How Renting a Dumpster Can Make Moving Easier

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Moving to a new home is an exciting journey, but it often comes with a hidden challenge: managing the clutter and waste that accumulates over years of living in one place.

For homeowners, the task of sorting, disposing of, or recycling unwanted items can be overwhelming.

Here's a solution that might not have crossed your mind yet: renting a dumpster. This simple yet effective approach can significantly streamline your moving process.

Understanding the Role of Dumpster Rentals in Moving

So, what exactly is a dumpster rental?

It's a service where a large container is delivered to your property for waste collection.

Unlike regular trash bins, dumpsters are spacious, sturdy, and designed to handle a variety of materials, including bulky items like old furniture and appliances.

For homeowners on the move, a dumpster serves as a central spot to dispose of all the non-essentials, making the moving process cleaner and more organized.

The Benefits of Dumpster Rentals for Homeowners Moving

Efficiency in Decluttering

One of the first steps in moving is decluttering. With a dumpster right in your driveway, you can easily toss out old, broken, or unnecessary items. Imagine clearing out that crowded garage or attic without multiple trips to the dump or recycling center.


Comparing the costs of multiple garbage bags, hauling services, and time spent, renting a dumpster often comes out as a more economical choice. It's a one-time investment that covers a significant part of your moving-related disposal needs.

Convenience and Time-Saving

A dumpster rental simplifies the process. You won't need to worry about sorting out trash for different pickups. Everything goes into one container, saving you precious time and energy that you can redirect towards other aspects of your move.

How to Choose the Right Dumpster for Your Move

Choosing the correct size and type of dumpster is crucial. The size depends on the scale of your move and the amount of waste you anticipate.

Most rental companies offer various sizes, typically ranging from 10 to 40 cubic yards. If you're moving out of a moderately sized home and doing a significant declutter, a 20-cubic yard dumpster might be the sweet spot.

Real-Life Success Stories

Take, for instance, Sarah, a homeowner who recently moved. She found renting a 20-yard dumpster invaluable. "It was incredibly liberating to be able to get rid of old junk so easily," she shares. "The dumpster was right there, and in one weekend, we cleared out years of clutter."

Step-by-Step Guide to Renting a Dumpster for Moving

  1. Assess Your Needs: Evaluate the amount of waste you'll have.
  2. Choose the Right Size: Consult with the rental company to pick the most suitable size.
  3. Schedule Delivery: Coordinate the delivery to align with your decluttering and moving schedule.
  4. Understand the Terms: Know the rental period, prohibited items, and weight limits.
  5. Load the Dumpster: Use it efficiently by breaking down items and distributing weight evenly.
  6. Schedule Pickup: Once filled, the company will haul it away, making one less worry for you.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Renting a Dumpster for Moving

Renting a dumpster can significantly ease the moving process, but it's important to approach it with some know-how to avoid common pitfalls:

  1. Overfilling the Dumpster: It's tempting to try and fit as much as possible into the rented dumpster, but overfilling can lead to extra charges and complications. Most dumpsters have a “fill line” indicating the maximum safe filling level. Exceeding this limit can make it unsafe for hauling, and you might be required to remove the excess before the dumpster can be taken away.
  2. Ignoring Local Regulations on Waste Disposal: Every municipality has its own rules regarding waste disposal. Some areas might have restrictions on certain types of waste or require permits for dumpster placement, especially if you're placing it on the street. Failing to adhere to these regulations can result in fines or added fees.
  3. Underestimating the Size Needed: A common error is underestimating the amount of waste you'll generate during a move. It's better to choose a slightly larger dumpster than you think you need rather than ending up with a dumpster that's too small. Remember, if your dumpster is too small, you might have to rent a second one, which can be more expensive than renting a larger one initially.
  4. Disregarding Prohibited Items: Not everything can go into your rented dumpster. Hazardous materials like chemicals, batteries, and electronics are usually not permitted. Additionally, items like tires, mattresses, and large appliances might be restricted or require special handling. Always check with the Wise Guys for a list of prohibited items to avoid any surprises.
  5. Failing to Plan for Dumpster Placement: Think carefully about where you will place the dumpster. It needs to be easily accessible but also not obstruct your daily activities or violate neighborhood regulations. Ensure there's enough space for the delivery truck to drop off and pick up the dumpster safely.

By steering clear of these common mistakes, homeowners can make the most out of their dumpster rental experience, ensuring a more efficient and cost-effective move.

FAQs About Dumpster Rental for Moving

  1. How long can I keep the dumpster? Rental periods vary, but typically range from a few days to a week.
  2. What can I throw in a rented dumpster? General household waste, furniture, and construction debris are usually fine, but check for specific restrictions.
  3. Is it environmentally friendly? Many rental companies prioritize recycling and proper waste management.


Renting a dumpster can be a game-changer for homeowners moving to a new place. It simplifies decluttering, saves time and money, and provides a convenient solution for waste management.

Ready to make your move smoother with a dumpster rental? Contact Wise Guys Dumpster Rental today and take the first step towards a more organized and stress-free move!

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Frequently Asked

How long are your rentals?

We offer 3 options 3 days, 7 days, and 10 days. If you wish to keep the dumpster longer than the initial rental period, the fee is $10/day. If you have a commercial or construction project, we offer a 14 day rental with an overage fee of $5 a day. We also offer custom pricing to fit your needs. If you need custom pricing, give us a call.

What happens if I keep it longer than the rental period?

We charge a $10/day fee after the initial rental period is over. For those taking advantage of our construction project pricing, the overage feee is $5/day. If you need a dumpster for a bigger construction project or commercial project, we would love to talk.

When should I have my dumpster delivered?

We recommend you have your dumpster delivered the day before you need it for a project.

Not only do we recommend this, but we have built our pricing structure around it. We don’t count the dumpster delivery day or the dumpster pick up day in the rental period.

You can be confident you will be able to use your dumpster for the full 3, 7, or 10 days when you rent from Wise Guys Dumpsters.

Do you offer same day dumpster delivery?

In most cases, we can provide same day delivery. Call us for availability and so we can provide a rush for your order.

We know situations change, or other dumpster companies back out. We are here for you when that occurs. And will do everything we can to get you a dumpster so you can start your project.

We, however, recommend that you plan ahead, if at all possible. Booking your dumpster delivery a day before your project begins will ensure it is available for you to use the moment you're ready to start your project.

As mentioned above, we won't ever penalize you for ordering your dumpster delivery a day before. You will always get the full days for which you booked.

How do I prepare my site for dumpster delivery?

Ensure the area is free from vehicles or other obstacles and is easily accessible for our delivery trucks.

Is there anything I can't put in the dumpster?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that the Denton County landfill won’t allow and a few other things that are allowed but require special care.

Not allowed:

  • No paint
  • No tires
  • No batteries
  • No chemicals
  • No rocks
  • No dirt
  • No concrete
  • No bricks
  • No shingles unless spread out over multiple dumpsters. If you are a roofing company, we can serve you, but please give us a call so we can talk about the best approach for your work site.

Allowed with exceptions:

  • Appliances are allowed, but there is a $10 charge per larger appliance item, such as a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, etc.
  • Please let us know if you place appliances in the dumpster, and how many, we are required to take those to a different area of the dump when disposing of them.
  • If you are demolishing a brick house, items such as rocks, dirt, concrete, bricks, and shingles, you would be better off with a dump trunk rather than a dumpster.

What should I do if I have paint to dispose of?

If you have paint you need to dispose of, you can put kitty litter in it and once it has dried, your county/city will have a facility that you can take it to.

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

Prices can vary depending on location, length of rental and weight of what you are disposing of but, for most customers, dumpsters start at are $375 for a medium sized (15 Cubic Yard) dumpster and $400 for a large (20 Cubic Yards) dumpster.

What is the difference between a 15 yard and a 20 yard?

They are identical except that the 15 yard is 4 foot tall. The 20 yard is 6 foot tall. All our dumpsters have barn doors that open on the back, so you can completely walk into them, making it easy to load them efficiently.

Still have a question?

Give us a call. We would be happy to answer your question.
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