Tips to Save Money on Local Dumpster Rental Service

Save money on dumpster rentals

Renting a dumpster can get quite expensive if you go at it blindly. There are easy ways to ensure you’re getting the best price on a dumpster rental for whatever project you need it for. Why spend $500 for a dumpster when you can get it for $350? We can show you how.

Dumpster size

One of the biggest mistakes people make when renting a dumpster is getting the wrong size. It’s extremely important to know exactly what and how much material you plan to dump. Knowing this information can help the dumpster rental company recommend the perfectly-sized roll off container for your project.

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Here’s a brief scenario of how the wrong size dumpster can end up costing you:

You need a roll-off dumpster for a basement cleanout project. You rent a 20 yard dumpster (22 ft L x 8 ft W x 4.5 ft H) and end up filling it less than half-full. A 20 yard dumpster can easily cost $350 or more for a 7-day rental, depending upon where you live. If you would’ve estimated the amount of material a little more accurately, you could’ve opted for a 10 yard dumpster instead and saved $100 or more on the rental.

Save with Hometown

While this may sound like a shameless plug on our part, you really can save on your next dumpster rental with How, you ask? It’s pretty simple. We work with local dumpster rental companies across the nation, most of which already offer the lowest dumpster rental prices around.

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Plus, national online brokers jack up their prices to compensate for increased overhead, advertising costs, and expenses. Additionally, we screen out the “bad seeds,” so you know you’re choosing a reputable company that will offer you the best pricing possible.

Call around

It’s always a good idea to call at least two dumpster rental companies before renting a container. Oftentimes, you’ll find that the same size container at Dumpster Rental Company “B” is $50 or $60 less than at Rental Company “A.”

Know the added expenses

Overage charges, tipping fees, and late charges are all common expenses associated with renting a dumpster. Some fees will be included in your quoted price but others will not. Always ask about additional fees and charges associated with the rental.

Overage fees can get particularly expensive if you’re not careful. These are fees you pay to the rental company if you happen to go over the tonnage limit for the rental. These fees can cost $40 or more per ton in addition to the normal rental cost of the container.

This is just another very important reason to be as accurate as possible when describing the types and amount of material you plan to dump when talking to the service rep over the phone.

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Good-old-fashioned negotiating over the phone still applies in the dumpster rental biz. As with any negotiation, you need some fuel before you start the fire. In other words, you should call the rental company down the street for pricing information to use as a negotiating tool. Many times local dumpster rental companies will not only match their competitor’s pricing, but beat it.

Ask about Discount Pricing

Some dumpster rental companies offer special discounts for people in the military, seniors, veterans, or members of certain area organizations. You’ll almost never find out about these discounts unless you ask the service rep if any of these are available. You can receive discounts of 10% or more using this simple tip.

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