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How to Make Home Renovations Run Smoothly

It takes a considerable amount of time and money to renovate a home or commercial premises and much of that time is spent meticulously planning every aspect of the overall process. What most people forget to do is work out how waste products will be removed from the property and subsequently disposed of – one of the most important things to consider.

Along with coming across and having to deal with numerous waste types, there are other factors to consider when it comes to home renovations in order for the work to be completed in a timely manner and finished to an excellent standard and Willshee’s are on hand to outline those for you in this article.

Make plans ahead of time

Having a plan in place before the work is started to renovate a home or commercial premises is highly-beneficial. Not only will you know what’s going to happen, but your contractors and waste carriers will also have a good idea of what needs to be done and when. For example, hiring a skip in good time will help to secure that booking for exactly when you need it. This enables your plans to go off without a hitch and you’ll still be right on schedule.

You should also think about how big you need your skip to be. Often, if you hire a large skip, this is more cost-effective than hiring several small skips. Before having any work done, ask yourself a few questions:

  • How many rooms do I have to renovate?
  • How much waste, roughly, will each room produce?
  • Will my budget cover the cost of skip hire?
  • Is any of that waste potentially hazardous?
  • How overgrown is the garden?
  • Will the driveway need to be taken up?
  • Do the windows need replacing?
  • Are external doors in good condition?

Domestic skip hire is something many people take advantage of when they wish to renovate a home or commercial premises, especially if they’re looking to rip out kitchens and bathrooms. But if you have plasterboard, white goods or hazardous waste types to get rid of, then this will require a specialist hazardous waste management service to be carried out as soon as you happen upon it. 

If you know that the garage is made from asbestos and you want this to be torn down by a certain date, then make sure that an asbestos removal and disposal team has been hired in advance to avoid disappointment or time delays further down the line.

You’ll be able to look to Willshee’s to provide you with the waste management solutions you need to get the job done. We have a highly-trained team of experts at the helm of our operations, so you’ll always be able to count on us for reputable, responsible waste disposal, even if it’s hazardous.

Create a home renovation timeline

Naturally, you’re going to have a solid, well-thought-out deadline for when you’d like home renovations to be completed, but it’s also important to know when that work will begin. This is where having a timeline will come in. Often, this is more detailed than your initial plan as dates will be confirmed rather than pencilled in for your reference. 

This is especially important to consider if you’re wanting to hire a skip. It might take a few days for you to arrange and your chosen waste carrier might have a few questions regarding the type of waste it is you’ll be looking to get rid of, this is just to make sure that you won’t be putting hazardous waste into a domestic skip. By asking you that question, they’ll be able to offer you the best possible waste management solution for your needs, even down to how big you need your skip to be.

It’s also important to note that, if the skip won’t be placed on your property or any land that you own, you’ll need a skip permit from the council and this can also take a considerable amount of time to arrange. If a skip permit is needed, then you’ll need to put some safety measures in place as well, including having a side light on your skip and covering the skip over with tarpaulin when it’s not being filled.

It would be best for you to ask your chosen waste carrier for some advice regarding this as they’ll have a knowledgeable team who are specialists in the field, much like our employees here at Willshee’s – we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have and point you in the right direction.

You should also allow for a few extra days at the end of renovation work as some unexpected, last minute work might come up that you didn’t anticipate or plan for. If you need a skip permit, make sure that also covers you up to the date your skip hire ends. If you need to extend the hire period, then ask your waste carrier in good time, if you can. Despite having to pay for that extended period, it’s worth it for overall peace of mind.

Hire reputable contractors and waste carriers

It’s absolutely imperative that you find contractors and waste carriers who are reputable and reliable when looking to renovate a home or commercial premises. This is to ensure your safety, the stability of your structure and your finances. This is especially important when it comes to waste carriers. 

They must be legitimate in order to ensure that your waste isn’t fly-tipped on someone else’s land. Not only is fly-tipping bad for the environment, but it could also end with you being liable for clean up costs as well as a hefty fine. You’ll be able to read all about fly-tipping and the laws surrounding it in one of our latest blog posts here.

A registered waste carrier will always:

  • Have a license that has been verified by the Environment Agency
  • Be registered with the Environment Agency
  • Provide site license details of the facility where your waste has been taken to
  • Provide proof of exactly where your waste was taken, usually in the form of an official weight ticket
  • Supply you with a waste transfer note whenever you need it

When looking for a reputable waste carrier, like Willshee’s, you should always look to follow the SCRAP code. By following this, you’ll be advised to:

Suspect – you must always be wary of the waste management company in question until they can provide you with proof that they’re legitimate. Don’t let them take your waste away without seeing a waste management license and always note down their vehicle’s registration.

Check – do some research into the company and start by looking them up on the Environment Agency’s website to see if the waste carrier you’re looking at is registered before giving them a call.

Refuse – if someone comes to your door, unexpectedly, asking to take your waste away for free, refuse their help. If they fly-tip that material, even without your knowledge, and it’s traced back to you by the police, you’ll be the one paying the fine.

Ask questions – a legitimate waste management company will always be happy to answer any questions you have, no matter what they’re enquiring about. If they become defensive or refuse to answer your questions, then they might not be as reputable as you first thought.

Paperwork – you should always obtain and store away any documents you’re given for your records, even if it’s regarding skip hire. You should always ask for a proper, itemised invoice, a waste transfer note/receipt, a description of the waste being disposed of and the contact details of the waste carrier you’ve chosen.

If you would like more information about the waste management services we have available, whether it’s domestic or commercial skip hire, grab hire or hazardous waste removal, get in touch with a member of our friendly team today. We even recycle the majority of the waste we take away, giving you absolute peace of mind that your material will be disposed of in a responsible, environmentally-friendly way. 


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