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Do you need a skip?

House clearance firm or DIY?

If you are selling or renovating a house, it is inevitable that there will be a lot of unwanted material (old carpets, broken furniture and so on) which you need to get rid of. The usual household facilities for refuse disposal and recycling are not going to be adequate for this quantity, so you are faced with two choices; to engage a firm specialising in house clearance, who will take charge of the whole operation, or alternatively to hire a skip and do the job yourself, which is cheaper.

Getting a skip

Your local telephone directly will list plenty of skip hire firms. Friends and neighbours who have recently moved or refurbished will probably be able to advise you from their own experience. There are national specialists who advertise widely. An internet search will point you towards companies that can be booked and paid for online.

Can anybody get a skip?

If the space in front of your house is restricted, or you have a narrow approach road, a full-size skip may not be an option. Skips are very large, and so are the lorries that deliver and collect them. However, smaller skips are available, and this may be an option; you can shop around to find a firm that can meet your needs.

Skips and the law

It is best to put the skip on your own property if possible, but if there is no room it is quite usual for it to be positioned on the road outside. This requires a permit from the local council, but the procedure for applying is not complicated, and the skip firm may be prepared to do it for you.

What goes in the skip?

Various kinds of hazardous waste such as paints and solvents are not permitted in skips, and neither are tyres and electrical items. You will get a full list from the skip hirers. There are other ways of disposing of these things, on which the local council will advise.

What are the disadvantages of skip hire?

It is quite hard and messy work to load everything into the skip, and you might want to seek help from neighbours and friends. The other chief disadvantage is the fact that many of your neighbours may view your skip as a public facility, and will either load it up with their own rubbish or dive in to search for salvageable items. Some skips have lids to prevent this.

What happens to the skip?

The use of a skip is an environmentally sound way of dealing with unwanted household items. The firm's employees will sort through the contents and recycle wherever possible; as much as ninety per cent will be dealt with this way, which is a much higher proportion than usual domestic collections.

After the skip has gone

After the skip has been lifted onto its lorry, the skip firm employees will be responsible for clearing up any litter and tidying up the site. There should be nothing left for the householder to do.

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