If you’re thinking about renting a dumpster for an upcoming project, you might wonder about pricing. Dumpsters are handy for many types of projects, including home renovation, demolition, major clean ups, and yard work. This is just as true for a business as it is for an individual homeowner. But many people try to avoid renting a dumpster, because they are worried about dumpsters rental pricing.
Pricing is actually very straightforward. Most dumpster rentals in Baltimore are based on the size of the dumpster. Normally, dumpsters come in a variety of sizes priced by volume. Standard sizes for example include 10 yard, 20 yard, 30 yard and 40 yard dumpsters. The dumpsters you see in front of people’s houses are usually in the 10 or 20 yard range, while those at large scale construction sites are likely 30 or 40 yard dumpsters.
When you pay for a dumpster based on size, theoretically anything you can fit in the dumpster is included in the cost. However, be aware that there are often weight limitations as well. This is because the typical dumpster rental is a roll off dumpster, which is a dumpster that is transported on the back of a large truck. The dumpster is “rolled” on or off the truck, hence its name.
These trucks are sturdy, high horsepower affairs but they do have their limits. If the trash in your dumpster exceeds the limit of the truck, you will be charged extra because the rental company needs to split it up into two loads. Generally, this won’t be an issue but if you are disposing of something high-density, such as concrete or metal, be sure to ask the rental company about weight limits in advance.
A good rule of thumb is to always rent a dumpster one size bigger than you think you will really need. It’s amazing how quickly you will fill up a smaller dumpster, and while you think you may be saving money, it’s far cheaper to go up a size than it is to book a second dumpster if the first one fills up. This is something you don’t want to deal with mid-project.
Once you understand the ins and outs of pricing, renting a dumpster is a snap. It is a decision that will end up saving you a lot of time on site, and it will allow you to rest easy.