Common Mistakes People Make Renting a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster seems like an easy task and for the most part, it is. After all, you only have two jobs. Choose a dumpster rental company and then loading it up.

For all the ease of renting a dumpster, there are a few things to keep in mind. These are some of the most common mistakes people make when renting a dumpster.

You need to find the perfect dumpster size.

Renting a Dumpster Too Large

It can be hard to judge sometimes how much junk you have to get rid of. You might think that you have a lot to get rid of and order a large dumpster.

Problem is that dumpsters often allow for a lot more junk then you realize. You think you might need a large one and then when your done its only half full.

You want to get rid of everything, but you also do not want to overpay for a dumpster too big for your needs.

Most dumpster companies have a variety of sizes available and when you contact them, they’ll go over how much you need to dispose of.

If you do rent too large of a dumpster, then take advantage of it. Go through your home or business and get rid of some of that clutter you’ve accumulated over time in the attic, basement, or garage.

Renting a Dumpster Too Small

This might even be a bigger mistake.

You have loaded the dumpster and you still have junk to get rid of. This leaves you with deciding what to do with the leftovers.

You want to take care of the problem all at one time.

Overloading a Dumpster

Most likely this stems from the previous mistake. But this one can be costly.

When you rent a dumpster, you are told how much you can fill it to. Often, they have a line on the dumpster to which you can load it to.

You might think that this line is arbitrary and that it is not that big of a deal to go past it. It is.

The reason that dumpsters have a limit on how much you can put in mostly relates to weight.

Going over your mark will result in an overage charge that you’ll be responsible for. The dumpster company might not even take the dumpster until you’ve taken care of the issue. If that means a return visit, then that will be an additional fee.

Not Creating Space for Your Dumpster

Even when renting a small dumpster, you still need to make sure you have not just room for the dumpster, but easy access for the truck.

In talking with the dumpster rental company discuss with them any issues that could prevent them from dropping it off, such as low branches or tight spacing. If it’s a driveway, make sure no vehicles are blocking the way. There must also be room for the truck to get in and out.

Thinking You Can Place the Dumpster on a Public Street

If you plan to put the dumpster on a public space such as a street or sidewalk, then most likely you’ll need a permit. And you’ll need that permit for the dumpster to be dropped off.

Be sure to mention when contacting a dumpster company where the dumpster is to go and what you’ll need to do to use public access.

Not Having the Proper Surface for Your Dumpster

You need a place for the dumpster that is a solid, even surface. A driveway works well, but not if its sloped.

Putting a dumpster on a lawn might work, but you’ll need to put something down for the dumpster, such as wood. And it must be accessible from a driveway or street.

Disposing of the Wrong Waste

You can literally throw almost everything into a dumpster.  This includes items you can’t set out for the city to pick up, such as construction debris.

Yet, there are exceptions.

Most of the items that you can’t toss into a dumpster are liquid waste.

Here are some of the items that shouldn’t be put into a dumpster:

·        Gasoline

·        Paint

·        Household cleaning chemicals

·        Batteries

·        Aerosol of any kind

·        Tires 

·        Propane tanks

Not Giving Yourself Enough Time To Load the Rental

The project you rented a dumpster is taking longer than you expected. And the dumpster is to be picked up soon.

If the work your doing is going to take longer than you planned on, then contact the dumpster rental company. Frequently, they can work out a new arrangement to get you the time you need.

When you’re planning your rental, take into consideration the time you’ll need and factor in potential delays.  

Renting From the Wrong Dumpster Company

In calling around to find the costs from various dumpster companies in your area your most likely looking for the lowest price.

If one company is significantly lower than the competition, don’t just book them immediately. First make sure they don’t have additional fees.

The dumpster price they quoted you over the phone might not be the price you are ultimately billed. They’ve tacked on additional charges such as pickup and drop off fees or disposal fees.

When you’re getting estimates for a dumpster find out if there are additional fees. Then once you have a true picture of the cost, compare it to the competition.

If your home or your business has junk to be called and reside in Washington DC, northern Virginia and parts of Maryland, then call Nova Dumpster Rental. We have a variety of sizes available and competitive pricing. The price we quote is the price you’ll pay.

Our experienced staff will also go over with you what you need to dispose of. This helps to ensure your getting the dumpster size you need and don’t end up with any issues related to weight or hazardous materials.

When you call us at 833-610-3867, we’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have and then schedule a drop-off that is convenient for you.

We actually ordered two (2) Dumpsters over the course of the project. The 1st was a 6 yard, which turned out to be too small (My fault) and we filled it quickly. We had the 15 yard sent the following week which was able to fit in the driveway and was large enough for us to complete the renovation. Prompt friendly customer service and delivery. would recommended and will use them again!
Stephen B
Stephen B
17:54 11 Feb 20
Never ordered a dumpster before. Cheryl was so nice and it was so easy. Very happy. Next time we need to do a major clean-out, I know where I’m going right away!
Matt Mendelsohn
Matt Mendelsohn
16:41 27 Sep 19
Very easy, positive experience. Prices were very reasonable, response was incredibly fast even though it was after 10pm, drop off as scheduled, and pick up was seamless and easy. Employees were all very nice and very helpful. Definitely recommend this company
Kerry Stallings
Kerry Stallings
14:19 29 Aug 19
Very easy, positive experience. Prices were very reasonable, response was incredibly fast even though it was after 10pm, drop off as scheduled, and pick up was seamless and easy. Employees were all very nice and very helpful. Definitely recommend this company
Kerry Stallings
Kerry Stallings
14:19 29 Aug 19
Quick and efficient. .. offered to take more stuff than expected.
Florie Walden
Florie Walden
15:49 10 Jul 19
Very were very prompt, professional and helpful. I highly recommend NOVA Dumpsters.
Chip Badger
Chip Badger
14:22 02 Jul 19
My experience with NOVA Dumpsters was excellent. Their customer service agent was very friendly and knowledgeable answering my questions. Their driver placed the dumpster EXACTLY where I wanted (like literally to the inch) in my driveway. It was an impressive show of expert driving skills. They were the best priced of three companies I called, and my rental was good for 10 days. Scheduling pick-up was a cinch. If I need another dumpster for a home improvement project, I'm calling NOVA dumpsters.
Brian Downs
Brian Downs
13:01 24 May 19
My experience with NOVA Dumpsters was excellent. Their customer service agent was very friendly and knowledgeable answering my questions. Their driver placed the dumpster EXACTLY where I wanted (like literally to the inch) in my driveway. It was an impressive show of expert driving skills. They were the best priced of three companies I called, and my rental was good for 10 days. Scheduling pick-up was a cinch. If I need another dumpster for a home improvement project, I'm calling NOVA dumpsters.
Brian Downs
Brian Downs
13:01 24 May 19
Kid Clutch117
Kid Clutch117
17:03 05 Apr 19
Excellent service! Cheryl took care of the order delivery was on time.Will definitely use Nova Dumpsters again
John Smoove
John Smoove
12:02 05 Apr 19
Excellent service! Cheryl took care of the order delivery was on time.Will definitely use Nova Dumpsters again
John Smoove
John Smoove
12:02 05 Apr 19
Very helpful when determining the size of dumpster I needed. The dumpster was delivered and picked up on time. Everyone I talked to from the lady who answered the phone to the driver that delivered the dumpster was very polite and cheerful. Will definitely keep them in mind when my next de-hoarding is scheduled.
Penny Dunn
Penny Dunn
20:09 16 Jan 19
Excellent service and staff. Other companies were too busy. Called nova dumpsters they came on time and did great job dropping off my dumpster.
Rocco 1
Rocco 1
02:08 01 Dec 18
Just order a dumpster from them last week they were on time very professional i will definitely them again
rolland lacy
rolland lacy
16:27 30 Nov 18