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Skip size guide: what size skip do I need for my home DIY projects?

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Skip size guide: what size skip do I need for my home DIY projects?

If you are in the middle of a home DIY project and have mountains of rubbish and building materials to get rid of, you might find yourself asking ‘which skip size do I need?’. This is where the experts at Enfield Skips can help.

We have put together a skip size guide so you can hire the ideal skip for your home project, therefore avoiding overloading it or having to rent another one. 

What size skip do I need for a garden clearance?

A skip is essential when you are clearing out your garden, as you will need to get rid of a large amount of garden waste. This waste can include branches, leaves and grass cuttings, as well as old fence panels, broken garden furniture, excess soil, and rubble. A large skip is usually necessary for a complete garden clearance, especially if it is a sizeable garden, or an extensive project. For smaller garden jobs – such as clearing the shed, putting up new fences or clearing overgrown shrubbery – a smaller skip will be adequate. 

A 6-yard skip is the best choice for bigger projects as it can fit large amounts of garden waste as well as bulky items. If you have a small garden or are undertaking less extensive work, then a 3-yard skip should be sufficient. Often it is difficult to determine how much waste will be created from clearing a garden, so it is a good idea to choose a larger skip just in case, to avoid underestimating and then overloading the skip.

What size skip do I need for a kitchen or bathroom renovation?

The skip size you will need for removing house renovation waste depends on how extensive the renovations are. If you are simply revamping your kitchen or bathroom then a large skip isn’t necessary. However, be careful not to miscalculate the amount of waste that you will need to throw away – especially if you are carrying out a full renovation and are completely stripping the room. 

A 4-yard skip should be enough for a simple revamp of your kitchen or bathroom. However, if it is a full renovation then you will likely be better suited to a 6-yard skip. 

What size skip do I need for a house clearance?

When you are moving house and need to clear out lots of junk, a skip can be a life saver. However, we always have more belongings than we think we do, so make sure you get a large enough skip.

If you are simply decluttering the house and removing useless and forgotten belongings, or carrying out a smaller project like a garage clearance or loft clearance, then a 6-yard skip should be perfect. For a full house clearance, where the aim is to get rid of as much as you can before moving or selling a house, including furniture, then it is wise to hire a 7-yard or even 12-yard skip

What size skip do I need for a loft conversion?

Converting your loft into a liveable space generates a lot of waste, such as rubble, rubbish and building materials. Lofts are often used to store old junk and forgotten items, so you will likely have to get rid of these as well. Although it is not as extensive as a full house renovation, a skip will still be necessary for a loft conversion as it helps you easily clear out all the old bits and pieces and start with a clean slate. 

A 7-yard skip should be ideal for an ordinary loft conversion, but if you have a large amount of personal belongings to get rid of, or have to tear out a fully-furnished room, then a 12-yard skip may be the way to go. 

Enfield Skips is a leading skip hire and waste management company, offering affordable, reliable services across Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire and North London. If you need to hire a skip for your home DIY project, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.


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