After we started cleaning out our basement, I was blown away with the amount of trash that we came across. There were loads and loads of extra items that we didn't need anymore, and it was really frustrating. I started focusing on making more space in our trashcan, and I was really impressed with how much extra room a few smart moves made. We started nesting garbage items inside of paint buckets, and breaking down boxes carefully. This blog is dedicated to helping homeowners to make better use of the space they have inside of their trashcans. You never know, you might be able to enjoy more free space inside of your home.
When you make the decision to remodel your home, it's important to recognize that you will need access to a dumpster that is large enough to accommodate the construction waste that can accompany a remodel. Renting a dumpster can be costly so if you are trying to keep your remodel budget small, then it can be helpful to reduce the amount of waste your remodel generates.
Here are three simple tips you can use to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in your construction dumpster the next time you remodel your home.
1. Cash in on scrap metal.
Many of the old appliances and construction materials you remove from your home during a remodel can be sold as scrap metal. Rather than throwing recyclable items into your construction dumpster where they will take up space you have to pay for, opt to send them to a scrap metal buyer instead.
You will not only reduce your dumpster rental costs by eliminating some weight from your trash receptacle, but you will be able to generate some income to help fund your remodel by selling unwanted appliances and construction materials.
2. Donate old items to charity.
If your home remodel is simply cosmetic in nature, you should consider donating your old appliances and fixtures to charity. Charitable organizations that construct low-cost housing for families in need are always looking for donated construction materials.
Sending your functional sinks, tiles, bricks, and even light fixtures to these charities helps you eliminate a lot of waste. You could also receive a tax write-off for your donation.
3. Refinish fixtures whenever possible.
Taking the time to refinish your existing fixtures can not only reduce the amount of construction waste that ends up in your dumpster during a remodel, but it can reduce the cost of your remodel project as well.
Adding a fresh coat of spray paint to brass light fixtures or swapping out the blades on a ceiling fan can give your home a new aesthetic for a fraction of the cost. Try to find ways to refinish your existing fixtures and incorporate them into your remodeled space.
Reducing the amount of waste you generate during a remodel doesn't have to be difficult. Send old appliances to a scrap metal buyer, donate usable construction materials to charity, and refinish your existing fixtures, and you will reduce the amount of construction waste that goes into your rented dumpster as you remodel your home in the future.Share
7 July 2016