Recycled materials are a "green" and cheaper way to renovate your home than buying new. By knowing what you need and where to get it, you can procure these things for smaller expense and have them when you need them. In these days of economizing, this can help you save money as well as place less demand on local resources.
If you know where to go and exactly what you need, you can save anywhere from 30% to 100% of the price. Many people have materials that they simply want to get rid of and if you can oblige them by hauling away materials for them, you may have your pick of the items. In fact, many people make money, both by hauling away unwanted building materials and by selling/using the materials that were unwanted by their former owners.
You must know what you need before you start going out to buy materials. The old adage of "Measure twice, cut once" applies to renovation projects as well. When you have a list of materials that you need, you can sally forth to buy. Patience is definitely a virtue in this case, as your luck will not always hold when you wish it.
There are many places where you can find secondhand materials. The dump is one such area; there are many that set usable materials aside for those who may want them. Recycling centers are also starting to enjoy more popularity and are starting to keep materials useful to carpenters and renovators. Demolitions may be sources of building materials that one could not otherwise obtain easily. Craigslist.com and the local Buy, Sell & Trade can alert you to materials that other people are selling or giving away for free. You may also find materials via the newspaper, local website classifieds and garage sales. Getting to know the people who deal with recycled materials can aid you, as many of them can give you tips on where you can find materials that you need.
Many deals are done informally for cash, so bring a tape measure and an idea of the going rate. Negotiating is a delicate art that is worth cultivating. The more you buy generally means the more you will save, so a list of the things you know you will need is invaluable to help you get the most for your money.
Using recycled materials is a great way to save money and avoid wastage. Knowing what you need and being prepared to make bargains will help you obtain what you need for a fair price.
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