Hiring a skip is a great way to dispose of waste materials and clutter from your home, office, or construction site. It’s ideal for both commercial and domestic projects. However, there are several common mistakes that can lead to additional costs and delays in the process. If you are looking for effective and affordable skip hire in Ipswich and the surrounding areas, here are five errors to avoid
1. Not estimating the right size of the skip
When you set out on a project, it can be hard to know how much space you’ll need in your skip. And getting the skip size wrong is one of the most common mistakes we see.
If you rent a skip that is too small, you may have to order a second one, which will cost you extra time and money. An overloaded skip can also become a safety hazard.
On the other hand, go for a skip that’s far too big, and you could end up paying for space you don’t need. You may also find it doesn’t fit on your premises.
So, how do you make sure you order the right size skip? You need to consider both the amount of waste your project is likely to produce and the type. Bulky bathroom suites, for example, take up a lot more room than bags of garden waste or fabric that can be squashed down.
If you’re searching for skip hire in Ipswich, Thetford, or Diss, then you’re in luck — we have a range of skip sizes, so you can make sure you get the ideal capacity for your project.
2. Not getting a permit for the skip
Often, people aren’t aware that they need a permit for their skip. If you need to store your skip on a public road or council-owned land, you’ll need to apply for a permit. Without one, you could end up with a fine from the council.
When you hire a skip from us, we can apply to either Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council or Norwich City Council on your behalf. You might also want to consider a ‘Load & Go’ skip.
Storing your skip on private land such as a driveway? No problem! You can go ahead and arrange your skip hire without a permit.
3. Not sorting waste materials
Many people make the mistake of not sorting their waste materials before placing them in the skip. While it can be tempting to throw it all in without any order, this could lead to additional costs and delays in the disposal process. It’s best to sort your waste materials before placing them in the skip.
You might want to use separate skips for different types of waste, or you can use one skip and separate the waste materials into different sections. If you have any questions about sorting your skip waste, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Kent Skips.
4. Including unauthorised materials
Certain materials need to be handled very carefully. If your project involves hazardous materials such as asbestos, you need to check that your skip provider has a license to handle them.
For example, at Kent Skips, we can’t accept asbestos or chemicals. We also ask that you don’t include paint tins, appliances such as fridges and TVs, or fluorescent tubes. You may find that some skip-hire companies don’t take tyres, either. We can collect these, but please note there is an additional charge.
5. Not choosing a reliable skip-hire company
Finally, one of the most common mistakes people make when booking a skip is not choosing a reliable skip hire company. There are many companies providing skips in Ipswich — but not all of them offer the same level of service and quality.
It’s a good idea to take time to research the companies you’re interested in. Read their online reviews and make sure you check they have up-to-date licenses and insurance.
At Kent Skips, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality skips to residents of Ipswich, BurySt Edmunds, and the surrounding areas. As well as offering excellent prices — with no hidden fees — we’re friendly, honest, and reliable.
We also aim to do our bit for the environment and recycle as much waste as possible at our licensed waste transfer centre. Our current recycling rate is 85%, and we continue to improve each year.
Reliable skip hire in Ipswich
Whether you’re looking to hire a mini skip for a home clear-out or need a 40-yard roll-on-roll-off option for a larger project, we can ensure you get the best results. With over 30 years of experience in the waste management industry, the Kent Skips team can help make your skip-hire process in Ipswich smooth and mistake-free.