Skip Alternative For Rubbish Removal

Are you looking for an alternative solution for disposing of waste that is cheaper than a skip. Housily has the answer, we remove all types of waste to include: furniture, garden waste, sheds, rubbish and even hazardous waste. Skip hire is expensive, with the cost of inflation rising, there has never been a better time to find alternative solutions to hiring a skip.

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Cheaper Alternative To Hiring A Skip

Using  google, search for “rubbish removal services”, house clearance company” and you will find alternatives to skip hire. There are companies that specialise in waste removal and are cheaper than a skip. One of main advantages of using a rubbish removal service is wait & load. The term wait and load refers to the time taken to wait, while the van is being loaded.

As I mentioned above Housily performs all types of clearances across Northern Ireland to include: house clearances, commercial clearances, oil tank removal. A full list of our services can be found on our services page. We are well mannered, efficient, licensed, highly reviewed and cheaper than a skip. Remove the stress from waste removal, call Andrew or Terry on 0748 660 7833.

Benefits of hiring a rubbish removal service vs hiring a skip

  1. No unsightly skips outside your property
  2. Skip permits are not required
  3. The rubbish removal team will do all the heavy lifting
  4. Waste is priced by weight and volume
  5. Same day waste collections subject to availability
  6. Cheaper alternative to skip hire
  7. Reputable companies are licensed to carry waste

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What Can’t You Put In A Skip?

Not all rubbish can go into a skip, there are certain items that are prohibited. Skip hire companies have an obligation to recycle as much waste as possible. For this reason all skips once full are lifted and taken to a transfer station where the waste is sorted and recycled. Below is a list of prohibited items that cannot go into a skip.

Fridges, Freezers, Asbestos, Plasterboard, Batteries, Old TV’s, Medical Waste, Gas Canisters, Oil, Paint, Petrol, Tyres, Computers Screens. Before hiring a skip consider the types of waste you will be disposing off.

Can You Deposit A Builders Skip On The Road?

If you’re planning to place your skip on a public road/street you first must apply for consent, according to the roads Northern Ireland order 1993. The householder is required to provide the following information.

1. Address of the premises where the works are taking place 2. Description of where the skip will be placed 3. Address of the applicant 4. Date the skip is to be delivered 5. Skip hire companies details

Do You Need A Skip Permit

Further information can be found at NI Direct – Application for a builders skip.

Disadvantages Of Skip Hire

One of the disadvantages of hiring a skip, is waiting for the skip to be collected. What If I only need to hire the skip for a few hours? Regardless, you may still have to wait several days before your skip is picked up. This can be a problem, as it gives wrongdoers the opportunity to illegally dump waste into your skip, even if its already full.

Until your skip is lifted, you are responsible, overfilling above the LEVEL LOAD ONLY can result in extra charges. Other disadvantages include:

  • Not an ideal solution for small rubbish clearances
  • Difficulty calculating the size of skip required, (mini, builders, jumbo)
  • Applying for consent to place the skip on the road/street
  • Having to load the waste yourself
  • Heavy skip can cause damage to driveways
  • Difficulty fitting large awkward items into the skip (sofas, furniture)

Skip Alternative For Rubbish Removal

Do you need to dispose of bulky waste, (furniture, mattresses, sofas, trees, white goods)? Expensive skip hire is not the answer, bulky shaped items do not fit in a skip, unless you break them down into smaller pieces.

What about skip sizing? do you know the size of skip you require? Most people don’t and guesstimate the size before ordering. You either guess correct and all your rubbish/waste fits into the skip, or it’s to small/big.

Hire the services of a professional clearance company, save time, stress, cheaper than a skip! In my opinion skip hire is ideally suited for very heavy waste, (soil, rubble, sand, stones, pavers, bricks). For normal rubbish removal there are other cheaper than a skip options.

Read what others have to say about Housily – Clearance Reviews.

Sofa Removal and Disposal

Do you need to dispose of your old sofa (couch), contact Housily today to book our sofa removal service 07419998922. Fully insured and licensed waste carriers working across Northern Ireland.

Same day collections for bulky items, subject to availability, we do all the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. All staff are respectful of social distancing and were masks while working.

Council sofa collection?

Can you take a sofa to the dump? Yes, you can take your old sofa to your local recycling centre FREE of charge. Unfortunately removing a sofa is not as easy as you may think for several reasons.

1) You will need two people to move the old sofa from where it is located to the vehicle you are using to transport the sofa. 2) If you are planning on hiring or borrowing a van, ensure that you are adequately insured. You must also apply for a permit through your local council. Vans are not permitted into recycling centres without a permit.

3) Large sofas may be difficult to remove from your house and may need to be dismantled before they can be removed. This requires some experience and additional equipment. 4) Car and trailer is your best option, but hinges on the fact that your vehicle has a towbar and you have access to a trailer. Ensure the trailer is single axle as double axle trailers are not permitted into recycling centres.

Old Sofa Removal: Call 07419998922

Areas we cover: Donaghadee, Comber, Millisle, Ballywalter, Ballyhalbert, Portaferry, Bangor, Newtownards, Dundonald, Holywood, Belfast, Carryduff, Crumlin, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Hillsborough.

Council sofa collection

Most local councils offers a service where bulky items (sofa’s, furniture) can be collected for a minimal charge. Ards and North Down council will collect up to 6 items for £15 which is ideal for families on a budget.

Unfortunately there are disadvantages to this service. You may have to wait 2 – 4 weeks before the council has the availability to pick up your items. You must remove the items to be collected from your home and place them by the kerbside by 7:00am of the morning of collection. Staff are not permitted to enter your property under any circumstances to remove items.

Only items that are listed prior to collection will be lifted. Any further adjustments must be amended 48 hours prior to collection.

Prohibited items include: (garden waste, trees, rubble, windows, doors, bathroom suites, kitchen units, boilers, radiators, garden sheds, old timber, fencing, dog kennels, flagstones, kerbs, concrete posts, black bags, packaging and cardboard boxes).

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Sofa dismantling

A common problem when removing an old sofa. New sofas when delivered are wrapped tightly in plastic. This serves two purposes, 1) Protects your new sofa from damage 2) Compresses and reduces the size of the sofa making it easier to be installed.

Once the packaging has been removed your sofa expands to its full size. This means that when you need to remove the sofa the increase in size through expansion can be problematic.

In situations where it is difficult to remove, sofa dismantling may be the only option. We are experienced in removing all sizes of sofas and are confident we can remove your sofa with minimal disruption.

Sofa removal booking

Contact us below with the following information and we will arrange to collect and dispose of your old sofa.

1) What size is your sofa (3 seater, 2 seater, recliner or combination), 2) Date and time to be collected?

Garden Shed Removal

Thinking of removing your garden shed? Maybe your upgrading for something bigger or simply want to free up space. Housily offers garden shed removal and disposal service.

Wooden sheds unfortunately don’t last forever. Our UK climate is particularly severe on wooden structures. Sheds can last up to twenty years if they have been treated regularly. Sadly most need dismantled, removed and replaced much sooner.

Wooden structures are classed as temporary buildings. Removal and replacement in most cases does not require planning permission. This of course is great news for homeowners who are planning to upgrade their garden shed to something bigger.

Related: Garden Waste Removal

Shed demolition and removal

Dismantling a shed is a relatively simply process with the average sized garden shed taking as little as 2 hours to disassemble. There are of course a few factors you should consider before starting to demolish your garden shed.

1) What about the contents of your shed, have you available space to store or relocate the items.

2) Disposing of a large amount of timber will require either a skip, trailer or man with a van.

3) If your dismantling the shed yourself, do you have the correct tools, (reciprocating saw, crowbar, sledge hammer, claw hammer).

4) Have you any experience in demolition? DIY accidents cost the NHS 222 million pounds each year.

Shed Disposal

How do I dispose of a my shed during a garden shed removal? There are a few options available for dumping an old shed.

Garden Shed Removal

Do it yourself

The most cost effective way is to remove the shed yourself. This option hinges on the fact that you have a large enough car or access to a trailer, and the right tools for the job.

If you’re using a trailer to dispose of your shed. Be aware that some recycling centres do not allow double axle trailers to enter the premises.

Hire a skip

Not the cheapest option, unless you have hired skips before, it’s fairly difficult to determine what size of skip you will need. Skips in Northern Ireland are generally labelled as (mini, midi, maxi, builder). Unfortunately names and images have little relevance until you actually see the size of the skip

To big and you have wasted money, to small and your left to dump the excess left over. The other downside to skip hire is not just the expense, but the fact you then have to fill the skip yourself.

Man with a van

Hire the services of a man and van offering rubbish removals in your local area. This is probably the best option for several reasons, 1) Cheaper than skip hire, 2) Most man and van services come with labour included 3) Experienced in the art of removal, disposal and recycling.

Related: Man and Van Rubbish Removals

Garden shed removal cost

The cost of removing a shed varies depending on its size, and condition. Typically an average sized old shed would cost between £100 – £200 to dismantle and remove. Larger sheds of solid construction will take longer and may require multiple trips to completely remove.

Book a garden shed removal, 1) Contact us via our contact form or call us directly on 07342315580 2) Select a suitable date for your shed removal. We will call on the agreed date and dismantle and clear your shed, we do all the heavy lifting and tidy up after.

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What Is A House Clearance Service

What is a house clearance service? Great question. House clearances refer to the clearing out or dispersing of the entire contents of a house. This is not the same as a removal service where the contents are moved from one location to another.

Although, some house clearance companies do offer a removal service as well as house clearances.

Related: Man and Van vs Removal Company

Types of house clearances

  • Probate clearance, an estate (home) has been placed into the hands of a solicitor to deal with the deceased persons assets.
  • Compulsive hoarder, the excessive accumulation of items that has become problematic and need to be cleared.
  • Garden clearance, the removal of garden waste to include, trees, shrubs, grass cuttings, leaves, weeds, fencing, garden furniture, sheds).
  • Builders clearance, excess materials left over from a building or renovation project, plasterboard, bricks, blocks cement, sand, wood, stones.

What Is A House Clearance Service

Free House Clearance

Do free house clearances actually exist? Unfortunately in reality it is very unlikely, unless. The items to be cleared can offset the expense of transportation and labour costs. In most cases items of value have already been sold on, ebay, gumtree, preloved or facebook. This leaves larger items of furniture, which have a relatively low second hand value.

Understandably the items of a loved ones who have recently passed have sentimental value. But in the harsh world we live in, most people want, new, modern. This makes it increasingly difficult for a house clearance company to offer their services for FREE.

If there’s enough revenue accumulated from the sales of goods to cover costs. Then YES, you could acquire a free house clearance.

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What Is A House Clearance Service

Related: House Clearance Northern Ireland

Bulk waste removals items

Below is a list of items that are typically cleared during a house clearance.

Bed Frames – Mattresses – Drawers – Wardrobe – Sofas – Chairs – Tables – Dressers – Sideboards – Units – Carpets, Clothing – Doors – Insulation – Kitchen Units – Mirrors – Sinks – Cabinets – TV’s – Washing Machines – Tumble Dryers – Dishwashers – Fridges – Radiators – Boilers – Fencing – Trees – Grass Cuttings – Branches – Pavers – Flags – Bricks – Wood – Garden Sheds – Decking – General Rubbish

House clearances near you

Housily offers house clearances and rubbish removal services across Northern Ireland. We are licensed to carry waste, fully insured and all our quotations include fuel and labour. Say NO to skip hire, avoid additional Vat charges.

Book a house clearance service, 1) Contact us via our contact form or call us directly on 07342315580 2) Select a suitable date and time and leave the rest to use. We will call on the agreed date and clear all the items requested, we do all the heavy lifting and sweep up after.

If you have any questions, please refer to our frequently asked questions where most commonly asked questions are answered.

Man and Van vs Removal Company

Thinking of hiring the services of a man with van or a removal company. Before making your decision, there are a few things you should consider as there are distinct differences between a man and van vs removal company.

Moving house or premises is one of the most stressful events in our lives, along with death and divorce. Ensuring you employ the right people to help with your move is essential. Below is a list of valid points for reflection, once answered will help you determine whether a man with a van or a removal company is best suited for the task.

Man and Van vs Removal Company

1) Consider the accumulated mileage involved moving from point A to point B. Remember to account for any additional stoppages to pick up other items that may be in storage or another location.

2) What types of items need to be moved, (sofa’s, wardrobes, fridges, washing machines, desks, garden shed). It really helps to make a list, as this will give you a real sense of the size of the move.

3) Do you require help with packaging, valuable items should always be carefully packed. Your belongings can become easily damaged in transit unless additional precautions are taken.

4) Have you considered labour, do you need help to move, if you do, how much help, one, two or three men.

5) Probably one of the most important factors when considering a man and van vs removal company, COST. What is your budget for your move.

Related: Garden Waste Removal Guide

Man and Van vs Removal Company

Man with Van Removals & Clearances

After considering the points above, I’m sure you have a better understanding of who you need to hire. Let’s clarify the difference between a man and van vs removal company.

A man with a van would be Ideally suited for smaller house moves, partial removals or single items. Your final destination should not be excessively far from the origin, allowing for multiple trips if required.

Some man and van services have several vehicles available for hire (luton van, lwb van, swb van). Depending on the number of items, size, weight and distance would determine the type of vehicle. 

Reputable man and van services, including ourselves, housily are fully licensed to goods and waste. Should you need to dispose of certain items, then a man and van offering house clearances might be a good option.

Related: Rubbish Removal North Down, Bangor

Removal Company

If your relocating or simply moving city, hiring a dedicated moving company might make more sense. Removal companies are equipped with large removal trucks that can handle full house moves without having to make a return journey. They also offer a packaging service where all your belongings are professionally wrapped, boxed, labeled and loaded.

Some of the additional services offered are: (storage, international relocation, furniture removal, house & office removals). Most established removal companies are licenced and insured to handle your goods.

The major downside is cost, most large removal companies are Vat registered, so your automatically paying an extra 20%. Add on additional services, packaging, helpers, and the cost of your move could suddenly skyrocket.

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Man and Van vs Removal Company

From my own personal point of view managing a house clearance company. If you’re looking for the most affordable solution for small to medium size removals and clearances. Then a man and van service would be the cheaper choice, we don’t charge VAT, all prices include fuel and labour. We do all the heavy lifting, are fully insured, licensed and value your custom.

Interested in pre booking our man and van service. Use our contact form, select a suitable date and provide a brief description of the items to be moved or cleared. Either myself, Andrew or Terry will give you a call to provide a quotation.

Garden Waste Removal Guide

What to do with large amounts of garden waste? and what’s the best way to dispose of bulky garden rubbish. Two great questions which I will cover below . The good news is that most garden waste is recyclable which makes things a lot easier for 1) The homeowner or business 2) The garden waste removal company.

Garden waste removal services

If you need to dispose of a sizeable amount garden waste, you have several options that you can avail of. You could dispose of the waste over several weeks using your brown or green bin which all households have for garden waste. In reality it’s not a realistic option for large garden clearances with a lot of garden waste. Instead you may consider one of the following options below.

Option 1: Local skip hire

Hire a skip which can cost from £100 – £250 depending on the size of the skip. The downside with skip hire is that you have to fill the skip yourself and, skip location. Unless you are able to allocate a suitable position near your house or garden for the skip to be dropped off. Hiring a skip could be more of an inconvenience than benefit.

Related: House Clearance Northern Ireland

Option 2: Do it yourself

Break down the garden waste into a suitable size and load the waste into your car or trailer if you have one. Then travel to your nearest recycling centre and dispose of the garden waste in the allocated green waste container. This is certainly the cheapest way of removing garden rubbish, but not without disadvantages.

Garden waste is messy, unless loaded into bags, your guaranteed that your vehicle will need thoroughly cleaned afterwards. A trailer is the most convenient way, but of course hinges on the fact that 1) You own a trailer or can borrow one, 2) You have a towbar on your vehicle with working electrics.

Be aware that if you own or manage to borrow a trailer, it must be a single axle trailer. Double axle trailers are not permitted into recycling centres.

Garden Waste Removal

Option 3: Rubbish removal company

Although I’m slightly biased managing my own house clearance company. Option three in my opinion is the simplest way of disposing of bulk garden waste. Hire a rubbish removal service for the purposes of disposing of your garden waste for you. Outlined below are just some of the benefits of hiring a professional clearance service.

  • Fully licensed to dispose of all types of waste including garden rubbish.
  • We are fully equipped with all the necessary tools to break down garden waste into a manageable size for removal.
  • Say NO to skip hire, we do all the manual lifting and can dispose of your waste either in one of our vans or trailers.
  • We are a local company based in North Down with a service area across Northern Ireland.

Related: Overgrown Garden Clearance

What constitutes as green garden waste?

Understanding what is classed as green garden waste helps everyone to recycle responsibly. Green waste can be thought of as organic waste or biodegradable, meaning, capable of decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms, thereby avoiding pollution. Biodegradable garden waste includes such things as:

  • Grass, hedges and shrub cuttings
  • Leaves and weeds
  • Trees, branches, stumps and tree bark
  • Plants and flowers
  • Vegetarian pet waste (rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters)

Garden waste removal cost

It’s difficult to provide an accurate price on the cost of removing garden waste without inspection. What I can advice is, contact us either using our contact form or give us a call on 07342315580

For FAST quotes, send us several pics via whatsapp or email with a brief description of what needs to be cleared. We will forward a price and if you are happy with our quote, we will arrange a time and date that suit you.