The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
If you've recently had your home remodeled or renovated, you may have already stretched your home improvement budget (and credit) thin after paying the contractor and making arrangements for your family to stay elsewhere while your home was being improved. However, unless debris removal was specifically laid out in your home improvement contract, you could find yourself facing a pile of construction debris with no way to easily remove it. How can you inexpensively rid yourself of these leftovers cluttering your home and lawn? Read on to learn more about your most cost-efficient junk removal options.
In situations that require you to dispose of aluminum or steel scraps, old asphalt shingles, or scrap lumber, recycling may be the most efficient way to do so -- and perhaps even make some money. Depending upon the recycling facilities available in your area, you should be able to get rid of most of the construction byproducts in your yard and home.
Aluminum, steel, and other metals can be sorted and recycled at a metal recycling facility. You'll be paid a specific price per pound for each type of metal you're recycling and can often earn enough by this process to pay for the cost of loading and transporting these metals to the facility. In some cases, you may even be able to earn a premium over this amount and can use these excess funds to pay to remove any remaining junk.
The asphalt in shingles can be removed, melted down, and used to create the "hot mix" asphalt that is used to pave roads and patch driveways. Scrap lumber can be recycled into wood mulch or repurposed into smaller pieces of lumber.
Rent an open-top dumpster
If the junk left at your home isn't likely to be recyclable but is too large or unwieldy for you to transport to the dump yourself in your truck or SUV, you may be able to rent an open-top dumpster that you can fill up with junk and have hauled away. These dumpsters are available in a variety of sizes and price ranges, and you should be eyeball the size of your junk pile to accurately estimate the size of container you'll need. Renting the smallest possible dumpster that can still fit all your items will help cut rental and transportation costs.
In some cases, you may find that you overestimated the amount of space you'd need to dispose of your junk. If you find yourself in this situation, you can use this opportunity to dispose of any large or difficult-to-transport items you've been wanting to get rid of for years.