What is the difference between a domestic and commercial skip?

Whilst looking for a company to provide skip hire Essex, you may have heard the terms domestic skips and commercial skips and wondered what the difference is between the two. Read on to learn more about these two types of skips and find out which is best suited to your project.

4 key differences between domestic and commercial skip hire

Skip size

Size is one of the biggest differences between domestic and commercial skips. Commercial skips are normally much larger than domestic skips. The reason for this is that the rubbish disposal needs in commercial settings tend to be significantly bigger due to more waste being produced. Commercial skips are often used for construction and demolition work to remove vast amounts of building materials. Domestic projects usually generate less waste and therefore require a smaller skip.

Skip usage

Usage is another difference between domestic and commercial skips. These skips tend to be used in different ways. Domestic skips are normally used to get rid of waste at home, for example, from a loft, garage or garden clearance, or a small kitchen or bathroom renovation project. Commercial skips are better suited for larger jobs that create more rubbish. Not only are they frequently used on building sites to remove materials such as bricks, soil and concrete but they’re also commonly used for shop refits and office moves to get rid of old stock and furniture.

Skip permits

Permits are often not necessary for domestic skips. This is because they tend to be placed on an individual’s private property such as a driveway or garden. You won’t need to get permission from the council for this. Since commercial skips are significantly larger and therefore often need to be stored on roads and pavements, a permit will usually be required. If you do need a permit for a skip, it’s best to apply for this as soon as you can. It could take some time to process your application, and you won’t be able to order a skip until you have it, which can delay your project.

Skip prices

Another difference between domestic and commercial skips is the price. Commercial skips normally cost more since they are larger. For example, a big 12-yard skip will cost much more than a two or four-yard skip. However, don’t be tempted to opt for a small skip just because you think it will save you money. Whilst it will be cheaper, you could risk overfilling it if it’s too small for the needs of your project. This can result in you incurring extra costs to remove the excess waste. At Reds, we always recommend hiring a larger skip than you think you’ll need. We’re on hand to help you choose the right skip for your project.

To arrange skip hire in Essex, get in touch with our friendly team. Call us on 01268 649053, send an email to book@redsskiphire.com or complete the form on the website.