Whether you are remodeling your home or just doing a few home improvement projects, you will notice a common theme. That common theme is garbage. After all, most projects involve ripping something out and replacing it with something new. As a new homeowner who is smack dab in the middle of remodeling, here are some helpful tips that focus on trash.
Get a Dumpster!
If you are doing a large scale or even a medium scale remodeling project, a dumpster is highly recommended. The good news, they come in all different sizes! Say you already have trash pickup through a local service; you do not need to get your dumpster through them, so call around for the best deal! Ask about total fees. In addition to dump fees you want to know the cost of having the dumpster for X amount of days, if you are responsible for gas to the dump, and so forth.
Park That Dumpster in a Good Location
Having a dumpster is nice, but it can be a bit of a pain when you need to run up and down the stairs to use it. When possible, place your dumpster in an ideal location. Most trash companies will be flexible with the positioning of your dumpster in your driveway or lawn. If you are remodeling on the second floor get your dumpster as close as you can to the house so that some items can be tossed right out the window!
Buy Contractor Bags
Any home improvement or home remodeling project that involves the demolition of something (such as sheetrock, insulation, and so forth) goes a lot smoother with contractor bags. Basically these are super-tough garbage bags. Contractor bags are generally a lot bigger and thicker. Personally, the only thing we have found that breaks through these bags is a nail sticking out. Contractor bags generally cost twice as much as your standard run-of-the-mill garbage bags, but you can jam more stuff into them and they are a better value for your money in the end.
If you are doing a large scale remodeling project, you might find yourself ripping out some sheetrock, studs, or closet frames. In that case, you will come across a lot of scrap wood. It is best to not trash this; why pay dump fees when you can use it! Instead, start a wood pile in your backyard or in the garage. If you are known for your campouts, burn it! Otherwise, list it on Craigslist.org for free. You might be surprised how many people will respond; remember there are a lot of uses for scrap lumber in decent shape.
So there you have it – you got a lot of great tips on how to handle trash when it comes to doing a home remodeling or a home improvement project.