The cost of remodeling your home can be high. However, if you can do most of the work yourself you will be able to cut your remodeling costs in half. You can further reduce the cost of your remodeling project by using free building materials. Here are some tips on how to find and/or get free building materials for your remodeling project.
Tip #1 – Look for Remodeling Project in Your Neighborhood
A good place to start your search for free building materials for your remodeling project is right in your very own neighborhood. If you notice that one of your neighbors is remodeling their home then offer to help them with the demolition portion of their project if you can salvage doors, flooring, fixtures and other items that will otherwise be thrown away. Obviously you will want to first see what is being removed before you offer this deal, but in many cases you can come away with great architectural pieces, antique fixtures and even hardwood floor planks that can be restored and reused in your project.
Tip #2 – Make a Deal with Demolition Companies
Demolition companies can also be a great resource for free building material. You can offer to haul away the items that you are interested in exchange for ownership of the items. This is a great option even if local demolition companies only work with commercial buildings. In fact, commercial building remodeling project can create a treasure trove of building materials that you can use from high end tiles and flooring to unique lighting fixtures and doors.
Tip #3 – Garage Sale Left Overs
After a garage sale is over many people leave what is left near the curb so that people can just take what they want for free. This is a great way to find building materials that may need a little love before it is usable. However, you can sometimes find diamonds in the rough like antique furniture that just needs to be refinished, patched or repaired.
Tip #4 – Give-away Ads
Another great source for finding free building materials for your remodel project is in the give away ads. These ads are usually published at the beginning of the classified ads. People placing these ads are trying to get someone to haul away what they consider junk so that they don’t have to pay to have it hauled to the dump. You can sometimes find very interesting and bulky items like scrap lumber, bathtubs, tile lots, fixtures, plumbing, old mirrors and large furniture items. To take advantage of these deals you will need someone to help you lift the items and a vehicle that can haul the item to your home.
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