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A significant number of my current customers get a feeling of overpowering guilt when it comes to tossing away one’s own used bathroom vanities, mirrors, toilets, and custom lighting straight into the dumpster — donating and reselling when remodeling is an excellent strategy for this particular guiltiness that you are feeling. Let’s uncover an entire range of suggestions regarding repurposing your bathroom furnishings in a more green way. 


Donating and Reselling When Remodeling

Not many people think of it when they are remodeling their home, but donating items or reselling them is a great idea. Especially when you don’t want to throw away cabinets or material that is still good after you finish doing a renovation. By donating or reselling something, you can bless someone else’s life as well as prevent waste by giving away your home materials. 

Or you might need some extra funds for the renovation in general. By reselling some of these items, you can easily make up the cost of the renovation. And there are also great opportunities to sell items that still have value and can be reused. 

When people think of repurposing items that are still in good shape when they start remodeling. They often have questions on how they can donate or resell these items. Listed here are three of the most common questions that get asked. 

  • “Where can I donate my bathroom fixtures?”
  • “Where can I sell my bathroom or kitchen fixtures?”
  • “Will scrappers take my metal tubs and sinks at the curb?”

Things to Donate When Renovating

When it comes to furniture and home materials, donating these items is one of the best ways to make an impact on the people who need it the most. By donating these items, you can make the home of your dreams while also giving back to the less fortunate. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a storefront that is in many cities in the Chicagoland area and is a great place to donate new and gently-used items. They will take cabinets, countertops, used appliances, sinks as well as all kinds of other home materials that still have value. People can purchase gently-used bathroom or kitchen fixtures, that you donated, at a fraction of the cost. At the ReStore, they also help build homes for those in need. Donations like these can also help you when filing your taxes.

Other organizations are willing to come and pick up your furniture. And you can also find stores to drop it off as well. People often shop at these thrift-like stores to find very affordable furniture for their homes. Doing this is a great way to support an organization that is trying to fill the needs of impoverished communities. If you aren’t able to find a place to donate, never underestimate the community and friends that you already know. Think of the single mother, the parent that lost their job, or the neighborhood a few miles down the road that needs people like you.

Ways to Reduce Waste During a Home Remodel

People often renovate their homes because they are often outdated and needs a new look. And you will find that things that might seem worn-out can easily be repurposed. This is a great time to find the materials that still have value for them in your home. You can easily make some money off it. And the money you make off cabinets and other materials can be used to help cover the cost of your renovation.

When it comes to selling furniture, hardware, material, and more, there is a wide variety of apps and websites that you can post your items for sale. OfferUp is a great app to use if you want to sell your items in a small radius. Once you share your details with the app, it promotes the items in a five to 10-mile radius, which makes it super easy to sell to the community. Craig’s List is another good app to use. Especially for those items that are harder for you to sell. 

If you are selling your furniture online through places like eBay or Facebook’s marketplace, make sure that you are careful about the boundaries that you have there, when possible try to meet any potential buyers in public places. If you aren’t able to meet them in public, make sure that you carefully review the person’s profile on the app or recognize some accountability process with the platform has a safety measure or a rating system to keep you safe. 

In the DIY community, repurposed furniture is a big thing. If you think that your furniture has any value in it, you can try to promote it as a repurpose opportunity. Many fashion experts and interior designers are also on the lookout for these as well to make them their own.

Reuse and Recycle Material When Remodeling

When it comes to heavy pieces of furniture or a decent amount of metal, many people don’t know what to do with it. What they might not realize is that there is a world of people out there that are looking for scrap metal. Because many people are looking for ways to make some money off of metal. 

One of the best ways to get rid of any problematic pieces of metal furniture is to place it on the curb (on your property, not in the street). It is a tried and true method. Because when you put it outside, many people will be interested in bringing it to their own homes. Or they could sell the metal and make some money on the side since scrappers are always on the lookout for any valuable metal that they can sell. Especially when they say that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

Metal will always have value. Once you advertise it, people are still willing to get it off your hands. If you place it outside the night before garbage day, the metal will be gone within two hours or less. Be on the lookout for places that you can quickly sell and drop off scrap metal if you want to make money yourself. 

Lotz of Logic

When it comes to donating and reselling when remodeling, there are plenty of places and ideas listed above that can quickly help you out. With Mark Lotz and Lotz Remodeling, we want to make sure that you have the best experience possible while you get a quality home renovation. Because it is essential to us that you do. And we hope that you get some helpful ideas and tips from us today about what to do with your old materials. 

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on donating and reselling when remodeling, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Glenview, Northbrook, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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