Everything homeowners need to consider when hiring a skip

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Everything Homeowners Need To Consider When Hiring A Skip

If you are planning on any type of home renovation work or perhaps moving house or just fancy a clear out of unwanted household items, then chances are you are wanting to hire a skip. Hiring a skip is one of the easiest ways and most practical options when it comes to achieving a hassle-free waste removal solution where you can store all your waste in one location. Before you choose to hire a skip, it’s good to know some essential things to consider which we will outline in this helpful guide for homeowners looking to hire a skip.

Which Skip Size Will You Need

This is the first thing you should always consider when looking to hire a skip. Depending on the type of clearance you will be carrying out and the number of materials that will be added to your skip, skip sizes are designed for different purposes. For domestic home clearances where you are just getting rid of unwanted items or having a clear out from your garage then a 2-yard skip, commonly referred to as a mini skip will be your best option.

If you are taking on a kitchen renovation project like a newly fitted kitchen, then a 6-yard builder skip would be ideal. For full renovations like a double-storey extension and other major building work that creates a lot of concrete waste and rubble, then an 8 to 10-yard skip will be a more suitable option.

Skip Hire Permits – When You Need Them And When You Don’t Need Them

Many people sometimes overlook this part of hiring a skip or don’t realise the regulations when it comes to hiring a skip for public and private land. A skip permit is a type of licence that grants you legal permission from your local council to place a skip on a public road or public area temporarily. This is a legal requirement that you will need to obtain if you do not have private land to place your skip on and have to use a public road. Skip permits are relatively cheap and most skip hire providers will often sort the permit out for you and include it in the overall cost. If unsure, always ask your provider before hiring the skip.

If you do have private land where you plan on placing your skip that doesn’t affect any public access or interfere with road traffic. Then you don’t need to get a skip permit.

Items That Cannot Be Placed In A Skip

When disposing of your waste in your hire skip, unsurprisingly, not everything can be disposed of in a standard skip due to health and safety and environmental protection measures. Items that are deemed hazardous or harmful cannot be disposed of in skips. These common items include:

  • Asbestos
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • Medical waste
  • Fridges, freezers
  • Toxic substances
  • Oil, petrol and diesel
  • Electrical appliances
  • Gas canisters or bottles
  • Plasterboard
  • Mattresses
  • TVs and computer screens

If you are ever unsure about a certain item that you want to dispose of, it’s always best to contact your local council or the skip provider before you plan on hiring the skip.

How Much The Price Of Hiring A Skip Costs

The cost of hiring a skip will vary between different locations and depending on the skip size you hire and the duration you need to skip for. In 2023, these are the average prices outlined by Checkatrade that you can expect to pay for different-sized skips for domestic waste clearances:

  • Mini Skip (2-3 yard skip)  – Average price is around £105
  • Midi Skip (4-5 yard skip) – Average price is £190
  • Builder Skip (6-8 yard skip) – Average price is £305

We hope that this has helped you when planning on hiring a skip and if you are ever uncertain of anything, then it is always best to discuss your requirements and queries with your chosen skip hire company.


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