If there’s one thing we can all agree to loving, it’s a good ol’ basket of freebies. And knowing how cost of construction materials have inflated overtime, having a means to get stuff for zero dollars is definitely handy.
The idea of finding resources for free building materials may not seem possible to some. With perseverance and some luck, you can find free flooring materials, lumber, kitchen and bath fixtures and just about everything else you need. Now how exactly can you run into such stream of luck? Follow these handy tips and you might be more fortunate than you think;
1) Drive through neighborhoods that have bulk pick-ups offered by the city, and check out what people have put out for collection.
Think outside the box when you see certain items. For instance, you may not want a big armoire with a missing door, but look at it as a source of free lumber or hardware, such as hinges and door pulls.
2) Check the dumpster area of large apartment buildings periodically, especially when it’s close to pick-up day
The things some people throw away could be free construction material for you. Watch for carpeting or area rugs, large pieces of furniture to use as lumber for other projects and paint.
3) Look around your home for items you no longer need
Perhaps you can find someone who has something you need, and you can arrange a trade. Newspapers and some online websites often have an area set aside for trades. You list what you have to trade and what you need while checking out the ads placed by others.
- You can also offer to clean out a basement, garage or storage building in return for the contents of the area. This is often an excellent resource for free flooring materials such as carpeting or area rugs and lighting fixtures.
4) Visit your local recycling center where there is often an area set aside filled with odds and ends that are free for the taking
Most cities now have some sort of recycling group set up where members can list items they no longer need. This is an excellent source for finding free kitchen cabinets from people installing new cabinets themselves.
5) Visit your community dump if they allow it
Wear heavy duty clothing, gloves and eye protection as you never know what you will encounter. Many construction companies use the city dumps to dispose of material that they can’t use or that they feel is not worth reclaiming. But you won’t have the labor costs involved to strip paint from old windows and doors or to remove nails from lumber that the company would have, so it could be a great find for you.
6) Visit your local paint stores and see if they have an “Oops” shelf
Many times the paint color is not quite what the customer wanted, and they return it to the store. Rather than dispose of it, the store offers it to customers for free.
7) Visit your local flooring stores and check for freebies
They often give away small sections of carpeting that may be stained or too small to sell, odd lots of tiles or pieces of vinyl flooring. While they may be too small by themselves to cover a floor, you could mix and match remnants to cover a room.
8) Check out the dumpsters at various stores and commercial buildings to see what they have available
Even if what you find is not useful as construction material, you may be able to trade it for something useful to you, such as nails, screws or other odds and ends.
Well, there you have it. We hope you’re successful stacking up a bunch of useful resources for your construction process. Feel free to share this article and stay in touch with us for more.