Are you itching to get your DIY home renovation on? If so, you might not have thought about one of the unfortunate byproducts of your much-anticipated projects: waste. Whether you’re replacing siding or building a new deck, you’ll probably end up with more overflow than you plan on. Instead of risking your driveway’s appearance as a neighborhood junk yard, overshadowing the beauty of your newly renovated home, you can plan ahead to employ responsible and cost-effective methods to reduce the clutter associated with home construction.
Donate the Good Stuff
While you’ve been waiting to get rid of those dated light fixtures, others might treasure them as the perfect vintage find. Your upgraded appliances might allow you to bless someone who doesn’t have the money to buy an older, basic model, brand new. You can choose from several beneficiaries, helping various community organizations or individuals. With all the reno you’re doing, you probably don’t want to spare the time to drop off or deliver your unwanted items, but if they’re in working order, you can probably get people to come take them off your hands.
ReStore, a well-reputed national organization supporting Habitat for Humanity, is one option. They accept cabinets and counter tops, windows, working appliances, and other reusable materials in good condition. Another organization is the Carpet America Recovery Effort, which connects you with local organizations which recycle old carpeting. One bonus of donating through such an organization is that you can receive a tax credit.
If the tax benefit isn’t a major factor for you, other possibilities include letting people in your family and friends networks know what you have available, either in person or through social media. You could also post them on sites like Craigslist or Freecycle. Regardless of the venue you choose for donating unwanted materials, you’ll want to take extra care when removing them, in order to preserve them in as good condition as possible.
Drop Off the Remaining Waste
Even if you preserve every material you can, you’ll still have some measure of construction waste. To eliminate the cost of a dumpster, you can DIY your waste elimination. You’ll want to contact your local landfill or recycle center to find out what kinds of materials they take at the various areas of the dump. That will allow you to plan ahead by separating items accordingly, saving you time and frustration once you’re there. If you have a large amount of waste to haul, you may need to borrow or rent a flatbed trailer or truck, so you’ll want to look into that before you make your final decision.
In the end, you might decide that it makes more sense, financially and otherwise, to hire a professional in order to take care of your renovation waste. If that’s the case, we have some helpful tips which we’ll provide in the second post in this series.
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