How to hire a skip

Posted on 21 March 2019 by Admin

Ensuring that you have a container at hand to remove your rubbish can save you a lot of time and energy during a house refurbishment. It goes without saying that a skip is pretty much a must when handling any sort of construction task, as disposing of construction waste is problematic enough on its own. A skip can make your life easier – here’s how to go about hiring one so that you can get exactly what you need while keeping costs as low as possible.


The basic question – what size do you need?

When it comes to skips, there are a lot of options to choose from. However, the most important criterion by far is the size of the skip you’re hiring. Before you order a container for your project, you have to properly assess its scope so that you can hire exactly the right type of skip that you require. Though smaller skips are cheaper, it goes without saying that they may not be enough for a lot of projects. On the other hand, getting a skip that’s too big for you will cost you more money than you have to spend.


Most companies offer skips in the following sizes:

  • Mini skips – with a capacity of around 4 yards, holding between 40 and 45 standard rubbish bags. A small skip that’s perfect for single room renovations, etc.
  • Medium skips – the most commonly hired variety. It has a capacity of 8 yards, allowing it to hold between 80 and 90 standard rubbish bags. Perfect choice for most house renovation projects.
  • Large skips – these come with a capacity of 12 yards and can hold between 125 and 135 standard rubbish bags. While this is the most expensive option (especially if you live in London), it is a must-hire for large construction and refurbishment projects.

Other tips

Keep in mind that most companies come with a list of restricted items that you should avoid putting in your skip, as otherwise you might have to pay a fee. usually, these items include all manner of e-waste, asbestos, plaster boards, etc. Another thing to keep in mind is the wright limit. If you overload your skip – which is particularly important for 12-yard skips – you will simply have to unload them to the point that they can be carried away by your hire company. As a last tip, be careful when choosing to hire unlimited time skips, as they may end up costing you a lot more than regular, time-limited skip hires if you don’t know what you’re doing.