How to Avoid Property Damage When Renting a Dumpster
When you rent a dumpster, you usually put down a deposit in case of any damages that may occur while you’re using it. You will be guaranteed to get your money back if you return the dumpster without damages, which is usually a pretty simple task. What you may not think about is how to avoid property damages that may occur when you rent a dumpster for renovations, spring cleaning, and other activities.
Gorilla Bins has some ideas for you.
Select the Correct Bin Size
Selecting the right size of the dumpster to suit your needs is the first step to make sure that you do not sustain any damage to your property. You don’t want the bin to be so big that you are unable to place it close to your project area. This may result in you dropping larger items and damaging your belongings and even injuring yourself. You also don’t want your rental bin to be so small that you can’t fit all of your junk in it. This can cause an overflow of heavy objects that may result in property damage.
Clear a Spot for Your Dumpster
If you have a driveway, ensure that you move your vehicles out of the way. This way, you can be sure that anything you are transferring into the dumpster will not damage any cars that may be nearby. If you don’t have a driveway, you can consider clearing a space in your front yard so that the dumpster can be placed there. However, grassy areas may not be the most ideal locations, since the dumpster will get heavier and harder to move on a lawn once it is full. To ensure that there are no damages to your property, you can obtain a dumpster permit from the City of Toronto and other cities that you may be living in so that you can park your dumpster on the street for a fixed amount of time. This way, the dumpster is a significant distance away from your possessions and your home.
Utilize Moving Equipment
When you are preparing for the arrival of your dumpster, keep in mind the types of objects that you will be putting into the bin. Will you be lifting them? Will they be too heavy for you? If you are throwing out larger and heavier items, you may want to consider using some moving equipment. By doing this, it will be less likely for you to hurt yourself or sustain any damage to your home. A dolly could be helpful when bringing out larger and heavier objects. If you strap items like a refrigerator to a dolly, you can ensure that it will not topple over and dent your walls, doors, or floors. Furniture sliders will also help you transport any awkward objects and ensure you get your junk to the dumpster quickly and easily. Make sure you have someone to help you out with this.
Protect Your Property
Use extra precaution when you are removing larger and heavier items from your home to the dumpster. You can do this by putting down plywood sheets to protect your floors, use furniture blankets to wrap around any furniture and drape them from your walls and bannisters, or use corner guards and carpet protectors. This way, you can make sure that when getting rid of your junk, your property will not be damaged in the process. You can also use cardboard boxes to pack up smaller items, which will make the transport from your home to the dumpster easier since you will be able to move multiple items at a time. Packaging smaller items this way can also make it easier for you to put them into the dumpster and stack them on top of each other neatly.
Keep Your Driveway and Yard in Mind
If you are considering renting a dumpster for junk removal, you will need to consider how much added weight the dumpster will be holding. After you have loaded the dumpster, it will not be as easy to remove from your property as it was bringing it onto your property in the first place. If you are putting a lot of heavy objects in the dumpster, it may damage your lawn. If it is left there for long periods of time, the grass may become discoloured and the soil may be matted down. With this in mind, you can prepare yourself for the aftermath if your lawn is the only location for the dumpster. You can manage the damage by treating your grass with fertilizer afterward and aerating the space once your junk has been removed.
Gorilla Bins vary in size so that we can cater to our clients’ unique removal needs. We rent bins that range from 4 to 40 cubic yards and we have rear-opening double doors to make your project safer and easier. To avoid any damages to your personal property, we place our dumpsters on your driveway with caution and make sure to place wooden planks first so that your property remains undamaged.
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