How To Hire A Skip

How To Hire A Skip
If you are undertaking any kind of major property renovation, or simply have a lot of junk to clear out, it pays to know how to hire a skip.

While it’s not a complicated process, there are a number of factors and considerations you’ll need to take into account.

Here are the questions you should ask yourself before calling the skip hire company:

1) Do I Actually Need A Skip?

The first thing to decide is whether you actually need one. This will usually depend on how much rubbish you have to get rid of, how close you live to a household waste centre, and whether you have access to any kind of transport.

Even if you don’t have your own vehicle large enough to transport your waste, it may be cheaper to hire a larger van or make several trips to the tip in a smaller vehicle.

2) What Can I Put In A Skip?

There are a number of items that cannot be put into a skip. The typical list looks something like this:

  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboard
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (full or empty)
  • Explosives
  • Computer Equipment (such as towers and monitors)
  • Electrical Equipment (e.g. Electric Cookers, Electric Fans)
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Medical Waste of any kind
  • Oils
  • Other Chemicals (e.g. bleach, detergents, processing fluids)
  • Solvents (e.g. paint, glue)
  • Paint Tins (unless completely empty)
  • Tyres

This isn’t an exhaustive list, and, it can vary depending on where in the country you are and which hire company you are using. It’s always best to check with the  hire company whether your waste is permitted before confirming the hire.

Keep in mind that if you add prohibited items to your skip, the hire company may refuse to collect it until the items have been removed. You may also be liable to pay a fine.

3) How Big A Skip Do I Need?

Ah, the age-old question. You don’t want to waste money on a skip that’s too large, yet, if you get one that’s too small, you’ll be left with some waste that you can’t get rid of.

So, how do you work out how big a skip you need? Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer to this as it will rely on you being able to accurately visualise how much waste you’ll have.

Skip Hire Guide

Skip Hire Guide By Mackers Total Recycling

Most companies offer three basic types of skip, Mini, Midi, and Maxi.

Typical amounts skips will hold:

  • Mini = Up to 30 bin liners of rubbish
  • Midi = Up to 40 bin liners of rubbish
  • Maxi = Up to 120 bin liners of rubbish

If you are just having a clearout or are undertaking a small refurbishment project, a Mini skip will likely be large enough. Undertaking something more substantial like building a conservatory? You’ll probably need a Midi skip. If you are undertaking a large refurbishment such as building a sizable extension, you’ll probably need a Maxi skip.

Of course, you may not be 100% sure what size you need. In this case, it’s usually best to go for a larger size since that will be less costly, and less hassle, than having to order multiple smaller skips. Most hire websites will have size guides on their website to help you decide what size you need.

4) Where Can I Put A Skip?

Where Can I Put A Skip?

A skip can be placed anywhere on your private land that you desire, providing the van can easily deliver and collect it. For that reason, most people choose to have their skip on their driveway or front lawn.

Keep in mind that if you place it on your lawn, it’s likely to damage the grass if it is left there for any period of time. They have also been known to damage or mark driveways, especially on softer surfaces such as tarmac.

If you don’t like the idea of potentially damaging your garden or driveway, or you simply don’t have space or access to be able to place it on private land, you can apply to have your skip on the roadside. It cannot, however, be placed on the pavement.

5) Do I Need A Skip Licence?

If it will sit entirely on private land, you do not need a skip licence or permit.

Should you decide to place the it on the roadside, you’ll need a skip permit or licence. In some areas this will be arranged by the hire company, in others, you’ll need to obtain the permit yourself.

When placing a skip on the roadside you may need to take additional safety precautions, such as lights or reflective markings. Failure to obtain a permit and use the correct safety markings can result in a fine of up to £1,000.

6) How Long Can I Hire A Skip For?

It’s common practice to hire skips for between 1 and 2 weeks. However, some skip hire companies will offer hire for an unlimited amount of time. This can be handy when working on projects that will take a lot of time, but it can get very expensive.

Equally, if you fill your skip more quickly, you can usually ask your hire company to collect it sooner. This will help you free up space and get another one in if required.

Just keep in mind that if you have a skip permit in place, it will only be valid for a certain amount of time, so, make sure you don’t exceed the time limit.

7) How Much Does A Skip Cost?

The cost of hiring a skip varies across the country, with those in London typically paying around 10% more than the rest of the country.

Outside of London, you can expect to pay:

  • Mini = £90-£130
  • Midi = £200-£250
  • Maxi = £250-340

These prices are rough estimates and are based on a 1 week hire period.

Where To Hire A Skip:

That completes our guide on how to hire a skip. With the answers to all of the above questions, you should be in a good position to make the necessary decisions you need to make before contacting a skip hire company.

In that case, you’ll need to decide where to hire it from. There are a number of options open to you, for instance, a quick search in Google will bring up numerous skip hire companies local to you.

Alternatively, there are a number of national companies who can provide hire across the country.

If you liked this article, you may also like our guide on the top 5 ways to add value to a property.


  • Paul James

    Paul James, is a marketing expert with a passion for property. As well as being a property investor, Paul has also worked within the marketing departments of some of the UK’s leading estate agents. Paul is the founder of Property Road.

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