A Guide to Skip Hire

Skip Hire

The thought of hiring a skip might be daunting if it is something that you have never attempted before. Most people will associate skips with builders and construction, topics they will rarely know much about.

Luckily, skip hire couldn’t be more straightforward. Over recent years, more and more people have begun to make use of this service which has improved the level of service received considerably – making it simple for your average homeowner. If you have questions on this process, we will seek to answer them below.

What Do You Need to Dispose Of?

Pretty much everything you might find in your average home can be placed into a skip for disposal or recycling. The only items you will need to be wary of are anything that could be deemed hazardous. To assist, we’re provided a non-exhaustive list below:

  • Vehicle or bicycle tyres; prior permission will need to be sought
  • Anything that could be described as a solvent
  • Combustion fuels such as petrol, diesel or oil
  • Gas bottles, whether empty or otherwise
  • Anything containing asbestos

Electronics can be disposed of but only if you order a suitable WEEE skip, specifically designated for the recycling of electronic devices.

Skip Size

The question over the type of items to be disposed of is an important one as heavy, dense items can only be placed into a certain size of skip. The general rule is that the heavier the item, the smaller the skip it will need to be placed into.

This is because large skips can quickly become unwieldy when overloaded, causing undue stress and difficulty in transportation. To illustrate this point; builders rubbish such as bricks and concrete can only be placed into a skip with a maximum size of 12 cubic feet. This makes sense when the colloquially named builders skip is 8 cubic feet in size.

Large items of furniture such as beds and sofas can be placed into large skips, simply because they aren’t very dense.

What Will You Pay For?

The quote you will receive to hire a skip will vary by supplier, as each may quote on a different basis. You should always be wary of unlimited skip hire where you can keep the skip as long as you need it for – this will often be very expensive.

Instead, the best way to go about this is to only hire a skip for a week or two maximum. The total price paid will include for delivery, collection and the total time the skip was in your possession as well as an agreed uplift for any items which will cost more to dispose of.

Find a Skip Hire Company

All that’s left for you to do is to locate the skip hire company of your choice. A skip hire service in Barnet is available to all those local but most firms operating in the South-East will happily serve you across the Greater London area. Simply get in touch with a few companies for a quotation.

Before you know it, skip hire will become second nature, allowing you to make use of the many benefits.

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