Hiring a skip is a great way to save time disposing of your rubbish, whether you’re having a much-needed clear-out or landscaping your garden.
Skips come in a variety of sizes
Take some time when booking your skip to consider the size you’ll need. This will be determined by the scope of your project. If you’re just reorganising your neglected garage, for example, you’ll probably need a smaller skip, whereas if you’re blitzing your entire house, you’ll probably need a larger skip.
The simplest way to determine which skip size you require is to imagine them as bin bags – this will help you visualize the size.
These are usually the smallest size available and are also known as mini skips.’ A 2-yard skip can hold approximately 20-30 bin bags – roughly 4 wheelie bins – of waste. This makes them ideal for smaller DIY projects that are too large for your wheelie bin.
These midi skips can fit 40-50 bin bags or about 8 wheelie bins and are ideal for one-room renovations because they can accommodate bulky furniture.
8-yard skips are the largest skip available for a domestic project and are also popular on construction sites. This size, which holds 80-90 bin bags, is ideal for any larger job, such as a remodel or house move – perhaps this is why they’re known as’maxi skips.’
You can only hire a skip for a set period of time.
When it comes to the maximum amount of time you can hire a skip for, each skip company has their own policies.
Larger jobs, obviously, take longer to complete. As a result, many skip-hire companies allow you to rent skips for a few weeks at a time. Consider hiring your skip for the weekend for smaller jobs.
The length of time you can rent a skip depends on the size you select. Wigan Skip Hire, for example, offers 2-week hire for their smaller 2 and 4-yard skips and 3-week hire for their larger 8-yard skips.
So, before you book your skip, try to plan out your project and determine how long you’ll need it. Overestimation is preferable because most skip companies will gladly collect your skip earlier than planned, but they may not always be able to extend your agreed-upon hire period.
Skips may require a permit at times
You may need a permit from your local council depending on where you intend to place your skip.
If you are fortunate enough to have a driveway where your skip can be placed, you will not require a permit. If you live in a rented property, make sure to obtain permission from your landlord.
If you intend to place your skip on public lands, such as the road outside your house, you will almost certainly need a permit.
The good news is that skip permits in the northwest are typically less expensive than elsewhere, costing around £40 in Wigan.
To make your life easier, many skip-hire companies, such as Wigan Skip Hire, will arrange for this permit on your behalf.