Updated March 13, 2023
Looking for dumpster rental services in your area but want to make sure you're renting from the right company?
Getting 2-3 quotes is always recommended when renting a dumpster or hiring a contractor or company of any kind. This helps to ensure you get the best service for the best price.
However, each dumpster rental quote is not the same, so it's important to know what to look out for in order to ensure you know which estimate and which dumpster rental company is the best option for your junk or debris removal project.
In this guide, we'll go over the main things to consider when comparing junk removal quotes—besides cost—to ensure you make the best decision.
Are They Licensed and Insured?
The first and main deciding factor that should come into play when renting a dumpster—or hiring any company or contractor for that matter—is whether or not they are licensed and insured to provide this service.
Even when you hire a qualified and experienced dumpster rental company, there is still a potential risk for accidents to happen, and you want to be sure that you and your property are protected.
For example, if a crew member is injured during your dumpster drop-off or pick-up, an uninsured company will not have the coverage needed to pay for any damages, and you could end up being stuck paying for their medical bills, workers' compensation, and any potential legal fees.
This is why it's so important to ensure any company you hire to work on your property is qualified, licensed, and insured.
In addition to safety and legal risks, renting a dumpster from an unregistered or unlicensed company can put you at risk of becoming a victim of property damage or theft.
Do They Have a Good Reputation?
Another important factor to consider when paying for dumpster rental services (or any contractor services for that matter) is their reputation with customers.
If a company has bad reviews (or no reviews) from past customers, this may be a red flag warning you to rent from another dumpster rental company.
At Hometown, we collect reviews from verified customers to ensure all reviews on our site are real, and also to assist future customers in finding the right dumpster rental company in their area.
Local friends and family, as well as your neighborhood Facebook group or Nextdoor app, can also be very helpful in learning a local company's reputation.
If several others have had positive experiences renting a dumpster from a certain company, chances are you'll have a positive experience, too.
Another great gauge of a company's level of customer service is their willingness to answer a customer's questions with patience and kindness.
If a dumpster rental company seems impatient or irritated with you at any point, this isn't a sign of great customer service.
Instead, look for a company who is patient, responsive, and able to answer your questions without pressuring you in any way.
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Do They Have the Dumpster Availability You Need?
A dumpster company could be the best in the business—reliable, efficient, fairly priced, and customer-oriented—but if they can't provide the dumpster size you need when you need it, you'll want to find a company that can.
Oftentimes, dumpster rental companies can provide services within a couple days, but during the busier times of year, like spring and summer, it may take them a bit longer to get a dumpster dropped off at your site.
If you're in a hurry to get rid of your junk or you have a project that needs to stay on-schedule, even a minor dumpster delay can cause a domino effect of scheduling issues and become a major headache.
Getting multiple quotes from local dumpster rental companies increases the chances of finding a great company with the dumpster availability you need.
At Hometown, we specialize in helping people find qualified dumpster rental companies in their area.
Finding the right dumpster rental company in your area is easy:
- Click the "Find Pros" button in the upper right corner of this page, and select "Dumpster Rental" (or click the "Find dumpster rental services near you" links on this page).
- Enter your zip code in the search bar, and click the "Find Pros" button.
- Browse a complete list of locally-owned dumpster rental companies in your area.
To be sure you choose the best dumpster rental company, we recommend reaching out to multiple dumpster rental companies for quotes and getting answers to the most important dumpster rental questions from each one in order to accurately compare estimates and make the best decision.