Estimating dumpster size

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When you're doing demo how do you calculate your dumpster needs? I'm curious how others do it. In my experience, for residential, I estimate about 30 yards per 750 square feet of home. What do you think?

No good way really because it just depends on the house. I have used 10, 20 and 30 yards from the City on my properties. Where I am, the 30 is for heavy demo - it's the biggest the city will allow to be parked in the street - and they give you one free haul-off when you rent it, so typically I will get 2 hauls. Last one I used was on a 2br 900sf house with most of the furniture left behind, a full kitchen & bathroom demo and 3 old water heaters left in the basement - though these were "stolen" by local dumpster divers, much to my delight since it saved me space and cost for hauling. That took 2 full hauls. Abandoned furniture is the worst because it takes up a ton of space. Demo usually packs in pretty tight. 

Get the biggest one you can. There is no end to the amount of crap you can haul out. Worst case you have them haul away a half full dumpster. It is easier than running out of space and dealing with getting it dumped. Plus you can always count on neighbors junk magically appearing in your dumpster.

@James Edward

Another vote for going big. The magical overnight appearance of other people's tires that require a disposal fee in your dumpster happens all the time in my county.

Originally posted by @JD Martin :

No good way really because it just depends on the house. I have used 10, 20 and 30 yards from the City on my properties. Where I am, the 30 is for heavy demo - it's the biggest the city will allow to be parked in the street - and they give you one free haul-off when you rent it, so typically I will get 2 hauls. Last one I used was on a 2br 900sf house with most of the furniture left behind, a full kitchen & bathroom demo and 3 old water heaters left in the basement - though these were "stolen" by local dumpster divers, much to my delight since it saved me space and cost for hauling. That took 2 full hauls. Abandoned furniture is the worst because it takes up a ton of space. Demo usually packs in pretty tight. 

 I love those dumpster divers. But they have to do it while I am there. Otherwise I come back and have stuff strewn all over the street. I'll leave them a number saying something like more free stuff inside if you call first. 

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