The low-down on skip hire

Home improvements and DIY projects can create an awful lot of mess. Depending on the size of your project, you may be able to deal with the amount of rubbish simply by taking it for disposal at the refuse tip in a domestic trailer.

However, if you are creating mountains of debris and ripping out fixtures and fittings galore, a skip may be the best option for you.

Do not contact your local skip hire business until you have considered the following:

How big should my skip be?

Skips usually come in the following sizes:

Builder’s skip – (4.6-6.1 cubic metres); height (1.22m); length (3.66m); width (1.68m) – suitable for big scale projects where a large amount of debris is anticipated.

Midi skip – (2.5-3.5 cubic metres); height (0.97m); length (1.83m); width (1.29m) – suitable for medium sized projects.

Mini skip – (0.76-1.5 cubic metres); height (0.76m); length (1.52m); width (1.22m) – suitable for medium to large DIY projects.

You will need to decide which skip is best for your requirements, but it is best to err on the side of caution and get a bigger skip than you think you will need. Take advice from the skip hire company if necessary. If you need the skip to be protected, covered skips are available.

Is paperwork necessary?

No, paperwork is not necessary if putting the skip on your own private land or driveway. However, if you plan to put the skip on the public highway or road outside your house you will need permission from the local council to do so. There are skip hire firms who handle this administration on your behalf. If you do get the skip hire company to arrange your permit, check that it has not expired as they are often granted only for a fortnight.

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