Hiring a Skip? Here Are 6 Tips on Preparation
As efficient as hiring a skip can be, the fact remains that first time customer can find themselves overwhelmed by the process. This is especially so because skip hire companies are often used to dealing with commercial businesses, and so can come across as far more technically competent than the customer. The truth of the matter however, is that the customer really only needs to keep some basic ground rules in mind and do some prep work beforehand. This should have a dramatically positive effect on your stress levels, and make the whole process go a lot more smoothly.
1) The Goldilocks Size: Not too large and definitely not too small
Too many hirers make the mistake of splurging on a large skip when a smaller one would have been more than sufficient. This happens when the customer is unaware of different skip sizes, or mistaken about the amount of rubbish they have. It is therefore important to do some research on different skip sizes in order to find the skip most appropriate in relevance to the amount of garbage. If the ship is too large, you’re only throwing away your hard-earned money.
However, make sure your skip isn’t too small either. Under-loading a skip might be an irritating inconvenience, but overloading it is actually a legal offense. It’s illegal for any skip company to move an overfilled skip. Do not over fill your skip, as that could turn out to be dangerous. Make sure contents of the skip are below the top of its sides.
The skip you hire is large enough to comfortably store all of your things. If you find that you have more rubbish than can easily be stored on the skip, you might want to invest in a larger commercial skip. It will be more worth your while than finding out the skip you hired was too small and now you need to hire a second one.
2) Prepare a Place for the Skip to be located on
You need to consider beforehand where the skip will be positioned once it arrives. Find a completely flat surface that is in an area with no impediments or blockages in the way. Taking this step could potentially save the customer much grief, since it prevents the possibility of damages in the house or of injury to people. This is doubly important because damage related costs have a nasty tendency to be at the customer’s own risk in the skip hiring industry.
The surface that the skip will be placed on should be stable, and strong enough to bear its weight. This latter point is extremely significant, since positioning the skip over a surface that is not strong enough to bear its weight will almost definitely lead to damages like sinking driveway and a broken manhole cover.
3) Obtain all Relevant Permits
In the interests of public safety, you are going to require a skip hire permit if your skip’s going on a public road or highway. Depending on the situation, you may also need safety equipment. You’ll also need a permit if your skip is going to be placed on public land.
4) Be a Sensible Loader
You’ve probably packed a suitcase before. The same logic that goes into efficient suitcase packing does in loading a skip as well. Load bulkier and heavier items first in order to keep the skip as stable as possible. Smaller items will follow that, filling up the empty spaces left between the larger objects.
One clever way to make loading even easier is by breaking down large rubbish items into smaller, more manageable pieces. Disposing of a huge cabinet would be more of a hassle if you loaded it whole onto the skip, as it would take an enormous amount of space. Break it down to significantly reduce the room it will occupy. This will also help with costs, as the less space one item occupies, the more space is made for other items in one skip.
Additionally, mind your own personal safety when loading the skip. Lifting heavy items could injure your back, so keep your back straight and lift with your legs. It’s probably a good idea to have someone help with the heavy duty lifting.
5) Arrange for the Disposal of Hazardous Waste
A good rule of thumb when dealing with hazardous waste is to keep it out of the skip. The skip industry has a whole set of rules and regulations that control the disposal of hazardous waste, depending on what type of item it is. Some items can be treated before being loaded on the skip, but others will have to be taken to a recycling centre, or disposed of in some other fashion. Generally speaking, most skip companies will refuse to load items such as fridges, tyres, and unsealed cans of paint. It is best to consult with the firm beforehand in order to have an idea of what items will require a different disposal system. If you can, try to have your council remove this material.
6) Plan the Route
Know beforehand where the skip needs to be taken and plan the safest possible route for the skip to go there. Make sure you communicate clearly with the driver regarding the location, and take steps to prevent obstructions and blockages in the general vicinity. As said earlier in this article, the cost of damages tends to fall on the hirer’s shoulders, and so it is in your best interests to keep people and pets away from the area.
If the skip has not been located in the right position, do not try to move it yourself. This is an extremely heavy object that you should not be trifling with. There is an excellent chance that you’ll end up doing yourself serious injury, or damage to your property or to the skip. Call your skip company and have them sort it out instead.