Mistake #1: Renting the Wrong Size of Roll-Off Dumpster

The most common mistake people make when renting a dumpster (especially the first time) is renting the wrong size roll-off dumpster. Many homeowners underestimate just how much stuff they have to get rid of. Or they don’t load the dumpster properly, and find they have a bunch of junk that won’t fit in the dumpster. While you can always rent another dumpster, it’s more cost-effective and less stressful to rent the right size to start with.

We recommend sizing up if you’re in doubt. And if you have space left over in a larger roll-off dumpster, you probably have some more items you can clear out.

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Mistake #2: Tossing Hazardous Materials into Your Roll-Off Dumpster

This is the second biggest mistake people make. Just because you paid for a dumpster rental doesn’t mean you can throw everything into it. Hazardous materials and prohibited items in your dumpster can cost you. If the rental company empties the dumpster at the landfill and is fined for dumping hazardous materials, they will hold you responsible for the fine.

Pay attention to the list of Restricted Items posted by a dumpster rental company. The list is pretty universal for the industry and includes things such as motor oil, poison, paint cans, asbestos shingles, and more.

Mistake #3: Overfilling Your Dumpster

This goes hand-in-hand with getting the wrong-sized dumpster. When you rent a dumpster, the company will tell you what the weight limit is, and tell you not to fill the dumpster beyond the top of the container. The dumpster rental company cannot haul a dumpster that is overflowing, because debris could fly out during transport, or the dumpster could be overweight.

Avoid fines for either and have a plan to load your dumpster correctly.

Related Reading: How to Load a Roll-Off Dumpster Most Efficiently

Mistake #4: Working with the Wrong Dumpster Rental Company

Before scheduling delivery of your dumpster rental, do your homework. Look for a company that has good reviews. Get recommendations from friends and neighbors. You may need to call for pricing, as the exact cost of your roll-off dumpster rental may depend on transport times, when you need it delivered, and more. Be sure to ask about any additional fees so you know exactly what to expect. Some companies may offer a low-ball price, but then charge delivery fees, pickup fees, or charge extra for a Saturday delivery.

Related Reading: Dumpster Rental 101

Call Now to Schedule a Dumpster Rental

To set up your rental, call or text us at 443-286-3284. In most cases, we can deliver your roll-off dumpster the next day, but we recommend calling 1-2 days before you need it. You can keep the dumpster for up to 10 days, and you simply call us when you’re ready for us to pick it up.  We offer delivery and pickup Monday through Saturday.

If you’re not sure what size dumpster you need, if you tell us a bit about your project, we can make recommendations. We offer competitive dumpster rental prices to customers in Harford County and parts of Baltimore County.