6th Sep, 2018
Builder’s skips are amongst the many sizes of skip we offer here at Skip Hire Network, and amongst the most popular with domestic and commercial clients alike. Below, we’ve put together a quick guide full of all the information you could ever want to know about builder’s skips. Here’s what we’ll be covering:
Essentially, builder’s skip is a catch-all term used to refer to our 6 yard and 8 yard skip sizes here at Skip Hire Network. Now, it can be a fairly loose term within the industry, so you might find that other skip hire companies also use it to encompass slightly smaller or larger sizes. On the whole, though, it can reliably be said to include the 6 yard to 8 yard skips at the very least.
Builder’s skips are highly versatile. Commercial and domestic skip hire customers alike find them spacious enough for the vast majority of jobs, but small enough to be easily accommodated on private land. This last bit is important, as it can help save you money on skip hire permits!
If you’re in a rush (as many people are when they’re trying to hire a skip for a day), it sometimes be easy to get tripped up on the terminology for builder’s skips. An especially important thing to remember is that 6 yard and 8 yard are both terms that refer to the skip’s capacity, not its length. Before you hire a builder’s skip, take an extra second to be clear on what its exact measurements are. Otherwise, you may well find yourself having to hire another!
Because our builder’s skip accounts for several sizes, the price for builder’s skips can range accordingly. The price for hiring a 6 yard skip starts from around £90, while 8 yard skips starts from about £200.
‘Why so much difference?’ you may be asking. Well, the price of skip hire can vary dramatically depending on a number of factors. You can find full details on this on our skip hire prices page, but a few of the biggest influencers are:
Make sure to find out whether the price they’re quoting you includes the VAT on a skip. Not every company makes that immediately obvious, which can sometimes mean a nasty surprise later on! If you come across an exceptionally low quote, it’s worth asking if it’s including the VAT, as not every company accounts for this in their initial price.
Our typical hire period is around 14 days here at Skip Hire Network. However, not all skip hire companies offer the same, so don’t take it for granted and hire your skip without checking first! In some cases, we can also extend this period if you need us to. Just make sure to let us know plenty of time in advance!
You can find out the measurements of a builder’s skip below. We’ve accounted for both 6 yard and 8 yard skip sizes, and just for good measure (pun mercilessly intended) we’ve included the metric and imperial dimensions too.
Even the slightly smaller builder’s skips are well known for their excellent capacity, which is a big part of the reason why they’re so popular with domestic, commercial and industrial clients alike.
As a general guideline:
Obviously it’s difficult to give a more exact answer, as it really depends on what sort of waste you plan to fill your skip with. Large bulky waste like bricks, hard core or masonry is going to fill it faster than smaller items like domestic or garden waste.
As we’ve touched on above, builders skips are amongst the most popular sizes of skip in the whole of the UK. They strike that perfect ‘Goldilocks’ balance between being small enough to be placed on most private land without issue, but also spacious enough to accommodate all sorts of waste, from lightweight and domestic waste to heavy and commercial waste.
Here’s a brief summary of the sorts of jobs that our customers find them most useful for:
Builder’s skips can be used for almost any type of waste, as long as it’s legal to dispose of in a skip. You can safely dispose of the following items in one of our skips:
To find out what you can’t put in one of our skips, you can read our blog post about what can’t go in a skip. As a general rule, common hazardous waste is a no-go, which means stuff like asbestos, liquid paint, plasterboard and chemicals will have to be disposed of elsewhere. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, you’re not allowed to put your car in one.
Often, no. That’s the beauty of them! However, it’s not a blanket yes-no answer – you’ll need to find out for yourself. Whether or not you’ll need a skip hire permit will depend on where you’re planning to put your skip. In short, if you’ve got room for it on your own private land – such as your front garden or driveway – then you won’t need a skip hire permit. On the other hand, if you need to put it on council land such as a public road or a parking suspension zone, you’ll need to contact your local council for a permit. You can find out more information about permits here!
Right here from us, at Skip Hire Network! It’s easy – we’ve stripped back our processes to the bare bones, so that it’s never been simpler and faster to hire your skip. Just type in your postcode and phone number into the fields on our homepage, and we’ll send you your instant skip hire quote. So then… ready to get started?