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A Warning About Going with the Cheapest Dumpster Rental

A Warning About Going with the Cheapest Dumpster Rental

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We all love a killer deal, especially when it comes to having to fork over several hundred dollars to rent a dumpster for a home or business project. However, going with the cheapest dumpster rental is not always the best—or even the most cost-efficient—option.

‘Cost’ is certainly one of the most important determining factors when renting a dumpster, but it should never be the only factor. We’ll explain why below.

The ‘cheapest dumpster rental’ might equate to ‘cheaper service.’

You get what you pay for. This holds true in the dumpster rental business. Can you really expect to get the fastest, most reliable, friendliest, accommodating service while also paying the lowest rate in town? While that’s definitely possible, it’s not probable.

By vetting dumpster rental companies beyond just price, you’ll ensure a smoother, trouble-free rental experience in the end.

Here are several things to ask a rental provider beyond just cost:

  • Can they accommodate your project schedule? How flexible are they with rental periods?
  • Do they protect the driveway or surface where the dumpster is to be placed?
  • How much weight is included in the price? What’s the cost (per ton) for going over?
  • Which payment types are accepted? (Some may only accept cash or check.)
  • Do they have the ideal container size available for the job at hand?

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Costs can add up unexpectedly.

Say a dumpster provider offers 10, 20, 30, and 40 cubic yard dumpsters. By choosing the 10 yard roll-off, you will get the lowest price of the four. (The national average cost to rent a 10 yarder is $300.) Should your project generate slightly more than 10 cubic yards of debris, you would then need to rent a second 10 yard bin to complete the job – that’s another $300 on top of the $300 already paid. In this example, it would’ve been more cost-efficient to rent a 20 or 30 yard container in the first place.

Average All-In Cost to Rent a Dumpster
Roll-off Container Size Average Cost
10 yard dumpster $304
20 yard dumpster $383
30 yard dumpster $441
40 yard dumpster $488

It’s important to always over-estimate the amount of debris a project will generate. Likewise, go with the slightly larger dumpster if you’re on the fence with which container size to choose. Although the upfront cost is a little higher, it can reduce the total disposal costs in the end.


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Cheap dumpster rates may have hidden fees.

The lowest advertised dumpster price in town may simply be the base rate. There may also be additional fees added on to the backend. It’s important to read the fine print.

Potential fees in addition to the base rate:

  • Mileage and/or fuel surcharge
  • A per-ton fee (Some companies charge a base rate + a fee per ton of waste)
  • Additional fees for the type of debris
  • Permit fees (applicable if dumpster is placed in the public right-of-way)
  • Taxes

Ensure you understand the out-the-door price of the dumpster by asking specifically for the all-inclusive price and getting it in writing.

Compare the all-in costs when choosing between dumpster rental companies. In doing so, you may find the cheapest base price doesn't equate to the most affordable out-the-door rate.

Recommendation when selecting a dumpster rental company

Get dumpster quotes from at least 2 - 3 rental providers. When doing so, ask questions of the dumpster rental company to determine if it’s a good fit for your project, such as:

  • Can they handle the disposal needs of a busy construction or demolition site?
  • Do they cater to residential rentals and go the extra mile to ensure driveway protection?
  • Can they accommodate your project timeline regarding drop-off and pick-up?
  • …Or whatever your project requirements may be

Read reviews and do some quick online research about the company. Is there a history of poor customer service? At Hometown, we provide verified customer reviews to help make the vetting process easier for you. If there’s any concern about whether a dumpster rental company will meet your needs, cross them off your list, even if their dumpster pricing is the cheapest.

Ensure a positive experience when renting a dumpster by doing your due diligence and not getting distracted solely by the numbers. We make it quick and easy to compare local dumpster rental companies. Click below to start finding a reputable dumpster rental company near you.

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