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Series 1: Size, Weight And Timing: How To Keep Skip Hire Costs Down

3rd May, 2017

Cost isn’t generally a massive problem when it comes to hiring a skip. Having said that though, everyone likes saving a few pennies. We know what that’s like here at Skip Hire Network and thats why we offer cheap skip hire, so this week we’ve compiled a couple of handy hints to help you keep your skip hire costs down. It’s easier than you might think!

Know The Size You Need

 choosing a skip size

When it comes to hiring a skip, size matters. Various sizes of skip are each suited for different tasks, so depending on what you’re doing it’s worth looking up which size skip is best for the job at hand. For example, if you’re just renovating a single room in your house, a 4-yard to 6-yard skip is your best bet. If you’re looking at getting rid of waste from a major construction project on the other hand, you’re usually better off with a 20-25 yard skip.

There’s quite a fine art to it – you won’t want to waste money hiring a skip that’s too big, but on the other hand you also don’t want to fill up a smaller one too quickly. That’ll just mean you have to hire another one anyway, and cost effective that is most certainly not.

Don’t Go Over Weight Limits

a full skip ready to be collected

All of our skips have a weight limit, though some are stricter than others. The reason for this is that our collection lorries can only lift so much safely at once, or else they could become dangerously overbalanced. Obviously for safety reasons we’re pretty strict on this – we have to be – so it makes life easier for everyone if it’s not overloaded in the first place. Otherwise it means that either it’ll have to be lightened (which is a nice way of saying you’ll have to pick stuff back out of it), or we just won’t be able to take it, which leads to extra hassle for us and possibly extra cost for you.

An easy way to make sure your skip isn’t overloaded is just to check it’s not filled past the top of the sides. We’ve provided a rough guide on our skip sizes page, but if you’re not sure at any stage just ask the driver, and they’ll be happy to advise.

Combine Your Jobs

combining renovation jobs

We’ve spoken about this briefly in a previous blog, but combining your jobs is a perfect way to keep your costs down when hiring a skip. If you know you’re about to do some major work in the bathroom, and about to do some minor work in the kitchen too, it might be worth trying to get them done as closely as possible to each other. It might be a little inconvenient in the short term, but hiring one larger skip for the waste from both projects is easier and cheaper than hiring two separate skips one after the other.

At Skip Hire Network, you’ll be glad to hear that we know tons about saving money on skip hire. So much so, in fact, that we’re not able to fit it all into a single blog! Stay tuned for next week, where we’ll give you another set of handy tips to save money on skip hire.

And of course, if you need a skip in the meantime we’re only too happy to oblige. You can visit our homepage to enter in your phone number and postcode, and kickstart the process today!