Spring cleaning can be a hugely beneficial process – and it doesn’t have to happen in spring! No matter the time of year, taking stock of your belongings and decluttering is positive for all homes.
Whether you’re planning a big clearout during the warmer weather or in the midst of winter, you might be wondering whether or not a skip would be helpful.
Here are some areas to consider when deciding whether or not to book a skip from a skip hire company. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for skip hire in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, or Stowmarket, you can contact Kent Skips.
How much stuff will you be getting rid of?
The first thing you need to consider when deciding whether or not to hire a skip is how much you’ll actually be getting rid of. Are you having a quick tidy, removing a few items here and there? Or are you planning a major declutter?
Think about the size of the items you’ll be getting rid of. If it’s a minimal spruce up, getting rid of a handful of small items, then contacting a skip hire company may not be necessary.
However, if you’ve got large items, like furniture or big pieces of rubble, then a skip might be just what you need. Skip hire can be particularly helpful if you don’t have a suitably sized car in which to take big items to the recycling centre or tip.
What size skip will you need?
The next factor to think about is what size skip you need. If you’ve established that skip hire would be helpful, look at the different sizes available. At Kent Skips, for example, we have an array of roll on roll off skip-hire options. From 2-yard mini skips that are suitable for small household or garage clearances to 6-yard skips that can hold the contents of a large property clearout or building project, it’s important to select the right size. Go for a skip that’s too small and you run the risk of overfilling and needing a second, too large and you could pay more than you need to.
Are you disposing of any hazardous materials?
It’s important to know that some items and materials are not suitable for skip disposal. Hazardous materials – including chemicals and paint – cannot go in your skip. Instead, you’ll have to check with your local council about the best disposal options.
For example, will you need to handle asbestos? If so, you’ll have to make sure a qualified specialist disposes of this dangerous material for you.
Electronics and appliances are also not suitable for most skips. If you’re not sure whether something can go in the skip or not, just give your local skip hire company a call and they’ll be happy to help.
You might also want to think about recycling. Will you have recyclable materials to get rid of? At Kent Skips, we operate a fully licensed waste transfer station and Our current recycling rate is approximately 85%. We’re continually trying to improve this – so you know your waste will be handled responsibly.
Do you have a suitable driveway or roadside space?
When hiring a skip, you’ll need to work out where to put it. If you have a private driveway, that’s ideal. However, if you don’t, you’ll need to arrange a permit. This is something to consider when deciding whether or not to hire a skip for your spring clean.
If your skip will need to be on the roadside, apply for a skip license from the government, and make sure you let your skip hire company know in advance.
What’s your timeframe?
Hiring a skip is an excellent way to speed up your spring cleaning process. You can throw all your rubbish in the skip and not worry about it! It’s worth thinking about your project timeframe. If you want to get it all done in a day or weekend, you may be more inclined to seek the services of a skip hire company.
On the other hand, if you think you’ll need to hire a skip for longer, you may want to explore what this will look like cost-wise. By that same token, if your spring clean is likely to be carried out over several weeks, a skip can still save you time. It will minimise the number of trips you need to do to other bins or your local recycling centre.
Kent Skips: your local skip hire company
Now you’ve considered the above factors, you can decide whether or not hiring a skip is a good option for your spring clean or home clear-out. Ultimately, it depends on the quantity and type of waste you’re getting rid of and whether you have a driveway or require a skip license.
If you’re searching for affordable and reliable skips in the Ipswich area, contact Kent Skips. As a family-run skip hire company based in Diss, we cover a range of south Norfolk and north Suffolk areas.
Whether you need a mini skip or something bigger, explore our skip hire options and get in touch with our friendly team for more advice.