Hiring the Right Dumpster Service: Everything You Need to Know
If you need to rent a dumpster, there’s more to consider than just pricing when hiring the right company for the job. Quality of service is just as important, if not more critical. For example, the company with the lowest prices may have a reputation of being late for delivery or pickups, rude to customers, or be nonresponsive to customer inquires. It's important to weigh several factors when choosing the best dumpster service for your needs.
When dumpster shopping, you should be asking, "Which company offers the best value?" not just, “Which company offers the best price?”
Generally speaking, that means hiring a local dumpster rental company, but keep reading to learn everything you need to know in order to hire the right dumpster service for you.
Choose local to get the best customer service.
When it comes to dumpster rental service providers, going local is almost always better. Why? Because we're talking about a service, not a product; and saving a couple bucks means nothing when it gets you bottom-of-the-barrel service.
When it comes to customer service, small, local companies’ personal approach far surpasses the cookie-cutter style of bigger name brands.
The bigger companies’ modus operandi is pretty simple: Profit through efficiency. Their “customer service” is better designed to pacify customers than actually assist in solving their problems. That's why you oftentimes hear big company customer service reps reciting standardized answers in a monotone voice with little evidence of concern.
According to the Harvard Business Review, smaller companies value “sincere empathy over indifferent calmness and common sense over standard operating procedure.” The emphasis of customer service over revenue is why local companies’ services are typically more personalized and reliable than those of big name brands.
Not to mention, in this industry, some large waste disposal companies claim to offer dumpster rental, when in reality, they outsource the service to another dumpster provider. This whole "sub-contracting" situation ultimately leads to increased costs for you. If you're not communicating directly with the company that's supplying your dumpster, there is a greater chance of miscommunication and poor dumpster service, too.
Pay attention to companies’ cues to assess their level of service.
When calling or emailing companies for quotes (we recommend a minimum of 2-3 to be safe), listen to their tone as well as what they’re actually saying.
- Is the representative friendly and polite?
- Are they knowledgeable and helpful?
- Do they have to ask someone else to give you the answers you need?
- Did they explain pricing details, like included weight, types of debris allowed, and potential overage fees?
Good customer service should last from the first phone call to final pick-up, and one bad customer service experience is usually a good indicator that more will follow.
If you have an unpleasant experience simply getting a quote from a company over the phone, then chances are you won’t like the way they do business otherwise either.
Don’t spend more than you have to for good local service.
If you’re like 70% of consumers, then you’re willing to pay a little more for good service. In fact, according to Business News Daily, a majority of consumers are willing to spend an average of 13% more if we think it’ll get us exceptional customer service.
However, that doesn’t mean you should adopt a “money is no object” outlook when it comes to getting extraordinary service from a local professional, especially when it comes to dumpster rental.
Instead, you should shop around just like you do everything else, assessing a company’s level of service in addition to their price.
Check out some of our most helpful dumpster pricing reads below:
- Waste Management Dumpster Rental Prices Compared to Locally Owned Haulers
- The Big List of Dumpster Rental Prices in the U.S.
- How much does it cost to rent a concrete dumpster?
- How much does it cost to rent a dumpster for a day?
Use Hometown to find the right local dumpster rental company.
At HometownDumpsterRental.com, we screen and verify local companies to help you find the best one in your area, and we publish only 100% authenticated customer reviews; so you can trust that all of the information published on the Hometown site is accurate.
Simply search by state or your nearest major city, learn more about dumpster rental services available in your area, and call the companies you’re interested in to request a quote from them.
If you’re unsure of which size dumpster you’ll need, don’t worry—these companies are experts, and they'll be able to help you pick the right one for your project.
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