Attention Homeowners: How to Choose a Dumpster That’s Residential-Friendly

by Greg Westfall


5 Tips for homeowners on how to choose a dumpster! Renting a dumpster is a standard practice among contractors. If you’re a homeowner though, you may not be as knowledgeable about the process. Although you might think all bins are made equal, they’re actually not. Sure, most dumpsters are rectangular. But there are roll-offs, commercial front-loaders, and containers of all sizes. 

The good news is that bins built for homeowners are quite simple. However, there are a few tips on how to choose a dumpster that's residential-friendly, which will make your life easier.


Smaller is usually better

Focus on companies that offer dumpsters in smaller sizes. These bins are more appropriate for getting rid of household junk or clearing out your garage. Depending on the project, homeowners will usually stick to dumpsters no bigger than 10-yards (or 30 feet). A container this size can handle anything from old furniture to broken appliances. 

Larger dumpsters are likely unnecessary for residential tasks. They also may present challenges for placement on a small site. Larger dumpsters require larger trucks. Larger trucks mean more potential for damage to your property. 

When determining size, consider your objectives first. What is the scope of your project, and what type of materials will you be getting rid of? Once you’ve laid out the basics, assess whether: 

After making these preliminary considerations, you can then shop around for a dumpster that suits your needs. 


Type of dumpster matters

Small roll-off bins can work well. The standard open-top version is what you’ll want. These are built for home-based projects, such as interior/exterior renovations, household decluttering and junk removal. But just like industrial dumpsters, they act as temporary trash containers that are hauled away once full. 

Think about aesthetics

Let’s face it: Dumpsters aren’t exactly known for being beautiful. The ones your neighbors used during their home reno was likely an eyesore on the driveway. Today’s homeowners have choices though when it comes to dumpster aesthetics.

Look for bins that are designed with residents in mind. These containers are usually slimmer, cleaner and better-maintained. However, you should never sacrifice reliability for looks. Make sure the dumpster is still sturdy enough to handle your needs. At the end of the day, there’s always a way to balance aesthetics with durability. 


Pick-up & drop-off services must be included

This tip seems obvious, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. Make sure your company of choice is handling all pick-up and drop-off requirements. A trained professional should be the one delivering and setting up your container. Once your project is over, they should be the ones removing your dumpster as well. 

Remember: Never attempt to move a container on your own. Everything should be handled by the hiring company. Otherwise, you’ll be on the hook for damage or injury.


Consider affordability

Residential bin rentals are usually more affordable than services designed for the commercial industry. But if a price seems too good to be true, read the fine print before signing on. Ask about overage fees in the event your dumpster is filled beyond capacity. And make sure you’re aware of any additional one-time costs. The length of your rental will also determine the price. So keep your dates minimal and avoid keeping the bin for weeks at a time.  

VaVia offers affordable waste disposal solutions with the flexibility that homeowners demand. We make it easy for you to pick a dumpster, schedule delivery, and have your debris hauled away once it’s full. Our 10-yard containers are an excellent option for residential needs. 

Don’t let a pile of junk and debris bring you down! Rely on VaVia to keep your household projects on track, so you can focus on the things that matter. 

For more information on successful waste removal and how to choose a dumpster, contact us here.