4 Common-Sense Reasons for a Garage Clean-out

Are you one of those people who treat your garage as a place for storing tools, toys, sporting gear, landscaping equipment and perhaps an extra fridge or two? You are not alone!

We often lose sight of our garage’s main purpose: to store and protect some of our most valuable possessions – our vehicles. For instance, bird droppings are highly acidic, and that, combined with what alternating sun and cold can do to an exposed car, is a recipe for potentially expensive paint damage. Parking in a garage will also limit your car’s exposure to UV rays, which can be particularly harmful to a vehicle’s interior.

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Beyond protecting your vehicle from accidental damage, putting your vehicle out of sight helps decrease opportunities for the intentional kind of damage as well. After all, a locked garage puts another layer of security between your vehicle and potential thieves, and it decreases the chance of vandalism in the same way.

Doing your own minor car repairs can be both economical and great for your ego, and a cleaned-up garage can provide a clean, relatively weather-free place for your efforts. You’ll also have access to electrical outlets for handy resources such as tools, lights, heaters and fans. A garage keeps you covered from the elements, so you can tinker to your heart’s content.

Frequently Asked Questions page has most of your questions answered.

Finally, you should clean your garage not just to keep your car in, but also to keep pests out. Messy garages make attractive homes for rats, mice, spiders and other unwelcome critters, many of which are eager to follow you right into your home. A clean garage will also help prevent pets and other animals from taking shelter in a warm engine compartment or other areas of a vehicle, then getting injured—or worse—when the vehicle is started.

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How to Get Rid of Your Old Sofa

So you have purchased a new sofa and now have to get rid of the old one; Bookabin explains how to take apart a sofa so you can take it down in pieces.

Firstly, you will need the right tools for the job before you can begin to take the sofa apart.

  • A claw hammer for removing nails
  • A set of Allen keys
  • Both Phillips and Standard head screwdrivers
  • A set of pliers for removing staples
  • A handsaw
  • A box cutter knife
A woman and a man sitting on an old sofa while they look at a laptop computer
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Step One. Remove any Pillows and Cushions
Make sure to throw them in the skip if you are not planning to keep any pillows.

Step Two. Remove Upholstery
This step is where your box cutter knife comes in. You will need to cut away the fabric to expose the frame beneath it. It may be as simple as pulling staples, but in most cases, some cutting is required. If you are going to reuse the fabric, make sure to cut in neat, straight lines; if you are throwing it in your rental skip bin, then you don’t need to worry about neatness. Now you can see the exposed frame and take it apart, but not just yet.

Step Three. Remove the Legs
This step is simple enough. Sometimes you can unscrew sofa legs by hand, in other cases it will require a screwdriver or Allen keys. If the legs are fused, use a saw to cut them off.

Step Four. Take the Frame Apart
Now you can use your screwdrivers or Allen keys to disassemble the sofa frame. In some cases, you may have to pull nails as well. Once you have it apart, you can cut wooden pieces into a smaller, more manageable size, so it is easier to carry and throw into your skip bin.

Bookabin will do the rest! Simply follow the instructions to hire a skip in your area.

5 Awesome Reasons to Start Your Backyard Makeover

  1. Increase the Value of Your Home
    Did you know that digging in and putting a little effort into your backyard (depending on initial price and value of landscaping) can boost your property’s value by 5-20%?
  2. Attract Potential Buyers
    A well-kept garden can play a huge factor in attracting prospective buyers. Real estate agent David Eastway has found that “landscaping has an emotional feel for a buyer. A nice manicured garden can make a great impression.”
  3. Prevent Soil Erosion
    An unkempt garden can lead to a loss of soil in waterways. The most natural way to control erosion is to plant vegetation. A landscape with plants can build root systems that sustain the soil to prevent erosion.
  4. Prevent Local Flooding
    Water runoff caused by rain can cause local flooding, this can be stabilized by a plant buffer zone. Green buffer zones are comprised of different plant species such as trees, grasses and wildflowers that glamorize your landscape area throughout the seasons.
  5. Create a Beautiful and Healthy Environment
    Enjoy the time you spend working on your backyard oasis. Gardening activities are known to reduce depression and stress whilst increasing concentration and productivity. Your beautifully landscaped garden can be a sanctuary for relaxing and de-stressing as well as getting together with family and friends.
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Getting the correct skip bin for your garden or soil waste is important. Check out our easy-to-follow Waste Types Guide.

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Some Handy Tips to Prepare Your House for Selling

Not being a real estate agency, Bookabin obviously can’t give you tips on how to sell your house, but we are very experienced in our field of skip bin hire, we can certainly help with some hints on how to prepare your house for selling. As most real estate agents will advise, so do the Bookabin crew; you need to clear out all that personal junk you have been hoarding (yes, hoarding) for years to have your house looking clean and shiny to attract buyers.

The first step you should take before you even start to throw out stuff is to book your skip bin well in advance, which means you then have plenty of time to consider what is going to go in the space provided, and then get cracking on this important part of your preparation.

Bookabin’s next piece of advice is, “don’t leave the collection date until the day before the auction”. This may look like an obvious exhortation, but you would be surprised at how many auctions, unfortunately, have to take place with that great big skip bin standing in the driveway – not a good look we would all agree.

Finally, despite all our best intentions, skip collections sometimes get missed or delayed. We have, over the years, experienced trucks breaking down, traffic congestion and now COVID-19 travel restrictions, and plain old human error.

Don’t forget that Bookabin is here for all your clean-up, home renovation or construction waste disposal needs. We will have a local skip company that can provide the service you need at the most competitive prices anywhere in Australia, so for more information on skip bin hire, skip bin hire NSW and skip bin sizes please go to our website.

Pre-Christmas Top 6 Clean-up Tips

Every year the lead-up to Xmas seems to go more quickly and we are left with very little time before our summer holidays begin. Pre-Christmas is the time when we like to have a clean-up around the house and section, as the days are longer and we have time to ensure our homes are looking their best for the Christmas holidays.

Here are our top 6 tips

1/. Recycle
41% of us make an extra effort at Christmas. Check your local authority website to see what can and can’t be recycled.

2/. Fridge Clean
Make room for your Christmas food shop and get rid of the chutney that has been lurking in the fridge since last Christmas!

3/. Give Your Carpets a Vacuum
And when you’re vacuuming down the side of the sofa remember to keep your fingers crossed that you will discover some money.

4/. Dust Surfaces
Here’s a cool tip. Put the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to get rid of most of the dust. Then follow with a microfibre cloth or duster.

5/. Mop the Floors
This is essential to get rid of stains and any stubborn marks that your vacuum won’t lift.

6/. Window Cleaning
What is the point of filling your windows with fairy lights if they can barely be seen through the dirty windows?

Bookabin has skip bins from as small as two cubic metres up to as large as 30 cubic metres. Our skip bin hire service is ideal for people who are moving house, cleaning up their homes or going through a renovation project.

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You Can Avoid This Bin Fee!

Poor or dangerous site access is one of the most common reasons why a skip supplier cancels the delivery of a skip and you get charged with a fee!

Here is what you should check before hiring any skip. First of all, make sure there are no overhead wires, trees, branches or structures such as house eaves that block the delivery of the skip. Drivers will usually refuse to place a skip if there is a chance or risk of injury or damage. Walk around the area the truck needs to use to deliver the skip bin and look at any potential problems.

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Driveways must be at least three meters wide for a truck to drive down to place a bin. Please check nothing is blocking your driveway and please ensure that no cars are blocking your driveway. Suppliers run to tight schedules because, as the old saying goes, “Time is Money”. The driver cannot afford to sit and wait while cars are moved. Quite often the skip supplier will go straight to their next booked job, taking your skip with them! If you follow these basic guidelines you will avoid unwanted hassles and charges.

For more information about skip bin hire, check our FAQ’s page.

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BookaBin provides customers with skips that suit specific waste requirements. From big to small waste removal requirements, BookaBin provides skip bins from as small as two cubic metres up to as large as 30 cubic metres.

Bathroom Renovation Rubbish Tips With Bookabin

While the end game of renovating is an improvement to one’s home a large portion of the work to be done is actually cleaning up and disposing of the rubbish that builds up while you are working! That’s why considering what type of rubbish you will have up-front is important so you’ll know what size skip bin you will need or if you are going to need more than one. Check our Skip Size Guide

The identification of your rubbish type is normally fairly straight forward. The rubbish might include packaging from a new vanity or furniture which you have purchased or existing tiles which you are going to remove from a bathroom. If you are unsure of your type of renovation rubbish and what can go into your skip bin, check our simple Waste Guide.

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The rubbish type can affect the price of your skip hire so it is important to choose the right one for your requirement; if prohibited or hazardous rubbish is disposed of in the skip, additional disposal charges will apply. You should check before your skip supplier is booked. Take a look at our General Waste List.

There are lots of options in bathroom renovations; tap-ware, cabinets, baths and tiles but one thing that will be definitely required is a skip bin to remove the rubbish. This is where Bookabin comes in with our on-line booking of rubbish disposal services. Our easy-to-use website and state-of-the-art booking engine provide you value for money by offering the best available price for rubbish disposal bins.

Get Your Right Skip Bin When Renovating

Remodelling any part of your home is stressful and messy, and demolition and renovation waste dumped on your section will make it even more so – and hazardous to your family, too. Maintain your household’s sanity and safety with the right waste solution to suit the scale of your project and your available space. A clutter-free renovation will help free up your creativity – and keep your house feeling like home as much as possible, so your first step is to hire a skip bin from Bookabin.

With even small projects producing a surprisingly large amount of rubbish, spending your time transporting waste to the landfill is simply not an efficient way of doing things, so hiring a skip bin from Bookabin will help you save significant amounts of time and drastically streamline the waste disposal process.

Making lists is key when it comes to project management, as it’s the only way to properly organise your thoughts and prevent any details from being forgotten, so start with a list of ‘to do’s’ and try to stick to it. So, what is the first step to remodelling or renovating any room in the house? Order a skip bin!

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Skip Bins are important for effective waste management because they allow anyone to organise the bulk collection of a range of waste materials for disposal and recycling.  Bulk collections are important as they provide a far more efficient way of disposing of waste than the normal regular lift services that are generally available to households and small and medium-sized businesses, so to find out more about skip hire, rubbish bin hire and waste bins please go to

When Buying or Renovating a House Include a Skip from Bookabin

So, you’ve finally decided to buy your first home, or you are renovating for the first time. This can be a scary and daunting time for many ‘first-timers’, and all useful advice is welcome. For most people, the money will be tight, so it is important to have a workable budget to allow for all the ‘extras’ that may ensue during the process. This will inevitably include the need for a skip bin, and Bookabin has a huge range of sizes and types of skips.

When you are first looking at buying a property you need to check transport connections, schools and local facilities like doctors, shopping, libraries and home services, in particular DIY resources and where to find them – online, Facebook DIY sites and local hardware DIY courses. Get your research sorted before doing DIY projects, and set your budget, checking you have the right tools and materials. Can you hire the tools?

It is essential when renovating that you pick a DIY project that brings substantial value to your property, also deciding which one will bring the most value to you and your family. To keep your property safe and secure during DIY renovation projects, it is vital to hire a skip bin from a reputable skip bin hire company, such as Bookabin.

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Bookabin’s state-of-the-art skip hire website will search our large network of skip suppliers’ current stock and prices, and instantly present you with the best price available for a skip bin meeting your specific skip hire requirements. Bookabin is a global specialist in the on-line booking of refuse disposal services, and their easy-to-use website offers consumers value for money by offering the lowest available price for refuse disposal services. Our aim is to provide consumers with a high standard of service and excellent value, so for more information on rubbish skips, rubbish bin hire and skip bin please go to

Bookabin vs Time Spent Searching Websites for Prices

If you’re looking for a skip bin hire in any major area in Australia, all you need to do is go to Bookabin’s website at and we will come up with a quote online for your skip. Compare that to spending hours surfing through websites to come up with the best-priced bin.

Through BookaBin, you can easily get a quote online for your skip bin requirements, rent a skip from the best suppliers, and pay online. BookaBin is an easy-to-use website and booking engine that provides you with the fastest and easiest platform to compare skip bin prices from reliable suppliers. This enables customers to get the lowest available price for disposal services.

More and more people are finding that the Bookabin hire service saves both time and money by having a database of skip bin supplier rates so that we can present the best available price for a skip bin hire service anywhere in Australia, to meet your specific requirements.

Our online booking engine offers you value for money by providing the lowest available price for refuse disposal services, and our aim is to provide consumers with a high standard of service and excellent value. We will do the price comparison and booking all in one go, so you don’t have to spend time searching around several websites for prices. With Bookabin you will get your price and hire your skip in minutes!

We have Australia covered!

We service Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and just about everywhere in between.

We have something for everyone!

Moving house? Garden Clean Up? Renovation Project? Construction Site? Whether for domestic or commercial waste removal we have skip bins to suit your requirements.

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We can assure you that all online bookings and payments are completed over secure sites.

When size matters!

No matter how BIG or how small your waste removal requirements are we have skips to suit your needs. With skip bins from as small as 2 cubic metres up to as large as 30 cubic metres.

We are real people!

We have friendly customer service staff ready to assist you with any questions you may have; contact us via on-line chat.

We have got it sorted!

We have waste specific bins for all your rubbish removal needs. Including General Waste, Cleanfill/Hardfill, Green Garden Waste and Soil/Dirt.