Do You Need a Skip Hire for Your Home Renovation
One of the usual reasons given for hiring a skip is to remove debris from a home renovation. Whether you are having a kitchen installed, or are adding an addition to your home, you will need to hire a skip. The size you select depends on the amount of debris and rubbish.
To hire the right size then, choose a skip that is too large, rather than hiring one that is not quite large enough. This will save you the trouble of calling the company for a second skip. Plus, any overloading is illegal in the UK.
A mini skip is suggested for household and garden waste. The capacity for this type of skip is 0.76 to 1.5 cubic metres. This type of skip holds about 25 to 35 black bags. A mini skip measures about 0.76m x 1.52m x 1.22m.
If you choose a mid-sized skip, then the container will hold about 2.5 – 3.5 cubic metres. This type of skip holds around 35 to 45 black bags and it measures 0.96m x 1.86m x 1.29m. The midi-skip is a builder’s skip, and is therefore ideal for home improvement or larger construction waste materials. Skip prices for builder skips hover around £120, depending on the location and company.
So, if you are renovating a single room, such as a bathroom or kitchen, opt for a larger 6-yard sized skip. Multi-room renovations are better handled if the skip is 14 yards in size. House clearances usually require 20-yard skips.
Applying for a Permit
Depending on your location, you may have to apply to the local council for a permit in order to put the skip on the road. In some instances, councils require a skip hire company to make the application for a permit. If that is the case for you, make sure the company holds a current permit as permits only last for a couple weeks.
When a Permit is not Needed
Placing a skip on your driveway, or on privately owned land, does not necessitate applying for a permit. However, make sure you own the land where the container is placed. For instance, you might not actually own the grass verge in front of your property.
Alternative Rubbish Disposal Schemes
If there is no room for the skip, you still can hire a skip. Skip hire companies offer several rubbish clearance schemes, including offering you skip-bags to remove debris. They may also offer to wait whilst you are loading.
What You Can Toss in a Skip
You may wonder what items you can throw in a domestic skip. You can throw away just about anything as long as it is not classified as hazardous. That means you do not want to toss the following products or items:
- Freezers or fridges (which often contain dangerous substances)
- Paint tins or paint
- Oil, diesel, or petrol
- Computer screens or TVs
- Electronic or electrical equipment or appliances
If you are performing an outside renovation, then you may want to hire a skip as well. Debris that can be tossed for outside refurbishments include bricks, wood, rubble, foliage, or soil. Also, green waste in the form of mown grass or dead plants can be thrown in the bin.