Renovating a section of your house can be an expensive undertaking. The various expenses involved include the cost of rubbish removal skip bins, the cost of labour and the cost of waste disposal once the project is complete
You can bring down the overall cost of a renovation project by adopting a number of cost-cutting strategies, a few of which are discussed below.
Unlike demolition, deconstruction refers to the deliberate process of salvaging various components of the house (e.g. window frames, doors and cabinets) before the structure to be renovated is brought down.
Deconstruction preserves the structural integrity of the various components. This allows you to re-use a majority of these components during the renovation exercise instead of having the components replaced.
Sharing some of the costs involved in the renovation project is also a practical strategy. For example, if one of your neighbours also happens to be renovating, you could talk to them about sharing the cost of hiring skip bins for both of your renovation exercises.
Many times, residential renovation projects don't generate as much waste as construction projects for which the same skip bins are used. You'll still be expected to pay the full amount for the rental skip even if you end up with a bin that's half-filled.
Considering that skip bins can be placed on public places such as footpaths and residential alleys, it shouldn't be difficult to find a central location that's easily accessible for both you and your neighbour.
Even when the renovation exercise is expected to generate large quantities of waste, it might still be cheaper to share the cost of hiring a larger skip bin with your neighbour as opposed to hiring multiple skips on your own.
You can also bring down the cost of renovation through waste separation, aimed at creating clean fill out of the waste generated from the renovation exercise.
Clean fill refers to building materials that can be re-used on construction sites or as filler material for residential excavation projects. Clean fill includes uncontaminated top soil, used brick/asphalt, crushed concrete and gravel.
Separating the mentioned products from other waste products (e.g. plastics, glass and hazardous chemicals) might help you save a pretty penny. This is because there's often ready demand for clean fill from construction sites as well as landfills.
You can recover part of the costs incurred during renovation by finding interested buyers for your clean fill.