Author Topic: How to sell used building materials?  (Read 331 times)

Trifele

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How to sell used building materials?
« on: August 10, 2017, 06:04:03 AM »
My SO and I are tearing down a house, and are trying to re-use, re-purpose, donate, and sell as much of the material as we can.  For donations we have been giving to Habitat and Goodwill as appropriate, and listing on Freecycle.  No problems there.

My question has to do with how to sell the other items that have value (nice wood, fireplace inserts, chimney flues, and the like). So far we've been putting these things on Craigslist and have had mixed results.  We have sold some, but other things sit there with no response.   

Has anyone else done something like this?   Is there a better way than CL to reach people who want to buy used building materials?  Thanks for any advice.   

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Re: How to sell used building materials?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 06:23:01 AM »
Not sure where you are, but in my area there are companies that do this.  They buy used stuff (in good condition of course) and resell.  I bought a whole kitchen (cabinets, counter, sink, appliances, everything) for a rental unit from one of these companies.  Maybe google recycled, green, or used building material and see if there are any near you. 

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Re: How to sell used building materials?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 06:46:53 AM »
Used building materials are hard to sell, you have to find the right person with an ongoing project that can utilize the specific item that you have.
I think Craigslist is a good idea and many communities have garage sale type facebook pages.

I'd advertise it, but give yourself a deadline.   If it's not gone by by XX date, it goes in the trash.
Otherwise you'll be storing and moving that junk around forever.


Trifele

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Re: How to sell used building materials?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 05:49:08 PM »
Thank you both for the advice! MommyCake -- I will look around and see if there are any of those buyers around here.  That is a great idea.   Thanks!