5 Questions to Ask Before Renting a Dumpster

June 23, 2020

At Pack Rat Hauling, we specialize in hauling and junk removal services, but sometimes you have the muscle and only need a place to toss your trash. In that case, renting a dumpster is the perfect solution. We offer dumpster rental service to customers throughout Northern Virginia. That said, if you don’t live in the area or you’re still shopping around and looking at the different options out there, we still want you to be prepared. Here are the questions you should ask before renting a dumpster.

What Is Included in the Rental Price?

Many people look for the lowest price above all else when they’re searching for dumpster rentals. After all, a dumpster is a dumpster, right? Unfortunately, some unethical dumpster companies know this and the low prices they advertise don’t tell you the full story about their services.

Ask a potential dumpster rental service what the rental price includes. You’ll want to ensure that the cost of dropping off and removing the dumpster is covered in the price you’re quoted, as is the cost of disposing your trash. If these are not included in the initial price, get them in a written quote. Then, you can compare apples to apples and have everything in writing so there are no unwelcome surprises.

What Happens if I Exceed the Weight Limit?

It’s hard to look at all the junk you need to remove and come up with an on-the-nose estimate of its weight. You’ll want to make sure your dumpster rental company has a generous weight allowance. Without one, you may end up paying a lot more than you bargained for. Even with a substantial weight allowance, you’ll want to find out how any overage is handled, just in case.


Are There Additional Fees for Electronics and Appliances?

Most dumpster rental companies charge extra for disposing of electronics, appliances, and large items like mattresses. Others have a list of prohibited materials that they do not allow in their dumpsters. If you try to put one of these items in a dumpster and you get caught, you may have to pay steep fines. Be upfront about what you’re throwing away so you can know exactly what to expect when the bill arrives.

What If I Need My Dumpster Longer?

If you need to keep your dumpster for longer than the period you rented it for, find out what the rate is for each additional day. You might think you have ample time to get everything done, but in case you don’t, you won’t want to have to pay hundreds of dollars in fees to keep your dumpster a few extra days. $10 a day is a reasonable fee for any additional days needed.

Do You Provide Assistance?

Some dumpster rental companies only rent dumpsters and if you need additional help, you’re out of luck. Pack Rat Hauling offers demolition services and junk removal, so if you quickly realize you’re in over your head, we’re happy to lend a hand and help you fill up your dumpster.

Learn More About Renting a Dumpster in Northern Virginia

Do you need a dumpster in Northern Virginia? Pack Rat Hauling has you covered. Contact us with any questions you might have or schedule a dumpster drop off on our website.