The skip size for your renovation or garden overhaul project is important. If it’s too small you’ll need more than one. And if it’s too big then you’re just wasting money. So how do you choose the right skip size for your renovation?

If you are hiring a skip for rubbish removal, one of the main decisions you need to make is the right skip size. Needless to say, you don’t want to underestimate and end up with a skip that is far too small.

Equally, while it may be tempting to simply go for a bigger skip than what you need, you will end up spending more money than is necessary. And one wants to throw cash down the drain.

With that being said, continue reading to find out all you need to know about skip sizes and choosing the right one.

Finding The Right Skip Size

Before you begin to look at the different skip sizes that are available, first make a list of all of the things in your home you are getting rid of. Simply doing a quick estimate in your head may seem like a good idea, but you are bound to forget things.

Plus, it’s hard to get a true understanding of the full scale of everything you have if you do it that way. Instead, with a list, you will have everything written in front of you.

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You can then make a note of any items that will need to be broken into pieces before going into the skip. Once you have done this, group all items based on a bin bag.

What we mean by this is, every group should be enough items to fit into a standard bin bag. That enables you to estimate how many bin bags of stuff you are going to get rid of, roughly.

Skip Size in Cubic Measurements

Once you have this information at hand, you will be able to determine the size of skip you need. Skip sizes are measured per cubic yard or cubic metre.

If you have around 25 bin bags of rubbish, a two cubic-yard (or 1.5 cubic metre) skip is enough. For 35 bags, choose a three cubic-yard (or 2.3 cubic-metre) skip. For 45 bags, select a four cubic-yard (or 3 cubic metre) skip, and for 55 bags, choose a five cubic-yard (or 3.0 cubic-metre) skip.

You get the point! Basically, for every ten bags or so, aim for one cubic yard.

Most homeowners won’t require anything more than a 12 cubic yard (or 9.2 cubic-metre) skip, which is known as a maxi skip. This is the preferred choice for big house clearances.

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The bigger skips are used primarily by builders and such like. The most popular type of skip is usually the eight cubic-yard (6 cubic-metre) skip, which is ideal for any heavy waste.

A six cubic-yard (4.5 cubic-metre) skip is known as a small builder skip, and is for bulky waste. A midi skip, which is a four cubic-yard (3 cubic-metre) skip, is ideal for bathroom and kitchen re-fits. The smallest skip is the two cubic-yard (1.5 cubic-metre) skip, known as a mini skip, and this is mainly used for garden jobs or small house jobs.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea regarding the different skip sizes that are available and the right skip size for your renovation project.

Professional Tip: Penelope Herbert, an interior designer with Plush Design Interiors, says to ask the skip provider about what can, and can’t, go in a skip. Typically, paint and paint tins, batteries and mattresses (unless stripped down) will not be taken in most skips. You could also get a cheaper hire price if the skip only had one type of material in it. For example, only garden greenery or only tiles, bricks and concrete. Mixed skip bins usually attract a slightly higher hire price.

If you follow the approach mentioned above, and get a good idea regarding what you are getting rid of, you should have no trouble determining the right skip size for your requirements.