Remodeling? What Are You Going to Do with That Old Sink?

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential CT Realty

Been bitten by the HGTV bug? Remodeling projects are on the rise.  Whether we are tackling our own DIY projects or recommending projects to clients to get their homes in sell-ready condition, we have to wonder what we are going to do with all the old building materials we will be replacing with bright, shiny, new stuff.

Too much of it goes in the dumpster or to the curb where it will end up in our landfills.   But with a little thought and action, we can recycle much of what we throw out.  If you Google "recycle building materials" you may find local sources that will take your old stuff and reuse it.  Some of these also offer new, vintage, or recycled products that you can use in your remodeling project.

Here are a few ideas:

www.craigslist.org: The great thing about this site is that you can sell materials and get some money for your next project or you can give it away.  Because  it is a local market, whoever wants it will come and take it away.

www.freecycle.org: Like Craigslist, this is also a local market but items must be given away.  There are rules that state that if you take something for free, you may not resell it.  Photos of items are optional, the response is very speedy, and within (sometimes) an hour, someone will be at your door ready to take your items.  Some of my clients have cleared out entire houses (quickly) on freecycle and craigslist.

www.build.recycle.net: This is also a swap or sell or buy site geared specifically for building materials.

www.reconnstructioncenter.org: This is a local non-profit enterprise that accepts donations of building materials and resells them.

Whether you sell it or give it away, you will be keeping it out the landfills.  Happy remodeling!

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Rainer
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Peggy Chirico
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Prudential CT Realty

Hi Carl and Cell - Thanks for stopping by!  I too am big into recycling--I just hate at add any more to the land fill!

Hi Deborah - I think I have a garage's worth of stuff to get rid of.  And since I don't do tag sales very well, giving it all away seems like the easiest thing to do.

Hi Jim - My blood boils when I see people tossing fast food bags out the window; I can't even think of all the stuff you are seeing on the freeways.

August 14, 2011 03:44 PM
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Check to see if you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore close by.  I just wrote a post today about the kitchen cabinets I dropped off this week.

August 14, 2011 06:59 PM
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Peggy Chirico
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
Prudential CT Realty

Hi Cindy - The closest one to me is in Cromwell which is about 20 miles away.  Thanks for the suggestion to look.  I definitely have some building materials I can donate!

August 15, 2011 08:16 AM
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I would think that if you hire someone to do significant renovation, a category into which I would put the sink, the renovators would be responsible for doing a complete job, which includes disposing of the old sink.

August 15, 2011 06:57 PM
Rainer
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Peggy Chirico
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
Prudential CT Realty

Hi Eric - That's true, but I am never sure what they do with the old sinks. I bet most of the time they toss them in the trash, which is not a good thing.

August 15, 2011 07:44 PM
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