Does anyone know of any inexpensive sources for remodeling materials? Things
baseboards and molding, inexpensive flooring (carpet, tile, linoleum), etc. I
only know of
places like Home Depot and Lowe's.
The house I could afford to buy has wonderful potential, but is in many varying
"obviously not finished", and I'd like to do a little here and there, rather
than a huge
expense all at once.
Do you have a salvage yard nearby? Or if you notice anyone remodeling and
tossing that kind of stuff out......we saw a guy toting heavy pavers to his
trash one day and DH offered to take a few out for him if he could keep them.
SO, we ended up with a trim for our flower bed and bases for our hoses to sit
If you are in the US or Canada, try a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
They take supplies that they get cheap or donated, which they can't
use, or have excess of, and resell it cheap to raise money in these
stores. They even have things like appliances, too.
Watch out for local businesses remodeling. Also, check out construction
sites when they are doing interior work. You bay have to dig through the
trash bin, but normally you can get it for free. Or you can contact the
project manager or foreman to see if they have any 'irregular' pieces that
they can't use. I worked for a construction company and they had extra
shelves that were in perfect condition except that they had too many
'footballs' (patch where there was a knot in the wood) in them for his
liking. The shelves are next to my bed to this day. They cost $5 and the
material alone would have cost well over $50. You have to ask and it is a
real hit and miss thing, but it's worth it. Also, check out garage sales,
especially in rural areas. If someone has a shop or they look like they
build things, don't hesitate to ask for what you are looking for. They may
have the materials for a project they may get to 'some day.' Oh, and check
out your local freecycle network. They have building materials on there
occasionally. You just have to hunt and keep your eyes open. I hope this
If you have a Habitat For Humanity thrift store nearby, they usually
have left-over building materials (and fixtures) for very little money.
Also, check your phone book for demolition companies that tear down old
buildings. Sometimes building contrators have left-over materials they
will sell cheaply (or give away) if you contact them.
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