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Remember to Take These Actions When You Plan to Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster

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Roll-off dumpsters are useful to rent if you're planning to clean out a big house. However, you've got to be aware of the following actions you'll need to do to ensure everything goes well.

Select a Suitable Landing Spot

When the truck arrives with your roll-off dumpster, they will need to place it down somewhere that is strong enough to handle the weight of the dumpster and the things you plan to put into it. The dumpster will be rather heavy when you're done with it, so you may not want it to go on your front lawn. The soil may shift and give way or be deeply dented and unsightly after the dumpster is removed.

The best place for the dumpster is usually on the public street in front of the house. However, if you share that space with neighbors along the street, you might want to give them a heads up about what is going to happen so that they are able to make parking plans while the dumpster is around. Once you've told neighbors, you can place traffic cones in the area you want to use so that visitors on the street don't park there.

Call Your Town's Permits Officer

No matter where you plan to have the dumpster placed, you are probably going to need a permit to have it there. Call up the local permits office and speak to an officer about your plans so they can tell you what forms you must complete to avoid fines for having a dumpster on the premises. They can also direct you to others if you need to seek additional approvals or notify certain departments.

Ask For a List of Acceptable Items

Another thing you need to know is that you cannot use the dumpster for everything. This might surprise you, but your rental company likely has a list of things that they do not want being deposited inside the dumpsters. Typically, forbidden items include things like vehicle oil, paint, and car batteries. Large appliances like refrigerators are also generally not accepted. Ask for a detailed list from the company so that you can avoid depositing those things in the dumpster; you might find yourself facing additional costs if you ignore that list.

Roll-off dumpsters can provide relief and save time whenever you have to clean out a large home. The rental company may have more guidelines for you, so be sure to ask before you start using the dumpster.