Has anyone rented a dumpster for this purpose (or any purpose?) How much did it cost? For how long did you rent it?
Though FWIW, when we finally finished the project, it ended up being cheaper to hire a rubbish-removal company to come get everything that was left piled up in the driveway. That was $250, and they just piled it all in and took it away.
Both have advantages. The dumpster we rented had more space, so more stuff got taken away. We had it for a while, so didn't have to rush. But dh had to do all the loading (obviously).
The rubbish removal company was nice because they did all the loading and shlepping, but we had to have everything ready for them (piled up in the driveway).
We live in NY, so things are expensive. Check out the local Pennysaver papers, that's where we saw all the ads for companies that rented out dumpsters and/or came got it all (they were usually the same companies).
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We had a dumpster when we had our roof, windows and siding redone at the same time. The contractor paid for it so I have no idea how much it was. I think he had to get a permit for it. That would vary by city. Also, people kept putting stuff in it in the middle of the night. We would wake up to find strange trash bags in it or a chair. It was kind of annoying but we never completely filled it so it was ok. I think you can get a dumpster with a lid.
It was a smaller dumpster - about 5 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet - with an angled top. We just rented it for a day really - had it dropped off like on Tuesday, filled it Wed and gone Thurs. It was I think $100 from Waste Management out in Redmond, WA. I think like $90 of that was the actually drop off / pick up part and it was then pretty cheap per day, so I think we could have had it for much longer for just a few more dollars, but we were trying to sell the house, we didn't want it sitting there long. They just stuck it in our driveway.
Definitely worth it - we easily filled that dumpster full and hauling it all ourselves would just not have been possible with a baby and a toddler and having to fly cross country the next day, etc.
kamilla626, we are in your part of the world. This dumpster cost $350, max 2 tons, keep for 7 days. After 7 days it was $20 a week after that. If we went over 2 tons, it was $95 a ton after that. We went a bit over, so it cost an extra $30.
Be sure you have a good idea on how much 'stuff' you want to put in it before you order one. That way you don't go to small.
You might just want to load up your front yard and try to freecycle all of it, you'd be surprised what some people will take just because it's free.
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