5 Cunning Ways to Save Money on Clean-up after Renovation

5 Cunning Ways to Save Money on Clean-up after Renovation
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    Whether you spend a couple hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars on a home renovation, the last thing you want to do is spend even more money on the clean-up once you’re finished.

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Here are a few ways to save a bit of money on the homeward stretch of your project, so you can get to enjoy your new area as soon as possible!

  1. Many contractors will clean up after themselves each day—for an extra fee. If you want to save time on your part then this is a great option; however, if you want to save money you’ll want to skip this, and do the daily tidy-up tasks on your own. This does not require a huge amount of work—not like the cleaning at the end will take—but sweeping the majority of dust and debris off the floors and catching any splatters of paint or spackle before they harden completely.  
  2. Use the right cleaning tools! Don’t just assume a tool will do what you want in the way you want it to, especially if it is a specialty tool or a tool with many different functions. There are many vacuums, mops, dusters, and cleaners available, but different types are meant for different things. Some are more abrasive and shouldn’t be used on newly-painted walls or finished floors, and some dusters are not meant for heavy-duty dusting.
  3. Do it right the first time. It may take a bit more time at the beginning, but make sure you read the instructions before using any cleaners. Some require you to dilute with water, some have other special instructions. Using harsh and abrasive chemicals and sharp tools to get stubborn areas clean may seem like the faster option, but can also take off finishes, paint, and wallpaper, causing you to spend more money in the long run trying to fix what your cleaning took off.
  4. Donate or sell your “garbage.” If you replaced appliances, cabinets, or flooring, or have left over supplies that you did not use, sell them online. It will save you the hassle of disposing of them properly, keep from filling the landfill, and let someone else get use out of them. You can also donate your items to Habitat for Humanity and other charities, which will save you money on disposal fees as well as giving you a tax deduction.  
  5. If you do have unusable items and other trash that need to go to the landfill, you can save money by hauling it away yourself. Yes, it’s time to get those utility trailer parts (available from Toronto to Miami), hook up your trailer, and start filling it. It does take a lot more effort on your part, but you will avoid those pick up and hauling fees that can add up really quickly.

Whether you renovated one small area of your home or the majority of your house, the cleanup doesn’t have to add thousands of dollars to your bill. With a few more items on your to-do list and a bit more effort on your part, you can keep that clean-up bill nice and low.

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Candice Harding enjoys writing about the great products and technology she finds online. When she’s away from the computer, she loves riding her bike and exploring the outdoors. She recently bought a trailer from J&J Trailers and is excited to take it out on a camping trip.

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