Quick Guide to Hiring a Builder’s Skip

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On January 9, 2020
A Builder’s skip is one of the many types of skips that you can hire from AB Waste.

These remain one of the most popular choices for both commercial and domestic tasks.

We have put together this guide to hiring a builder’s skip to offer as much information as possible to allow you to make the right choice when considering waste disposal. If you’re still in any doubt about the right size skip for your needs or have any questions, then please get in contact or call us on 01623 627 447

What are builders’ skips?

It’s a good question and an easy one to answer, a builder’s skip doesn’t mean that it is only used or available to people working in the construction industries.

It’s more a term of the size and capacity of them, anyone can use them for most household and corporate waste removal tasks.

Essentially these types of skips, size-wise are middle of the road, typically they are used for house clearances or larger projects. As a guide, they would hold around 80 bin bags or around 25 wheelie bins worth of rubbish. They would hold around 6-7 tonnes of garden soil.

These are a really popular choice as they are large enough for most jobs but convenient enough to fit on to people’s driveways and on the road.

If they are placed on the road then we can even sort out the council permits required for you! If they are placed on your driveway or private land then a permit will not be required, saving you money on your total skip hire costs.

Top tip on hiring a builder’s skip!

If you’re busy and want to get on with the job at hand, try not to just order any skip size, thinking it will be right for you. Take time to make sure that the skip you hire is right for the task. Many people underestimate the scale of waste they are looking to remove.

Often this means that once a skip has been delivered it quickly becomes apparent that it’s too small. This normally ends up with people having to hire a second skip to finish the job, adding to the expensive.

It can be better that you order a skip that is slightly larger than what you think you may need; this allows for a bit of contingency or ‘wiggle’ room.

We understand that for many, estimating the amount of waste and which skip would be appropriate is difficult. If you’re still unsure, make a brief list of the type and scale of the waste and then give our friendly team a call. We’re more than happy to offer you sound advice on which skip size would be best for your needs.

Image showing the typical size of a builders skip
Illustration to show approximate skip size of a builder’s skip

How much is a builder’s skip to hire?

There are many factors that will affect how much a builder’s skip will cost to hire including:

  • Your location and where you live in and around Mansfield
  • Whether a council skip hire permit is required or not
  • The length of time you need the skip for
  • Whether the skip hire quote includes VAT or not?

One final point on the cost of hiring a builder’s skip, the cheapest isn’t always the best option.

Make sure you look at the company’s reviews online. Ensure they are reliable, that they dispose of their waste in the most environmentally friendly way possible, are well established with a great long-term track record.

Finally, it’s also imperative they carry both a waste management and a waste carriers licence to ensure your waste is not only going to be disposed of correctly but you know it won’t be fly-tipped.

Make sure that when choosing the right company, that you focus not just on saving a few pounds that you are going to get the service that you expect and deserve.

Top tip:

Many skip hire companies will match competitor quotes, it’s always worth asking if you have had another quote but are unsure about the company involved.

How long can I hire a builder’s skip for?

Normally people will only need a skip for a week or two as they usually have a task that they must complete such as removing an old kitchen, however you can hire a skip for as long as you need.

There may be additional costs involved if you decide to keep the skip long term.

Some commercial and industrial customers may also keep skips on a permanent basis. As soon as it’s full, it’s collected and a new one is delivered. It’s a great way of disposing of waste on a continual basis.

What are the ideal uses of a builder’s skip?

We’ve mentioned previously that builder’s skips are a great middle of the road skip in terms of the size and space with what rubbish they can hold.

Below we have put together some ideas of the types of jobs that are perfect for a builder’s skip:

Home, Domestic and Personal use

  • Small renovation jobs
  • Gardening waste
  • Large clear-outs of junk, getting rid of loft clutter etc.
  • Common maintenance
  • Garage clear-outs
  • Shed clearance

Commercial or industrial

  • Rubble from digging foundations
  • Larger general landscaping
  • Wall replacement or removal
  • Kitchen or bathroom refits
  • Replacing an old wall or driveway
  • Bathroom upgrades

What rubbish can be placed in a builder’s skip?

A Builder’s skip is flexible in the types of rubbish that you can use it for including:

  • Foliage, weeds, tree branches and general garden waste
  • Soil (without asbestos or oil contamination)
  • Wood
  • Bricks, building rubble and hardcore
  • Metal and plastics
  • Domestic waste and packaging
  • Furniture
  • Fittings
  • Gas cookers
  • Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom cabinets

What CAN’T you place in a builder’s skip?

  • Florescent blubs
  • Batteries
  • Medical waste
  • Asbestos
  • Gas cylinders
  • TVs and computer monitors
  • Tyres
  • Solvents and fuels
  • Electricals
  • Fridges and fridge freezers

If you do have these items we may be able to advise you how to dispose of them safely.

Need any more help with hiring a builders skip?

At AB Waste we are more than happy to offer free advice and help to anyone that has any questions about builders skip hire in Mansfield and surrounding areas. If you need to hire a skip or need a skip hire quotation please contact us by calling 01623 627 447

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