Saturday 16 February 2019
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Why it Often Makes Sense to Hire a Skip When Doing DIY

Why it Often Makes Sense to Hire a Skip When Doing DIY

Whether you are sufficiently experienced at DIY or just a plucky rookie, there are a few things we must prepare in order to get the job done properly.

Firstly, we need to outline the job at hand and consider how it might affect something else in the house. Secondly, we have to check we have all the necessary tools to complete the task and thirdly, we need to ensure we know what t do with the waste created by the work.

Trips to the Tip

We’ve all been there, attempting to disassemble and old bed or wardrobe so that we can fit it into the back of our car so that we don’t have to make multiple trips back and forth to the tip.


By the time you finally get there with a car practically bursting with broken bits of wood, you discover that they’ve already shut for the day. You then have to drive home and find somewhere to store all of the battered wood before you can take another run at the tip.

Save yourself these unnecessary headaches by hiring a skip. With minimal effort, you can chuck all that old furniture into your skip which is sitting just at the front f your house.

Time Saving

Aside from saving you a massive headache, hiring a skip when doing DIY can also save you plenty of time.

All that time cramming rubbish in your car and driving back and forth from the tip takes plenty of time, time that could be spent doing something productive, like assembling the new furniture or cleaning up the mess left from your previous job.

We spoke to Essex based Skip hire firm Reds Skip Hire in Basildon, who told us, “Those who take on a big DIY job without the help of a skip often find that their job takes at least a couple of days longer because they spend so much time trying to dispose of waste.”

“When you’re doing any DIY in the home, it can mean a room becomes unusable, so, you’d want to get the work done as quickly as possible to get things back to normal. Hiring a skip will certainly help you achieve this.”

Materials & Recycling

Another issue with DIY work is the range of waste materials you’re left with. For kitchen appliances to packaging, wooden furniture to rubble, not all of these things can go into your wheelie bin.

You can put all of the above in a skip and other things such as soil, metals and domestic food waste.


This is particularly helpful when it comes to big DIY jobs that involve knocking down walls or digging foundations which leave you with rubble, rocks and soil.

This is usually because the way to get rid of materials like this would be to get in touch with your local council, who will come to your house to collect it, usually for a fee.

This differs between local authorities as they all have their own slightly different approach. To find out what it might cost you in your local area, search your postcode here. If you are doing DIY work which involves a number of waste materials including rubble or soil, it is safe to say it’s well worth hiring a skip to save you a lot of hassle.

Non-electrical kitchen appliances, such as a pass cooker, can go into a skip, which is a massive help if you are re-doing your kitchen and don’t like the prospect of cramming the weighty appliance into the back of your three-door car.

Unfortunately, electrical appliances remain one of the few things which cannot go into a skip and must be taken to a special recycling centre. You can read more about recycling by heading over to Recycle Now.