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Choosing the Right Skip Size for Your Domestic Project

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Choosing the Right Skip Size for Your Domestic Project

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If you’re undertaking a renovation project, a home extension or other type of DIY job that is expected to generate a lot of waste, then you’ll need a skip to manage it safely and properly. However, with the variety of skip sizes available and the differing needs of certain projects, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you, so in this article, the team at Ward Bros are going to help you make the correct choice.  We take a look at choosing the right skip size for your domestic project here:

What size skip do I need?

Choosing the Right Skip Size for Your Domestic Project

When it comes to hiring a skip ideally you need the correct size. Too small and you won’t be able to get all your rubbish in. Also, too big and you can end up wasting money on “empty space”. Also depending on the job that you are doing, you can crush some of your waste to fit into the skip. This in turn will save space and allow you to put more waste into the skip.

There are a number of skip sizes to choose from which you can see here. In our handy guide not only have we put the sizes but also on average how many black bin bags you can fit into the skip too.

What size skip do I need for a house extension?

Perhaps the largest project you can undertake at home, a home extension is going to create a lot of waste, so you’ll need a big skip. Think of the things you’ll potentially be discarding – bricks, wood, concrete and other bulky items will take up a lot of room, so you’ll need to consider something like a 6, 8 or 12-yard builders skip.

What size skip do I need for a house renovation?

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Much like a house extension, there’ll be a lot of waste when you’re renovating your home. You might be ripping out appliances, cupboards and fixtures, and you’ll need somewhere to put them – a 6-yard builders skip will suffice for the removal of things like kitchens and bathrooms. 

What size skip do I need for moving house?

When moving house, you might conduct a house clearance before you leave to ensure you can organise the belongings you want to keep, the ones you want to sell and the ones you want to donate to charity or throw away. Smaller skips are perfect for this job; 3 yard and 4-yard skips can hold 40 and 50 full bin bags respectively, so that should be plenty of space for the things you don’t want, providing they aren’t too bulky.

What size skip do I need for a garden clearance?

Garden clearance is likely to generate plenty of bags of waste as you cut down branches, remove plants and dig up soil and earth. This means that you’ll need a skip large enough to accommodate the bulky waste you accumulate, but you won’t need to consider the larger end of the skip size spectrum. A midi skip – 4 cubic yards and capable of holding 40 full bin bags – is a commonly-used variety for garden clearances.


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That’s our overview of three common domestic projects and the skip sizes that are generally most suitable for them. We at Ward Bros are very proud to provide comprehensive and effective skip hire services for customers throughout Durham, drawing upon our years of experience and our commitment to providing first-class workmanship on jobs both big and small. For more information, or to arrange delivery of one of our skips, please email us here and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Alternatively, you can call us and we will be happy to assist. 


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