Renting a Dumpster for Dummies: A Beginner’s Guide

Guide To Renting A Dumpster

Unless you’ve renovated your house or worked in construction, you’re probably not a dumpster rental expert.

Are you a total beginner with dumpster rentals? Today, we’re explaining everything you need to know about renting a dumpster – even if you’ve never done it before.

Step 1) Request an Estimate

Virtually all dumpster rental companies offer free estimates or quotes upfront. You can request a quote online or over the phone.

The dumpster rental quote should outline the full costs of the rental. You should see the tonnage fees, pickup/delivery fees, and rental fees all clearly listed on the estimate. In some cases, all of these fees are bundled into one flat rate. Check with the company to make sure the estimate outlines the full costs of the rental – so you’re not left with a surprise at the end of your rental period.

Step 2) Pick Your Dumpster Size

The dumpster rental company likely recommended one or two different sizes in their estimate. Typically, a dumpster rental company offers the following sizes:

-Small Dumpsters: 6 to 12 cubic yards

-Medium Dumpsters: 13 to 19 cubic yards

-Large Dumpsters: 20 to 30 cubic yards

Small dumpsters are good for small spring cleaning projects, like when you’re getting rid of boxes of junk in your home or cleaning up your yard. Medium dumpsters are suited for small renovation projects, like a bathroom renovation. Large dumpsters are suited for larger construction projects and home renovations.

With dumpster rentals, you should err on the side of caution. Are you struggling to choose between two sizes? Think about this: you might pay $20 more for a larger dumpster, but you’re going to pay a lot more if you rent a smaller dumpster, then need to have it picked up and dropped off twice.

Are you totally clueless about which size of dumpster you need? That’s okay! At Eagle Dumpster Rental, we can help you pick the perfect size. Just tell us what kind of project we’re working with, and we’ll recommend what we think is best. We have decades of experience picking dumpster sizes.

Step 3) Schedule a Delivery Time

We’ll contact you to setup a delivery date and time. We’ll also help you decide where to place the dumpster on your property.

We know all of the municipal regulations in our service area. We know whether or not you can place a dumpster on your street, or if it needs to be placed on your driveway (some cities require permits for on-street dumpsters).

We’ll help you pick the best place to put the dumpster for maximum convenience and minimal damage, then use special padding and wooden slats to ensure we leave no trace of the dumpster’s presence behind.

Step 4) Fill Your Bin

Fill up your bin with all the waste that needs to be removed from your property.

Step 5) We Pick It Up

We’ll pick up your dumpster at a pre-arranged date and time. Or, you can call us whenever the dumpster is full.

Once we’ve disposed of everything safely, we’ll send you the invoice.

Renting a dumpster is that simple!

6 Ways to Spot a Bad Dumpster Rental Company

Dumpster Rental CompaniesDumpster rental is like any service industry: there are good and bad companies.

Want to avoid feeling scammed by your next dumpster rental? Do you want to avoid hidden fees? Do you want the company to arrive on-time and professionally-dressed? Today, we’re explaining all the things that separate bad dumpster companies from the good ones.

1) Unclear Dumpster Rental Pricing

Most dumpster rental companies offer a free price request and estimate. You request a price through their website, and they respond with an estimate.

This is where some dumpster rental companies can get a little shady. Does the price estimate seem vague to you? Is the price suspiciously low? Make sure the estimate includes all fees and charges, including the tonnage costs, pickup/delivery fees, and other charges.

At Eagle Dumpster Rental, we take pride in the fact that the only surprise on your final bill is the low price.

2) Bad Reviews or No Online Reviews

This one’s obvious: good dumpster rental companies will have good reviews online. Bad ones will either have bad reviews, no reviews, or a small number of suspiciously good reviews.

Unless the dumpster rental company is brand new, you should expect to see good reviews online.

3) Lack of Dumpster Sizes or Availability

Some low-quality dumpster rental companies will give you misleading information about their dumpster rental sizes. They might claim they only have larger models available – simply because they want you to rent the most expensive dumpster.

In other cases, smaller, local dumpster rental companies might not have the sizes you need. They might only have 15 and 20 yard dumpsters, for example, when you really need a smaller (10 yard) or a larger (30 yard) dumpster.

The best dumpster rental companies have multiple sizes to perfectly match your junk removal needs.

4) Lack of Disposal Information

Every once in a while, junk removal companies get caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing: like disposing of waste in an unsafe manner. One of the advantages of hiring a dumpster rental company is that you know your waste is going to the right place.

Ask your dumpster rental company how they dispose of waste. If they don’t give you specific disposal information, or mention the transfers and landfills they use, then that’s a red flag.

5) No Driveway Protection

Good dumpster rental companies leave no trace of the dumpster after it’s picked up. Bad dumpster rental companies leave your driveway covered with scratches, or your lawn with a massive gouge.
Ask your dumpster rental service if they use rubber rollers, wooden slats, or other tools to help protect your property. You don’t want your dumpster rental to leave a lasting mark. You’re trying to clean up your property – not make things worse.

6) Slow Delivery Times

Most dumpster rental companies pride themselves on fast deliveries. Some of the best can deliver dumpsters within 24 hours.

When you’re doing construction or renovation work, you have deadlines to meet: you can’t wait a week to get a dumpster when you need it tomorrow. Good dumpster rental companies deliver dumpsters on-time. It’s that simple.

How to Avoid Hidden Fees When Renting a Dumpster

Watch Out For Hidden Dumpster FeesDumpster rentals play a crucial role in renovation and construction projects. Unfortunately, many people are scared away from dumpster rentals when they hear about “hidden fees” in the industry.

At all Eagle Dumpster Rental locations, we have a strict policy on hidden fees: our contracts are specifically designed to be easy-to-understand. We’ll walk you through everything to ensure you’re left with no surprises at the end of your bill. We do not charge hidden fees.

Unfortunately, not all dumpster rental companies work that way. Today, we’re going to explain how you can avoid fees when renting a dumpster.

Ask The Dumpster Rental Company Four Simple Questions

Most dumpster rental companies offer free estimates. When you receive this estimate, you’ll want to make sure it answers specific questions about your rental agreement, including:

1) What is the pickup and delivery fee?

2) What will tonnage cost?

3) What is the price of the dumpster rental?

In some cases, dumpster rental companies will just tell you one price upfront. You might inquire about the cost of renting a 20 yard dumpster, and they’ll respond by saying, “$200 for one week”. Once you get your bill, however, you’ll learn that this price only covered the dumpster rental – and the delivery and pickup were an extra $50 each way.

To avoid this problem, ask your dumpster rental company just one more question:

4) Are there any other fees or charges that will be added onto my invoice?
Ideally, you’ll be asking all of these questions through email – which means you’ll have a written record of your agreement.

Alternatively, some dumpster rental companies will outline all of this information in their contract, and then you sign the contract when the dumpster arrives at your doorstep.

The important thing is to have the pricing information in writing, including an agreement from the company that you won’t be charged any additional fees.

Ask About Any Extra Fees for Certain Waste Disposal

From recyclables to hazardous materials, the waste from your renovation project doesn’t always end up in the landfill. You might have unique waste that requires special treatment.
Your dumpster rental company will try to warn you about these fees upfront, but it’s not always possible until they see what they’re dealing with.

It’s bad business for dumpster rental companies to dump hazardous waste in the wrong section of the landfill. Make sure you understand your bin rental company’s fees for any special waste.

Ask Your Company to Show You the Weight Ticket at the Dump

Many dumpster rental companies have started doing this automatically.

However, if you’re suspicious about your dumpster rental company overcharging you, or if you don’t believe your junk weighed that much, then simply ask for the weight ticket from the landfill.

Understand that Not All Estimates Are 100% Accurate

In a perfect world, every dumpster rental company would always provide 100% accurate quotes.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Dumpster rental companies can’t predict everything you’re going to throw in your dumpster. They can’t guess exactly how much weight is going to be created from your kitchen renovation.

With that in mind, understand that there will often be small changes between your initial estimate and your final invoice.