their service zone. Usually, they can confirm by your address if they can provide you with containers and identify the nearest landfill.

Know the maximum weight.

Don’t forget to ask about the maximum weight for each container. As we’ve previously mentioned, you can incur fees for exceeding the limit. If you describe the project in detail, companies like PBS can make the best recommendation.

Get a list of prohibited items.

You never want to start a project without knowing what prohibited items can’t go in the roll-off container. Ask for a list. Confirm what options you might have if any of your debris is deemed “prohibited.”

Dumpster Rentals for Home Renovations in Alabama

Don’t trust the success of your project to just anyone. Working with an established company like PBS will ensure you rent the best dumpster for your needs to help you remain on budget.

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