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Simplifying the Home Clean-Out Process: How to Choose the Right Dumpster

A home clean-out is an exciting project, but it can also be a daunting one. You want to get started as soon as possible, but you've got to plan your schedule and materials carefully if you want your home clean-out project to go smoothly. That's why we're here to help! We'll walk you through the process of choosing the right dumpster size for your home clean-out project, from identifying what you need to start making decisions about container sizes, all the way through planning out how much time you'll need and when each step will take place.

Choosing the correct dumpster can make your home clean-out project go smoothly.

Choosing the correct size dumpster can help make your home clean-out project go smoothly. If you choose too small of a dumpster, it may become full before you're done with your project, which means that you'll have to rent another one. Choosing too large of a dumpster can also be problematic; if it’s too big for the amount of trash that needs to be removed, then there will be room inside for things that shouldn’t go there—like grass clippings and leaves.

When choosing the right size container for your cleanup project:

  • Keep in mind that most standard residential dumpsters are between 8 and 20 cubic yards in capacity (that's 240 to 900 gallons). A 10-cubic yard dumpster typically holds about 3 pickup truck loads worth of waste or debris.
  • The more space between your finished project area and where the container is placed, the less likely it is that you'll need two containers during one visit.*

Step 1: Identify Your Project Needs

Before you can choose the right dumpster, you need to identify your project needs. This will help you understand what type of dumpster best suits your needs, and how much space it will take up on site.

Choosing a Dumpster for Your Project Needs

  • What is the scope of your project? What are its logistics? How much space do you have to work with? How many people will be involved in completing it?
  • If you're performing a big clean-out and don't know where to start, we suggest starting at home—both literally and figuratively. A good way to get started is by separating items into three categories: save/keep, donate/recycle, or discard/trash. This can help guide which items should go into which category when determining whether or not they are worth saving for future use or getting rid of altogether

Step 2: Determine the Size of Your Project

To determine the size of dumpster you’ll need, first determine how much stuff you need to get rid of. The amount of space it takes up in your home will affect how much volume you need in your container. Here are some questions that can help:

  • What is being removed? If there are large items (furniture, appliances or construction debris), then a larger container might be required for the project.
  • How much material is there? For example, if you have 40 bags of clothing and shoes to dispose of, this could fill up an entire 20-yard container by itself!
  • How big are the items that are being removed? Larger things like mattresses and couches will require more space than smaller things such as linens and food waste from the kitchen sink.

Step 3: Calculate Your Debris Volume

It's time to calculate your debris volume. Before you begin, make sure that the dimensions of your space are accurate. To achieve this, take a measuring tape and measure the length of one wall, and then multiply that number by its width. For example, if one wall is 10 feet long and 8 feet wide, multiply those numbers together to get 80 square feet! That number should be fairly easy to remember—it also happens to be an important piece of information when it comes time for calculating how much waste you need to fill up a dumpster!

To account for any overages (because let's face it—some trash just won't fit), add 10% onto your total volume estimate. Using our previous example: 80 sq ft x 1.1 = 88 -- so we're good!

Step 4: Choose Your Container Size

You’re now ready to choose a dumpster size for your project. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Determine the size of the area you need to clean out. You can use a tape measure to determine the length, width and depth of the area you’re cleaning out.
  • Calculate the volume of debris (in cubic yards) that needs to be removed from your home or building site. For example, if you have three rooms with two dumpsters each, then your total volume will equal six cubic yards per room times three rooms equals 18 cubic yards total debris removed from your property.

Step 5: Plan Your Project Timeline

  • Plan your project timeline. To ensure that you're able to use the dumpster for as long as possible, it's important to plan ahead and determine how much time it will take to transport the container from its current location to your home. You will also need time allotted for loading debris into your dumpster, so make sure you don't book a dumpster until after those steps can be completed.
  • Consider renting a roll-off container instead of renting a standard one if you have more than just construction waste; roll-off containers are better suited for mixed loads.

A well-organized home clean-out project starts with choosing the right container size.

To avoid paying for a dumpster that's too small or large, start by measuring the square footage of your project area. Divide this number in half and add an extra 10 percent for good measure. This will give you the approximate size of dumpster you'll need to get the job done efficiently.

A well-organized home clean-out project starts with choosing the right container size. Dumpsters are measured in cubic yards, which is equal to 764 cubic feet or 1/4 yard (3 feet long x 3 feet wide x 3 feet high). A typical residential clean out may require anywhere from 1 to 6 cubic yards; larger projects such as demolitions may require 20 or more cubic yards, depending on how much debris needs to be removed during a renovation project.

Dumpsters come in various sizes so that they can accommodate any type of waste removal job. It's important not only to consider how much space is required but also whether there will be ongoing needs over time—for example, if you're starting an attic remodel and want to remove insulation, then it would be ideal if there were extra space available once that phase has been completed so that cleanup can take place immediately afterward without having to rent another container later on down the road; likewise if this isn't necessary then renting smaller containers might make sense since they're less expensive overall than renting out larger ones when all said and done!

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A well-organized home clean-out project starts with choosing the right container size. You’ll want to plan your timeline and create a list of tasks, as well as determine what materials need to be removed from your home. From there, you can choose the best dumpster size based on those factors and how much debris you need to dispose of. In addition, make sure that any building materials or appliances are removed from your property before placing an order for service from us!

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