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Grand Haven residents who are looking to rent a dumpster, whether its for remodeling, renovation, or another purpose, should take a few minutes to read this simple guide. The following tips will help you avoid the common pitfalls of dumpster rentals. This isn’t to say that dumpster rental is complicated, but isn’t it good to be aware of all possible contingencies? A more efficient process will ultimately save you time, money, and stress.
There are three steps that any prospective renter should borrow if they are living in the Grand Haven, MI. The first of these is one that you should do with any financial situation, and that is doing your research. Gathering information about all the local dumpster rental companies will help you determine which will give you the best quote.
The second step is knowing the specific questions you need to ask, which makes sure that you don’t spend more money than you need to.
The last step is making sure that you find the right location for your dumpster or dumpsters.
Take some time to gather your information about each Grand Rapids waste management company you are considering. There are three basic pieces of information you should have handy when contacting each of these companies for a price. First of all, they are going to want to know what kind of material that you are getting rid of; you should also have an idea of how much you are getting rid of. This will help your company representative ascertain the size of dumpster you will need and where it would be best to put it. As a rule, rental canisters come in ten, twenty, third, and forty yard sizes.
If you are unsure about the size of your project, we recommend that you overestimate the size you will need rather than the other way around. This will prevent you from needing to rent another dumpster if it turns out the one you chose is too small.
Knowing the type of materials will be disposed of are also important, as some materials need special containers, or are illegal for general disposal altogether. Some of these prohibited materials include hazardous, toxic, biomedical, and radioactive materials.
As with any other company, dumpster rental companies have a limited inventory. Have your information organized well in advance of when you will need to rent so you are not scrambling for more dumpster rentals at the last minute. Furthermore, the sooner in advance you schedule your dumpsters, the better chance you have of getting a deal or saving money. You are also more likely to secure them on the dates that fit best for your schedule.
Contacting Dumpster Rental Companies Price Quotes
Now that you have the information you need all in one place, you can start calling local dumpster rental companies for quotes. You can go online or to the phone book for a list of local providers, or ask friends, neighbors, and colleagues for rental companies that they trust and have had good experiences with. If you are still concerned about knowing the company in question’s history, go online for customer reviews, and check to see its rating on the Better Business Bureau website.
While many companies will throw around numbers on the phone, make sure you have a firm quote price from each one before making your final decision. Ask a lot of questions about additional fees, penalties, and other unexpected expenses that may come up so you are not surprised. There are variations between how different dumpster companies charge for their services: some charges are based only on canister sizes, and have weight limits. Make sure you find out if there are weight limits on the price quoted; if there are these limits, find out what the additional fees are in case it turns out that you need to go over this limit.
Remember also that there will be landfill charges for disposal of the material you are getting rid of. Find out what these charges are, and if they are included in the quotes your rental companies give you. Discerning between individual charges will help you keep a handle on your dumpster budget.
These are not the only ways that you can run up against costs. Penalties, as mentioned earlier, can be incurred if you are disposing of prohibited materials. Determine whether any of your materials are prohibited for all of the companies you are screening, and find out what extra fees there may be if for some reason you have to dispose of something that is on their prohibited list.
Other penalties can be incurred if you keep the dumpster for longer than you have officially rented it. It’s just like a library book: return it on time, or find out if the additional costs are something that you can afford if for some reason you need to keep your canisters longer.
With your list of potential dumpster rental companies in hand, each with a price quote and fee information, you are that much closer to making an informed decision about which company is right for you. For example, comparing these price quotes will help you to determine whether or not it is just easier to secure the services of a junk removal service, as opposed to renting an actual dumpster. Of course, this all depends on what you are getting rid of and how much of it you have. In any case, keep these factors in mind as you are making your decision. Don’t be afraid to break out a calculator or create a spreadsheet; if the end result is saving money, it was time well-spent.
When You Get Your Dumpster
Be sure that the dumpster rental company has easy access to the area on your property where the dumpster will be placed. Make sure the ground is flat, solid, and not in the way of buildings or cars. Just to be sure it doesn’t roll away, prop its wheels with pieces of plywood: it never hurts to take precautions against damage.