How Long Can I Rent a Dumpster?

how long can i rent a dumpster

Updated July 14, 2021

If you're a first-time dumpster renter, you're likely curious how long dumpster rental periods typically last.

You don't want to be rushed to fill the dumpster, but you also don't want a large dumpster sitting on your property longer than it needs to be. This is why planning ahead is key.

This guide will answer common questions and help you make the most of your dumpster rental.

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What Are Standard Dumpster Rental Lengths?

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Some dumpster companies offer short, three-day rental periods as the standard, while others offer longer, 14-day rentals.

Even more, certain providers will offer extremely flexible rental periods, from as short as a single day to as long as 30 days or more in some cases.

The most common dumpster rental period length is seven days, but this varies from one company to the next.

How Long Should My Rental Period Be?

Try to estimate how long your project will take as accurately as you can.

Sometimes projects run longer than you'd think, so err on the side of caution and add some cushion to your expected timeline.

By breaking down the project into days or hours, it becomes easier to accurately estimate how long it will take to finish the work itself.

If you have a dumpster on-site from the start of the project as a way of managing the debris, you will probably need a longer rental period.

If you don't need the dumpster right away or during the entire project, choose a drop-off day when you’re ready to start loading the dumpster.

If the disposal portion of the project can be completed in a single day, we recommend looking for a company willing to offer a single- or two-day rental period.

In some cases, you can score a discounted rate, especially if dumpsters are in limited supply during busy times of the year.

For long-term projects, many rental providers will accommodate customers' needs as best they can, whether it's keeping the dumpster on-site for a couple days or an entire month.

When reaching out to different providers for dumpster rental quotes, be sure to ask them what rental lengths they offer and whether or not they offer discounts for short-term rentals.

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How Do I Avoid Overage Fees?

Dumpster rental companies are typically flexible in their rental periods, but keeping the dumpster longer than what’s included in the base price will likely incur additional daily fees, usually in the $10-$20 per day range.

We always advise staying within the dumpster company's standard rental period to avoid paying daily overage charges that get added onto the base rate.

If the cleanup is part of a long-term project, negotiate the total rental cost upfront rather than winging it day-by-day.

By negotiating a longer rental period upfront, the dumpster rental company is likely to provide a better rate.

For example, a cleanup that takes 10 days longer than expected could tack on an additional $200 to the base rate of the dumpster ($20/day x 10 days). In some cases, that could double the total cost of the rental.

When calling dumpster rental providers, it’s important to ask them how many days are included in the rate you’re being quoted.

At Hometown, we advise reaching out to at least three different rental providers to ensure you get the best price for the rental length and dumpster size you need.

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