Skip hire can be a confusing business, especially if you're hiring a skip for the first time.
While experienced builders and contractors might have skip hire down to a fine art, those hiring for domestic use are often left wondering exactly how to get the best deal, and without help can find themselves being ripped off by hire companies.
Here at AMA, we want to help all of our customers to get a good deal on their skip hire, to only spend what they need to, and to get the best service they can. To do this, we've put together our top five tips to help you save money on skip hire:
Choosing The Right Skip
A mistake that rookies and pros alike often make â€“ by hiring a skip much bigger than you actually need, you could be wasting a lot of money. During renovations, spring cleaning, and even minor building work, a lot of people tend to over estimate the amount of waste that they have, leading them to waste money hiring a much larger skip than they need.
Before you call, take a look at our skip size page to work out what size you might need. If you're still not sure, give our team a call and we'll be happy to help you decide.
Hiring Skips For Short Periods
With many skip hire companies, you pay a premium for keeping your skip for a longer time. While many will provide a skip for 3-4 days as standard, keeping hold of it past that period can incur steeper fees, which can see the overall cost of skip hire rocket.
To get around this, you're often best off working out in advance how long you'll need to keep hold of your skip. One alternative to hiring a skip for the entire length of your job, is to hire one only for the last day â€“ store all the waste up (whether in your garden, garage, or elsewhere) and then hire a skip just for one day to clear it out.
Combine Your Jobs
In a similar vein to hiring a skip for the shortest possible time, you can cut down on the cost of skip hire by combining several of your jobs into one.
If you've just completed a job and are looking for cheap skip hire in your area, but you know that you might need another skip in a few weeks â€“ why not hold off and pay for one larger skip, rather than two smaller ones?
There's no guaranteeing which option will be cheapest â€“ but give us a call and we can let you know whether you could save money on your skips by hiring just one, not two.
Give Your Waste Away
With some jobs, it's inevitable that you will end up with plenty of skip-worthy waste â€“ whether you're building, landscaping, decorating, or something else. But some tasks, like home renovation, house clearance, or spring-cleaning, can leave you with bulky items, such as furniture and appliances, which would take up a lot of space in a skip.
Unlike regular waste, furniture and appliances can often be used by other people, rather than simply destroyed and disposed of. By offering them first to your friends, family or neighbours, or even trying to sell them online or in your local newspaper, you could drastically reduce the size, and cost, of the skip that you need to hire.
Sometimes, depending on the type of that waste you have, and where you live, you could save money by making use of a different service, when compared to the cost of hiring a skip.
Over at AMA Waste, we offer all sorts of other waste disposal services, from man-in-a-van house clearance, to grab lorries, site clearance, wheelie bin hire, and even hazardous waste removal.
In some areas, different permits will be needed for disposing of certain types of waste in a skip, and people who live in flats will often need permits to store their skip on a road or public land â€“ and our other services could save you both money and hassle compared to this.
Do you have any of your own money saving tips that you'd like to share? Get in touch with your advice and we'll share some with our customers in a future post.