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

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: 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. 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. This is also a swap or sell or buy site geared specifically for building materials. 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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Suzanne Gantner
Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate - Round Rock, TX

Great suggestions, Habitat for Humanity will also take some of your materials.

Oct 24, 2009 04:19 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Peggy:  Another great way to recycle.  Someone's trash is almost always another's treasure.  Our municipality has a Too Good to Waste area of the dump.  Something like a sink would be pulled out and put there for consumers to take.

Oct 24, 2009 04:24 AM #2
Theodora Wu
TJ Investments - Burien, WA

Thanks for the information. I've used Craigslist several times, never heard of the others, I'll check them out.

Oct 24, 2009 04:32 AM #3
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

Thanks, Suzanne - I am going to check that out to see what we have here.

Chris - Nice to know what others are doing. Thanks.

Oct 24, 2009 04:41 AM #4
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Peggy ~ Excellent post with great recommendations.  I like the old stuff better myself. When I renovated one of the apartments in my multi-family I took the sink on legs for my own kitchen. And the big glass fronted cabinet above it was being ripped out of a place I used to work - after many years in storage I'm psyched to have the place to put it.


Oct 24, 2009 11:15 AM #5
John Mulkey - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

Peggy - As a former home builder I've often shopped at salvage yards or other places that recycle building materials. In my current home I have items purchased that way. Great for the environment and your budget.

Oct 24, 2009 01:04 PM #6
Paul Chavez
Earth Origins Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Realtor, NM EcoBroker, and General Contractor

Habitat for Humanity is a great place to recycle home building materials!

Apr 09, 2010 03:20 AM #7
Jennifer Pirkle
Harvest Realty 678-617-0715 - Dawsonville, GA
Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Cumming, GA

Great information and reminder that we have to look for better ways to dispose of old items.

Jan 08, 2011 09:15 AM #8
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Freecycle is a great one. I have posted things on freecycle for years.

Aug 13, 2011 12:29 AM #9
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I left a surprise for you in my blog this morning. Let me know when you find it. What? You thought I was going to tell you exactly where? Ha! This comment is a clue, though.

Happy Saturday!

Aug 13, 2011 12:46 AM #10
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

Hi Gary - I'm glad you like Freecycle too - it's awesome!

Hi Russel - I found the surprise!  Thanks!

Aug 13, 2011 03:08 AM #11
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Peggy: Saw your mention over at Russel Ray's  (Golden Oldies) this morning and thought I would drop by to read and comment on your mighty fine blog. We are big into recycling, infact Ceil can find a use for almost everything I want to throw away. Infact she just dug my throw away last year's license plates out of the trash and said she has a perfect use for them.

Have a nice weekend!

Carl and Ceil Winters Canyon Lake Texas

Aug 13, 2011 04:31 AM #12
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Russel sent me....I am having a yard sale and have one of my clients leftovers here...but what doesn't sell will be going to Habitat!   I love Freecycle...I have given a lot a way on that site!

Aug 13, 2011 04:43 AM #13
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I also came from Russel’s Golden Oldies post. Out here people like to do remodeling on weekends and then, very late Sunday night or very early Sunday morning, they drive up and down the freeways throwing things out of their vehicles. Monday mornings the roads look like some Third World country.

Aug 13, 2011 06:29 AM #14
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

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.

Aug 14, 2011 08:44 AM #15
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

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.

Aug 14, 2011 11:59 AM #16
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

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!

Aug 15, 2011 01:16 AM #17
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

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.

Aug 15, 2011 11:57 AM #18
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

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.

Aug 15, 2011 12:44 PM #19
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