Tripping over the damaged paddling pool left over from your child’s summer party. Dealing with the rusty barbeque you accidentally left out in your garden for slightly too long. Even your trusty festival tent with its missing tent poles taking up precious room in your garage. These are all situations you’ll want to avoid now that the summer season is well and truly over.
So, with the festive period officially on its way, what better time to clear your home of unwanted items?
In this blog, we’ll answer the common questions about hiring a skip in Bolton.
What size skip do you need?
Think of skip sizes in relation to the size of your wheelie bin. A 2-yard mini skip holds around 4 wheelie bins worth of rubbish (or 20-30 bin bags) whilst an 8-yard maxi skip can hold up to 16 wheelie bins worth (60-80 bin bags).
The size of skip you’ll need depends on what you’re throwing away. You’ll need to make sure the skip you hire is the correct size, otherwise you’ll end up having to pay extra for a second skip. But you also need to make sure you’re not wasting money on tonnes of excess space you’ll never fill.
Before you hire your skip and start your clear out, have a think. Realistically, how much are you ready to part ways with? Are you having a ruthless clear out of your whole house or are you just doing a bit of a garage tidy up after a busy summer?
Generally, most skip hire companies would advise you to book a skip slightly larger than what you think you’ll need to save you paying out twice the price.
What can you put in your skip?
People hire skips for all sorts of reasons. Full house renovations and garden makeovers, even to prepare for a house move. So, the list of materials and items you can put in your skip is endless and includes:
- Garden waste
- Wood, tiles, plaster and other materials
- Cardboard and plastic packaging
What should you avoid putting in your skip?
You’d be surprised how many people don’t realise there are safety regulations prohibiting certain items from being accepted into skips. These include:
- Gas cylinders
- Pet waste
- Certain types of electrical equipment including fridges and televisions
- Oil and paint cans
It’s unlikely that your seasonal clear-out will include any of these items however if in doubt make sure to contact your chosen skip hire company for their advice.
Do you need a permit?
If you’re lucky enough to have a driveway where your skip can be placed, you won’t need a permit. However, if your skip needs to be placed on public land, the road outside your home for example, it could cause a potential hazard meaning you’ll need to get a permit from your local council.
Although you can source this permit yourself, generally your skip hire company will take care of this for you. Permit applications are usually processed within a few days. So, to give the team plenty of time to sort your permit out, make sure to mention where you’d like the skip placing when you’re booking.
When will your skip be collected?
You don’t want a full skip sitting on your driveway or outside your home for a long time, especially if it’s full of garden waste or items that could start to smell.
Usually, when booking your skip, you’ll be asked how long you want to keep it for – each company has their own policy when it comes to the maximum number of weeks you can hire a skip for. Your skip hire company will then arrange to pick it up at a time and date that suits you.
You may find you don’t need your skip for as long as you first thought. If this is the case then many skip hire companies are happy to pick your skip up at an earlier date, just give them a call. Likewise, if you need your skip for longer than first expected, get in touch with the provider and see if they can accommodate this.
Ready to hire your skip in Bolton?
Now that you’ve got the answers to your questions, it’s time to find a reputable company to hire your skip from.
A1 Skip Hire tailor their services around what works best for you. Their 2-yard, 4-yard and 8-yard skips are available to hire for up to three weeks at a time, providing the perfect answer to your waste disposal needs.
Book your skip online or give their waste disposal experts a call on 01257 273 284 for more information.