Which skip should I hire for domestic renovations?

Which skip should I hire for domestic clearouts?

24th Oct, 2016

Hiring a skip or container for the first time can be a bit of a baffling experience. What size do you need? How much will it cost? What do you need to do to get one? We get it.

Here on the Skip Hire Network blog, we’re all about making skip hire simple. This week, we’re looking at the kinds of skips you’ll need for domestic renovations – house, shed, garage, garden: you get the picture!

What kind of domestic work can I use a skip for?

skips for domestic waste

Put simply, pretty much any. If you’re renovating a room or your whole house, clearing out pre-move or post-bereavement, or having your garden hauled over and landscaped, hiring a skip can be an effective way to get through the job a whole lot quicker – much more effective than repeated trips to the tip.

As long as you’re chucking away some or any of the following, you’re good to go:

  • Bricks
  • Building rubble
  • Domestic waste such as food and food packaging
  • Furniture
  • Furnishings
  • Fittings (non-electrical)
  • Foliage
  • Gas cookers
  • Hard core
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Packaging, including cardboard, plastics, polystyrene
  • Soil (not contaminated with asbestos or oil)
  • Solidified paint
  • Wood

Quantity matters too: by law, your filled skip has to be what’s called a ‘level load’ – basically, nothing should be higher than the sides of the container.

Don’t be tempted to overfill – any reputable domestic skip hire service will either charge you for another skip and/or ask you to remove the items you’ve carefully balanced 10 feet high!

Which skip sizes are best for domestic use?

skip sizes

Our four-yard skip (about three feet high and six feet long) is the smallest size we offer, and that’s a great choice for single-room refits such as superficial kitchen and bathroom work. For slightly larger quantities of waste, our six- and eight-yard skips are a good alternative.

The next three sizes up are our 14, 16 and 20-yard skips, and unless you’re single-handedly tearing down a house, you’re not likely to need to go any bigger.

These latter three sizes are popular with customers undertaking several room renovations at once, large house clearances and major garden and landscaping work, sometimes with a garage or wall thrown in there, too.

Get more information (including handy illustrations and measurements) on our skip sizes.

How much does domestic skip hire cost?

At Skip Hire Network, we like to be transparent about our prices – after all, who likes hidden extras? 

While you’ll need to contact a friendly member of our team to get an exact quote, our domestic skip hire prices start as follow:

  • 4 yard skip: from £70
  • 6 yard skip: from £90
  • 8 yard skip: from £120
  • 14 yard skip: from £160
  • 16 yard skip: from £180
  • 20 yard skip: from £240

For those prices, you get the skip for two weeks (or longer if you like – just add £10 per extra week), plus drop-off, collection and recycling or disposal of all your waste items in accordance with the latest environmental regulations.

Simple as that!

If your looking to hire a skip then get a skip hire quote online or call us now on 0300 100 0028 or email us details of your requirements at skiphire@skiphirenetwork.org