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DISCARD IT OR REUSE IT?
The cost of renovations can really add up. Reusing the materials already in your home is a great way to save time and money. Plus, there’s the eco-friendly factor. Before you go and save every last nut and bolt, try taking our “Reuse It” test. That way, you’ll know that the only thing going to waste is the waste.
IS IT IN GOOD SHAPE?
Take a good look at everything that’s coming out of the room. If it’s survived your household with nothing more than some minor dings or scratches, consider keeping it around.
WILL IT MATCH YOUR NEW LOOK?
If it’s in good shape and it’s the right size and design, you’ve just saved yourself some money. If you’re dealing with plumbing or electrical fittings, take special care to make sure you have a good match there as well.
When it comes to renovation, remember the 3 Rs: Repair, Refinish, Recover.
CAN YOU CONSIDER IT “CREATIVE” DESIGN?
There’s nothing wrong with a mismatch, especially when it’s intentional. Use your imagination to work your old tiles, tables, cabinets, etc., into your remodel.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Yes, it’s beautiful. Yes, it fits. But if it’s going to be problematic to remove and preserve, you’re probably better off scrapping it.
WHEN NOT TO REUSE
There are certain items you should never consider reusing. If they can be potential health hazards, or are likely to waste energy, you’re better off throwing them away. These include:
- Old flooring and insulation containing asbestos
- Faulty electrical products
- Old appliances that waste electricity and water
DISCARDING THE TRASH
Now that you’ve decided what can be discarded, the Bagster bag will make it easy to dispose of it. You can fill it with up to 3,300 lb of debris. Then schedule a collection and it’s gone.
Tips and instructions are neither exclusive nor intended to be legal or other expert advice, and should not be used or relied on in place of consultation with appropriate professionals or warnings.
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