Plenty of DIY jobs for the summer – but which skip do you need?

It’s shaping up to be a hot summer, if a little cloudy at times, and that means there are some DIY jobs that more of us will be considering around the house; but which skip do you need for some of the common summertime household renovations?

Garden Clearance

Garden clearance is a satisfying DIY job that can be done in less than a day for smaller gardens, and it’s a great way to get some time outside on a fine summer’s day.

When the weather is hot though, you don’t want to be carrying tons of garden waste around, so it’s sensible to get a walk-in skip delivered close to where you are working, and which allows you to use a wheelbarrow to dump the waste into it.

If you have secure gates on your driveway, ask if your skip can be placed behind these, as it reduces the risk of passers-by dumping their own waste on top of yours, and this is an extra help if everything you’ve put in the skip is biodegradable or compostable garden waste.

Conservatory or Greenhouse

A conservatory is the larger undertaking but both structures typically need you to dig out foundations for a level poured concrete base on which to build – and that’s going to mean some landscaping.

Although it’s not as back-breaking work as it sounds, providing you’re physically fit or can get some friends round to help, there can be substantial quantities of earth, topsoil and general rubble to dispose of.

Unless you’re planning to build a raised flowerbed or rockery alongside your new greenhouse or conservatory, a skip is probably the best and easiest way to get rid of the excess – just multiply the floor area of your foundations by how deep you intend to dig, and you’ll have a rough estimate of the minimum skip size you need.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning – or ‘central air’ to use the American term – is not common in the UK, but it can have a huge impact on your comfort levels if you’re someone who really feels the heat of summer.

Installing central air conditioning is a big job – think on a par with installing central heating from scratch – and will often form part of new construction, including house extensions, or complete property renovations.

Because of this, it’s one job that will usually need a much bigger skip to deal with all the rubble that is generated.

Need help choosing a skip?

We’re happy to help with any enquiries – just ask and we can offer some suggestions on the size and type of skip we think you need.

It’s often better to go a size bigger if you’re not sure, as that reduces your risk of running out of room or of over-filling your skip to a point where we are unable to safely collect it.

Alternatively of course, you can start with a small domestic skip and if you find it is not enough, we can remove that load of rubble and rubbish, and replace it with another empty skip – a good scalable option if you don’t want to pay upfront for capacity you might not need.