Doing your homework is key to the selection process. From experience and price to availability and services, take the time to carefully research a few different dumpster rental companies before making your decision. This will ensure you get the best price for your needs with the best possible customer service.

Check out these considerations before making a decision.

Flat-Rate Pricing

Some dumpster rental companies charge by the ton. This is known as variable rate pricing, which means you don’t get a final bill until after pick-up of your dumpster. Other companies offer upfront pricing with flat rates, which includes all fees in one set price. This makes it much easier to budget, plus you can save more money if you stay under the weight limit.

If you know the exact amount of debris you will have to get rid of, paying by the ton is a good idea. If, however, you have no idea how much waste you will generate, flat rate pricing makes more sense.

Knowledgeable Representatives

The process of renting a dumpster can be confusing, what with all the sizes, rules and weight limits. You will understandably have many questions when you call, so make customer service a top priority. Pay attention to the way in which the company’s representative responds to your questions:

  • Do they answer quickly and with confidence?
  • Do their answers make sense to you?
  • Are they friendly and accommodating?
  • Are they knowledgeable about their company?
  • Do they put you at ease?
  • Will they follow up with you if they can’t answer your question immediately?

If you answer no to a lot of these questions, that particular company may not be right for you.

Rental Periods

When choosing a dumpster rental company, consider the length of the rental period, which can range from a few days to a month. You’ll get more bang for your buck if you go with a company that offers the longest rental period. Shorter rental periods may look less expensive on the surface, but if you’re unsure how long your project will take, you should pay a bit more upfront for a longer rental period.

Pickup Responsibility

Most times, you’re the one who has to call to schedule pickup of the container. The company should tell you this upfront. Make sure you understand each company’s pickup policy to ensure you don’t incur extra rental fees.

Extra Fees

Extra fees can apply if you don’t meet the rental terms, including:

  • Extension Fees: When you go over your rental period.
  • Trip Fees: When the driver is unable to drop off or pick up your dumpster because of some type of obstruction on the property.
  • Overage Fees: When you exceed the dumpster’s weight limit.
  • Contamination Fees: When prohibited items are located in the dumpster.

Always inquire about additional fees beforehand so you don’t incur unexpected expenses.

Approved Materials

While most dumpsters can accept most materials, there are certain regulations about what can and cannot go in a dumpster. These could vary by city, although hazardous materials are banned in all places. Some don’t allow electronics, mattresses, tires and refrigerators to be placed in dumpsters. Your dumpster company should give you a complete list of prohibited items beforehand.

Multiple Dumpster Sizes

Most dumpster companies offer a variety of sizes to meet your needs. The one you choose will depend on the type of project you’re working on. Your dumpster company should be happy to explain the various sizes and help you select the best one.

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Contact Big Box Disposal

When you contact us for dumpster prices and terms, you can rest assured our friendly staff is knowledgeable and eager to help. We offer a variety of sizes for your convenience, from 10 yards to 30 yards, backed by affordable rates that won’t break the bank. Contact us today at 815-838-2800.