How to Choose a Dumpster Rental Company
Not All Dumpster Rental Companies Are Created Equal
Choosing a dumpster rental company is a big decision. You need to put in the research to make an informed choice because you're going to want someone who can give you the most affordable option. With this guide, you'll learn how to choose a dumpster rental company that will save you both time and money on your next project.
To make sure you’re getting what you need, ask the following questions:
#1 How Long Can I Keep the Dumpster?
When choosing a dumpster rental company, the length of their rental period is an important factor. With some companies, rentals can last longer than a week, while others are as short as 5 days. You'll get more for your money by going with the hauler who offers the longest rental period. Shorter rental periods may look cheaper, but if you’re not sure you can complete your project on a tight schedule, the best choice is almost always to pay a bit extra up front for the longer rental period.
#2 Am I Responsible for Scheduling the Pickup?
Most dumpster rental companies require the customer to call in for pickup. This is done to avoid hauling away a dumpster that’s still in use, since projects often run longer than expected. A company that’s looking out for its customers will make sure to tell you this up front. Always ask about a company’s pickup policy to ensure you have all the relevant information.
#3 Are There Any Extra Fees?
There are a number of extra fees a dumpster rental company might charge if certain aspects of their rental terms aren’t followed. This can include:
- Extension fees if you go over your rental period.
- Trip fees if the hauler couldn’t drop off/pickup your dumpster due to an obstruction on your property.
- Overage fees if you exceeded your dumpster’s weight limit.
An honest company will tell you up front about any situations that might cause an additional fee. Always inquire about additional fees so you don't run into any unexpected expenses.
#4 Am I Getting a Flat Rate?
Some dumpster rental companies charge by the ton while others charge a flat rate. The advantage of a flat rate is that you can throw out as much as you want (as long as you don't exceed the hard weight limit of the dumpster). You’ll often end up spending more when paying by the ton than you would have with a flat rate, especially if you aren’t sure how much you’ll be throwing out over the course of your project. Flat rate dumpster pricing is advantageous for both homeowners and contractors.
The short version: the perfect dumpster company will give you the longest rental period, with the fewest fees, for a flat rate. Figuring out how to choose a dumpster rental company can be tough. If you want to see how Budget Dumpster stacks up, give us a call today at 1-866-284-6164.