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Money-saving tips for skip hire

by Ragini Salampure
Money-saving tips for skip hire

If you’re short on space at home, hiring a skip could save you a fortune – not to mention the hassle of moving items in and out of storage or driving back and forth to the local tip.

Many companies these days are offering affordable skip hire in St Helens. However, the price you pay can vary depending on the type and amount of waste you need to dispose of, which skip you require, where you live, and the skip firm.

That’s why we thought we’d share a few tips to make sure you don’t pay over the odds when hiring a skip for your domestic project.

5 easy ways to save money on skip hire

  • Hire a skip bigger than you need 

Hiring a larger skip is cheaper per cubic metre. 

With smaller skips, we’re all guilty of underestimating how much waste we have and end up overloading them (exceeding the maximum fill level and weight). Most skip hire providers refuse to transport overfilled skips, as it’s simply not safe for them to do so. Some may even charge to remove the excess material. 

So, if in doubt, go for the bigger one to ensure you have ample space to stow your waste.

  • Break up and separate your waste

Naturally, you want to load your skip with as much waste as possible without overfilling it. And the best way to do this is to break down and flatten any large, bulky materials to ensure they don’t take up too much room inside the skip. 

Start with flat pieces at the bottom and use heavier materials to compress these down further. It’s also a good idea to use smaller items to fill pockets of space.

  • Share a skip with your neighbours

Whether it be unwanted items or junk that you’ve been harbouring in the garage or loft for several years, a brilliant way to minimise your skip hire costs is to ask your neighbours whether they would be willing to go halves on a skip with you. 

Not only will this help you to save money, but it also saves them from having to sneak rubbish out of their house into your skip in the dead of night or whilst you’re out. 

  • Have your skip placed off-road

If you’re planning to leave your skip on the public highway, you’ll need to obtain a permit from the local council. This can be arranged on your behalf by the skip company, and the fee will be added to the cost of your skip hire.

If you live in a pay and display or resident permit area, you will have to pay more. 

Therefore, if you have the space to keep your hired skip on private land (i.e. in your garden or on your driveway), this will certainly help to keep the cost down.

  • Protect your driveway

It’s not uncommon for skips to damage block-paved or soft tarmac driveways. However, the last thing you want to do is spend a fortune on costly repairs. 

Instead, ask the skip hire provider to protect the surface before they place your skip.

Most will rest the container on planks of wood – keeping it off the ground slightly and spreading the heavy load.

Ready to hire a skip?

GSH Skips specialise in St Helens skip hire and cover all areas in the northwest. They provide domestic skips in a range of sizes and have a large modern fleet of vehicles to deliver them to your door. They’re also extremely flexible and reliable, and save you the arduous job of transporting waste to the recycling centre yourself.

So, regardless of how much rubbish you expect your project to produce, you can bet they’ll have a soliton to suit your disposal needs. Why not call them on 0151 424 4079 to find out more?

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