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When going through with a home improvement or building project you may need to hire a skip for waste materials. Plentific can give you a bespoke list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer skip hire as a service, while also giving you access to customer reviews that can help you compare your options and make your choice comfortably.
What do you need to know about skip hire?
Aside from choosing how large of a skip you require, the most important thing you need to know is that there are strict rules and regulations on where you can place a skip and what you can fill it with. If your skip would be placed on a public road or footpath you will need a permit from your local council. The cost of this can vary, but will typically be around £50. There are certain items that you are forbidden from disposing of in a skip. Banned items include electrical equipment, plaster board, tyres, fridges and freezers, paint cans, oil and fuel. Check with the skip company that the waste you need to get rid of can be disposed of in your skip. Remember, items are usually separated at a waste disposal site, so if you try to get around the rules by covering forbidden materials up you will almost certainly be caught and fined. Aside from this, just be sure to check the weight limits for the skip you hire, and be careful about how long you rent it for as it is likely you will be fined for keeping a skip longer than agreed. Companies that do not enforce time limits in this way typically cost more.
Even with something like skip hire it is important to check the experience and customer reviews for your potential hires. Check their policies to avoid fines, and check to make sure that they are adequately covered for accidental damage. This could include damage to the skip, or to vehicles or property when the skip is delivered or collected.
How much does skip hire cost?
The cost of hiring a skip will vary depending on the size. For small jobs you may be ok with a smaller bag skip, though the average size people usually hire is 8 yards, which can cost between £200 and £300 depending on your location. Tradesmen that require a skip for their work may include skip hire in their quote, so be sure to check for this. Placing a skip in certain areas like footpaths or public roads will require a permit from your local council, which can cost around £50. You will incur additional costs and fines if you break regulations regarding skip placement and weight limits or for using a skip to dispose of certain banned items.
For certain items you may be able to bring in a house clearance specialist rather than hiring a skip. Obviously waste materials will be worth nothing to them, but if you are getting rid of things like furniture or scrap metal they may be willing to remove them for you in exchange for permission to sell them.